Just in time for February 14, our new Sweet Lips Organic Nourishing Lipbalm Collection is here! Only $18 for three Valentine-perfect, natural tints for your lips. The set includes deep red Cranberry, perfect for your Valentine’s date; wearable pink Rhubarb that is perfect for every day; and bright coral Mango to infuse a hint of spring into your makeup routine.
Alima Pure's lipbalms are gluten-free and made with all organic ingredients (except the pure mineral pigments, of course) and lightly scented with peppermint.
The Sweet Lips Collection is only $18 (a $28 value) and is available for a limited time only!
You'd practically have to live under a rock to miss the fact that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. The pink products start taking over store shelves in September, and in past years the offerings ran the gamut from jewelry in the shape of a pink ribbon to vacuum cleaners and car tires. In the beauty category, especially, there are hundreds of offerings of special "pink" products, with portions of the sales of each item going to one of the non-profit organizations that are tied to Breast Cancer.
As honorable as most of these offerings are, there have been more concerns raised about "pink ribbon abuse" and "pink-washing," two terms that are most often used in regards to products that are donating to the cause while they may also be contributing to the illness. The most recent example is a fragrance that was commissioned by a large non-profit dedicated to finding a cure for breast cancer. Many people are concerned that two of the frangrance's ingredients have been linked to cancer.
At Alima Pure, we are well aware that not all claims that an ingredient is harmful are relevant to their use. You have to do your research. We hope that whenever you are faced with a "pink" product, or any other product, that you do your homework and check the ingredients to see if you are comfortable with their safety.
Breast Cancer is a cause that is close to our hearts for a number of reasons. But rather than create a special pink product for this month, we have decided that we simply would rather donate to the Breast Cancer Fund (BCF). At the end of October, we will be making a donation in the name of Alima Pure and our customers.
The BCF's mission is "In response to the public health crisis of breast cancer, the Breast Cancer Fund identifies — and advocates for elimination of — the environmental and other preventable causes of the disease." We think that sounds perfect. They are doing their research, and we encourage you to do yours. We think that when you do, you will be impressed with Alima Pure's dedication to safe ingredients. After all, we wear the products; as do our mothers, daughters, aunts, cousins and friends. We make the products, so we have employees who are exposed to the ingredients. We are concerned for their safety, and yours.
If you read the Alima Pure Facebook page at all, you’ve almost certainly noticed the name Kristen Arnett. Kristen is an international makeup artist who is passionate about helping women from all walks of life “green” their beauty routine. To that end, she founded The Green Beauty Team, a group of experts in many different aspects of beauty who give advice about healthy beauty choices on the Green Beauty Team website.
We had heard of Kristen before, but did not meet her until we sponsored the Green Beauty Team at the Portland Better Living Show in April. We were charmed by Kristen’s down-to-earth attitude that contrast beautifully with her high-fashion makeup skills. (Take a look at her skills here.) She’s a true professional--treating the models she works on not as simple clothing hangers with faces, but as living, breathing girls with health concerns just like the rest of us. The Green Beauty Team is Kristen’s way of addressing the questions she receives on a daily basis about how women can look their best. And for Kristen, looking your best always includes using products that are not going to harm your health. This commitment to safe cosmetics has led to Kristen using quite a few Alima Pure products since April!
We didn’t realize that Kristen had lived here in Portland for a few years, before she moved to Milan and then New York to pursue her dream of being a professional makeup artist. As a fan of Portlandia, Kristen was especially amused by the fact that Alima Pure has been proudly “putting a bird on it” since 2006. Kristen still has a strong connection to Portland (her family still lives here), and because of that, makeup artists in Portland now have an amazing opportunity. If you want to sharpen your skills and learn more about the business, you will definitely want to check out Kristen’s “The Makeup Artists’ Intensive Workshop” on June 18 in Portland. This one-day class is filled with relevant industry information and artistry techniques, including a never-before-seen twist to makeup education, a focus on Going Green! If there is any way you can make it to Portland on June 18, don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to learn from a true beauty professional. Even better, if you mention Alima Pure when you book, you will receive $80 off of the price, making the total for the day only $295.