The Fair Trade Beauty Blogger
Why Not Be Fairly Beautiful, Too?
Greetings Fair Trade, eco-conscious, and organically minded friends! My name is Trista, and I write The Fairest of Them All, the first blog focused on Fair and Direct Trade beauty products. I write reviews, company profile, tips, and a DIY Spa series.
If you have been spending time browsing VavaVida’s great products, you know that, as well as staples like coffee, tea and chocolate, you can purchase fairly and directly traded soaps, candles, and jewelry. But did you know you also have at your fingertips (literally, thanks to the internet) a plethora of Fair and Direct Trade options—lotions, balms, creams, toners, hair care—to stock your lovely vanity with? Well, if you have a vanity. In which case, lucky you because I would LOVE to have one myself. As it is I stock my medicine cabinet and bathroom drawers. It just sounds so much less glamorous.
In 2008, Fair Trade USA began to certify the first category of non edible products; cosmetics. It started when a coffee supplier who sold Fair Trade beans for consumption decided to make a body scrub. He asked if he couldn’t get the seal on his scrub since he was using the same beans. And that was the start!
So, which of the ingredients in your toilette should be labeled as Fairly Traded? Well, mostly the same ones you buy to eat. Coffee and sugar in scrubs, teas in moisturizers, and cocoa butter rubs for a start. Beyond that you will find coconut oil, hibiscus flower, olive oil, and shea butter all on the list of cosmetic ingredients that can be certified by various third party groups. That’s not even counting the ingredients that, while you may not find them labeled by a separate organization, are sourced from well managed cooperatives that provide fair pay, benefits, and a voice to the farmers and laborers. This category includes the increasingly popular argan oil.
As a major plus, you will find that almost all Fair and Direct Trade cosmetics are very natural, safe, and often organic to boot. I’m an avid label reader with my beauty products, and I have seen very few products that bear a Fair Trade claim alongside potentially harmful ingredients.
If you’ve been looking at some products but aren’t sure if they’re for you, come over and see if I’ve reviewed them yet (or drop me a line at Trista@fairtradebeautyblog.com and ask me to review it). If you know you want to start expanding your Fair Trade horizons but aren’t sure where you want to begin, swing by and take a look at my Top of the Class picks. I promise you won’t be disappointed—there is some really lovely stuff out there!