Why Fair-trade Beauty Is A Win-Win For All*

My 2019 began with watching both Taylor Swift in concert on Netflix (several times) and Marie Kondo’s show. Her method is one I am slowly bringing into different areas of my house and home and my bathroom was long overdue an overhaul.

As you know I am a long term advocate for using cruelty-free products but this year I am more focused on reducing my single-use plastic than ever before. There are some levels of it that are sadly unavoidable and I’m a firm believer that for something to be sustainable it has to be practical also. I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for multi-use, ethically sourced products and one very good addition is the Dr. Bronner range. Made with organic and certified fair trade ingredients, Dr.Bronner’s has an array of vegan friendly products from soaps, skincare, lotions and hair rinses.

I am learning more about ethical sourcing of ingredients lately and Dr Bronners environmental and ethical impact is very impressive. They believe that fair trade’s real power is in the economic and social development of farms and communities. To date, their projects combined have invested over $2.5 million in fair trade premiums, benefitting more than 20,000 people directly and indirectly from buying raw materials from farmers.

They created or partnered with fair trade and organic projects all over the world: in Sri Lanka for coconut oil, Palestine and Israel for olive oil, India for mint oil, Ecuador for sugar cane alcohol, and Kenya for avocado, tea tree and coconut oils. An estimated 10,000 people around the world benefit directly from their fair trade projects. To learn more see >Here<

Also as a vegan I was so impressed to learn that the company CEO David Bronner is a longtime vegan, and many of Dr. Bronner’s employees are supporters of a vegetarian lifestyle. Vegan friendly products within the Dr.Bronner’s range contain no beeswax, propolis, casein, or glycerine.

In addition to producing the highest-quality soaps that are certified vegan (free from animal ingredients) and are certified free from animal testing with the cruelty-free “leaping bunny” logo, Dr. Bronner’s is proud to support leading animal advocacy organizations that are working to reduce the suffering of farm animals and to advocate for a transition to healthier and more sustainable food systems.

A few key products I currently have in heavy rotation are:

Multi-use products are really helping minimise space taken up and I’ve long been a fan of Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap. There are actually over 18 different uses for the multi-purpose soap which is suitable for just about any cleaning task from cleaning your make-up brushes to cleaning tasks within the house or as a body wash. For a full list see >Here< The mint smell of this is quite sharp and invigorating and it makes your whole bathroom smell so fresh and clean. There is also a baby one which is also suitable for sensitive skins. Their liquid and pump soaps are packaged in 100% post-consumer recycled plastic helping reduce landfill and ocean plastic.

I’ve been following holistic dental guidelines for over a year - ( more info >Here< ) and the Dr. Bronners Toothpaste is made from 70% organic ingredients! Our low-foaming formula has no synthetic detergent foaming agents, is fluoride-free, vegan and cruelty-free, with no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, or sweeteners

Hand Sanitizer - for my food demonstrations I always bring this with me. It doesn’t dry out my skin and kills germs with a simple formula: organic ethyl alcohol, water, organic lavender oil, and organic glycerin.

Pure Castile Bar Soap is made with certified fair trade ingredients and organic hemp oil for a soft, smooth lather that won't dry your skin. 100% biodegradable in a 100% post-consumer recycled wrapper.

Organic Hand and Body Lotion -this contains organic jojoba oil to heal and soothe, organic coconut oil to moisturise, organic hemp and avocado oils to keep skin smooth and supple.


To shop the entire Dr.Bonner’s range check out www.lifesgreat.ie  on Instagram or on Facebook.

*Thank you to LIFES GREAT for Collaborating with me on this feature.

Images - Johnny MacMillan.