Ethical Business Spotlight: VALANI

Happy Saturday!

This week’s Ethical Business Spotlight features Vanni Leung, Founder of Valani. Vanni is a life-long vegan, entrepreneur, and breathwork coach who resides in California. Read on to find out more about Vanni’s journey to create her vegan, eco-friendly clothing line!

Vanni Leung, Founder of Valani


1.  What inspired you to create your vegan, eco-friendly business?

Valani is really an extension of my vegan lifestyle… eco-friendly, plant based and full of compassion and respect for all things. I’ve been a vegan for 24 years, so it was really important to me that my brand reflects this lifestyle as well.  I started Valani to create awareness of plant based options and to show that sustainable fashion doesn’t need to be boxy and boring.  It can actually be fun and beautiful. 

2.  Your website says, “We’re reimagining sustainable fashion for the next generation.” What are some of Valani’s eco-friendly practices?

Sustainability is an ongoing journey and we’re always going to be looking for innovative options.  So far, this is what we’re doing…

The fabrics that we use are vegan, plant based and biodegradable.   

We’re currently using hemp, Tencel and banana fabrics.  Banana fabric is made from discarded banana tree stems. 

We use a combination of recycled, recyclable and compostable packing materials.  

Our patterns are strategically designed for low waste.  Fabric scraps are used for scrunchies, crafts or recycled.  

We also plant 1 tree for every garment sold and donate 10% of our profits to environmental and animal charities.    

Valani Vanna Hemp Dress


3.  If you had to choose one garment to represent the mission and overall aesthetic of Valani, which one would it be and why? 

Our Sokha dress in pink banana fabric is my favorite.  It’s definitely a statement piece and embraces feminine beauty.  The design is inspired by both nature and the female body – it’s light, flowy and curvy with a double layer ruffle neckline.

Valani Sokha Banana Dress


4.  What has been the biggest challenge and biggest reward you’ve experienced while creating your business?

The biggest challenge is balancing so many objectives.  There’s always so much to do!

Our brand is built on the concept of Lighter Living – lightening the impact on the planet and yourself. We have a FB group for women who are interested in sustainable living and also offer free monthly breathwork sessions within the community. Breathwork is a great way to practice self love and release the heavy emotions. When we take care of ourselves, we’re able to better take care of others.

It’s free to join – and no purchase is necessary. Sign up for our email list to get access to free breathwork sessions here.

The biggest reward so far is being able to connect with so many women and emphasizing the importance of compassion for all things and self love. I love guiding women through the wonders of breathwork. I believe in women lifting other women and breathwork is just one of the ways that I do it.

Valani Malina Tencel Top & Phalla Tencel Pants


5.  What’s next for sustainable fashion and Valani? 

We are working on some knit garments that are more ‘elevated basics with a feminine flair.’ These should be released for Spring 2021.

Thank you, Vanni, for creating stunning designs that are vegan and sustainable! Check out Valani’s website and give them a follow on Instagram for gorgeous photography, videos, product launches, and more!

SanRe Organic Skinfood’s Hemp Revival Serum Review

Hello again and Happy Holidays! I’m back with a brand new skincare review for you!

If you’ve been paying attention, or on social media at all, you probably know hemp has made its way into the beauty industry! I had the opportunity to try out SanRe Organic Skinfood’s Hemp Revival Face & Neck Serum and I’m so glad I did!

So, why is hemp so beneficial? Hemp is a powerhouse ingredient that contains Omega-6 fatty acids which help to moisturize, soothe inflammation, moderate oil production, and encourages new cell regeneration. Sounds good to me!

This serum not only contains hemp, it also contains chia seed oil, sea buckthorn oil, and sancha inchi to nourish the skin while fighting fine lines and increasing elasticity. In other words… if you want healthy, young looking skin, you want to use these ingredients!

Ok, so this serum contains high-quality, organic ingredients with great benefits… but how did it work?

I used this serum at night after cleansing and toning my face and neck. The thin consistency of the oil helped it to absorb quite quickly into my skin and left my face looking fresh and slightly dewy.. This serum could easily be used before make up if you give it a few minutes to sink in before hand. This product has a very subtle herbal scent to it, which you will not notice once it is applied. It is suitable for all skin types.

