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2017 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales (Cruelty-free Edition)

2017 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Cruelty-free Sales

Hello all! I don’t know about you, but I’m keeping a Black Friday wishlist of all the products I have (1) ran out of and (2) had my eye on! I typically wait to buy a lot of my favorite green beauty products until now because this week tends to be most brands’s biggest sales of the year.

Black Friday / Cyber Monday Advice = create an account for each brand you are planning to purchase from and add your desired items into your cart or wishlist now. This will save you time & stress this weekend and help you check out in a timely fashion (before your fav products sell out)!

Disclaimer = This list contains some affiliate links from which I can earn a small commission. I appreciate you going out of your way to use my affiliate links to help support my blog and fund my giveaways! ❤️


Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales

100% Pure

  • When: NOW! Black Friday (11/24)
  • $10 items! Various items for just $10 each with any sale over $45! Perfect for stocking stuffers!

14e Cosmetics Black Friday Sale14e Cosmetics

  • When: Black Friday (11/24)
  • 25% off entire online store with coupon code “14eholiday”

Acure Organics Black Friday & Cyber Monday

Acure Organics

  • When: Black Friday – Cyber Monday (11/24 – 11/27)
  • 40% off sitewide with code “SNOWFLAKE”

AILA Cosmetics Black Friday

AILA Cosmetics

  • When: NOW (11/23) through Cyber Monday (11/27)
  • 20% off entire order with coupon code “BLACKCYBER”

Alima Pure Black Friday

Alima Pure

  • When: Black Friday (11/24) – Sunday (11/26)
  • 10% off entire online purchase with coupon code “STAYCOZY”
  • Free shipping on domestic orders
  • Free mascara and eyeliner with all purchases $75+

Angela Roi Black Friday

Angela Roi (Vegan Leather)

  • When: NOW through 11/30
  • 10% off entire purchase with code “2017Holiday10”

Au Naturale Cyber Monday

Au Naturale Cosmetics

  • When: Cyber Monday (11/27)
  • 25% off sitewide! No code needed. Plus, free gifts with purchases over $50!

Beauty by Earth Black Friday & Cyber Monday

Beauty by Earth

  • When: Black Friday (11/24), Small Biz Saturday (11/25) & Cyber Monday (11/27)
  • Black Friday: 30% off entire online store
  • Small Biz Saturday: Buy One, Get One Free (Excluding Bath Bombs)
  • Cyber Monday: 35% off entire online store

Buckaroo Organics Small Biz Sat and Cyber Monday

Buckaroo Organics

  • When: Small Business Saturday (11/25) & Cyber Monday (11/27)
  • Small Business Saturday: Site-wide sale of 20-40% off! All products will be on sale – no code needed!
  • Cyber Monday: Starting on Sunday, 11/26 at 12am MST enjoy 20% off entire website with code. Discount code revealed to World of Buckaroo email subscribers on Saturday. Sign up here!

CALIA NATURAL

Calia Natural

  • When: Black Friday – Saturday (11/24 – 11/25)
  • 15% off entire purchase with coupon code “BLACKFRIDAY15”

Casetify Black Friday

Casetify

  • When: NOW through Saturday (11/25)
  • 15% off $35+ with coupon code “BLACK2017”
  • 20% off $75+ with coupon code “BLACK2017”
  • $10 off your first order! –> If you’re only buying one case, this will save you more money than their Black Friday Sale!

Clove + Hallow Black Friday & Cyber Monday

Clove + Hallow

  • When: Black Friday – Cyber Monday (11/24 – 11/27)
  • Site-wide sale of up to 30% off! Every CLOVE + HALLOW product will be on sale – no code needed!

Crunchi Black Friday Sale

Crunchi

  • When: Thursday (11/23) 6pm EST – Sunday (11/26) 11:59pm EST
  • Up to 30% off select items!

Dr.Brite Black Friday

Dr.Brite

  • When: NOW!
  • 40% off entire order with coupon code “BlackFriYAY”

 Erin's Faces Black Friday & Cyber Monday

Erin’s Faces

  • When: Black Friday – Cyber Monday (11/24 – 11/27)
  • 20% off your entire online purchase with coupon code “THANKYOULOVE”

Fitglow Beauty Black Friday

Fitglow Beauty

  • When: Now through Cyber Monday (11/27)
  • 15% off all orders with coupon code “BF15”
  • 20% off orders over $200 with coupon code “BF20”
  • 30% off orders over $300 with coupon code “BF30”

Freedom Deodorant Black Friday

Freedom Deodorant

  • When: NOW!
  • 30% off select items – no coupon code needed!

GOOD BEING BLACK FRIDAY (1)

 Good Being

  • When: Black Friday (11/24)
  • SIGN UP HERE to receive PRIVATE Black Friday Deals in your Inbox – for Subscribers Only!

