The holidays are upon us and whether you’re putting together your Christmas list or are even toying about what you might do differently next year, these four local brands that pay it forward should be on your radar. You could be giving gifts to your friends that keep on giving, or you could shop these for yourself as part of that new lifestyle you’ve been itching to try. Plus—who says you even have to start next year to live consciously?
These soaps, lotions, and body washes are made from carabao’s milk and are highly moisturizing. The soaps also contain virgin coconut oil and essential oils, which make it great for dry skin. The bonus: Kala Milk’s soaps give carabao farmers in Baliuag, Bulacan daily income, especially on seasons when carabao milk demand can be low. And a portion of the sales go into the education of their children!
This brand that’s over 10 years old sells body care products from soaps, to massage oils, to baby care, to lotions, to balms and underarm creams, to hair care—and only uses local and organic ingredients. This means that every purchase supports the local industry, instead of international suppliers of ingredients. In short, your money goes to supporting another Filipino family!
Cutting down single use plastic? Lace & Rue only uses recycled glass jars for its product. It’s a spa line that is cruelty-free, eco friendly, has no added preservatives, and is made by hand. Choose these for your weekly pampering sessions and try its body and lip scrubs. The crowd favorite is The Good Balm, an all-around balm that’s intensely moisturizing and can be used on cuticles, elbows, undereyes, and your lips.
4. Sip PH
Be one of the many who have decided to lessen single use plastic waste by carrying their own reusable straws and cutlery sets wherever they go with Sip PH. You can carry the full set or just what you need, whether it’s the straws only or the cutlery only. The spoons, forks, knives, and chopsticks are also made only from sustainably produced bamboo. If you love milk tea, make sure to get the jumbo straws that’s perfect for both shakes and milk tea!
Ronna Capili Bonifacio is a writer, editor, and columnist covering beauty and lifestyle for over a decade. She now also tries to humorously write about motherhood as a mom of two. Apart from skin care and cosmetics, Ronna’s true weakness are books and coffee. You can follow her on Instagram @ronnabonifacio and her blog: www.ronnabonifacio.com.
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