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Blue Recycled Glass

It’s no secret that people are demanding more from what they purchase these days. More ethical standards, more care for the environment, and more longevity in their possessions. However, consumers are also aware that companies track their movements and will market towards what you’re buying. Greenwashing has become commonplace, so how do you know that you’re getting what you think you’re getting?

When looking for eco-friendly jewelry, we can get so caught up in looking at the materials that are used and how those materials can be disposed of properly. But there is so much more to the environmental case regarding jewelry. How were the materials procured? Who is procuring them? How are they formed into the proper shapes? Are there nasty chemicals used to turn them into jewelry or in the mining process? How are the workers and miners treated? Does the company attempt to give back to the community or the world in any way?

When in doubt, always use recycled or upcycled materials. By creating a market for recycled plastics, glass, and other materials, we support the recycling industry itself and put pressure on companies not using recycled materials to start doing so. From using recycled metals and plastics to glass, we have to purchase recycled materials to ensure that the recycling facilities have someone to sell their goods to. It’s imperative that we slow down the use of virgin and raw materials when we have the option to use recycled.

However, it’s great that the environmental community is discussing the failures of recycling when it comes to plastics. Make sure, if you do buy plastics, that not only is it recyclable, but it’s made of 100% recycled plastic. Otherwise, opt for non-plastic jewelry. Glass is great because it doesn’t degrade through the recycling process, so you can reuse it over and over.

 

When in doubt, ask! I have emailed so many companies with questions I needed answered before I purchased. From “do you test on animals, it doesn’t say inexplicably on the website…” to “what materials do you use to package this item,” it feels like I have inquired about almost every aspect of the product I’m purchasing. Companies that truly care about their customers, the environment, and the ethics of their products will be happy to answer your questions.

Focus on purchasing from companies you support. Not only will you know what you’re getting, but you can change the world with how you spend your money. It’s just as important to spend your money on products and services you care about as it is to not spend it on what you don’t care about. Basically, whenever you make a purchase, you’re making two decisions. You’re choosing to spend your money on this, and you’re choosing not to spend your money on all the other alternatives to it. Both are powerful ways to send a message and to make the world a better place!

I also believe in trusting your gut. I don’t think people give themselves enough credit for knowing what the right decision is. If you feel like there is something sketchy going on with a product or company - listen to that! Companies that are doing good for the right reasons will be open, honest, and available to you. So go purchase some beautiful, ethical jewelry!

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Claire Staley is a  blogger, environmentalist, and the voice behind Your Salvaged Sea. Your Salvaged Sea is an "ask me anything" destination for anyone interested in learning more, and diving deeper, into the where, what and how's of all things sustainable and Earth-friendly living. Find Claire on Instagram @yoursalvagedsea or online at yoursalvagedsea.com



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 cabine jewelry boxes

Each year I choose a big picture life goal to explore and work on throughout the year.  Last year, I pondered food waste, why I had so much of it, and how I could do better. (Hello meal planning!) This year, my goal was to work on the waste I was producing and move my family towards what is generally referred to as Low Impact Living.


With cabine, I’ve  worked really hard choosing packaging that is fully recyclable. Even our packing tape is made of gummed kraft paper and totally recyclable. I was doing a great job on what we were sending out into the world, but not so much on what was coming into our home.


This week I decided to tackle our Amazon Prime and other deliveries that made their way to my house each week and thought I’d share a little bit that I learned with all of you.  


**Before we dive in, it is worth mentioning that Amazon has been in the news quite a bit as of late and not all of it is good. If you are, like me, struggling with those news reports, and are even considering breaking up with Amazon Prime, I have included a few other thoughts and socially responsible resources at the bottom of this article.


