Ethical Business Spotlight: Interview with Fyve’s Founder Mindy Cheng

Hello again!

I’m thrilled to launch my new ethical business spotlight series with Mindy Cheng, Founder of Fyve! In these short interviews, I ask five questions to introduce you to the company and its products. Let’s jump right in!

What is the inspiration and mission behind Fyve?

The inspiration behind Fyve is my daughter. She was born with eczema and really sensitive skin. I wanted to create safe, trustworthy products for her, and anyone else suffering from the same symptoms. Fyve morphed into something more that just this initial inspiration though. Our mission is to provide the best 5 ingredients in every bottle, to all of humanity, without harming any living creature.

If you had to recommend one product to a new customer to introduce them to Fyve products, which one would it be and why?

We’d recommend our Lemongrass Body Butter. It’s where our genesis started. The only product that would soothe my daughter’s flare ups was this body butter. It’s gentle on the skin, yet so moisturizing. The lemongrass helps reduce redness too.

There’s a lot of competition in the natural skincare industry. How do you set yourself apart?

We set ourselves apart by our core ethos, which emanates in everything we do. We want to leave this planet better than we found it. So everything we do, every choice we make, always comes down to asking ourselves if we’ve fulfilled that ethos. 

What has been the most surprising thing you’ve learned or experienced throughout your journey to create Fyve?

It’s been such an amazing journey! It’s surprising to hear so many stories of other people suffering from eczema, sensitive skin, and their frustration in not being able to find a truly natural and sustainable alternative. We’ve also met so many amazing people along the way. It just goes to show you what amazing things can happen when like-minded humans get together to create change.

Where would you like to see Fyve in five years?

We would love to be in retail that also share a similar ethos, like Credo Beauty, and more Whole Foods Markets across the country. We also envision building a community and space where humans can share their stories, provide tips and guidance to others, and to have a place where they belong.

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Thank you, Mindy, for creating fantastic vegan and cruelty-free products with an amazing mission! Check out my recent review to discover your soon-to-be favorite Fyve products!

Fyve: Vegan Beauty Products made with 5 ingredients!

Happy Sunday!

Today, I’d like to share some fabulous vegan and cruelty-free products from Fyve!

Like the name suggests, Fyve’s all natural bath, body, beauty, and home products are made with just 5 plant-powered ingredients! This woman-owned business is Leaping Bunny certified and a member of the 1% For The Planet Organization, which means they protect animals and the planet! Can’t beat that!

Let’s jump right into the skincare products!

Fyve Facial Cleansing Oil

Fyve’s Facial Cleansing Oil is the the perfect products to remove makeup, dirt, and oil without stripping your skin. Sunflower, safflower, castor, and camellia seed oils easily dissolve makeup and draw out impurities from your pores while providing moisture. I use this at night and I’m left with clean, beautifully hydrated skin!

Fyve Hydrating Face Oil

Next up, is the Hydrating Face Oil. If you’re in the market for an all natural beauty oil to add to your skincare routine, this is it! Meadowfoam seed, olive squalene, evening primrose, and cranberry seed oils combine to deliver soft, nourished skin while providing anti-inflammatory effects, anti-oxidants, and protection against sun and pollutant damage.

I mix 1-2 drops into my foundation for a nice, dewy glow and also use this at night to awaken to hydrated, healthy skin. For a full list of ingredient benefits, click the product link above!

Fyve Bamboo Clay Mask

On social media, it seems like face masks are the trendy thing to do, but they really deserve a permanent place in your skincare routine! The Bamboo Clay Face Mask contains Kaolin clay that purifies your pores as well as natural bamboo and cranberry seed powders that exfoliate away dead skin cells. With just a few uses, you will notice a clearer, smoother complexion!

Fyve Lip Balm Set

An item that is often overlooked or goes unmentioned in people’s skincare routine is lip balm! Fyve’s Lip Balm Set includes four deliciously flavored balms in a cute, reusable tin.

Coconut Lime, Orange Tangerine, Cocoa Mint, and Grapefruit lemon balms deliver a burst of natural flavors with hydration and shine, thanks to plant-based oils and waxes.

Did you know that your lips lose moisture at night? It’s a good idea to incorporate a lip balm into your nightly skincare routine! These are genuinely one of my favorite brands of lip balm, and I always have at least one on my night stand and in my bag. I love these so much!

Next, check out the body care products!

Fyve Lemongrass Body Butter

If you love a good, thick body moisturizer, look no further! The Lemongrass Body Butter is ultra-hydrating and has a gorgeous, uplifting citrusy scent! Avocado oil delivers Vitamin E to protect against damage while coconut oil provides deep hydration. I love to throw this on after a shower for soft, smooth skin. I even use this overnight on my exceptionally dry feet. I work in a good amount of the body butter and pop on some socks as I sleep, and they’re buttery soft when I wake up!

