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!

VERSED Vegan & Cruelty-Free Skincare Review

Long time, no see! It is great to be back at the product review game, and I have some awesome products to share with you!

You may have heard that Target just began carrying a new, vegan and CF line of skincare products… all priced at $20 or below! Versed Skincare offers everything you need for a gorgeous, healthy skin from serums and eye creams, to spot treatments, cleansers, lip oil and more!

Of course, I HAD to get to my local Target immediately! I instantly loved everything about this line from the simplistic yet eye-catching display and packaging, to the exciting range of products. (Did you see the Target display in my IG Story? Follow me!). First, I picked up the Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream.

Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream

I’m a firm believer that if you’re old enough to (legally) drink, you’re old enough for an eye cream! This bad boy contains olive oil, shea butter, peptides, and algae extract to give your pretty little eyes some much-need TLC! Trust me, when it comes to this formula, she thicc but she absorbs quickly! Whether your undereyes are dry and need a little moisture, or you’re starting to notice some fine lines from age or from crying your eyes out because your ex stole your record collection, this eye cream will help address these issues (minus the ex) for a smoother, hydrated eye area. This eye cream has definitely worked its way into my skincare-lovin’ heart!

Next up, is the Stroke of Brilliance Brightening Serum made for dull and/or aging skin. Packed with Vitamin C, licorice Root, and turmeric, this serum is locked and loaded with pure pigmentation-fighting power! Like most people, I want to give the finger to acne scars and discoloration and want an even looking complexion! Use this serum before you moisturize to get glowing skin that just screams “Look At ME! I’m a healthy, radiant goddess and I didn’t have to spend millions to look like this!

Versed Stroke of Brilliance Brightening Serum

Last, I tried out the Hydration Station Booster with HA to give my dry AF face some love!

Versed Hydration Station Booster with HA

Does your face look dry and patchy under your makeup or in general? No? Only me? Well, I add a few drops of this booster into my foundation and serum for an instant kick of moisture. It helps me to not look like a crusty mess, and I’m here for it! Hyaluronic Acid is pretty much a miracle worker when it comes to tackling dehydrated skin. HA is “your body’s natural hydrator that’s able to hold 1000 times its weight in water” so you can bet your parched little face that you will be looking better in no time!

The Bottom Line:

All in all, I really love Versed! The products are clean, fragrance free , dye free, and of course, vegan and cruelty-free. They’re packed with effective ingredients and are available at a great price, so just about everyone can have high quality natural skincare. You really can’t ask for more! Well, I can actually ask for more because I want to try out more of their line, like the lip oil, cleansing balm, and eye gel! Have you tried Versed products? Let me know what to try next!

California Pure Naturals Skincare Review

Happy Sunday! I hope you’re having a fantastic weekend! It’s unusually warm in North Carolina today, so I was able to get some sunny pictures of the California Pure Naturals products I recently tried out!

California Pure Naturals
California Pure Naturals Skincare

So, a little info about this vegan and cruelty-free company:

“We are 100% committed to bringing you the safest, most potent and effective natural beauty products. We take the best of nature and combine it with our experience creating dermatologist grade formulas, for a superior, clean and pure skin care experience.”


California Pure Naturals Dual Action Scrub
California Pure Naturals Dual Action Scrub

First, I tried their Dual Action Scrub featuring California Pure Naturals’ Blackberry Antioxidant Complex. This multi-purpose scrub contains organic blackberry, kiwi, pomegranate, and grape to give your skin a burst of antioxidants to combat signs of aging, and walnut shell and papaya fruit extract to exfoliate away dullness.

This scrub smells fresh, fruity and delicious. The walnut shells are very fine, making this the perfect product to use for gentle exfoliation a few times per week. It leaves your face feeling and looking smooth and glowy without irritation. This scrub has definitely made its way into my heart (and skincare routine)!

California Pure Naturals Renewal Facial Serum

Next, is the Renewal Facial Serum designed to nourish and hydrate your skin with their Blackberry Antioxidant Complex mentioned above, Hyaluronic Acid, and vitamins C and E. This lightweight, lotion-like serum, instantly absorbs into the skin, leaving it silky smooth. It has the same, faint berry scent as the scrub, and is the perfect moisturizer to use both day and night. This is another winner!