Good Juju Apothecary

Good Juju Apothecary

  • When: Black Friday (11/24): ends at midnight!
  • 50% off entire online store with coupon code “THANKFUL”

Go Organik Box

  • When: Black Friday (11/24) only!
  • 20% off your first subscription box with coupon code “GREENFRIDAY”
  • 20% off entire online store with coupon code “GREENFRIDAYSHOP”

Gunas Black Friday Sale

Gunas New York (Vegan Leather)

  • When: NOW through 11/26 midnight
  • 20% off entire website with code “THANKS20”

Hynt Beauty Black Friday

Hynt Beauty

  • When: NOW through Cyber Monday (11/27)
  • 30% off your entire purchase excluding lipstick, sets, and samples with coupon code “BLACK2017”

Kiss Me Honey Black Friday

 Kiss Me Honey

  • When: NOW
  • 20% off entire online purchase with coupon code “THANKS”

Kosmatology Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Kosmatology

  • When: Thanksgiving – Cyber Monday (11/23 – 11/27)
  • 30% off entire purchase with coupon code “CLEAN30”

Know Foods Black Friday

Know Foods

  • When: NOW!
  • 30% off your entire order with coupon code “BLACKFRIDAY”
  • Get Free Shipping On Orders $40 Or More!

Lauren B Beauty Black Friday & Cyber MondayLauren B Beauty

  • When: Black Friday (11/24) and Cyber Monday (11/27)
  • Black Friday: 50% off all products & free shipping over $5o with code “BLACKFRIDAY50”
  • Cyber Monday: 40% off all products & free shipping over $50 with code “CYBER40”

lily lolo black friday

Lily Lolo

  • When: NOW (11/23) through Black Friday (11/24)
  • 15% off your entire purchase with coupon code “Black17”

Little Barn Apothecary Black Friday & Cyber Monday

Little Barn Apothecary

  • When: Black Friday – Cyber Monday (11/24 – 11/27)
  • 20% off entire website!

Little Words Project Black Friday Little Words Project

  • When: Thursday (11/23) 6pm EST – Friday (11/24) midnight EST!
  • 30% off the entire online store plus free-shipping (yes, you read that right!)

Luxie Beauty Black Friday

Luxie Beauty

  • When: NOW (11/23) – Cyber Monday (11/27)
  • 50% off entire online store with coupon code “BF17”

Matt & Nat Black Friday

Matt & Nat (Vegan Leather)

  • When: NOW!
  • 25% off select styles (prices as marked in online store)

Mineral Fusion Cyber Monday

Mineral Fusion

  • When: Cyber Monday (11/27)
  • 35% off the entire online store!

OLO Black Friday

One Love Organics

  • When: Saturday (11/25) 8am EST – Tuesday (11/28) 12pm EST –> this is their only sale of the year!
  • 25% off online purchase with discount code “OLOCYBERSPREE”

Orgain Black Friday

Orgain

  • When: NOW through 11/29
  • 15% off your entire order or 20% off orders over $100!

Organically Becca Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Organically Becca: Organic Is The New Black T-Shirts!

  • When: NOW through Cyber Monday (11/27)
  • 15% off your shirt purchase with coupon code “BLACKFRIDAY”
  • While you’re at it, check out Becca’s amazing blog and follow her on Instagram!

organic bunny

Organic Bunny

  • When: NOW (11/23) through Cyber Monday (11/27)
  • 15% off entire online store with coupon code “LOVE” (Kypris & Crunchi products not included)
  • FREE 2-day shipping on orders over $125!
  • Orders over $450 will get a bonus FREE gift automatically added.

Original Beauty Box Black Friday

Original Beauty Box

  • When: NOW
  • 60% off entire website with code “blackfriday60”!

Osmia Organics Cyber Monday

Osmia Organics

  • When: Cyber Monday (11/27)
  • 20% off your entire purchase!

Petit Vour Black Friday

Petit Vour

  • When: NOW
  • Prices as marked on various skincare, haircare, and more! Plus, mystery beauty boxes!
    • Spend $100 and get a free Sculp & Glow Contour Duo by Lily Lolo

Prim Botanicals

  • When: Black Friday through Cyber Monday (11/24-11/27)
  • 25% off your entire order plus free domestic shipping! (after the 27th, the 25% off sale will continue but you will be charged for shipping)
  • Coupon Code: “YAYBLACKFRIDAY”

Red Apple Lipstick Black Friday

Red Apple Lipstick

  • When: Black Friday (11/24) beginning at 10am CST
  • You must register (click here to do so) for their VIP where you will receive a link and coupon code! Various deals, coupons, and bundles to be revealed then!

Simply Gum Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Simply Gum

  • When: Black Friday – Cyber Monday (8am 11/24 – 11/27)
  • 15% off your order when you buy (3) 6-packs with coupon code “CYBER”
  • Read my review of this brand here. Mint & Cinnamon are my faves! 

S.W. Basics Black Friday and Cyber Monday

S.W. Basics

  • When: Black Friday – Cyber Monday (11/24 – 11/27)
  • 10% off already discounted prices (already up to 40% off!) with coupon code “BLACKFRIYAY”

Urban Originals Black Friday

Urban Originals

  • When: NOW!
  • 20% off cruelty-free bags and wallets with coupon code “BLKFRIDAY”

Vanity Planet Black Friday

Vanity Planet

  • When: Black Friday (11/24) – presales in days leading up!
  • Up to 90% off the entire site!