How to Move Towards  (Nearly) Zero Waste with Amazon Prime


  1. Email customer service at cs-reply@amazon.com and request a note be made on your account that you prefer your orders be minimally packaged as much as possible. Amazon Prime cannot guarantee any specific vendor will honor this request but most do their best. An example of what you might say: Hello. I have an Amazon account associated with this address. I’d like to request that in the future my packages are packaged as minimally as possible. This means opting out of bubble wrap, plastic pillows or any other additional plastic packaging that can be avoided. Thank you! 
  2. Check out  Amazon’s Frustration Free Packaging program. Basically, this is a group of retailers working with Amazon to avoid putting a box, inside a box, for shipping purposes only. So much of our packaging is designed to be retail friendly. It is meant to hang on a hook and look attractive on a shelf to entice buyers. It is  transparent so you can see the product and/or acts as a deterrent for theft. (Super annoying, impossible to open, clamshell packaging is an example of all of these.) These packages, while serving their purpose in a retail environment, are not often conducive to shipping, hence the need for packaging the package. Amazon has a few different examples of how this works on their site. A simple example is that if you’d like to purchase a pair of headphones from a retailer participating in this program, your headphones would not be placed in a plastic clamshell but instead  directly inside a labeled/logo shipping box. The shipping box is safe and recyclable, and the plastic clamshell has been eliminated. Search Frustration Free Packaging in Amazon’s search bar for a full list of participants. There were 75,000 last time I checked. 
  3. Last but not least, (and possibly most importantly), avoid 2-day shipping, wherever possible. Convenience is wonderful, but of the many things burdening our planet, the burning of fossil fuels comes in at the top of the list. If you are ordering multiple orders, request that they ship together.  Combining orders, as well as, using standard shipping, may add a few days to your shipping time but it allows fulfillment centers to focus on the most (cost) effective way to get them to you instead of the fastest. Two-day, or expedited shipping, means more cars and trucks on the road, and even more flights. Fast shipping will guarantee you are adding more carbon into our environment.

Local ideas instead of Amazon:


Keeping it local will always be your greenest bet. It also has the greatest impact on your local economy. It is estimated that $68 for every $100 stays in the community when shopping at a local business. When spending the same at a non-local business, or large chain, only $43 stays in your community. Seek out farmers markets, small businesses such as family owned hardware stores, independent bookstores, or co-op’s just to name a few.


A few socially responsible, non-local options are:

  • Rent The Runway: Although I don’t normally order clothing from Amazon, it has been said that the average woman throws away 82 lbs of fast fashion a year. Renting and reusing is one helpful way to eliminate some of that waste.  Here is a coupon for  $30 off your first order.
  • BeautyCounter: A socially responsible B Corporation dedicated  to increased regulation in the personal care industry, and getting safer products into the hands of everyone. 

Here’s to celebrating progress over perfection every single day, my friends!

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Self Care

Like you, I’m constantly striving to be my best and healthiest self so I can give my best out in the world! With kids, more than one job, a dog and more laundry than I ever thought was possible – there are some steps I’ve found that make my daily efforts at wellness a little less strenuous – here’s how:

1. Food-prep: I’m not even talking anything major here. I make a batch of six semi-hard boiled eggs (I like them a little soft in the center) twice a week and keep them in the fridge. I pop them in a container on my way out the door and have a filling and tasty breakfast, or snack for later in the day. Also, I love smoothies – so much effort in the early am to chop and prep, but if I make enough for two servings the night before and keep them refrigerated or frozen, I’m all set for the next two days.

2. Leave 5 minutes earlier: I don’t live far from where my full time job is. But if I leave at 7:30 a.m. it takes me longer to get to work than if I leave a few minutes before 7:30. Even as much as 2-3 minutes before 7:30 makes a difference. Why? I pass three schools on my way downtown. There are buses, traffic, bikes and everyone else also trying to make it to work and school by 8:00 a.m. And everyone seems to leave at 7:30! If I make the effort to leave a bit earlier (or later, like after 7:45) then the commute is much smoother and I am way less stressed out.

3. One Yoga Pose a Day: Not joking! And yes, corpse pose counts too.  As a yoga teacher, I teach most days in addition to my full time job and as a result end up missing my own practice much of the time. I’ve made a commitment to do just one pose a day and take 5-10 breaths. If I have time to do more, or fit in a flow or *gasp* go to a class, then I do more, if I don’t, that’s ok too. Your body, breath and mind will thank you, even for just one pose.

4. Do Something Loving: Ideally, for or on yourself. For example, when putting on your face oil/lotion at night, take your time. Lovingly spread it around and work it into your skin. See if there are any areas of tension that could use a little pressure from your fingertips and linger there. Sinuses full of spring allergies? Try using a neti pot or other nasal salt device to clear things out. I then find that using a nasal oil (one drop in each nostril) to be very helpful in keeping my sinus area clear and lubricated and me breathing comfortably and noticeably clearer skin.

5. Think Good Thoughts: I know, you’ve heard this before. But really, try and catch yourself in the act. I do all the time! I’m waaaay harder on myself than anyone else is. The next time you berate yourself for forgetting to do something, eating something “bad” or whatever else your sneaky-sabotaging-self tries to bring up, see if you can stop it in its tracks. You’ll thank yourself later.

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Megan Morgan is a yoga instructor, reiki practitioner, writer, artist and mom in Sacramento, CA. You can find her @luvinthislife (Instagram) and @MeegnMMorgan (Twitter). 

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Magical Morning Routines with Leilani Wagner

In the first of our Friday Five series, we have yoga and meditation teacher, Leilani Wagner, sharing Five Easy Ways to Create a Magical Morning Routine

From Leilani: 

Why a morning ritual? So many times do we start our days in a panic - hit the snooze button three times, get ready, barely grab breakfast, and then rush out the door to make it to our next destination on time. Starting your day in a craze sets up your day for crazy and exhausted - like you’re always trying to catch up.

