As the trees begin to bloom and the horror caused by the polar vortex dissipates, the consumer world begins its pursuit of all things springthemed. Floral prints, pastels, and refreshing aromas can be found everywhere, but it’s often hard to tell which products are laced with toxins or have human rights abuses hiding behind their pretty patterns. To help our readers browse through spring trends with awareness,we’ve created our Favorite Spring Finds, a list of products perfect for spring that are made by ethical companies. We hope you enjoy!
Handmade in small batches in Texas, Alueur candles uses premium wax and lead-free cotton wicks. Their beautiful candles are $40 each and come with a logo matchbox. We recommend trying their French Market scent, an intriguing blend of roses, magnolias, gardenia, tuberose and arris blossom to transport you to a French flower market in the spring. You can find French Market and Alueur’s other scents here.
Olive and Cocoa
Rainy Sunday mornings in the spring are the perfect times to pamper yourself by relaxing in a thick, lush bathrobe. We recommend Olive and Cocoa’s Truffle Spa Robes in Spa White; this robe is as luxurious and luscious as it gets! Buy it for $108 from their website.
If you have children, treat them to a Surprize Ball from TOPS! Based in gorgeous Malibu, California, TOPS creates a variety of unique, exciting party gifts made by hand in the USA. They have an amazing selection of Fourth of July party favours that will help you make your celebration special. Order a few for your party here.
M&J Ethical Luxury Candles
Located in London, M&J Luxury Candles are hand produced using rainforest safe soya wax that doesn’t stain and lead-free wicks made of linen and cotton. Every box’s carbon footprint has been measured, and for each candle shipped a comparable amount of land will be purchased and preserved with the World Land Trust. For a fresh spring scent try Left Bank Martini; a flirty blend of elderflower, lemongrass, gooseberry, and juniper. Small candles sell for 23 GBP, large candles sell for 35 GBP.
To help your skin recover from the dryness of winter we recommend Olivina’s Wild Cherry Almond Body Butter. Made in the USA, this scent was inspired by riding bikes through blossoming cherry and almond orchards. None of their products are tested on animals or contain parabens, SLS, phthalates, or petroleum. Buy their Body Butter for $21 to help soothe sensitive skin.
As the nights start becoming warmer you’ll want a lightweight pair of pajamas to slumber in. Gaiam’s organic cotton pajamas in amaranth are elegant with delicate lace trim around the neckline and on the pants, certified fair trade, and made with low eco-impact dyes. The pants are $52, and the matching tank is $32 (or 2 for $48). If the rich burgundy isn’t your color, they also come in black and unbleached natural.
Love Nature NYC
Candles from Love Nature NYC are made in the US using 100% natural waxes, lead-free cotton wicks, and their containers are either recycled glass, metal and paper, or handmade clay with lead-free glazes. We love the Ivy scent, which is available in an 8-ounce size for $28 or a 3.6-ounce travel tin for $14. This clean, aquatic blend has green leafy notes of vine, floral, and herb; a perfect aroma to fill your house with this spring.
Give yourself a natural flush this spring with Antonym’s Baked Blush in peach or copper, depending on your skin tone. 99.04% of the ingredients are from natural origin, and 10.9% are organic (certified by Ecocert Greenlife), and Antonym doesn’t test on animals or use animal products. For $35 you are guaranteed a high quality blush that will give your skin a silky feel and natural glow. (We also recommend their Contour Brush for $21, made with synthetic bristles and sustainable bamboo, to best apply the product!)
31 Bits is a company that sells jewelry handmade by women in Uganda using recycled paper. Their elegant necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and headbands are more than just a fashion statement – they’re a statement promoting the beauty that can be created from recycled items as well as a statement to support ethically made jewelry rather than cheap pieces created in factories. The Sunrise Pearl Necklace is a chunky yet elegant piece of pink, pearl and gold, great to brighten up a work outfit and support a great cause for $58.
For all those upcoming beach days we love Pacifica’s Aquarian Glaze, a water-resistant mascara made with coconut oil to help strengthen and moisturize your lashes while naturally providing water resistance. Among other ingredients are kelp extract and vitamin B, but there are no traces of gluten, peanut oil, parabens, phthalates, or any kind of animal product (including the brush itself, which is 100% vegan). Get this necessary spring product for $14.
MAME Luxury Soy Candles
MAME Soy Candles was created by two friends in Arizona. They use only non-toxic, biodegradable soy wax and cotton wicks, and sell their candles on their Etsy store for $25 each. Everyone loves a Sunday brunch during the spring, which is why we recommend their Sunday Brunch scent, full bodied and ripe with vanilla, orange, and lavender.
For any traveling you might be doing this spring, Pura Botanica’s Jewelry Travel Case is a must. Coming in four colors (tan, brown, black and cream), this case is made out of vegan friendly faux ostrich exterior with a faux suede interior. It contains pockets, holes for earrings, and snaps for watchets, bracelets and rings. For $185 it’s a timeless and necessary product you can use for years to come.