Guide to Intentional Giving

Shopping for yourself is easy. Giving intentional, conscious gifts is a lot trickier. I personally try to think of thoughtful and meaningful gifts for loved ones that will make them feel valued and appreciated. A great way to give intentionally this year is by choosing to support a brand that stands for something- whether it’s artisan-made, sustainable, upcycled, organic, or made in the USA. I’ve included a few pieces that I think will make thoughtful, intentional gifts!

Artisan Made

A lovely simple gift that adds a lot to the table. This elegant recycled glassware doubles as cocktail or wine glasses—handmade in collaboration with Moroccan artisans.

Organic Hand Cream

This earthy organic hand cream is a luxurious and practical gift for the winter season. With top notes of marjoram, mid notes of palmarosa & rosemary and base notes of vetiver & lavender. Made of plants, grasses and seaweed.

Austin Austin’s bottles are made from 100% recycled material and their boxes are made from FSC accredited sustainably managed forests. All of their packaging is recyclable.

Made in the USA

A well-made notebook is a simple, thoughtful gift for that one person who is hard to buy gifts for. Appointed Co creates handcrafted notebooks in several beautiful colors, made in the US with sustainably sourced materials.

100% Pure Natural Essential Oils

These soothing winter scents create perfect cozy gifts for the holidays. Siblings Sara and Sean created Vitruvi as a collection of 100% natural essential oils that would help promote mindfulness and natural selfcare practices.

Sustainable Stocking Stuffers

Eco-chic kitchen tools and stainless steel reusable straws make ideal stocking stuffers! This Dish Brush has fully compostable brush heads which can be replaced.

Upcycled Jewelry

CLED creates upcycled handcrafted jewelry using sustainable, cruelty-free and discarded materials. CLED uses beautiful recycled, biodegradable packaging printed with environmentally friendly inks— perfect for gift giving!

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Upcycled Jewelry

These subtle statement earrings are sterling silver, hand-crafted glass repurposed and upcycled from discarded glass bottles.

Clean Beauty and Recipes

Written by founders of CAP Beauty, 100% plant based and gluten free recipes and rituals for a life of radical health and self-care. A great coffee table book for a health-conscious foodie friend!

Non-Toxic Beauty

J.Hannah’s beautiful non-toxic nail colors come in several muted shades that are a guarantee hit for your neutral-loving friend or family member. All J.Hannah polishes are seven-free, highly-pigmented, cruelty-free and made in the USA.

Upcycled Silk Scrunchie

The Scrunchie is back! A Silk scrunchie is such a fun statement piece- a perfect little gift for a sister or girlfriend. Winden’s 100% Upcycled Silk Scrunchie is created entirely from the premium, naturally dyed textile remnants left over from Miranda Bennett Studio.

Made in the USA Beanie

James Street Co is a small batch knitwear brand based out of Utah that makes beautiful knitwear sets for children and adults and the most adorable beanies. The Adult Port Beanie is 100% soft merino wool ethically made in LA. The Burnt Sienna Beanie makes a thoughtful gift with the perfect pop of color for the holidays.

Sara Panton, Co-Founder of Vitruvi On How Essential Oils Can Turn Self-Care into a Lifestyle

We’re taking a moment to talk about the actual benefits of essential oils and their positive effects on our brains, emotions and mood. Vitruvi makes 100% natural non-toxic essential oils at a sweet price point. Check out our interview below with Sara, the Cofounder of Vitruvi!

About the Brand
Vitruvi is the first direct to consumer essential oil company created by siblings Sara and Sean. They created Vitruvi from a passion for botanicals and traditions of cultures around the world with the goal of providing a little much needed self care to the lives of people during their modern hustle.

Sara was working in Kenya setting up women’s health clinics and alternative income projects when she became passionate about global health practices and wellness rituals.

Sara and her brother started blending their own products, taking botanicals and oils that have been used traditionally for centuries and redesigning them in a modern way to create pure and 100% natural non-toxic essential oils. 

Scroll down for the interview with Sara and some of her secrets tips and tricks for using essential oils in creative ways!

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What are the benefits of essential oils? How do they work?

“Vitruvi is really about taking everyday routines and turning them into wellness rituals by incorporating scent and essential oils.”— Sara 

We created a scent for waking up, for working, for meditating, for sleeping which meant that no matter how much someone was traveling, or how hectic her day was there was a grounding moment with a scent that was designed to associate with that ritual.

Beyond that, they also have absolutely amazing chemical properties that make them helpful for creating your own skincare, home cleaning products and goods that are friendly for yourself and the planet. 

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Vitruvi oils are designed to help you create rituals that help you rebalance, refocus, and create a little peace in the chaos.  What are some ways we can do this?

“I love pairing aromas to different parts of my day. The brain really likes routine, so by having an aroma with specific tasks and rituals that you do each day it helps cue the brain and body to get into that ‘zone’.”— Sara 

For me I have a few standard wellness rituals in my day for several oils:

Geranium

I wake up with Geranium using the oil on a face cloth each morning with warm water to wipe my face.  This aroma has become the ‘aroma of my morning’ regardless of where I am in the world. It’s a little bit of home.  When I think Spring, Geranium is definitely the first scent that comes to mind.  Our Geranium Essential Oil is sourced from Egypt and helps keep skin and hair glowing, while giving off a floral and slightly minty aroma.  Geranium helps with hormonal changes, and balancing the skin.