Guess what? Life can be much sweeter than that. Your morning sets up your day. Life can be crazy - things seem to spiral out of control quickly, we lose a grasp on reality;-.but by having a morning ritual, we start our day feeling centered and accomplished which sets us up better equipped at whatever pops up in life.

So how do you create a morning ritual?

1. Reflect

What makes you happy? What grounds you or makes you feel at peace? Start by looking at that list and see what you can incorporate into you mornings - that way you are starting your day off happy and grounded. You don’t have to do all of them, but at least one works. For me? It’s dancing. When making my morning beverage each day, and put on the dance jams I know I can groove out too (sometimes headphones if others aren’t up yet).

2. How much time are you willing to give yourself?

If you can only handle getting up 5 minutes earlier for now, that’s ok! It’s a starting point at least! You may find that consistently giving yourself time in the morning allows for other areas of life to get more organized or you end up finding more time for yourself. Funny how life works that way, right? You care for yourself and in turn the universe responds...

3. & 4. Move & Breathe

It’s important to get the body moving in the morning. You’ve been stagnant, for the most part, for at least 7 hours (hopefully, depending on your sleep patterns, but ideally you’re getting between 6-8 hours! Consider that step 1A!), so it’s good to get the body moving. I also find that moving before my seated meditation helps me stop the chaotic mind chatter quicker because I’m already in tune with my body. I do 3 rounds of half Sun A Salutations and 3 rounds of full Sun A Salutations. Tony Robbins suggests jumping on a trampoline for 20 minutes. Some people like to combine their movement and their meditation (like doing yoga or going for a mindful walk/run). Whatever works for you, just make sure you get some movement in and pay attention to your breath in the morning!

Meditation tricks: Headspace app, Insight Timer app, search YouTube for “guided meditations” or “meditation music” (I use Insight Timer and use the timer feature with the rain sound in the background)
Movement tricks: Youtube or search for “morning movement” or “morning yoga” or “morning stretch” (here’s a good starter if you’re into yoga:
https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-13881/5-yoga-poses-to-practice-first-thing-in-the-morning.html)

5. Gratitude

If you start your day grateful, you can quickly find things throughout your day to be grateful for, even when times get tough. Write down 5 things that you are grateful for, or say them out loud. It could be as simple as “I’m grateful for the air I breathe, the roof over my head, the friends and family I have, and food that fuels my body.” Whatever it is you’re grateful for, express it!

These are just pieces of the morning ritual - it can be more, it can be less, but it all starts with you and what makes you grounded and happy.

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Yoga & meditation teacher, Leilani Wagner, is the voice behind Graceful Renegade, a site dedicated to connecting people to their highest self. Find out more about Leilani by following her on Instagram and Facebook. 

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Interested in diving deeper?

Join me and Leilani on Friday, April 27th, in Sacramento, CA, at SHOP DAMAS for an evening dedicated to creating amazing morning rituals. At this free event, we will talk more about the importance of morning routines, some tips for beginning your mediation practice and share more about the benefits of smudging for mind, body and soul. We will also lead you through some standing yoga for relaxation and focus, as well a short, guided meditation. The event is free but seating is extremely limited. RSVP HERE. 

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sage bundle with spring roses and lavender

Smoke, smudging & incense burning are ancient practices that have been used in ceremonies across the world. Smoke has often been seen as an offering to deities, or the sacred, for meditation, and for cleansing sacred spaces, as well. From the incense of Asia and Europe, to the sage and cedar of Indigenous America, the smoke generated by plants has been part of  spiritual practices for thousands of years.

Much of the smudging (all though not all) happening in the world right now is borrowed from the Indigenous populations of the Americas using native traditions. Since smudging is an ancient and ceremonial practice, it’s best to do so with awareness and in a mindful manner.

Be Where You Are (You can’t be where you’re not)

Like any great ritualistic practice, such as yoga and meditation, smudging brings you back to yourself. As I was often reminded by a favorite yoga teacher, “Be where you are. You can’t be where you aren’t”. Many people like to recite mantras or affirmations while smudging. My personal favorite comes from A Course in Miracles, “Where would you have me go? What would you have me do? What would you have me say, and to whom?”.  Another favorite is, “I cleanse this space of any negativity or impure energy that does not serve my higher good”.

Clean Your Energy & Lift Your Spirits 

Regular smudging is like taking an energetic shower. There is nothing better to clear physical and mental space when one is feeling energetically icky. Studies have even found that the smoke from smudging changes the ionic composition of the air, which, in addition to reducing stress responses, also kills airborne bacteria.

