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all you need is love - Em Cosmetics

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Help EM Cosmetics spread some love. Their shade, LOVE, is the perfect red– orange shade to welcome Spring. The lipstick is vegan, 100% cruelty – free, and compliments every skin tone. The formula won’t dry out your lips and will stay put for hours. 100% of the profits will be donated to Love146, an international human rights organization that is committed to ending child trafficking.

EM Cosmetics was founded by Michelle Phan. With the help of Love146, they are bringing awareness to the issue of child trafficking. It is important to her to not only provide high quality products but to use her passion for makeup to do good and help others. 

sun's out - REN

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Spring is here and Summer is fast approaching which begs the question: Are you wearing your sunscreen? Many of you are very anti – sunscreen and for good reason. They can be filled with ingredients you can’t pronounce, they’re heavy, and can cause breakouts (no, thanks). That’s where REN steps in by launching their Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30. It’s vegan, cruelty-free, and doesn’t contain any silicone. Their sunscreen contains 22% zinc oxide, rice starch, and yellow passion fruit seed extract. And the best part is it’s certified clean beauty and doesn’t leave you looking chalky. It’s a daily sunscreen you want to reapply throughout your day. 

REN was founded to offer you clean products that are not only good for you but good for the environment as well. They’re adamant about using bio - actives in their products and they only use 100% recyclable packaging. Their bottles are made from recycled ocean plastic and they have partnered with Surfrider to clean up the world’s beaches and oceans. 

How Smitten!

beauty sleep - Care

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Your skin works while you sleep. Yes, really! That’s why using effective products in your nighttime routine is not only necessary, but easy. Care’s Tireless Retinoid Night Serum is like magic in a bottle. Made to brighten your complexion, it contains granactive retinoid which helps promote cell renewal and diminish dark spots. Care understands that the key isn’t to stop aging, but rather it’s to age gracefully.

Care was founded on the need to provide safe and effective products. Their products are made in the U.S. and only feature clean ingredients that are even safe to use during pregnancy. They don’t test on our furry friends and they market their goods at honest prices. What’s even better is how they donate a portion of their profits to charity. They feature a different charity for each season, bringing awareness to multiple causes close to their heart. 

We’re Smitten!

skin so pure - Philosophy

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Even the toughest, most ambitious boss babes need a gentle cleanser to clean their skin. Philosophy’s Purity Cleanser is quite possibly the most gentle, purifying cleanser that won’t strip the skin. With ingredients such as meadowfoam, sandalwood and rosewood oil, the cleanser eliminates makeup while conditioning the skin. 

Philosophy was founded by Christina Carlino. Since then, she has been committed to offering products that deliver results in order to transform your skin for the better. Along with Philosophy, she has created the hope & grace initiative where she supports mental health treatments. Each product that is sold allows the company to support mental health efforts by donating financial grants in treating and preventing mental illness.

We’re purely Smitten!

hydrate with honey - Fountain of Truth

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My face might be drier than all the deserts combined. Dramatic, I know. The solution may be in The Honey Glowmask by Fountain of Youth. Made without the bad stuff, its active ingredients are coconut oil (hello, old friend) and squalane. For each purchase, 10% of the proceeds are donated to Fab-U-Wish and The Pink Agenda.  

Breast cancer survivor Giuliana Rancic set out to create her own clean products and thus, Fountain of Truth was born. Cancer research is something Giuliana is passionate about. The company partners with The Pink Agenda to help find the cure for breast cancer. 

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coconut to the rescue - Conscious Coconut

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Using Conscious Coconut could solve ALL of your problems- well, almost. It’s the ultimate multitasker. It’s a moisturizer, teeth whitener, and you can even tame your frizzy hair with it. The list goes on! It’s also cold-pressed, 100% organic and comes in a squeeze tube so it’s perfect to toss into your bag.

