One of my favorite quotes is “Live by the Trinity of What is True, Good and Beautiful’ by Alexandra Stoddard. While the world at large seems ugly and off kilter, all any of us can do is find our heart center and live by the trinity. We can also inspire others to live joyously and consciously by our own example. Selecting gifts that speak to your values or to the person you are gifting is one way to consciously feel good. In the end our values are only relevant when we live in accordance with them. It’s not always easy to do this but the more we keep our values front and center, the easier it gets.
Conscious consuming is a social mindset based around awareness of the impact of our purchasing decisions have on our lives and the planet. We as individuals can have a very big impact on the world for the better when we shop consciously. So let your values guide you this holiday season , and let’s continue to cultivate our wellness driven lifestyles in 2020.
Below you will find a check list that will help you identify what matters to you, so you can make conscious decisions when purchasing gifts. Wishing you a joyous holiday full of the seasons beauty!
WWB ‘FEELS GOOD’ CHECK LIST
- Cruelty Free: No animal was harmed or tested on
- Sustainable & Eco-Friendly: green, organic and sustainable
- Beauty, Health & Wellness Without Compromise: Free of harmful chemicals known to harm you
- Socially Responsible: Fairtrade and Social Mission Retail
WWB GIFT CATEGORIES
- Self Care: Personal care products for calm and relaxation
- Conscious Beauty: Meets one or more of the ‘feel good’ criteria
- Healthy Epicurean: Edible treats and food with healthy and organic ingredients
- Artisan Hand Made: Beautifully Designed, Creatively Crafted, Useful & Enduring
- Books, Music & Inspirational Gifts: Celebrating Wellness Wisdom, Lifestyle & Culture
- Conscious Lifestyle: Eco-Friendly and value Driven and mission
~Books, Music & Inspirational Gifts
WWB IDEAL FIND: CALM CHRISTMAS and a Happy New Year
WWB Note: This is a new book by author Beth Kempton. Beth’s last book ‘Wabi Sabi’ was selected as the Summer “Book Wise’ pick. You can find my Q&A with her here and discover the beauty, truth and wisdom of her books.
Calm Christmas and a Happy New Year offers inspiration for a new kind of holiday season – one where you radiate calm and cultivate delight. This atmospheric book will lead you through the darkness of winter, back to the enchantment of an authentic and meaningful Christmas.
Spanning late November to early January, Calm Christmas embraces the festive build-up, the celebrations and the turn of the year in a holistic, nurturing way. Beth Kempton will whisk you away from the frenetic energy of the high street and invite you to come sit awhile by the fire, pausing to explore what a more mindful festive season could mean for you.
Full of personal stories, tips and advice for slowing down, staying calm and connecting with others, it offers a welcome retreat from the pressure to create ‘the perfect Christmas’.
WWB IDEAL FIND: The Unseen Blossom Book
“A theme that is universal and adaptable for all cultures, times, and people. A highly recommended read.”
“Believe us, miracles do happen. So far, everything that has transpired stems from unexpected miracles. Imagine a book being written by two strangers who had yet to even meet. Sounds impossible, right? Well, Zlaikha and L’mere, now soul friends, did just that, and their process to the inception of their novel started through a Facebook glitch. The Unseen Blossom is a unique fairy-tale novel that incorporates all aspects of a great read into one eccentric journey. Two searching souls embark on a mystical voyage and create a magical love story from the dusty roads of Kabul to a variety of enchanted gardens that reveal the realities of life. In order to find the unseen fig blossom and give rise to everlasting happiness, they must delve within themselves to find the true meaning of selflessness and the essence of good deeds with a touch of humor, poetry, and the perpetual splendor of nature. This romantic and comedic tale, full of exciting events, will stir your soul with its lessons of hope for all of humanity. This book will inspire all, young and old, with its much-needed message of unity and peace in volatile times.
WWB IDEAL FIND: “The Art of Nothing Celebrating 25 Years of Mutts”
Timed for the 25th anniversary of the comic strip Mutts, The Art of Nothing celebrates the work of author and illustrator Patrick McDonnell
Mooch, the curious cat, and Earl, the ever-trusting dog, are just two of the characters who inhabit the world of Mutts. In The Art of Nothing: 25 Years of Mutts and the Art of Patrick McDonnell, the award-winning author and illustrator’s beloved comic strip is celebrated as well as his bestselling children’s classics, including Me . . . Jane, The Gift of Nothing, South, Just Like Heaven, Hug Time, and Wag!, all shot from the original art. Also included are rare and never-before-seen artwork, proposals, outtakes, and developmental work, along with autobiographical commentary
~Self Care & Conscious Beauty
WWB IDEAL FIND: Zents Body Duo Set
ZENTS BODY CARE
“This nourishing body and hand wash drenches the skin with 100% organic shea butter as it removes impurities, for lavishly clean, luxuriously soft skin. Sugar cane and fruit extracts gently exfoliate without harsh particles, unveiling skin’s youthful glow. Organic aloe speeds healing and soothe nicks from shaving. Detoxifying lotus flower restores supple, smooth, healthy skin.”
