Carlsbad, CaliforniaAs a holistic aesthetician, Evan Healy saw firsthand the damage caused by chemical ingredients in conventional skincare products. In the 1990s, Evan traveled around the US, Europe, and India, studying aromatherapy, Ayurveda, and homeopathy. Inspired by this knowledge and her personal experience, she founded evanhealy in 1999. Honoring tradition, simplicity, and the power of nature, her holistic skincare line helps improve circulation, eliminate toxins, and encourage regeneration to truly transform your skin. Integrity and truth are the most important values at evanhealy. The brand will never resort to false promises and marketing ploys in order to sell products. With the idea that it’s time for a “beauty reform,” evanhealy encourages us to “liberate beauty and make it something that embraces and empowers everyone.” You’ll never find any anti-aging products because aging is a natural process of life (and it’s better than the alternative!) Rather, evanhealy seeks to promote the idea that you can be beautiful at any age by focusing on acceptance and taking care of your skin. “I developed evanhealy based on my experience that the less you interfere with the skin’s own ability to achieve balance the better. I’ve taken my love of plants and my experience of what works on the skin, and created a selection of simple plant-based skincare, that radically changes how women view their skin.” -Evan
Brooklyn, New YorkWhen Clayton Douds was unable to find high quality, well-sourced grooming products, he decided to create his own! Launched in 2014, O’Douds Apothecary has quickly grown from offering one hair product to over 30 different personal care essentials. “O’Douds is an apothecary dedicated to quality and responsibility. We believe that every choice has an impact, and we provide products without compromise. O’Douds is Sensible Grooming for Sensible Humans.” O’Douds’ mission is to make products that are good for you, good for others, and good for the planet. Every single product is made from premium ingredients that are effective, natural, 100% vegan, and cruelty-free. When ingredients are chosen, the O’Douds team seeks out the most sustainable and responsible sources, refusing to support businesses with poor labor conditions or bad ecological practices. Never settling for “good enough,” O’Douds is constantly experimenting in its on-site laboratory, improving each formula until it is as close to perfect as possible. You can also feel great about the packaging, made from recyclable and renewable materials to minimize the impact on the environment.
Minneapolis, MinnesotaWhile on a 15-year adventure living in Lake Como, Italy, sisters Annie and Therese Gibbons stumbled across a tiny shop selling home fragrance. The shop offered fragrances that used the traditional Italian wicking method to disperse the various aromas. They weren’t crazy about the scents, but they loved the simple design and decided to create their own “diffusers.” Determined to introduce the concept to America, the duo moved back to family farm in Southern Minnesota and started Alora Ambiance. With the help of friends and family, the first 8,000 diffusers were assembled by hand! The business has steadily grown—these days, Alora has its headquarters in a large converted warehouse in Minneapolis. The sisters still run the business as a partnership: Annie lives in Honolulu and Therese oversees the Minneapolis operations. Each sister draws inspiration from her surroundings, resulting in new ideas and unexpected elements that influence the product selection. Though they live in very different environments, the Alora collection of fragrances feels at home in both locations, proving that they work well in any living space! “I think our Midwestern values affect the ambition of the company—to create products that make people feel good but that are also practical. Our customers should always feel they’re getting their money’s worth from an Alora Ambiance purchase. Across the country, we’ve met so many people who have told us that they open their front door and it immediately smells like home. For us that’s the greatest measure of success.” - Therese
North Freedom, WisconsinNestled in hills of North Freedom, Wisconsin lies a 130-acre organic farm run by Jane Hawley Stevens and her husband, David Stevens. For over 30 years, the couple has been cultivating herbs to use in teas, tinctures, and personal care. Jane originally developed these formulas for her family. When she saw how beneficial they were, she decided to share their restorative qualities with others. “My husband and I both have horticulture degrees from UW Madison, and so I also had this vision of having a small family farm, and it was my interest in herbs that grew into this line of herbal products.” - Jane Mother nature’s wisdom truly shines through in every Four Element’s product. Each ingredient is carefully chosen for its ability to nurture and heal. This results in all-natural products that promote balance and optimal health. Every year, the family harvests thousands of pounds of fresh herbs at the peak of potency. Rather than sit in storage, those herbs are used right away to preserve the full spectrum of their benefits. If you’re located in the Midwest and interested in learning more about the farm, stop by an Open Farm Day, hosted once a year every summer.
Chicago, IllinoisMartin Lopez was disturbed when he read about the plight of honey bees and colony collapse disorder. He wanted to help, but was unsure of what to do—could he really start beekeeping in the middle of Chicago? The answer is yes! After some initial hesitation, Martin decided to support the bees and start a colony of his own. “These days, I’m a bit overprotective of my bees and on the verge of breaking out cigars every time I see the familiar small swarms outside the hive that suggest orientation flights of new bees.” - Martin Bees produce beeswax and honey, but they also pollinate crops, many of which end up as food on our plates. Supporting bees is vital to maintaining sufficient food production across the globe. Backyard beekeepers like Martin are doing their part to encourage a healthy honey bee population. If you’re wondering what you can do to help, but don’t think beekeeping is for you, there’s a great option. Support small-scale beekeepers! Martin makes it easy: buy his fantastic body care and men’s grooming products and your purchase will help honey bees. Sweet Comb Chicago’s natural products utilize skin-nurturing beeswax, honey, royal jelly & propolis gathered from Martin’s beehives. You’ll love the thoughtful formulas and you’ll feel good using them!
Redmond, WashingtonAfter dealing with several painful gum infections, Harry was determined to find a natural product that could help with his oral care issues. Influenced by Ayurveda, he made a few test batches and came up with a tooth powder that transformed his oral health. Inspired by his experience, Harry decided to create all-natural products to support the well-being of folks from around the world. Today, Uncle Harry’s Natural Products offers much more than tooth powder! You can now shop for other innovative oral care, botanical-based skin care solutions, first aid essentials, and more. Although Harry has retired, his two daughters have taken over, ensuring the business is still family-run. “Uncle Harry's Natural Products is dedicated to making earth-friendly products at people-friendly prices. Our mission is to respect the Earth and all of its inhabitants by offering the cleanest and most affordable body care products available, using only the finest quality, minimally processed ingredients, including local, organic, cruelty-free, and sustainable raw materials.” [/GDC_column] [GDC_column size="half"] [/GDC_column] [/GDC_row] [GDC_row] [GDC_column size="half"] [/GDC_column] [GDC_column size="half"] [/GDC_column] [/GDC_row] [GDC_row] [GDC_column size="half"] [/GDC_column] [GDC_column size="half"] [/GDC_column] [/GDC_row]