When Danielle Conte founded Conscious Coconut, she knew she had to give back. The company partners with Feeding America to provide food for hungry children so they can get the proper nutrition they require because no child should ever go hungry.

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stay calm - Freedom Naturals

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My skin is more temperamental than a 2 year old- it’s irritated all the time. This Calming Moisturizer from Freedom Naturals does just as the name suggests- it calms. The formula contains organic aloe vera, beeswax, arnica and is suited for all skin types. 20% of the proceeds are donated to #MoveToEndDV, an organization that helps domestic violence victims start new lives. 

Founder Gloria Vanderlaan created Freedom Naturals with the purpose of offering products that not only give back but that deliver results. Her main focus is to help women-and men- rise from domestic violence and to help women become fierce leaders.

there's beauty in equality - Beautiful Rights

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Beautiful Rights offers us the chance to fight the patriarchy- with our lips. Their #Enough lipstick is made for every woman who’s had enough of social injustices and demands change. The brown-pink shade is fragrance, paraben, and cruelty free. 20% of the proceeds are donated to a nonprofit that supports women’s rights. 

Beautiful Rights was created to show its support for women’s rights. The brand supports numerous organizations including Planned Parenthood, March For Our Lives, and Momsrising- because we can’t forget the moms who are fighting for fair opportunities.

We’re beautifully Smitten.

be bold - The Lipstick Lobby

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I like to think of my lipstick as my everyday war paint. And their Kiss My Pink shade from The Lipstick Lobby is just that and more. It’s made in the U.S., cruelty free, long-lasting, and flatters every skin tone. The biggest payoff? 100% of all net profits go to Planned Parenthood to help men and women have access to healthcare and sex education. 

Davida Hall is the activist behind The Lipstick Lobby. She created a brand that stands for social justice. Featuring campaigns that target different social issues and injustice, each one has their designated lipstick shade. The bolder, the better.

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huile de parfum by notablySmitten

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I put my whole heart into this fragrance, I hope it will inspire you as much as it has me!

When I say this little bottle of perfume is heavenly, I speak the truth.  Delectable citrus notes start off at the top, rich and creamy Madagascar Vanilla fills out the middle...ginger, vetiver and sage finish the scent. It's got a fetching, come-hither quality...nectarous and sexy. 

This bewitching fragrance is notablySmitten's first signature scent - ten percent of each bottle will go toward purchasing Wello Waterwheels for regions of the country that are faced with dire challenges accessing water. 

notablySmitten loves Wello and wants you to know more about this important company here.

Gracious and Smitten.

this chic chevron clutch for Spring - Tribe Alive

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Tribe Alive’s Chevron Clutch is as beautiful as it is useful - and not just for carrying your phone and lipstick on a night out.  Each of Tribe Alive’s products are designed and made by women in safe studio work environments for fair wages, which means your new clutch continues pays it forward long after your purchase.

With partnerships across Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India and Forth Worth, Texas, Tribe Alive teams up with female artisans to bring you a gorgeous collection that reflects each country's’ unique culture and handiwork - all to support upward mobility, reliable incomes, and stability for these female artisans’ and their families.  We love supporting any organization that provides a platform for women to help women!

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LOVE comes in essential oils - Thistle Farms

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Thistle Farms is a community of women survivors of addiction, prostitution, and trafficking in Nashville, Tennessee. "This product bears witness that love is the most powerful force for change in the world." Their mission statement here...worth the read.

These compelling essential oils have been used since ancient times for the purposes of healing. Derived from highly concentrated plant products, blended for physical, mental and emotional purposes. Luscious jojoba and coconut oils are used as carrier agents, keeping the skin hydrated.

Packaged in frosted glass tube with a roller ball that glides oils directly onto your pulse points.

4 bottles of 0.34 fl. oz. (10 ml) each that specifically addresses your: Calm, Energy, Immunity and Balance.