Vapour Organic Beauty Black Friday (1)

Vapour Organic Beauty

  • When: Thursday (11/23) – Sunday (11/26)
  • 30% off entire online purchase!

Vera Bradley Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Vera Bradley


W3ll People Black Friday and Cyber MondayW3LL PEOPLE

  • When: Black Friday – Cyber Monday (11/24 – 11/27)
  • 25% off your entire purchase!

Wet Brush Black Friday

Wet Brush

  • When: Now through Saturday (11/25)
  • 25% off entire online store!

Wholesome Culture Black Friday

Wholesome Culture

  • When: Thursday (11/23) – Sunday (11/26)
  • 10% off purchases $25 and over with coupon code “BF10”
  • 15% off purchases $50 and over with coupon code “BF15”
  • 20% off purchases $80 and over with coupon code “BF20”
  • Free shipping on orders $75 and over to the U.S. and Canada

Zoe Organics Black Friday

Zoe Organics

  • When: Black Friday – Sunday (11/24 – 11/26)
  • 25% off entire purchase. No code needed!

I will do my best to update this page with sales as I hear about them and get more details. Happy Thanksgiving and happy shopping!

xoxo Caitlyn | smelltheroses.com

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My Cruelty-free Fall Wish List: 2017 Edition

fall cruelty-free fashion & beauty wish list | smelltheroses.com

I have had my eye on so many fun fall-inspired products lately so I thought I would summarize them into a post! As always, everything is 100% cruelty-free and/or natural where applicable. Maybe my fall wish list will inspire you to treat yourself and get more into the fall spirit!

Disclaimer: This post does include affiliate links from which I earn a small commission. Any earnings go straight back into my blog and help fund this site and its giveaways. Thank you for your support! 


My Fall Wish List

Autumn Pillow | smelltheroses.com

1. Autumn Truck Throw Pillow | PCB Home

  • Shop This Pillow: Autumn Truck

  • How cute is this pillow from Etsy?!  Throw pillows are an easy way to decorate your house each season and I’ve had my eye on this one. I like that it is simple enough to not clash with the other decor in my house and it will match pretty much anything. Side Note: I would totally buy every product from PCB Home if I could afford it because they are all so adorable!

Vegan Leather Jacket from Lulu's | smelltheroses.com

2. Bae Brown Vegan Leather Moto Jacket | Lulu’s

  • Shop This Jacket: Brown (pictured) | Similar: Black, Green, Tan

  • In the years since becoming a vegetarian, I have swapped out all my leather products for vegan alternatives (read my post about vegan leather to learn why). I had a similar Michael Kors leather jacket that I was in love with so when I saw this vegan jacket on Lulu’s I fell in love. A cute vegan leather jacket with my favorite pair of distressed jeans is one of my go-to fall outfits.

Vegan Leather Bag | smelltheroses.com

3. Madeline Mini Bucket | Angela Roi

  • Shop This Bag: Bordeaux (pictured) | Other Colors: Black, Cloud

  • Ever since Angela Roi launched their latest collection, I have had my eye on this bucket bag. I love the deep red color (called bordeaux) mixed with the gold hardware. It’s the perfect color to carry you from fall into the holiday season. Best of all, this bag is made of one of the highest quality vegan leathers I’ve ever come across.

Vegan Crossbody | smelltheroses.com

4. Zuri Multifunction Pouch | Angela Roi

  • Shop This Bag: Cloud (pictured) | Other Colors: Black, Bordeaux, Russet

  • I love a good compact crossbody bag and this one from Angela Roi is beautiful. The off-white vegan leather would work year-round making it a great addition to your purse collection!

Pumpkin Enzyme Peel from Erin's Faces | smelltheroses.com

5. Pumpkin Enzyme Peel | Erin’s Faces

  • Shop This Product: Pumpkin Peel

  • What gets you more in the mood for fall than pumpkin?! From carving pumpkins to eating pumpkin pie, we have found so many ways to utilize this amazing fruit (yes, pumpkin is a fruit – don’t worry, I didn’t know either).  Loaded with Enzymes, Antioxidants, Zinc, Iron and Vitamins C and K, pumpkin is amazing for your skin. This product from Erin’s Faces has rave reviews so it is at the top of my must-try list. 🎃

Vegan Over The Knee Boots | smelltheroses.com

6. Issac Black Vegan Suede Over the Knee Boots | Steve Madden

  • Shop These Boots: Black Over the Knee

  • Over the knee boots are such a fall staple so it’s no surprise I had to include a pair on my fall wish list. I was surprised to see these boots are made from 100% man-made materials making them vegan-friendly!

Vegan Suede Booties | smelltheroses.com

7. Marissa Light Cement Taupe Vegan Suede Ankle Booties | Lulu’s

  • Shop These Booties: Taupe

  • Another fall shoe staple are cute booties! They automatically make any outfit 10x cuter and come in so many adorable styles. I love the color of these vegan suede booties mixed with their natural wood heel.

