Friday, October 26, 2018

LAUREL & REED // A discovery in clean beauty

Laurel and Reed is a cruelty-free, non-toxic and all natural, luxury, clean beauty box.
Laurel & Reed is a luxury beauty, wellness and lifestyle subscription box featuring top-shelf, non-toxic, all-natural and cruelty-free, full-size products ranging from hair care, body and skincare and other surprises. Each box features 4 to 6 full-sized curated products with a minimum total value of $100 + , they feature small notable indie brands to mainstream, well-known, powerhouses like OSEA. Each month is curated to a specific color scheme, so all items in that month's box are tied together cohesively based off of color. Laurel & Reed was created 4 years ago after Natalie Duell found out her father had cancer. With his depleted immune system, Natalie sought out healthy body care alternatives for him at retail stores with no luck. After researching the horrible effects mainstream beauty brand ingredients can have on even a perfectly healthy body, she chose to shift to a pure, clean and organic lifestyle too. Natalie started Laurel & Reed as an avenue to provide everyone with the best in pure, clean, beauty that is always cruelty-free.
Each Laurel and Reed Box contains 4 to 6 full size products valued at over $100
While Natalie's journey with Laurel & Reed hasn't been a walk in the park, she believes that every hiccup or battle along the way has made her stronger and more appreciative of the struggle. She was most surprised by the amazing kindness and support she received from the brands they partnered with from the very beginning. They believed in her message, no matter how small the numbers were. They saw something in Laurel & Reed and she is eternally grateful.  Curating each box is by far Natalie's favorite part of the process and she wants each member to know how special they are and how important of a decision they've made by switching to clean beauty, weather they are just testing the waters or have been using clean products for years.  That's why every box includes a handwritten note expressing how proud they are of YOU for making the switch. They know it's not an easy one, clean products are typically much more expensive than store-bought mass brands, but in the end everything that we put in and on our bodies 100% matters.

I'm using the Noto Botanics Hydra Highlighter from the Sept. Laurel and Reed box, on my cheeks for some extra sparkle 
Laurel & Reed wants every member to feel special and for you to have full access to them. Natalie personally sends every new customer an email to welcome them to the Laurel & Reed family. They treat each and every member exactly like they want to be treated because they truly appreciate that you've chosen them, among all of the beauty boxes out there to introduce you to clean beauty. They also want to make their footprint as small as possible and their goal is to only use recycled products and partner with other eco-conscious brands too. I loved my September Box from Laurel & Reed. It featured a NOTO BOTANICS Hydra Highlighter, perfect for achieving that glowy-look on every skin tone. I love clay masks and the PURE ELEMENTS Youth Exfoliating Botanical Mask doubles both as a mask and an exfoliater- it turns a beautiful purple color when wet and is formulated with powerhouse antioxidants like as organic matcha and organic rosehip powder. The DR. LILY ROS Bamboo and Japanese Cherry Blossom  100% Natural Deodorant was super effective and easy to apply. And the RAD ALCHEMIST Rose Garden 3-in-1 Sugar Scrub was such a delicious shower treat and my skin was so smooth all day.

See all that Laurel & Reed has from past boxes- with one time or subscription offers available at and be sure to follow them on Instagram @laurelandreed

Until next time...

Friday, October 12, 2018

ELEMENTAL PRODUCTS // Recycled Bath Tissue to your Door

Elemental Recycled Products is a new and better way to buy toilet paper.  Premium quality, sustainably produced , at a competitive price and conveniently delivered to your home.
Steve Poleskey spends as much time outside as possible. Hiking, biking, camping or boating, the outdoors have been a refuge for him especially after he started a corporate career that confined him to an office. After 10 years working in various management roles at Google, Steve Poleskey really wanted to do something with his career that aligned with his values and passions.  He wanted a career that could improve and protect the natural world that he loved so much. As he investigated what he could do, he grew increasingly interested in recycling and realized it is one of the simplest things we can do to support the environment and limit our impact on the natural world. He met his future business partner, Stephanie Roach, who specializes in teaching people, especially children, about recycling. Together they dug deeper into recycling to understand where they could make an impact.

Founder of Elemental Recycled Products Steve Poleskey and Molly Taylor-Poleskey at Saturday River Swing supporting Harpeth Conservancy 
They extensively researched and saw that the biggest need was getting more consumers to buy products made from recycled materials. While more and more people were recycling, we also need a LOT more people to be buying products made from recycled materials, in order to close the sustainability loop. They saw an opportunity to bring together Steve's experience in product development and online sales and Stephanie’s experience in recycling education, to launch a home products line where everything was made from recycled materials. In June of 2018, Elemental Recycled Products was born. It started with toilet paper because it's something most people use everyday and it can easily be made from recycled material. Today, most recycled toilet papers are low quality and uncomfortable to use. Elemental worked to make a product that is super comfortable, high quality and would encourage people who hadn’t considered sustainable toilet paper before to give it a try.

Save trees, water, and energy by using Recycled Bath Tissue made in the USA by Elemental Recycled Products
Elementals paper comes from home, office and industrial paper that is placed in a recycling bin. This paper is then sorted and processed at a material recovery center and then taken to their paper plant to be turned into toilet paper. Most toilet paper is made from fresh cut trees but by using recycled paper as their starting point, Elemental significantly reduces the amount of water, energy and chemicals needed to create toilet paper. Their paper is also processed without Chlorine, a major river and ocean pollutant and is 100% septic safe. All of Elemental's products are made right here in the USA. A lot of sustainable products are made in China. It's great that China has these capabilities, but you lose a lot of the impact when you ship something across an ocean. By producing in the US, they significantly reduce their carbon footprint while getting their product to your home.

Elemental Recycled Bath Tissue is available in packs of 12, 24 and 48 rolls (best value) with free shipping,
delivered one-time or subscribe and save 5%
Elemental is most proud of the commitment they've made towards giving back. They give a percentage of their profits to educating kids about recycling and land preservation. Elemental is mission oriented and they aspire to become a public benefits corporation (B-corp) as they grow. Ultimately, they want to promote recycling and the use of recycled materials. They hope to have a full line of items that people use everyday in their homes and offices that are all made sustainably and from recycled materials. They want to open people’s eyes to the impact they can have with the choices they make in their everyday purchases. They want to make amazing products that people want to buy not just because they are sustainably produced, but because they are awesomely designed, convenient to get and delightful to use. Elemental knows they are asking a lot of people, when it comes to changing their habits. But bath tissue is something you know you'll always need regularly, so why not have it show up at your door step when you need it? If you're someone who wants to live more sustainably, it's small changes like toilet paper that can really make a difference to our environment.

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Until Next time...