LOVE and Smitten.

for a good read - Thoughtfully Magazine

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Thoughtfully Magazine suggests that readers “live thoughtfully right where you are, one step at a time, with what you have” - and we couldn’t agree more.  Living each moment with the right outlook is a major step to improving your day, your life, and your world!

This eco-conscious, independently produced magazine is as thoughtful as it sounds. Filled with topics such as sustainable beauty products, health and wellness, and delicious recipes, Thoughtfully encourages readers to shift their attention to the more important things in life.  While they only promote specific products that they believe in, they are also working to become ad-free, and will soon rely only on reader support.

Consider picking up a copy of this elegantly designed and genuine publication during your next trip to Wholefoods or Sprouts!

Naturally Smitten!

bighearted jammies - Sudara Punjammies

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These gorgeous capris are a scrumptious addition to our wardrobes...morning, noon and night loungewear! I love them!! I love who makes them...and I love the company behind them. I am actually honored to write about these beautiful garments - made from traditional sari fabric that so perfectly represents the colors and textures of the culture.

Sudara is the company behind Punjammies, and they are working tirelessly to end the chain of sexual slavery in India, where some of the highest estimates of slavery and sex-trafficking anywhere in the world are reported. Each pair of jams is made by women in India who have escaped human trafficking. When you purchase from Sudara, "you invest in the freedom and dignity of these women and girls who are working to forge a new life for themselves and their children."

I first became aware of this extraordinary company back in September 2014, please read more here.

Sudara designs other goods for sale and provides a donation opportunity here as well.

Always entirely Smitten!

soft and soothed skin naturally - Honest Beauty

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With my husband working in the movie industry, I travel a lot! This fall we have been fortuitous to spend it in the very friendly, bohemian, rustic little town of Manitou Springs, at the base of Pikes Peak. It's positively stunning here...and with an elevation of 6,035 feet, very drying to the skin. After a week here, my face was thirsty, and needed some attention. I sincerely scored when I (finally) stumbled upon Honest Beauty's Magic Balm...it is pure greatness in a 5g/17oz. compact.

Honest Beauty is made without: parabens, gluten, silicones, petrolatum, synthetic fragrances, or dyes - they have created an incredible product line. I've been using the balm morning and night, and my skin feels like I've been hanging in Hawaii!

Jessica Alba is the beauty behind The Honest Company and Honest Beauty, and both are devoted to healthy products and the education of our girls. Both ideas notablySmitten supports wholeheartedly!

"Your purchase helps fund access to safe products and advances in research and education that support healthy, happy lives for all."

...am totally Smitten with Honest Beauty!

LOVE these knickers - Naja

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Naja Knickers are eco-conscious, adorably designed, and socially conscious every step of the way: our favorite kind of notable trifecta!  Every single design is more adorable, sexy and stylish than the next!

Naja is the entrepreneurial brainchild of Catalina Girald, an attorney-turned-traveler-turned-activist, and Gina Rodriguez, an award-winning-actress-and-latino-community-supporter.  Naja was created in an effort to shift the way lingerie is made and marketed so that it is empowering, not objectifying, for the “smart, courageous and sexy women of today”.  With factories that employ primarily single mothers and female heads of households, Naja pays above market wages, allows for flexible scheduling, and provides school clothes, supplies and lunches to the children of their employees.  In addition to their factories, Naja employs women in the slums of Columbia to sew garment bags in their homes through their Underwear for Hope program - 2% of all purchases go towards funding this program.  

In addition to all the socially-conscious efforts, Naja prints all their awesome knicker graphics digitally to minimize their environmental footprint.

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the perfect dress - Symbology Kimono Wrap dress

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Looking for a versatile, flattering, fun-but-still-elegant dress to kick off wedding season?  Look no further than the beautiful kimono wrap dress from Symbology clothing!

