Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Fair Trade Beauty Brands you'll want to support

Do you know what Fair Trade is? We have all heard about Vegan and Cruelty Free brands, and chances are if you look up fair trade cosmetics lines, that's what you'll find. Vegan cosmetics lines. But there is a difference. Cruelty free brands do not test their products on animals. Vegan brands do not use any animal byproducts or ingredients in their cosmetics, so for example the don't use beeswax. But Fair Trade is an entirely different standard you may want to jump on board with.

Fair Trade is a global movement that strives to improve the lives of everyone. We have all heard of sweatshop workers, or the farmer in a third world country who get's paid pennies for hard labor and can barely feed his family. Fair Trade is about ending that. It's about paying people fair wages and not neglecting those who work in factory or farming environments. It is also about sing sustainable practices that are good for the environment. 
"Our standards ensure producers, workers, farmers, and fishermen have the money needed to invest in their lives and their work." - Fair Trade USA
 Now that is something I can get behind! If you'd like to learn more about what fair trade is then click here to visit Fair Trade Certified's website fairtradecertified.org.

So here are three killer beauty brands I have personally tried that produce good quality products  using fair trade practices and ingredients.

You get a lot of good things when you shop at Thistle Farms. Thistle Farms isn't only fair trade products, it is so much more. It is a charity that helps to aid women who are victims of sex trafficking and sexual slavery, by providing them with a safe haven, applicable job experience and helping them to learn basic living skills they may not have had the opportunity to learn such as money management and educational planning. Thistle Farms not only provides housing and jobs along with coaching, but they help their residents get through college to help them create a self sustainable life. When you purchase from Thistle Farms you are also getting fair trade items made with high quality ingredients. The bath and body products are truly top notch, and it's extra nice knowing that not only were no sweat shops involved in the making of this product, but that your purchase helped someone to find freedom.

Shea Moisture is an affordable brand that has a wide range of products from skin care, to hair care and even cosmetics. They are not only affordable but accessible. You can find Shea Moisture at Ulta, Walmart, Target and several other convenient stores. I personally use the Shea Moisture African Black Soap and love it. Even their shampoos and conditioners have my stamp of approval for the most part. If you are on a budget or wanting to find some more affordable options Shea Moisture is a great choice to be honest.

 I love Pure Argan Co. They sell one thing and that is 100%  argan oil. There are so many wannabe oils on the market that claim to be 100% pure but are cut with synthetic fragrances and fillers. What is tricky is that a package can say it's 100% pure argan oil, but all that means is that they must have pure argan oil in it as one of the ingredients. Not only is this heavenly oil the real deal, but it's fair trade, organic, fragrance free, paraben free and vegan. You can buy bottles in three sizes and the cost ranges from $9 to $50. This oil is perfect to hydrate your scalp, repair split ends, soothe scaly or cracked skin, hydrate your skin and more. And with their guilt free sourcing it's another purchase you can feel good about.

Hopefully you enjoyed this short list of fair trade beauty brands. Let me know if you have any brands you love to support, or if you'd like to learn more about ethical beauty.

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