Monday, August 25, 2014

alaffia sustainable beauty products

i was recently offered the chance to sample the above alaffia sustainable beauty products.
did you know that i am a beauty and bath product fiend?
whether face creams, chapsticks, or any sort of wash, i want to try it.
it is rather appalling how many products currently reside in my bathroom.
however, upon opening my package from alaffia,
i know i had discovered something different. 

alaffia is a fair trade company that supports and promotes organic products,
community involvement, and gender equality. 
in addition, alaffia provides economic sustainability to 
families in africa of varying socioeconomic statuses. 

i particularly liked this statement, describing the importance of gender equality:
"it is time to honor their [women's] contributions by working
towards gender equality in our communities."
this statement could not be more true. 

located in central togo, women in the community gather and prepare shea nuts
and sell shea butter at local markets.
the african shea butter industry is 99% women.
alaffia beauty and bath products can be found here.

in my package from alaffia, i received:
- authentic african black soap in tangerine citrus
- moisturizing everyday shea bubble bath in lavender 
- africa's secret multi-purpose skin cream
- purely coconut lip balm in coconut
- purely coconut lip balm in coconut mint

i have tried africa's secret multi-purpose skin cream
and both the purely coconut lip balm in coconut and coconut mint;
these products are incredible! 
while the face cream is unscented, the bubble bath, lotion, and lip balms 
each smell incredible.
as a girl with sensitive skin, i need products that are gentle. 
the shea butter within these beauty products
is soothing and kind to my skin.
i cannot wait to continue using them.

alaffia, thank you for letting me try each of these!