MINDFUL & KIND
We believe in mindfulness in all that we do, and kindness that radiates outward. We mindfully create products that are good for guests and for your team.
We believe in the power of clean ingredients, from organic hand harvested shea butter, organic aloe and organic lotus to flower essences grown on a Demeter-certified Biodynamic® farm.
We believe in protecting animals. Our 100% cruelty-free products are happily human-tested on ourselves and our dear friends.
LOCAL & GLOBAL
We believe in supporting small local economies, both in our community and around the globe, from women’s co-ops in Africa to small organic and biodynamic farms like our own.
We believe in taking care of our planet, using wind energy, LED lighting, recycling practices, working with local suppliers, and FSC sustainable papers.
We believe giving is good. We uplift others through our Seva charitable giving program, through community events and volunteerism.
WWB IDEAL FIND: Poethique
100% Plant-Based, Organic Ingredients with Global Influence
“Our mission at Poéthique is to develop the very best, all-natural, luxurious, skincare products. Our goal is to exceed our customers’ desires around maintaining healthy, balanced-looking skin at all stages of life.
Poéthique is proud to use 100% plant-based, organic ingredients in all of its skincare products. We meticulously (and scientifically) select each ingredient for a healthy, toxin-free, and highly effective experience. Read more about our global influence, and, ingredients and process.
The 3 piece skin care set contains Deeply Cleansing Milk, cult favorite Radiance Boosting Face Serum, and Facial Recovery Elixir Face Oil. A daily skin care routine that purifies, renews and nourishes skin for even texture and glow.”
Full Size Set contains Deeply Cleansing Milk (150ml), Radiance Boosting Serum (30ml) and Facial Recovery Elixir (30ml).
Travel Size Set contains Deeply Cleansing Milk (60ml), Radiance Boosting Serum (15ml), and Facial Recovery Elixir (15ml).
WWB IDEAL FIND: Petal Fresh
Hydrate and firm skin with Petal Fresh® Pure Pomegranate & Grapefruit Body & Massage Oil (Firming). Certified Organic Pomegranate and Grapefruit effectively promote collagen synthesis for firmer skin. This oil is made with a lightweight blend of fruit oils with Certified Organic Argan Oil leaving your skin refreshed and rejuvenated.
“We are a wellness brand based on the mind-body connection. Since we believe a holistic lifestyle is the key to living our best life, our hair and body care products have been developed with this in mind. We promote relaxation, self-care and a state of being with natural and organic ingredients that nourish from the outside while you take care of what is on the inside. We believe that what goes on your body is just as important as what goes into your body.
Our goal is to echo the Be, Care, Love philosophy with everything we do. We want to empower everyone with the choice to take control of their health with safe, natural products and the knowledge of how to expand the mind, body and soul. ”
WWB IDEAL FIND: Baloo Living Weighted Blanket
WWB NOTE: If you haven’t discovered weighted blankets yet, learn more. They seem to especially work for well for those suffering from stress, anxiety and other conditions. I would think in today’s world that would be all of us! A weighted blanket molds to your body like a gentle hug. The pressure relaxes the nervous system and encourages serotonin production, which lifts your mood. When serotonin naturally converts to melatonin, your body takes the cue to rest. This means a calmer mind and deeper sleep for a healthier life.
Baloo Stands for a Healthy, Sustainable, Conscious Living
“Baloo Living is the only Eco-Friendly, Luxury Weighted Blanket made with lead-free glass microbeads and chemical-free cotton certified by the Oeko-Tex 100 Standard. This means our products are clean and safe, and made with soft premium cotton that’s cool and breathable for year-round use.
We are in the process of phasing out all plastic in packaging to be replaced with reusable dust bags. The new packaging will become available in early-December.”
WWB IDEAL FIND: ECO LUNCH BOXES
LUNCH BY LUNCH–WE’RE MAKING TOOLS TO REDUCE THE USE OF PLASTICS FOR PEOPLE AND THE PLANET.
WWB NOTE: Ditch the plastic and embrace sustainable stainless steel storage with beautiful new designs! Love their etched collection!
“We are a mission-based social enterprise that uses the capitalist engine to educate and empower people to reduce their dependence on plastics. We design, build and bring to market tools for change at lunchtime. ECOlunchbox is part of the plastic pollution solution. We invite our customers to join our community and purchase our products whether they are worried about their health, their pocketbook or the planet. A journey toward new habits can begin anywhere.
I am delighted that our lunch containers have empowered tens of thousands of families to say good-bye to plastics at lunchtime. And by providing our earth-friendly lunch containers and accessories to help people green their habits at lunchtime, we hope to encourage them to move beyond using plastics in many other parts of their lives.”
Sandra Ann Harris, Founder