Fyve Vanilla Lavender Body Oil

Listen, it is no secret that life has been stressful lately. It is important to practice self care, even if you only have a few minutes to spare. The Vanilla Lavender Body Oil is luxurious and simple way to treat yourself. This oil contains coconut oil, camellia seed oil, and argan oil to hydrate the driest of skin. Pure therapeutic grade essential oils of Lavender, Ylang ylang, and vanilla oil help to calm your nerves and recharge for whatever the day throws at you!

These products were gifted to me by Fyve, Inc. as part of its Fyve Tribe Ambassador program. As always, my thoughts and opinions are my own. This post does not include any affiliate links.

I highly recommend Fyve for people interested in high-quality products that are animal and eco-friendly. Have you tried any? Let me know!

Vegan Valentine’s Day Gifts That Are So Much Better Than Flowers!

Not sure what to get your Valentine this year? Flowers last a few days then end up in the trash (what a freakin’ waste of $$$)! Chocolates are nice while you eat them but they also put you into a sugar coma and are soon forgotten…

Give your Girlfriend/Boyfriend/Wife/Husband/Bae/Partner a vegan and cruelty-free gift that will make them feel special over and over again. Make Scents Natural Spa Line has exactly what you need to make this Valentine’s Day the best one yet!

Their Chocolate Decadence Body Butter and Strawberry Fields Body Scrub are a match made in heaven and are so much better than chocolate-covered Strawberries (seriously though, how are they so small, gone in seconds, yet so expensive?!) or any lame card you would pick up at the drug store. These luxurious body products smell insanely good and are sure to please even the pickiest of Valentine’s! In fact, you and/or your Valentine will smell SO good you will have to ban yourself from taking a romantic stroll in the woods to avoid attracting bears with the mouthwatering scent of these bath and body products. “Don’t say I didn’t, say I didn’t, say I didn’t warnnnnn yaaaaaaaa!”

Ok, back to the goods!

At first, I thought the  Chocolate Decadence Body Butter was a joke. It is super thick and smells like rich, dark chocolate. I was convinced (still am) that it belongs on top of a cupcake but hey, it does a great job as a moisturizer thanks to pure, unrefined cocoa butter! It just melts right in to make event the driest skin soft, hydrated and radiant!

Their Strawberry Fields Body Scrub smells like fresh, delicious strawberries… I really just wanted to put it on some toast and eat it, but that would be weird… right?!  This sugar scrub contains organic strawberries, vitamin C, vitamin E, and natural oils to gently exfoliate, soften, and scent the skin. This. Smells. So. Good!

These two products are perfect together… Just like you and your Valentine! Use these two products, and I bet my bottom dollar that you and your Valentine will be singing “Let’s Get It On…” in no time. They really are that good!

Head on over to Make Scents Natural Spa Line to check out all of the fabulous products that they have to offer! (They make some of my favorite products!!!)

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Make Scents Natural Spa Line’s “Burly Men’s Line” – Products for Manly Men That Want to Look Good But Don’t Want to Look Like They’re Trying Too Hard In Front of the Bros

Company: Make Scents Natural Spa Line

Products:

Burly Buff

Burly Balm

Burly Beard and Hair Oil

Reviews:

Are you a manly man? You know… the type of guy that goes out into the woods to build fires, shotgun beers and howl at the moon? Or maybe you’re not into building fires but you slave away behind a computer to build websites? Whatever type of manly man you are, Make Scents Natural Spa Line’s Burly Men’s Line is for you!

You work hard all day, and maybe your skin needs a little help… give Burly Buff a try! It’s a sugar scrub jam packed with good for your skin ingredients like orange, cedar wood, peppermint and tea tree! Slather this on your super manly skin, rub it in circular motions, and rinse… that’s all you have to do for smooth, soft skin! Your bros will wonder how you look so damn good and your partner will love the refreshing, masculine scent!

Listen… you’re a guy and your skin gets dry. You may not want to use flower-scented body lotion, but trust me, you gotta use something or you’re just not looking your best! Burly Balm is a thick body butter that will moisturize your skin and make you smell like million bucks! Its full of cocoa butter and sunflower seed oil, along with orange, cedar wood, and tea tree to make you smell like the classy, lumberjack that you are. Peppermint will even help soothe those muscles your wore out while chopping wood, or changing the toner in the office’s printer, or whatever manly things you do all day.

For the burliest of burly men, you gotta try the Burly Beard & Hair Oil. Sorry dudes, dry hair just doesn’t look good. Either do crazy, scraggly beards. Get a product that will fix it all in one easy step! This beard and hair oil is made with “invigorating peppermint oil, calming orange peel oil, soothing cedarwood oil, and healing tea tree oil.” It will make your hair and beard softer, more manageable, and smelling freakin’ amazing! All you need is a few drops and about 20 seconds, and you’ll be looking good as hell! (People will notice, I guarantee it!)