Bergamot

Our Bergamot Essential Oil is cold-pressed in France from the peel of the citrus fruit. Best known for creating the deep aroma of earl grey tea, this multi-use oil has a comforting, yet fresh scent. Add 7 drops of bergamot oil to a bath to create a cozy yet fresh evening bath this Spring.

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Essential oils can be used as a natural alternative to harmful household cleaning supplies, do you have any recipes you could recommend?

 Lemon

  I absolutely love the fresh scent of Lemon, and use it quite a bit in my laundry, or in my kitchen! Add 5 drops to a fresh cloth and put in your clothing dryer to freshen up your towels as they dry.  It also works great to help with cleaning up your dishes! Add 8 drops of lemon EO with your soap, directly to your hands or to pots and pans while they soak to help cut grease. Sourced from Italy, our Lemon essential oil is extracted by cold-pressing over 200 lbs of lemon rinds. Lemon is associated with uplifting emotions and a sense of order and cleanliness.

Spruce

Spruce is fantastic to deodorize your rooms. Great for the office or creative environment, you will feel alert, clear and productive, simply blend with Lemon or our Boost Blend to create an effective blend. Our Spruce Essential Oil is dynamic and woodsy. Extracted from Spruce trees in Austria through steam-distillation, this oil is known for its fresh, yet grounding aroma.

Aside from diffusing, what are some other practical tips for using essential oils?

Sweet Orange

Sweet Orange has a wide range of uses from cleaning your dishes to brightening your skincare routine. As you may or may not know, citrus can be super refreshing and invigorating for the skin. So, in the AM, try adding 2-3 drops of Sweet Orange essential oil to your current face moisturizer for a little extra glow. Vitruvi Sweet Orange essential oil is certified organic and is extracted from the peel of Italian oranges. It's great for the after work slump, the mid day slump, or just anytime you need a little pick me up!  

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Boost Blend

This is from our most recent collection of blended essential oils.  Boost is a blend of Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lime and Juniper; it's honestly sunshine in a bottle.  I love to diffuse Boost in the morning while I am getting ready. This along with a cup of coffee, helps wake me up, and get my mind ready for the day.  It's become part of my morning routine, and if I ever forget to turn on my diffuser, I can honestly notice a difference.

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Still Mist

This is one of my absolute favourite products!  I've swapped it out for my daily perfume, and always have one sitting on my desk.  

“It's great to give your face a little spritz in the afternoon, to reset, have a minute to yourself, and recharge in the craziness of a day.”— Sara 

Sukkha Citta's #MadeRight Campaign: Empowering Artisan Makers

Sukkha Citta creates slow, socially-conscious, artisan-made clothes that are #MadeRight.

Sukkha Citta’s #MadeRight Campaign is pioneering a new kind of sustainability through transparency and fairness, fostering traceability to where, why and how their clothes are produced.

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Through her research and travels to Indonesia, Founder Denica Flesch was inspired to find a way to support rather than exploit artisans and makers in the rural community.

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Denica’s intention with Sukkha Citta is to create a platform to empower artisans by providing an opportunity for women to pursue economic freedom while taking care of their children at home through their craft.

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Sukkha Citta created their own standard, called #MadeRight, which means that each fabric provides a living wage, promotes environmentally sustainable practices, while sustaining culture through their own modern reinterpretation of heritage. 

The Senja shirt is handloomed and hand-dyed  with subtle white lines that is created using the complex Double Ikat technique in Medano Village, Central Java.

6 Conscious Brands to Know from WOMAN NYC

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MAN WOMAN shows are dedicated to building a well-edited community of brands from around the globe, including brands with a purpose behind them, made in the USA, hand made, or sustainably made labels.

MAN WOMAN shows are held twice a year in NYC, Paris, and Tokyo. Check out our 6 favorite conscious brands from this year’s WOMAN NYC!

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Are Studio

Are Studio creates mainly accessories and some clothing, all made by hand in Los Angeles, sourcing materials and supplies from local family owned manufacturers and businesses.

Are Studio uses overstock and deadstock fabrics during production whenever possible, valuing minimal waste for their clothing pieces.

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By Far Shoes

BY FAR is a Bulgarian shoe brand, emphasizing wearable luxury footwear.

One-third of their collection is now sustainable, made from dead stock leather rescued from luxury Italian factories. All BY FAR shoes are handmade in a small, family owned factory.

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FARIS FARIS

FARIS FARIS is a sculptural and artful jewelry line designed and made by hand by maker Faris Du Graf in Seattle, Washington.

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Abraham Label

Abraham is a gender fluid, NYC-based brand with a focus on local production and high quality, natural materials. Their materials are sourced in the USA when possible, produced ethically and sustainably.

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BllueMade

BllueMade’s garments are designed in Brooklyn and produced in New York City’s historic Garment District in a factory owned and run by women.

They use Belgian linen for all their pieces, which is both sustainable, hypoallergenic and biodegradable.

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VEJA

Veja buys cotton from organic farmers, respecting fair trade practices. Their organic cotton is spun and weaved into canvas for Veja sneakers and accessories.

Veja uses sustainable natural rubber from the Amazon Forests, which aids in revitalizing an old practice of tapping trees for rubber, also contributing to preventing deforestation.