Vegan Black Suede Booties | smelltheroses.com

8. Amaia Black Suede Lace-Up Ankle Booties | Lulu’s

  • Shop These Booties: Black

  • I know these are the 3rd pair of shoes on this list but when I saw the lace-up back I had to include them! 😍 As with the other shoes on this list, these are 100% vegan!

Lily Lolo Eyeshadow | smelltheroses.com

9. Laid Care Eye Palette | Lily Lolo

  • Shop This Product: Eyeshadow Palette

  • This eye palette from Lily Lolo has great reviews and just happens to contain so many perfect fall shades. I’m not a big eyeshadow girl but I like to use a little on special occasions so I know this palette would be a great addition to my makeup collection.

Lauren B Beauty Cruelty-free Nail Polish | smelltheroses.com

10. House of Blues Nail Polish | Lauren B Beauty

  • Shop This Shade: House of Blues

  • There is something so edgy and chic about black nail polish. It goes with everything and is perfect for the fall. This polish from Lauren B Beauty is actually not totally black but instead an extremely dark blue. As with all their polishes, it is cruelty-free and 7-free! 💅

Lauren B Beauty Cruelty-free Nail Polish | smelltheroses.com

11. Laurel Canyon Lover | Lauren B Beauty

  • Shop This Shade: Laurel Canyon Lover

  • When I saw this color it immediately made me think of fall! This 7-free/cruelty-free polish from Lauren B Beauty is the perfect balance between a true red and burgundy. This shade could easily transition from fall into the holiday season. 💅

Uptown Lip Velvet | smelltheroses.com

12. Uptown Lip Velvet | Clove + Hallow

  • Shop This Shade: Uptown

  • I love a beautiful matte lip for the fall and have had my eye on this specific one ever since it was launched. These lip velvets from Clove + Hallow dry in a beautiful matte finish without drying out your lips. This specific shade keeps selling out before I can buy it! It is safe to say, this product is at the top of my wish list. 💄💋

Orgain Pumpkin Spice Protein | smelltheroses.com

13. Pumpkin Spice Vegan Protein Powder | Orgain

  • Shop on Amazon: Pumpkin Spice Protein

  • I have been so eager to try the pumpkin spice flavor of my favorite vegan protein powder! Luckily it is available on Amazon Prime (whoop whoop). Packed with 21g of plant-based protein, Orgain’s protein powders are a great way for us vegetarians to get enough protein in our diet. I have yet to try a flavor of Orgain I didn’t like so I know this pumpkin spice flavor must be delicious! 🎃

Osmia Pumpkin Facial Soap | smelltheroses.com

14. Pumpkin Facial Soap | Osmia Organics

  • Shop This Bar: Pumpkin

  • Here’s another great pumpkin infused facial product but this time it’s from Osmia Organics. This soap works as a mild exfoliator that leaves skin soft and nourished. Side Note: This product does contain honey so it is NOT vegan-friendly. 🎃

I hope you enjoyed my fall wish list! What fall products have you had your eye on? Let me know in the comments section below!

xoxo Caitlyn | smelltheroses.com

1 In DIY/ Gifts

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: 2017 Cruelty-free Edition!

Mother's Day Gift Ideas | smelltheroses.com

Hello, everyone! April is almost over which means we’re already less than a month away from Mother’s Day! (Is it just me, or did this month fly by?!) If you are like me and have yet to pick up a gift, I figured I’d throw together a post on some Mother’s Day gift ideas that I’m considering for my own mama! I’ve included gifts for every price range and, as always, all items are cruelty-free! Happy shopping!


Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: 2017

 

1. Swarovski Crystal “Mom” Bracelet | Little Words Project

Little Words Project | Mother's Day Gift Ideas | smelltheroses.com

Shop: “Mom” Swarvorksi Crystal Bracelet

Other Styles: LWP Mother’s Day Collection

If you’ve been following along for a while, you know I’m a huge fan of Little Words Project. Their bracelets make the perfect little gift and they recently launched their Mother’s Day Collection! Their beaded bracelets feature a “little” word surrounded by a strand of Sworvorski crystals. Each bracelet comes with a unique numbered tag so you can register it on their website (so cool). Your mom will wear her little word for as long as she pleases and then, when the time is right, pass it on to someone else (maybe her mom or a mommy-to-be). How cute!?

*Please note, the leather band versions are made of genuine animal leather so I recommend sticking to the crystal beaded bracelets!*

2. Lotus (Mother) Crystal Bouquet | Little Box of Rocks

Little of Box of Rocks | Mother's Day Gift Ideas | smelltheroses.com

Shop: Lotus Collection

This adorable wooden box from Little Box of Rocks is one of my favorite products on this list. The Lotus Collection is designed for mothers making it the perfect Mother’s Day gift. It comes with 4 powerful crystals: Desert Rose (believed to quiet worries and promote mental clarity), Moonstone (aka “the stone of motherhood”; believed to be a powerful healing gem for women, balancing hormones, relieving stress, and bringing deep spiritual insights), Rose Quartz (aka the stone of love; symbol of the bond between mother and child), and Clear Quartz (believed to amplify the power of other stones or be programmed with your desired intention). In addition, it comes wrapped in a black satin ribbon and addressed with a personalized letter! This collection makes such a meaningful and beautiful gift.

