Okay so I have finally come to grips with the fact that it’s fall. Boots out, jeans stacked, hats on and of course; the ceremonial switching of the bags. Away goes my beach bag and out comes this little guy.
Canopy Verde Organic, Vegan, Crossbody Bag
Bags by Canopy Verde are made with Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified organic cotton, eco friendly dyes and supple vegan leather. Sustainable AND chic! I love it!
Using organic cotton means that the cotton used to make this bag does not have the toxic pesticides and fertilizers that are used in conventionally grown cotton. Cotton is one of the most toxic crops in the world, using close to 10 billion pounds of fertilizers and pesticides every year. These chemicals leach into the soil, air and water. Conventional cotton not only harms wildlife and the environment, it also creates a hazardous workplace for farm workers.
And to make it even better – they are dyed with GOTS certified dyes that are chemical free and earth friendly. This means no polluting of our lakes and rivers with conventional dyes. Score!
Plus they are made with vegan leather leaving a smaller carbon footprint. Vegan leather is made with polyurethane, which is better for the environment than other substances like PVC. Polyurethane uses fewer solvents and chemicals in processing compared to PVC or leather. Plus PVC leaches toxins into the environment and is not biodegrade.
Classic design paired with an eco philosophy is the name of the game with Canopy Verde.
All of their bags are lined with a fun bright orange cotton. This bag has one external zip pocket and the strap is adjustable to fit your height. I love this red/orange color paired with stripes or a black/white/gray toned pallet or super sharp with navy too. You can check more items on her Etsy Shop.
*Canopy Verde clarified me me after this article was originally published that the canvas bags are made with organic cotton however the fabric lining of all the bags is conventional cotton.
Inside My Bag
Kosmotology Hand Sanitizer
Kosmotology Hand Sanitizer: Let’s face it; kids = germs. So we have to be armed with something to help fight the nasties but who wants a hand sanitizer that smells awful and contains harmful ingredients like Triclosan and Acrylates/C10-30 Acrylate Crosspolymer? NOT ME! Kosmotology’s hand sanitizer is free of harmful chemicals and has no thicken agents. It uses ethyl alcohol to kill germs, organic glycerin to rehydrate skin and organic essential oils for scent and additional anti-microbial effects.
The one shown is Orange-Lemon-Lime and smells just like it! Love having this product on me especially after outings with my kids which include trips to public restrooms, shared toy spaces and other germ-centric kid zones.
Kosmotoloy makes hand soaps, body washes, scrubs, lotion bars, lip balms, face moisturizers and bug repellents. Janice, the founder, swears her grapefruit lotion bar cured her baby’s Eczema – I have it on deck for Quinn (naturally). Also the entire Kosmotology line is MADE SAFE certified! This certification ensures products are made without known behavioral toxins, carcinogens, developmental toxins, endocrine disruptors, fire retardants, GMOs, heavy metals, neurotoxins, pesticides, reproductive toxins, toxic solvents or harmful VOCs.
Check out her line here!
Nūdus Lipstick in fairy tales
Nūdus Lipstick in fairy tales: Handcrafted in Australia with certified organic ingredients. This formula combines bioactive ancient Ayurvedic colors and extracts made from organic flower, fruits, herbs and minerals with organic cold-pressed oils including pumpkin, kiwi fruit, raspberry, pomegranate, argan and moringa. Never any FD&C colorants, hydrogenate oils, petro-chemicals or coal tar dyes. Certified organic by the ACO (Australian Certified Organic) and gluten-free.
This is such a pretty peach. The formulation is bold and gives full coverage. It’s matte and looks good as-is or you could layer a gloss over it if you prefer some shine. Great for day or night – and a fabulous transition color if you are at the office and hearing out after work. I have been all over this color this fall! Here it is on when we went to dinner last weekend.
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Peppersmith Gum: Made with real ingredients, real flavors and NO SUGAR. This non-GMO gum’s active ingredients is Xylitol which reduces the amount of bacteria and plaque and acts against low pH in the mouth – more scientific stuff here on their website. I love that not only does Peppersmith source real flavors but they go above and beyond – their lemon flavor is from real lemons sourced in Italy and their eucalyptus is from Australia – the highest quality you can find – instead of China’s “cheap stuff”. Also no animal derived ingredients like shellac or bovine gelatin so it is suitable for vegans and vegetarians too.
This gum tastes good and is perfect for a quick freshen-up. It maintains it’s elasticity and stays together so it is easy to chew. I would say the flavor lasts for a good few minutes before fading but its not something you are going to chew for an hour. A box is 11.69EU and comes with 12 packs which works out to be just about 1.00/pack US.
Los Feliz Botanicals
Los Feliz Botanicals: Loving this new natural fragrance line! Their scents are fresh and zesty. I am especially loving Blossom which is shown here. A pretty floral with a touch of sweet spice. Check out my full review here!
RMS Nail Polish in Beloved
RMS Nail Polish in Beloved: Okay so lets cut to the chase. Nail polish by nature will have toxic chemicals in it. It’s paint.
That being said, I rarely paint my fingernails (like I don’t think I’ve painted them once in 2016 – I do a lot with my hands like cooking, touching and playing with the kids so I choose to wear my nails bare but I occasionally do enjoy getting my toes done.) Now, it’s important to note not all nail polishes are created equal and there are definitely ones that are better than others. The RMS line is “6 free” meaning it does not have 6 of the major nail polish offenders. There are other lines that are “3 free”, “5 free” and even “10 free.”
EWG rates the Acquarella nail polish line with a 1 which is crazy good – I am definitely trying them next!
This RMS line is fun because it has a range of cute colors and some serious staying power. The RMS line of makeup in general is high preforming and requires little comprise from users no matter what you are using from eyeshadow to lipstick to nail polish. I will save you guys the toe pic but this polish goes on smooth, streak free and stays. I am going on almost a month with no chips on my toes – although I carry it with me just in case!
The RMS formulas are 6-free, cruelty free and vegan and promise no Petrochemicals, Parabens, DPB, TPHP, Tolueme, Camphor, Xylene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin and Animal Products.
But like I always say, read the label for both what’s listed and what’s not listed. Here is the full ingredient list along with the ingredients EWG rating (0 being the safest and 10 being the most toxic).
- 1 Butyl Acetate
- 1 Ethyl Acetate
- 1 Nitrocellulose
- 1 Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer
- 1 Acetyl Tributyl Citrate
- 2 Isopropyl Alcohol
- 1 Stearalkonium Bentonite
- 2 Acrylates Copolymer
- 2 Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer
- 1-2 Silica
- 4 Benzophenone-1 (this is associated with endocrine disruption in the EWG database and also labeled as a human skin toxicant or allergen with strong evidence by Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments)
- 1 Trimethylpentanediyl Dibenzoate
- 4 Aluminum Powder (neurotoxicity, enhanced skin absorption, organ system toxicity)
- 1 Bismuth Oxychloride
- 2 Iron Oxide
- 1 Red Lake Colors
- 2 Iron Oxide
- 2 Tin Oxide
- 1-3 Titanium Dioxide
- 1 Yellow 5 Lake
Not the cleanest product I’ve ever used but a way better choice than say the Sally Hansen polish that scores a 6 and includes Oxybenzone which is even worse at an 8. And it satisfies my need to adorn cute toes in the summer. It’s all about baby steps and better choices right friends?!
Okay so that’s what’s in my bag this fall! Have you tried any of these?