Symbology was founded by Marissa Heyl after a trip to India in 2006.  Her mission - in short - is to make fair trade sexy!  Symbology strives to make fair trade the norm in the fashion industry, and fuses beautiful tradition fabrics and patterns from India and the West Bank with modern, fashion-forward designs.  By partnering directly with artisans, these talented women are empowered to exercise their skills in weaving, block printing or embroidery.  These artisans are able to continue their trades and traditions while earning wages that allow their families to thrive.

Each collection centers around a motif or theme, and I love the playfulness of each unique print!  The fall/winter collection, entitled “Birds of a Feather”, features super flattering cuts in patterns that are printed by women in India using ancient hand-block printing methods. 

Fashionably Smitten! 

march bangles - Bird and Stone Awali bracelet

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If looking for a classic, beaded bracelet that pops with color, look no further!  This beautiful Turquoise and Gold Awali Bracelet is the perfect addition to any outfit!

Bird and Stone was founded by Elana Reinholtz in 2012 after a volunteer trip to Kenya to work with widowed women.  By teaming up with the Sisi Fund, a women’s collaborative that provides microloans in Africa, Bird and Stone launched an affordable jewelry line that encourages consumers to be “micro-philanthropists” with every purchase.

15% of net profits from each bracelet funds the microloans and financial education necessary for widowed women in Kitale, Kenya, to rebuild and improve their lives.  The microloans are small - usually just a few hundred dollars - and are offered to women who do not have enough income to qualify for a traditional bank loan.  These loans also carry a lower interest rate than a bank could offer, and once the loan is paid off the interest goes directly back to the women so they may further invest in their financial education.  

Bird and Stone strives to inspire, educate, and most importantly help shape the dreams of deserving women who are aspiring to be independent, financially stable, and educated.  We love that each bracelet sold supports this cause!

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It's a giving thing...rosemary lavender soap - Kahina Beauty

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Sometimes soap smells so good you want to take a bite!  While I don’t recommend eating soap, I do endorse the Rosemary Lavender Argan Soap from Kahina Giving Beauty! 

Katharine L’Heureux, the founder and CEO of Kahina Giving Beauty, discovered the amazing properties of Argan Oil after a 2007 trip to Morocco.  She launched Kahina Giving Beauty in 2008 with the goal of supporting the indigenous women and culture of Morocco, protecting the environment, and giving back.  

The impressive and difficult process that the Berber women of Morocco go through to extract the oil from the Argan nut is often undercut by pressure for low-cost oil - often this is achieved by paying unfair labor wages and harvesting oil from low quality nuts.  Kahina Giving Beauty works with cooperatives that pay living wages and source nuts from healthy trees.  

Kahina Giving Beauty gives 1% of its annual revenue to organizations that directly benefit the women and families of South Morocco.  To achieve this, they work with local GNO’s with missions that support the women and families of this region, namely Education For All and High Atlas Foundation.  

In addition to all the goodness Kahina Giving Beauty does by ethically sourcing their oil, this soap comes wrapped in a beautiful, colorful printed paper - perfect to gift to yourself or others!  

Super Smitten!

love blooming...josefina pouch - Mercado Global

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This gorgeous pouch pops with color and texture! I love the hand-embroidered traditional pattern against the modern black leather found on the Josefina Pouch

Sparked by an idea when working with artisans in rural Latin America, founder Ruth DeGolia began Mercado Global while still a student at Yale.  In 2004, Mercado Global recieved a start-up grant from Echoing Green, and has exponentially grown over the last 11 years into a globally recognized company with a powerful mission: empower indigenous women to overcome poverty and become agents of change in their communities.

Mercado’s mission is two-fold.  First, it provided business education to talented female artisans so that they can grow their skills into a business.  Secondly, it connects these indigenous women to global markets to sell their products on a large scale, which in turn empowers them to support their families and provide more opportunities for their children. Over time, this model pulls entire communities out of the poverty cycle.

Mercado Global has partnered with over 400 women across Guatamala!  This hard work translates into beautiful products supporting a beautiful cause.

Totally Smitten!