3. Premium Vegan Leather “Cher” Tote | Angela Roi

Angela Roi Cher Tote Light Gray | Mother's Day Gift Ideas | smelltheroses.com

Shop: Light Gray Tote

Other Colors: Black | Creme

I use to love buying my mom designer bags for Mother’s Day or her birthday. However, when I switched to a cruelty-free lifestyle, I ditched buying anything made from genuine leather or suede! Luckily, there are several designer brands that sell all vegan leather products (learn more about vegan leather here) that are just as beautiful as the real stuff. I’ve had my eye on this tote by Angela Roi for a while now. I love the light gray color for spring but the black is SO stunning. It’s a little on the pricey side but its craftsmanship makes it worth every penny.

4. Organic Bath Bomb Gift Set | Beauty by Earth

Beauty by Earth Bath Bombs | Mother's Day Gift Ideas | smelltheroses.com

Shop: 6-pack | 2-pack | Single

*Code “SMELLTHEROSES” saves you 15% off your entire order from BeautybyEarth.com!*

I wrote about these bath bombs in my bath essentials post and knew I had to include them in this gift guide (my mother actually stole one of them from my pack). Unlike the bath bombs you find in Lush or Bath & Body Works, these are made of 100% natural & mostly organic ingredients! That means, no synthetic fragrances/dyes and no animal-testing! Even better, each bath bomb is designed to fulfill a different need (sore muscles, joint relief, relaxation, etc). How cute would this gift box be paired with a new loofa and bottle of wine?!

5. Paper Flower Bouquet | The Lovely Ave

Paper Flower Bouquet | Mother's Day Gift Ideas | smelltheroses.com

Shop: Lavender Bundle

Other Styles: Tropical | Peony

Flowers are a popular choice on Mother’s Day but, unfortunately, most die after a week or so (and make a mess in the process). These hand-made German and Italian Crepe Paper flowers are a beautiful alternative that will last forever! The Lovely Ave designed 3 bouquets for Mother’s Day and they are all equally gorgeous and comes in small (5 blooms), medium (9 blooms), and large (15 blooms – pictured) sizes! Although they may seem a bit pricey, they are worth the investment. I own one of their small size bouquets and am still in awe that the flowers aren’t real. They are the prettiest addition to your desk or entry table and I know your mom will love them!

6. Vegan Leather Toiletry Bag | Matt & Nat

The Face Oil | Mother's Day Gift Ideas | smelltheroses.com

Shop: Quartz Toiletry Bag

Other Colors: Black | Cerise | Chili | Glass | Olive

Another great vegan leather brand is Matt & Nat. I actually bought this toiletry bag for my fiance in the Chili color and he loves it! When I saw it in this Quartz color, I fell in love. I included this toiletry bag on my Mother’s Day list because it would be so cute to buy and fill with cruelty-free beauty products for your mom! My mom is slowly trading her conventional beauty products for cruelty-free options, so this Mother’s Day I plan to buy her this bag and fill it with a few of the products she has yet to replace. I love the idea of a gift that is not only thoughtful but will be well used!

7. Every Day I’m Hustlin’ Travel Mug | Ashley Brooke Designs

Every Day I'm Hustlin' Travel Mug | Mother's Day Gift Ideas | smelltheroses.com

Shop: Everyday I’m Hustlin’ Travel Mug

Other Styles: Lips | Palm Leaf | Now Watch Me Sip

If anyone needs this travel mug it is definitely our mamas! Who hustles more than them?! This travel mug is a new product from one of my favorite brands, Ashley Brooke Designs. It holds 16 ounces of liquid and is insulated so it will keep your beverage hot or cold. It is BPA-free, phthalate-free, lead-free and dishwasher safe. The lettering was hand-drawn by Ashley herself and is shiny metallic gold (so pretty)! It comes with the cutest hot pink heart-shaped and gold-lettered gift tag so wrapping is totally optional. Pair this with a bag of coffee or tea and it makes the perfect inexpensive gift!

8. Vegan Leather Sunglasses Case | Matt & Nat

Sunglasses Case - Matt & Nat | Mother's Day Gift Ideas | smelltheroses.com

Shop: Quartz Sunglasses Case

Other Colors: Black | Cerise | Chili | Glass | Olive

How cute is this sunglasses case from Matt & Nat? My mother has a slight sunglasses obsession so when I saw this I immediately thought of her. Just like all of their products, this case is made of 100% vegan leather and comes in a variety of colors. Gift it with a new pair of sunglasses or on its own, either way, it makes a great gift!

