Mother’s Day is almost here and with quarantine well and truly in place, this year may feel a little different but it is just as special. We’re reminded of what’s truly important as we find gratitude and joy in sharing the simplest of celebrations with those we love.
So, whether you’re shopping for your own mum, perhaps dropping some hints to your partner, or planning on treating yourself (which you totally deserve!), here is a shortlist of some of my favourite eco-friendly, sustainable, socially conscious products for women from mission-led businesses who are striving to make a difference and a positive impact.
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I thought about joining Causebox for a while, but if I’m being honest, it seemed like an indulgence. Yet, I felt drawn to their mission; to build a community of women who support women, and to help us discover products that are ethical and sustainable.
Over the winter, I decided to give it a go and I now adore these boxes of joy that arrive on my doorstep – they contain amazing value and I feel like it’s my own little Christmas morning when a colourful, bright and cheery Causebox arrives.
So, what is a Causebox subscription? Here’s what it’s like.
- Causebox is delivered seasonally (spring, summer, autumn, winter)
- Each CAUSEBOX includes a curation of 6-8 products that are beautiful, useful, and give back in some way. Items can include jewellery, home decor, accessories, apparel, skin-care/beauty products, wellness products, and artwork.
- Each item in the box is sustainably sourced, socially conscious, cruelty-free and intended to serve, support, and empower disadvantaged communities. Causebox partners with different charities to help them raise funds, expand their base, and tell their stories.
- There are two options: a customizable annual membership at $199.80 per year ($49.95 per box) or a quarterly subscription at $54.95 per box which is not customizable (this is the one I’ve done and I’ve loved every product). Each box contains $250+ worth of products.
I love supporting this company’s mission to do good in the world and feel good doing it. And for a busy mum, Causebox feels like a such a treat. Learn more about Causebox here.
After switching from underwire bras to maternity bras, I just couldn’t go back to having metal next to my body. Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners advise against underwire bras as the metal impedes the flow of energy or chi in the body’s meridians. There also concerns that the underwires may attract electromagnetic frequencies and increase your exposure to radiation.
So, I was thrilled when I discovered Knix.
Knix is a Canadian brand founded by Joanna Griffiths, when she learned about the realities women face after childbirth so she set out to create a line of beautiful, wire-free bras and comfortable, leakproof underwear.
Now, every single bra I own is made by Knix. I love the Evolution bras as well as the Wingwoman Contour bra. Their leakproof underwear and their Dream Shorts are amazing. Knix also has loungewear and they’ve just launched a Romper – perfect for new mamas. Knix also has a wonderful postpartum collection with nursing bras and nursing tanks.
Learn more about Knix here. And use code Knix10 for $10 off your first order.
Regular deodorants and antiperspirants contain aluminium, fragrances, and other toxic ingredients that have been linked to several health issues including infertility, hormone disruption, birth defects, heavy metal toxicity, and autoimmune conditions.
When you consider that you apply deodorant every single day and that for women our armpits are so close to our breasts (which are made up mostly of fatty tissue – the cells our bodies store toxins in), it’s so important to make conscious choices to use clean, safe, non-toxic ingredients on our bodies.
And so on my quest to find a natural deodorant that actually works I was so relieved when I found Native…because it works. I’m now totally converted and order my deodorant online in bulk every 3 months.
So, what’s in Native deodorant and how does it work? It contains ingredients you’ll recognise like coconut oil, Milk of Magnesia, and baking soda which have natural antibacterial properties. Tapioca starch helps to absorb trace amounts of wetness. Vitamin E for antioxidant properties. Jojoba to help keep skin soft. Castor oil to help keep Native sticks firm. And shea butter to help keep your underarm skin feeling hydrated.
Native is a solid stick deodorant, with minimalist packaging and beautiful scent variations like Coconut & Vanilla, Aloe & Eucalyptus and Jasmine & Cedar. There’s also unscented and charcoal options. Native always has free shipping – even to Canada…yay!
If you decide to try Native, experiencing a detox period for a couple of weeks is perfectly normal – and healthy! Conventional deodorants prevent sweating by blocking our pores, whereas natural deodorant will allow your body to do what it needs to do – get the toxins out. So, you may be a little sweatier or smellier at first, but it’s part of your body coming back into balance and it will pass. Trust the process – it will be worth it. You can learn more about Native here.
I haven’t talked a lot about this but I got a diagnosis of skin cancer early last year and needed MOHS surgery to remove it from my upper lip last June. Boy, did it give me a wake-up call! The tumour was malignant but localised which was great but the surgery and recovery were more full-on than I ever expected. So, I’m doing everything I can to avoid going through that again.
And because our skin is our body’s largest organ and it absorbs whatever we put on it, taking my use of my non-toxic skincare up a notch was a priority – Primally Pure became a big part of my answer. Primally Pure is a female-fueled US company that was founded by Bethany McDaniel out of her passion for real, recognizable ingredients in skincare products.
Primally Pure makes going natural simple and affordable – the cleansing oil is my favourite product and it starts at $20. On my Mother’s Day wishlist is the new soothing mask with ingredients like honey, Spirulina, Chlorella, Colloidal Oatmeal, Green Clay and Lactobacillus Ferment.
Why oh why did I wait so long to try CBD oil? It has changed my life in such a positive way.
I thought about it for the longest time before finally taking the plunge a few months ago when I found a lovely, local company called Icaria. Icaria was founded by two holistic nutritionists with a focus on promoting total health. Icaria is run by women and made for women and they’re committed to education which I love – there is a private Facebook Group where you can ask questions and learn from other women.
So, why did I try CBD oil? I have endometriosis and I get knocked around once a month with debilitating cramps. In the past I’ve needed a fairly serious cocktail of medication to control the pain but I’m on a mission to free myself from the need to take any pain-relieving medication to avoid the side effects they bring.
So, I’m working on my health holistically to reduce inflammation through acupuncture, diet changes and meditation and I’m also finding that taking CBD oil has dramatically reduced my need for grabbing for painkillers. It also helps me feel calm and clear, but not drowsy.
Here are some more benefits of taking CBD:
- brings your body back into balance or homeostasis
- help with stress, anxiety and sleep
- improve focus and productivity
- reduces pain and inflammation
- helps with hormonal imbalances, and chronic health conditions.
I started with a beginner’s size of Aphrodite – if you need advice on which option is best for you, email customer service at Icaria – they’re so responsive and helpful.
Check out Icaria here and use code TRACY10 to get $10 off your first bottle.