Self Care with Palermo Body

Winter weather is the harshest on your skin and it’s more important than ever to make the time and effort to take care of yourself. In honor of Valentine’s Day approaching, we are taking a moment to celebrate the art of self care with Palermo Body.

Palermo Body is a Brooklyn-based collection of truly natural skin care products made by hand in small batches by founder Jessica Morelli in her studio in Brooklyn. Each product is consciously formulated by choosing every ingredient with purpose, and mindfulness of its benefits to your skin and effect on the environment.

We asked founder Jessica a few questions about Palermo's mission, sustainability, and her self care practices.

How was Palermo Body born?

Palermo was born out of a combination of my love for creating and the desire to have luxurious natural skin care options that fit seamlessly into my daily routine. Creating completely natural products was important to me because of the holistic values my Sicilian Grandmother instilled in me as a child, so to honor her I named the brand Palermo Body after her home in Sicily.

What are some simple self care practices you recommend?

Taking a bath is a great way to simultaneously activate your senses and relax. I want our products to add beauty and ritual into the daily lives of those who use them. Take the 90 extra seconds in the morning to mist your face few spritzes of our Hydrating Facial Toner, and apply our . In the evenings, treat yourself to a 15 min Vitamin C Mask after work to unwind and replenish your skin.

Tell us about the Coffee Culture Kit- what's the story behind it?

The Coffee Culture Kit as an ode to the coffee community, local makers and business owners here in Brooklyn who share thoughtful business practices in sourcing fair trade, sustainable and organic ingredients. The set includes Palermo’s famous Organic fair trade Coffee Body Scrub, an Organic, vegan Espresso Chocolate Bar handcrafted by Haute Chocolate, and fair trade Ethiopian Washed Coffee from Brooklyn Roasting Company

How do you implement sustainability in your production practices?

We reuse packing material for wholesale distribution whenever possible while also sourcing sustainable packing materials like biodegradable packing peanuts. We use post consumer paper, nontoxic cleaning products and recycle everything we can. I am always trying to find new ways we can lighten our footprint on the environment.

What is the story behind the Me Time Kit?

When putting together this kit, my intention was to remind you to slow down and make that “me-time” for yourself. I chose my favorite candle hand-poured soy wax candle from Simply Curated, and non-toxic vegan nail polish by Sundays to complement our best selling exfoliating and detoxifying Vitamin C Mask.

Ethical Meets Affordable: Nude Ethics

Nude Ethics designs and creates affordable pieces made with ethical standards. Each one of their in-house designs is organic cotton and fair wear production, made in England.

In addition to their own label, Nude Ethics carries brands who are either handmade, locally crafted, family-run, or use traditional craft.

This is my favorite Nude Ethics piece, the Nude Ladies Jumper, 100% Organic Cotton using water-based dyes, printed in Cornwall, UK.

 

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Millie and Lou is one of my favorite brands carried by Nude Ethics. Millie and Lou takes vintage garments and textiles and works with artists to transform them into one of a kind pieces.

Their dainty illustrations are inspired by some of the greats and contemporary art; each piece hand printed using heat application.

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The Conscious Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are here and we’ve rounded up some of our favorite ethical brands for some one-of-a-kind gifts for all the special people in your life.

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Apprvl is a collection of handmade & hand dyed accessories made with natural dyes and fibers. Founder Megan Mussari takes inspiration from the Japanese tradition of Shibori indigo dyeing, run from her artist studio in Brooklyn.

Their iconic bandana is the perfect gift for the accessory-lover with an affinity for the handmade and one-of-a-kind. Bonus- APPRVL will custom-embroider your bandana for a little extra ;)

Conscious Co Magazine focuses on conscious culture and the social good community. The magazine features inspirational and informative stories, interviews and collaborations with leaders in the conscious movement, an ideal stocking-stuffer for the activist intellectual in your life. 

Boy Smells hand pours each candle in their Los Angeles Pico–Union studio. They use a magical blend of coconut oil and beeswax with a braided cotton wick in a glossy black glass tumbler, beautiful and rich–burning.

The embossed matte pink carton that this set comes in make them the perfect gift for that guy or gal who appreciates good design and self care.

Cold Picnic is a line of textiles, home goods and handmade jewelry formed in 2010 by partners Phoebe Sung and Peter Buer. All Cold Picnic pieces are designed in their Brooklyn studio partnering with a  family-owned business in India to produce their line of handmade rugs. 

The boob bath is the perfect cheeky accent piece for a wall or bathroom.

Palermo Body is a collection of truly natural skin care products made by hand in small batches by founder Jessica Morelli in her studio in Brooklyn. Each product is consciously formulated by choosing every ingredient with purpose and mindfulness of its benefits to your skin and effect on the environment. 

Palermo's Pure Rituals Aromatherapy set includes three luxurious oils, incense, and a beautiful ceramic dish, great for your health-conscious, holistic friend!

 Pure Rituals set $68

Pure Rituals set $68

Palermo's famous Coffee Scrub uses Organic fair trade coffee, raw sugar for gentle exfoliation with shea butter and coconut oil to nourish skin leaving it feeling supple and moisturized. 

 The S'well bottle is a guaranteed hit for any cool girl who's into hydration and sustainability. S’well is a proud supporter of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, helping provide clean water to the world’s most vulnerable children. 

Keepers partnered up with local soap-maker By Ceci to make their first zero waste handmade citrus coffee soap!

Half the proceeds from the soap will go to Harlem Grown's summer youth program. The program uses urban gardening to empower youth to learn about nutrition and sustainability, donating all produce to the local Harlem community.

Keepers is naturally brewed sparkling citrus coffee. They use a Japanese flash brewing method we get a bright, refreshing flavor you can't get enough of, now sold at Whole Foods!

 

The Essential Fall Tote

With cold weather around the corner, I started looking for the perfect fall bag. Every woman knows your everyday tote is a highly strategic purchase. It has to be able to carry everything you could need for any possible situation. I spent the afternoon with my Motif No.3 bag to show how it’s the perfect sidekick for any girl on the go.

 When we choose to shop brands like Motif No. 3 who are made in the USA, we are supporting better working conditions, fair wages, cleaner production, and higher quality standards.

Motif No.3 is a family-built designer bag brand and creative magazine, designing products that reflect art for the creative professional. Their canvas is sourced in the US, their leather is currently sourced internationally (they’re working on sourcing their leather in the US).  Each piece is designed and made in their workspace in in Temecula, California. Motif No.3 is for those who strive to be creative, innovate and shape the world for good. 

The Ross family, Maggie, Joel, Stephen and Cheryl launched Motif No.3 as a family-owned business in March of this year. There mission is to cultivate creative culture, and from this stems the desire to bring fair jobs into the fashion industry.