9. Non-toxic “Gypsy” Candle | Prim Botanicals

Gypsy Candle - Prim Botanicals | Mother's Day Gift Ideas | smelltheroses.com

Shop: Gypsy Candle

*Click here for a 20% off coupon to PrimBotanicals.com!*

This candle from Prim Botanicals may be my new favorite! It is made from 100% American-grown Soy Wax that is grown without the use of pesticides and herbicides. It is scented with clean fragrance oils and uses a pure cotton wick so you can burn your candle without worrying about inhaling toxic fumes! Not only does this make a great gift because of its beautiful scent, but its packing is also gorgeous! It even comes with an adorable box of matches!

10. The Face Oil | Prim Botanicals

The Face Oil | Mother's Day Gift Ideas | smelltheroses.com

Shop: Face Oil

Other Faves: Hair Oil | Hey Now Lip | Potion No 2

*Click here for a 20% off coupon to PrimBotanicals.com!*

This is hands down my all time favorite facial product and currently the only one I use. I recommend it to all of my friends and family since it is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive and oily skin! Rich in omega fatty acids, it helps fight signs of aging while reducing inflammation and preventing blemishes. It is light enough that it won’t clog your pores but rich enough that it will nourish and moisturize your skin. I use it daily and it leaves my skin looking glowy and fresh! I know my mom is going to love this product as much as I do!


I hope this post helped you find some inspiration for your Mother’s Day gifts! Thank you for reading!

xoxo Caitlyn | smelltheroses.com

 

 

0 In FYI/ How to...

How to Survive a Long Flight: Carry-On Essentials

CARRY-ON

Hello! This post outlines what I consider carry-on essentials for a long flight. After years of experience, I have learned it is just as important to pack for your flight as it is to pack for your vacation!

*Read the previous post in this series on “Choosing Your Seat”

Please note, this post does contain affiliate links.


carry-on essentials from smelltheroses.com

Helpful Hint: Pin the image above for future reference!

Tip #2: Carry-On Essentials

Know What You’re Allowed

We all know how strict airlines are with what you can and can’t carry-on a plane. Although the rules tend to be consistent amongst each airline, I always recommend you double-check your airline’s carry-on policy before getting to the airport. This will prevent you from possibly being forced to check a bag you intended to carry-on.

Carry-On Policies

Since long flights tend to book-up, airlines follow their carry-on policies very closely on these flights. Most airlines allow you to bring one carry-on and one personal item in the cabin with you (but keep in mind, these rules are constantly changing).

  • Carry-On: A small size luggage that must be stored in the overhead compartment (small luggage, weekender bag..)
    • Approximate Dimensions: 9″ x 14″ x 22″ = 22 cm x 35 cm x 56 cm (including handles and wheels)
  • Personal Item: Any item that can fit under the seat in front of you (purse, briefcase, backpack, laptop bag, diaper bag..)
  • Additional Items: Most airlines will allow you to bring other little items on board with you in addition to your carry-on/personal item, such as a pillow, blanket, umbrella, or jacket.

Picking the Perfect “Personal Item” Bag:

On a long flight, your personal item will be your survival kit (you may think I’m being funny, but I’m not)! It is best to store anything you will need access to during your flight in your personal item since it will be stored under the seat in front of you. Therefore, I like a bag that is spacious yet compact enough that it doesn’t take away all of my leg room.

Here are some vegan bags I recommend:


What To Pack!

Now that you have the perfect bag picked out, let’s discuss what you should consider packing for the flight. It may seem like a lot, but you can pick and choose which are essentials for you during a long day of travel. (Side Note: all suggested items are made from non-animal materials or faux leather!)

Click here for a condensed PDF version of this carry-on packing list!

Travel Wallet &/or Passport Holder — 

Traveling is a good time to switch out your regular wallet for something a bit larger that can hold all your important travel documents (passport, tickets, hotel information, car rental, cash, credit cards, etc..). Organization is key! Plus, some wallets come with technology to prevent hackers from stealing your credit card information using RFID. Here are my picks:

Pillow & Blanket

The ones the airline provides are reused and it’s unclear what their sanitation process entails between flights (if there even is one). Since flights can get chilly & if you tend to be cold, dress in layers and pack a light blanket. If you are a fan of neck pillows, try to find one that inflates or is compactable. Here are my picks:

Self-Care Items

Just because you are on a long flight does not mean your personal care routine goes out the window. Remember, you are going to be on a flight for the majority of your day! Side Note: If you are comfortable with it, I recommend going make-up free so you can easily care for your skin during your flight.

