The phrase ‘good vibes’ has always been associated with a seventies, groovy, hippie kind of culture. And the though the phrase did emerge in the 1960s, the full nomenclature ‘good vibrations’ has been around since at least the late 19th century.
To me, good vibes has always been something that relates to a comforting or pleasant energy that a thing or activity throws out and helps to offset negativity, stress or anxiety. The things that help me the most with these ‘bad vibes’ are a good, long bath, a nice cup of tea, and things that I can manipulate with my hands.
To this end, I started making and collecting these items on my own. And now I’d like to offer them to you. For each product, I provide a list of ‘Vibes’ — these are the general energetic vibrations these items are believed to put off. Even if you don’t believe in that sort of hippie nonsense, I endeavor to provide you with high-quality items that have more grounded effects — high-quality, ethically-sourced, vegan, gluten-free and sustainable ingredients, organic when possible.
An edible vegetable oil, palm oil is derived from palm fruit grown on African oil palm trees. Palm oil is in nearly everything – it’s in close to 50% of the packaged products we find in supermarkets, everything from pizza, doughnuts and chocolate, to deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste and lipstick.
However, palm oil has been and continues to be a major driver of deforestation of some of the world’s most biodiverse forests, destroying the habitat of already endangered species like the Orangutan, pygmy elephant and Sumatran rhino. This forest loss coupled with conversion of carbon rich peat soils are throwing out millions of tonnes of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and contributing to climate change. There also remains some exploitation of workers and child labour. These are serious issues that the whole palm oil sector needs to step up to address because it doesn’t have to be this way.
Palm oil is often used in soaps and beauty products. There are efforts to establish and verify sustainable efforts to grow and harvest palm oil, but it is difficult at this early point to measure if these efforts have been effective.
For now, I will not use palm oil in any of my products.
Single-use plastics, or disposable plastics, are used only once before they are thrown away or recycled. A lot of companies use plastic in their packaging that is simply ripped off and thrown away. My packaging includes a lot of recycled and recyclable papers, as well as glass bottles and jars, which I implore you to reuse, recycle or compst (if possible) once you’ve completed the product.
The only exception to this rule is the glass jars I use for the 4 oz. tea selection. The metal lids have a thin layer of what is referred to as ‘plastisol’. This is a sort of thin, rubbery substance derived from plastic that allows the jar to be sealed air-tight, which is important to keep tea fresh. This does, of course, only count as a single-use plastic if you throw the jar away after. I encourage you to reuse the tea jars, or recycle them — the plastisol layer does not effect it’s ability to be recycled! And for those who don’t want the tea in a jar, I do have a paper envelope option for those who wish to reuse their own jars.