The Bottom Line

You want to look good… you just don’t want to look like you spent a few hours in the bathroom getting ready. You have a lot of testosterone and a lot of work to do, and you just can’t be bothered with skin or hair care. For you, my friend, I highly recommend the Burly Men’s Line. Take a few minutes in the shower to scrub off all of the day’s nastiness with the Burly Scrub. Take another minute or two and hydrate your skin with the Burly Balm… your skin shouldn’t feel like sandpaper no matter how much you like building $#%t. Take 20 more seconds and rub in some of the Burly Beard and Hair Oil… and you’re seriously looking and smelling good!

If you’re a reading this and have a certain guy in mind that desperately needs to start taking better care of himself when it comes to his skin and hair, but doesn’t want to be bothered with overly-feminine or unnecessarily complicated routines, give the Burly Men’s Line a try! It’s vegan, cruelty free, and free of any harmful chemicals… I highly recommend it!

Thank you, Make Scents Natural Spa Line, for sending me this products to review! Interested in more products from this company? Check out my previous review of their scrubs and body butters!

Jivana Luxe Ayurvedic Skin Care Reviews- Natural, Vegan Products That Will Give You Healthy, Glowing Skin!

Company: Jivana

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Products:

Aloe and Rose Tonic For Face

Pitta Balancing Treatment Oil

Vata Face Cream

Bhana Body Scrub

Body Butter

Sananda Face Polish

Reviews:

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Aloe and Rose… sounds like the perfect toner to me!

Well, I was right! This toner soothes your skin after cleansing and also adds moisture. It has a subtle scent that smells like a sweet, floral tea that is absolutely delicious! This toner is made with 100% organic Rose Water, rose essential oil, and Aloe Vera to gently clear away any oil or make up to reveal a completely clean and healthy face! This toner is great for all skin types and I highly recommend it!

The Pitta Balancing Treatment Oil is an absolute dream for my skin! It is made to address inflammation, redness and reactivity, and sensitive skin. It smells like a bouquet of flowers and is packed with skin loving ingredients. Almond oil, Jojoba oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Argan Oil and Chammomile and Green Tea are a few of the star ingredients that make this oil so fantastic. It hydrates and calms the skin without feeling greasy or heavy.

I love using this in the morning. I wash my face, massage 3-4 drops onto my face and let in sink in as I get ready for the day. By the time I am ready to apply make up (10 minutes or so), my skin is completely moisturized and my make up applies smoothly and easily.

This oil definitely calmed and moisturized my combination/sensitive skin without causing breakouts. My skin is less red and it just generally looks healthier! I love this stuff!

The Vata Face Cream is a thick, luxurious face cream that nourishes your skin with essential oils and herbs. It smells AMAZING… light, herbal, refreshing, just trust me! It instantly hydrates to improve the texture and tone of your skin. I like to use this after the Aloe and Rose Tonic at nighttime, however, it would make the perfect daytime moisturizer as well since it is not too heavy or greasy. For a double dose of hydration, this could be used under the treatment oil.

Exfoliation is very important to healthy looking skin. Once or twice a week, use a gentle scrub to remove dead skin cells and impurities, improve circulation to give your skin a nice glow, and to improve cell turnover. The Sananda Face Polish is a nice way to do all of these things. This sugar-based facial scrub is made for acne-prone skin and removes bacteria and oil from pores for clearer skin overtime. It has an herbal/citrusy scent and oils to nourish the skin, so it will not cause dryness like typical acne-fighting treatments.

I’ve never used anything quite like the Bhana Body Scrub! It is a sea salt scrub with ground herbs and essential oils. It has a texture that’s somewhat gel-like and it’s very interesting! When you use this scrub with hot water, the scrub breaks down and does a great job removing dry skin cells and moisturizing event the most dehydrate skin. I use this on my feet and elbows, and it really did improve the look and feel of my skin. As with any scrub, its a good idea to put on a lotion or body butter afterwards. This is a unique product that is fun to use and definitely gets the job done!

The Body Butter is perfect treat for your skin. The consistency is very thick but it instantly melts and absorbs into your skin to leave it soft, smooth, and hydrated. It has a subtle scent that is fresh, clean, and herbal and it leaves a nice glowing sheen on the skin. Love it!

The Bottom Line

Jivana products are thoughtfully created with the highest quality ingredients. They effectively cleanse, hydrate and nourish the skin with natural oils, butters, and essential oils. Their range includes products for your face, body, and hair so it is simple to switch to vegan, cruelty-free products that are free of harmful chemicals and contain only the purest ingredients.

I absolutely adore how the Aloe and Rose Tonic and Pitta Balancing Treatment Oil work together to dramatically hydrate and reduce the redness in my skin. I felt comfortable leaving the house without make up and my boyfriend even told me that my skin looked better!

I highly recommend these products and look forward to trying more from this line! Head on over to their website and let me know what you think!

Thank you, Jivana, for sending me these fantastic products to review!!