  • Facial Wipes: Use these to freshen up mid-flight or prior to landing. Trust me, you’ll feel so much better with a clean face! Confession, I have even used these on my underarms when my connecting flight got canceled and I was stuck in an airport for hourssss. #lifesaver — Here are my picks:

Clothing —

Here is my advice on dressing/packing clothes for a long flight:

  • Please wear socks!! You will most likely have to take your shoes off while going through security so make sure you are wearing socks with your shoes otherwise you are going to find yourself barefoot in the dirty airport. 😣
  • Consider your footwear carefully… Make sure to wear shoes that are easy to remove and put back on quickly since you’ll have to do this at the security checkpoint. Also, keep in mind the climate of your final destination!
  • Dress in layers! Airplanes can feel warm/stuffy when you first get on but once you reach altitude the cabin quickly gets chilly. Save room in your bag by wearing a sweater/sweatshirt onto the plane (you can always take it off and use it as a pillow).
  • Pack or wear appropriate clothing for your destination! A long flight often equates to a drastic change in climate. If you’re heading somewhere tropical, yoga pants and a pair of flip-flops in your carry-on will keep you comfortable upon arrival. Going somewhere cold? Have a jacket in your carry-on or easily accessible from your luggage.

Electronics —

Entertainment —

  • Many long-distance flights have seatback entertainments systems which are a life saver! However, if watching TV is not for you, make sure you have some other source of entertainment. Long flights are prime time to start that book you’ve been meaning to read! Here are some suggestions:
    • Books/magazines
    • Adult coloring book & colored pencils
    • Drawing pad

Food/Snacks —

  • It is always better to pack your own meals & snacks. However, there are certain types of foods you should stay away from on a long flight. I have an entire post on what-to-eat during long-distance flights coming soon (“How to Survive a Long Flight: Meals & Snacks”). Stay tuned!

Miscellaneous Items —


Did I miss anything? I hope not (if I did, let me know in the comments)! This list may seem like a lot to pack but I promise it will all fit in your personal item and be a life saver on your flight.

Click here for a condensed PDF version of this carry-on packing list! 


Thank you for reading!

5 In FYI

All You Need to Know About Vegan Leather

vegan leather

So what do you do if you want to live a cruelty-free lifestyle but like the aesthetics of leather? Luckily, as with most animal derived products, there is a vegan option. Below is everything you need to know about vegan leather!

What is Vegan Leather?

Vegan leather refers to any material that was designed to look like leather without the use of animal products. In most cases, these materials are a form of thermoplastic, meaning they can be shaped/molded as a liquid but keep their shape as a solid. Such characteristics allow them to be molded, dyed and manipulated to feel and look like genuine leather.

Differences in Types of Vegan Leather:

MATERIAL

Over the years, many materials have been tested and used as forms of leather substitutes. Today, the most common versions of vegan leather are composed of either polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or polyurethane (PU). You may not realize it, but you already use these materials in one way or another. For instance:

  • polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
    • Third most common plastic in the world (aka “vinyl”)
    • Commonly used to make plumbing/pipes, window frames, IV tubing, credit cards, inflatable products, flooring, etc…
  • polyurethane (PU)
    • The #1 most common plastic in the world (you unavoidably come into contact with it daily!)
    • Commonly used to make plastic bags, plastic wrap, plastic cartons, straws, bulletproof vests, toys, etc…
    • Considered less harmful for the environment than PVC

Other materials not as commonly used are recycled nylon, cork, rubber, paper, kelp, cotton, cardboard, and tree bark!

QUALITY VARIES

Mimicking the texture, durability, and quality of genuine leather is not an easy task so there are differences in quality of vegan leather. Depending on the materials and methods used, the process can either be extremely cheap or extremely expensive. These factors are reflected in the final product:

  • “Cheap” Vegan Leather = can have a strong plastic smell, feel thin/flimsy, usually made from PVC, tend to be manufactured in sweat shops 🙁
  • “High Quality” Vegan Leather = hard to decipher from genuine leather, look and feel like the real thing, usually made from PU or other newer alternatives (i.e. nylon, cork, rubber, paper, kelp, cotton, cardboard, treebark, etc.), tend to be humanely manufactured

Advantages of Quality Vegan Leather:

A major advantage of vegan leather is that the items end up being extremely durable and water resistant. I have owned a few of my Matt & Nat vegan leather bags for several years and they look the same as the day I got them! They are easy to clean (wipe with a damp wet cloth) and you do not have to worry about them getting ruined in the rain! 🙂

Of course, the biggest advantage to vegan leather is that you get the aesthetics of real leather without the cost of an animal’s life.

Criticisms of Vegan Leather:

As functional as the materials PVC and PU may be, they do have their downsides. I’m sure you have heard of the negative environmental impact these and other plastics have since they are not naturally biodegradable and difficult to recycle. If untreated, these materials can remain in landfills for hundreds of years. Even worse, improperly disposed of PVC has been shown to leak toxins into landfills contaminating soil and water supplies.

Just because it’s vegan doesn’t automatically make it cruelty-free or ethical…

In this case, I am not applying the term “cruelty-free” to animals but instead to people. Yes, vegan leather does not harm animals but it can harm the humans who make it. During the manufacturing process, when thermoplastics are heated they release extremely toxic substances. If inhaled, these fumes can have serious health implications.

Because of the dangers of producing these plastics, they are often outsourced to factories overseas (most often China). While some factories are regularly inspected and audited to ensure safe working conditions, many slip under the radar. Without proper regulations, these workers are often overworked, underpaid, and forced to work in a dangerous environment.