The Bottom Line

I really, really love this serum! My face is hydrated and has a healthy glow! This serum helped to reduce redness, improve texture for a smoother look, and generally gives a youthful appearance to the skin! Not to mention, it is vegan (of course), cruelty-free and made with organic ingredients! I’m in love! Thank you, SanRe Organic Skinfood, for sending me this wonderful serum to review!

If you’re not already, follow me on Instagram @VeganTreasureHunter for more vegan reviews and inspiration!

Cannabliss Organic – Skincare Review

Company: Cannabliss Organic

“Cannabliss Organic skincare is made with naturally rich hemp oil to provide numerous healing benefits. Our full spectrum hemp oil is grown organically in Colorado and has been shown to work wonders on dry skin, acne, wrinkles, scars, sunspots, eczema, and psoriasis.”

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Review: If you haven’t heard of the wonderful effects of hemp oil, where have you been? Hemp oil is known to improve “dry skin, acne, wrinkles, scars, sunspots, eczema, and psoriasis.” Well… sign me up!

This Starter Kit contains the Revitalizing Serum, Moisturizing Lotion, and Hemp Salve (5 ml each). All 3 products contain hemp oil. The Revitalizing Serum is a thin consistency with a light citrusy herbal scent. This serum works into the skin easily and absorbs quickly.  Along with Full Spectrum Hemp Oil, this contains fabulous, good-for-your-skin ingredients including resveratrol and vitamin C to fight free radicals and signs of aging.

The Moisturizing Serum is to be layered on after using the serum. The consistency is thin and absorbs quickly like the serum, making this pair of products perfect to use under makeup or at bedtime.  The scent is unique and absolutely delicious! It smells like a sweet vanilla creme donut and I really love it!

When used together, these products definitely hydrated my skin without causing breakouts. The redness in my cheeks was reduced and my skin feels firm and healthy.

I have to note that the Hemp Salve that comes with this set contains beeswax, but the company is working on a vegan formula which they hope will be certified vegan soon. Based on that information, I will say that this salve does an excellent job moisturizing. The consistency is that of a thick balm and has a moderately strong lavender/herbal scent. It is intended to use on very dry areas of skin, like elbows, knees, cuticles or even lips. I used this as a lip balm and it made them so soft and smooth with only one use! I will definitely purchase this once they release the vegan version.

The Bottom Line

I truly enjoy these products from Cannabliss Organic! Hemp has such amazing effects on the skin, and these products would be suitable for all skin types. They smell amazing and really bring your skin to life. I highly recommend the Revitalizing Serum and Moisturizing Lotion, and can’t wait for them to release the vegan version of the Hemp Salve!

Thank you, Cannabliss Organic, for sending me this Starter Kit to review! I’m a huge fan!

LoveBud Tinted Lip Budders Review

Company: Lovebud

Products: Tinted Lip Budders $6.00 USD each

I was so excited to try out these Tinted Lip Budders from Lovebud! I love tinted lip balms, especially for the summer! These bad boys are hydrating and super smooth on the lips! Hooray for not getting your hair stuck in your lipgloss every time the wind blows!

These Lip Budders contain hemp seed oil, a "natural anti-aging superfood for your skin." My lips were noticeably softer after using these.

I'm wearing the Pink Candy shade in the picture below, but I like them all. Pink Champagne is a nice, pale pink shimmer that looks great alone or on top of other lip products. I know I'll be wearing Plushberry a lot this Fall. It is the perfect berry shade!

The Bottom Line

I love these Lip Budders! They're vegan and cruelty free (obviously) and truly nourish your lips while giving them a sheer wash of color. Head on over to their website and check out all of their hemp seed oil infused products!

Thank you, Lovebud, for sending me these products to review!

Blue Ridge Hemp Co. CBD Infused Product Reviews 

Company: Blue Ridge Hemp Co.

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“We have taken Industrial Hemp derived CBd and combined it with other ethically and sustainably source Terpene rich botanicals to form products that allow all people to harness the healing power of Cannabis.”