California Pure Naturals Glow Facial Serum
California Pure Naturals Glow Facial Serum

Last, is the Glow Facial Oil featuring the Black Berry Antioxidant complex, and Jojoba and Evening Primrose oil to deeply hydrate and nourish the skin for a brighter, healthy appearance. Just like the serum, this product absorbs into the skin right away, and gives a dewy glow while providing deep hydration. I used this product at night and woke up to gorgeous skin!

The Bottom Line

Don’t miss out on California Pure Naturals’ products! Fruit is great for your insides, and it’s also fabulous for your skin! The more natural your products, the healthier you will be and the better your skin will look. Don’t clog your pores or absorb harmful chemicals when there are natural, vegan products like these available! I absolutely adore this line of products and my skin looks healthy, hydrated, and happy! I really couldn’t ask for more! Please give these products a try and let me know what you think!

Thank you, California Pure Naturals, for sending me these wonderful products to review!

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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!

Essance Organic Skincare

Company: Essance Organic Skincare

“HERBAL INFUSED SKINCARE: Raw beauty is possible with natural ingredients. Handmade so you can feel amazing, loved, and beautiful.”

Review:

I’m so excited to be back! While I was away, I tried out a fantastic products from a brand called Essance Organic Skincare! Their products are made in Portland, OR and honestly, their everything I want in my skincare products! They’re organic, vegan, cruelty-free, and full of beneficial plants and herbs!

I had the opportunity to try out a bunch of their products that are included in their Dragon’s Blood Starter Package. Don’t worry, Khalisi’s dragons weren’t harmed to make these products! They are named for the antioxidant rich and anti-inflammatory ingredients called Sangre de Drago (aka Dragon’s Blood).

Ok, let’s go!

First, the Dragon’s Blood Cleanser is great for all skin types and does a great job removing the day’s dirt, oil, and make up without drying your skin. Its thick, rich formula contains skin-loving ingredients including aloe vera, olive oil, papaya, rosehip seed oil, MSM, frankincense to not only cleanse, but to moisturize and fight signs of aging, dryness, and inflammation! This isn’t just a cleanser, it is a skin treatment in and of itself.

After cleansing, I spritzed on the Dragon’s Blood Toner. All you need to do is lightly mist this refreshing toner all over you face and let the orange blossum, peppermint, witch hazel, lavendar, frankincense, and Chaga mushroom balance and reinvigorate your skin in preparation for the products below!

To seal the benefits of the toner into your skin, immediately apply the Dragon’s Blood Cream. It easily glides onto the skin which quickly drank it up like a sponge, leaving my complexion looking dewy and ready for make up! This cream has the same plant-based ingredients as the cleanser to really give your skin the benefits of these fantastic ingredients.

At night after cleansing and toning, I used the Dragon’s Blood Serum which has the same fresh, herbal scent as the rest of the line. This product is more like a thick cream/serum hybrid, jam packed with Chaga mushroom, Rooisbos Tea, coconut oil, rose distallate, rosehip, argan oil, sea buckthorn, pomegranate, and carrot oil. This list of superstar ingredients moisturizes and supplies anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties as you sleep. Your skin really couldn’t ask for more!

If you’re looking for a great body moisturizer, their Passionfruit Lotion is great for everyday use to keep your skin healthy and hydrated. Like the rest of their products, it easily absorbs right into the skin. I love the light scent and the long list of all natural ingredients including aloe, jojoba, coconut oil, rose, and rooibos tea.

Last but not least, is the Passionfruit Lip balm! If I don’t have lip balm on, I really don’t feel my best! My lips dry out almost immediately (yesssss, mom, I drink plenty of water), so I’m always looking for a healthy, vegan and cruelty free lip product that moisturizes and doesn’t break the bank! I love this lip balm because it does everything a great lip balm should!

The Bottom Line

If you’re looking for some serious skincare but want all natural, plantbased, and crueltyfree ingredients, Essance Skincare is for you! Each and every product contains all natural, nourishing ingredients that make your skin look healthy and glowing! I love how my skin looks! I only need a little concealer and I’m out the door! The redness is my cheeks is not as noticeable and my skin just looks radiant and cared for! Essance Skincare truly makes amazing products that are good for you, the environment and the animals!

Head on over to their website and let me know what you try! Thank you, Essance Organic Skincare, for sending me these products to review!