We are ethically responsible to make an informed decision when purchasing products. I believe you should always ask yourself, who made this and where does it come from? This type of mindset will change the way you see the world and the products you buy.

How do I know if a vegan leather product was ethically made?

When looking to buy vegan leather, you have to do some research. Companies like Matt & Nat have strict guidelines in place for their factories and are passionate about their environmental footprint. For example, while the majority of Matt & Nat products are made from PU, they also utilize recycled materials in their line of products such as cork, nylon, and rubber. The majority of the linings in their handbags are made from recycled plastic bottles! They also require their factories be certified by the SA8000 standard, an auditable social certification for decent workplaces, and they perform random inspections to ensure these standards are a reality.

Ethically responsible companies will provide information about their manufacturing methods on their websites. If you still have questions, you can always send an email.

Some ethical vegan leather brands include: Matt & Nat | Angela RoiWillsOlsenhaus | Beyond Skin

If vegan leather is bad for the environment, shouldn’t we just stick to real leather?

To be honest, genuine leather is no better. You may not know, but animal leather has to go through a process known as “tanning”. This is a process in which animal skins are treated with chemicals to prevent them from breaking down and growing mold (after all, it is made of an animal that is supposed to decompose). These chemicals are highly carcinogenic to workers and tend to find their way into water sources.

Some eye-opening videos about the tanning process of animal-grade leather:

In addition, your leather products didn’t necessarily come from an animal someone ate. The leather and fur industry kill thousands of animals each year solely for the sake of fashion. This increases the livestock industry which is already responsible for over 50% of all greenhouse gas emission (I recommend watching Cowspiracy for more information).

What about the leather products you already own?

When switching to a cruelty-free lifestyle, you have to make some decisions regarding leather. Do you keep the leather items you already own or do you sell them/give them away? The answer to this question depends on what you’re comfortable with. I personally sold many of my leather items that were in good condition. Giving away your leather items means one less leather item will have to be purchased and maybe one more animal spared. I decided to keep one pair of leather boots that were already worn in. I figured I should get the most use out of them possible out of respect for the animal and replace them with a vegan option when the time comes.


My Favorite Ethical Vegan Leather Brands:

 


I hope you found this article informative and learned something new! Weighing the pros and cons, I am personally a fan of vegan leather and recommend you try it for yourself.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic and/or experiences with vegan leather in the comments section below 🙂

Thanks for reading!

xo Caitlyn


Sources: Creative Mechanisms | Wise Geek | Study.com | Gizmodo

17 In GIVEAWAYS

September Giveaway: Matt & Nat Vegan Handbag

WE HAVE A WINNER..

REBECCA T.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS OFFICIALLY CLOSED.

THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED!



Cruelty-free Vegan Handbag by

Matt & Nat

 

Enter the Giveaway:

  • For U.S. and Canada residents only.
  • You have until Tuesday, September 26 at 11:59pm EST to enter.
  • Winner will be announced Wednesday, September 27 at 12pm EST via social media and email.

Instructions:

  • Use the plugin below to enter the giveaway by performing at least 1 of the dropdown options. You can do as many or few as you like. Certain options are weighted more heavily that others. If you are already following on any of the social media platforms that is fine – just list your name/username to be counted!

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About Matt & Nat:

Short for mat(t)erial and nature, this brand offers some of the highest quality cruelty-free vegan accessories and shoes out there. Being a vegan brand means they do not use real leather or any other animal-derived materials to make their products (yay!) 🙂 Instead, Matt & Nat uses their signature high-quality vegan leather and recycled plastic bottles, nylon, cork, and rubber!

If you aren’t already sold, here are a few more facts:

  • All bag linings are made of 100% recycled materials (plastic bottles or nylon). Matt & Nat uses approximately 21 plastic bottles/bag which adds up to over 120,000 plastic bottles repurposed per year!
  • Their products are manufactured in small, ethically operated factories in China which are regularly inspected to ensure quality working conditions for their workers. Read more about their brand transparency here.

The Bag: 

  • Value = $110
  • Dimensions = 8″ x 5″ x 2.25″
  • Shoulder Strap Drop = 23″ (completely removable, fixed length)
  • Description: Black vegan crossbody bag with removable/fixed length strap. Front flap with magnetic snap closure. Accordion sides.
  • Interior: 12 card slots, 4 bill compartments, zipper coin pocket, logo-embossed tag. 100% recycled nylon lining.
  • View on Matt&Nat.com 
Front of Bag

Front of Bag

Strap removes easily and can be stored inside bag when not in use.

Strap removes easily and can be stored inside the bag when not in use.

No need to use a wallet! All money and cards can be stored in the interior pockets.

No need to use a wallet! All money and cards can be stored in the interior pockets.

Easily styles as a clutch.

Easily styles as a clutch.

Convienant removable shoulder strap.

Convenient removable shoulder strap.


You have until Tuesday, September 26 at 11:59pm EST to enter. Good luck!

*This post is not sponsored by Matt&Nat