Products:


CBD Infused Roll-On Essential Oil Blend – Joint Care ( 10 ml, 50 mg CBD – $20.00 USD)

CBD Infused Massage & Body Oil ( 8 oz, 100mg CBD – $40.00 USD)

CBD Infused Salve ( 2 oz, 200 mg CBD – $50.00 USD)

All 3 Products – Joint Care Bundle (On Sale for $90.00 USD)

Info/Links:

So, if you’re anything like me, you may have questions about CBD. What is it? What is it used for? Is it legal? Don’t worry, Blue Ridge Hemp Co.’s website breaks this information down for ya! Click here for general info about the company/CBD or check out the science behind CBD.

Alright everybody, put your science hats on for a second. CBD (Cannabidiol) is a nonaddictive compound derived from Industrial Hemp that is known for its health effects, like reducing pain and inflammation and even improves anxiety and stress. It is not psychoactive (it doesn’t get you high) and does not contain THC (I told you, it won’t get you high!).  I highly recommend that you check out their website to become an expert, I mean, why not? This is interesting stuff!

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Reviews:

Alright, let’s do this! The first product I tried was the CBD Infused Roll-On Essential Oil Blend – Joint Care. It comes packaged in a super handy roller ball and contains 10 ml of product with 50 mg of CBD. Grapeseed Oil is the base of this product, along with Cannabis Sativa L. Extract (CBD). Turmeric and White Willow Bark amp up the pain and inflammation fighting ability of this product, and essential oils from Pine, Juniper Berry, Rosemary, Lemon Peel, and Peppermint give this a unique herbal, woodsy fragrance that I honestly freakin’ love and look forward to!

I used the Roll-On about 3-4 times a day on my hands (my joints always hurt), feet, and temples. I love how convenient it was to take with me and how quickly I could apply it wherever I needed it. How effective was it? Well, keep reading or skip to The Bottom Line at the end of this post.

 

Next up, is the CBD Infused Massage & Body Oil. You get 8 oz with a 100 mg of CBD. This oil has the same fresh and woodsy scent as the Roll-On, and it is a thin oil with a bunch of moisturizing ingredients. It contains Sunflower, Sesame Seed, and Jojoba oils, which will leave your skin feeling hydrated after you use it (who doesn’t like a multi-functional product?!). It is mineral oil based, so if you avoid that or are sensitive to it, I suggest you look into the other products in Blue Ridge Hemp Co.’s wide range of products.

I used this massage oil on my hands and feet to reduce joint pain and stiffness. I did, however, forget that I fired my personal masseuse (sarcasm, I’m so cute), so I did not get to use it on my sore back except for the time my boyfriend got home early and helped me out. Thanks, babes! It is important to note that this oil has a higher concentration of CBD than the Roll-On.

Last but not least, is the CBD Infused Salve that contains 2 oz of product with 200 mg of CBD. This product is Mango Butter based and also contains Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, and Menthol. The scent is similar to the others, but you also get fruity notes and hints of cocoa with a slight cooling sensation from the menthol. I really like this scent! This product has the highest concentration of CBD. I used it at night time before bed on my hands and feet. It has the texture of a thick balm and a little bit goes a long way! It melts into your skin quickly and leaves behind the awesome scent!

The Bottom Line

I am so glad I got the opportunity to try out these products from Blue Ridge Hemp Co.! They are made with good-for-you ingredients, the packaging is dope, and the company itself is aimed at helping people deal with pain in a natural, vegan, and cruelty-free way (Tylenol, who?). Pretty awesome.

I would say that I have pretty severe pain in my hands, and I do feel that these products have decreased the pain and stiffness over the past week. With continued use, I am sure it will continue to help. If you have severe pain like I do, I highly suggest that you select the products with the highest concentration of CBD, like the salve and gel or give a bundle like this one a try. If you are looking for a product that is quick and easy to use on the go, definitely try out the Roll-Ons! They have a range of products that address muscle pain, joint pain, stress, and more. There are also body scrubs, lotions, and even transdermal patches that I definitely want to try out!

I highly recommend these products and enjoy using them! Thank you, Blue Ridge Hemp Co., for generously giving me these products to review! I truly enjoyed meeting you and will be a customer for life! Head on over to their website to learn more about CBD and sign up for a $10 off coupon on your order! They’re also on Instagram @BlueRidgeHempCo. Let me know how you like the products!