 Some of my favorite times to smudge are: 

  • When I have started a new relationship, or a relationship has ended.
  • When I have moved into a new home or office space.
  • When I have started a new job or business venture.
  • Before and after guests have left my house, especially if there has been some negative energy.
  • Before and after a yoga class, meditation session, massage, or any other healing practice.
  • Whenever I am struggling to let go of something.
  • After an argument or illness.
  • Anytime I return from a crowded space or situation.

To smudge your space: Open windows and/or doors to allow the release of any unwanted energy. Light the tip of the smudge bundle. When it catches fire, blow out the flame and allow it to smoke and smolder. Once you have a bit of smoke going begin to move throughout your space. Start at your front door, and moving throughout the space in a clockwise direction, use your hand (or a feather) to direct the smoke to all corners and walkways. Be sure to open closet and cabinet doors. Pay extra attention to room corners at they tend to accumulate stagnate energy. Once your space is cleaned, allow your smudge bundle to burn out or gently press it out in a fire safe bowl (or shell).

To smudge yourself (or someone else): As above, once your smudge bundle is lit and smoldering, start at the top of your head and gently move the bundle from top to bottom in a slow, mindful matter. Try visualizing the release of any negativity, or heavy, unwanted energy floating out of your body and home. Be sure to use a fireproof bowl (or shell) and gently extinguish your smudge stick when finished.

Now I would LOVE to hear from you. Have you performed a smudging ritual in your home or on yourself? If so, what did you think? I’d love for you to share your favorite mantras or affirmations (if you used them) in the comments.

(Shop cabine's smudge bundles HERE.) 

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Making all-natural perfume with essential oils is one of the easiest ways you can move towards a fragrance-free home & lifestyle.

natural essential oil perfume

 Why does this matter? Aside from being good ol’ DIY fun, going fragrance free is the absolute easiest way to reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals. Researchers from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) have found that more than 75% of products listing the ingredient “fragrance” contained phthalates, which have been shown to disrupt hormone activity, reduce sperm counts, and cause reproductive malformation. Phthalates have also been linked to liver and breast cancer, diabetes, and obesity. Additionally, studies by Dr. Philip J. Landrigan of the Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center, link fetal exposure with autism, ADHD, and neurological disorders.

Is this even legal? So glad you asked. It absolutely is. The Fair Packaging & Labeling Act (FPLA) of 1967 does require all companies to list ingredients but it cannot force them to disclose “trade secrets”. As fragrance is considered proprietary information, companies have no legal requirement to disclose what is hidden behind the word “fragrance”. This dubious distinction allows a company to use the term “parfum” or “fragrance” as a placeholder for any combination of ingredients used in its formulation.

(Check out Five Easy Ways to Detox Your Home in the New Year for more easy tips.)

Here is a quick & easy primer for creating your own, all-natural essential oil “pure-fume” blends:

making perfume with essential oils

 All perfumes are made up of top notes, middle notes and base notes:

Top notes (20-40% of blend): First impression of a perfume, evaporate the quickest.

Middle notes (40-80%): The heart of the perfume, appearing after the top notes evaporate (warm and balancing).

Base notes (10-25%): Appear after the others evaporate (grounding, deep, and rich).

For example: For a 5ml. rollerball, you would want to use between 10 – 30 drops of pure essential oil, depending on your desired intensity of the scent. So, if you decided to use 20 drops of essential oil, and were deciding on your top note, you’d use 4-8 drops of your desired top note essential oil.

making natural perfume with essential oils

 To create your own “pure-fume” simply follow the above-mentioned guide based on your own personal preferences. Once you have created your blend, top with a carrier oil of your choice. (My favorite is fractionated coconut oil.)  

essentail oils and perfume with carrier oil

 

Here is a list of some very popular categories and notes of oils for you to consider:

Citrus

Citrus Top Notes: Orange, Lemon, Jade Lemon, Lemongrass, Grapefruit, Lime, Tangerine, Bergamot

Florals (Florals blend well with spicy, citrus & woodsy oils.)

Floral Top Notes: Lavender

Floral Middle Notes: Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, Geranium

Mint (Minty oils blend well with citrus, woodsy, herby & earthy oils.)

Mint Top Notes: Spearmint, Peppermint, Wintergreen

Herby (Herby blends well with minty, citrus, woodsy & earthy oils.)

Herby Top Notes: Basil

Herby Middle Notes: Thyme, Rosemary, Fennel

Earthy (Earthy oils blend well with floral, woodsy & citrus oils.)

Earth Base Notes: Patchouli, Vetiver, Frankincense, Copaiba

Spicy (Spicy oils blend well with florals & citrus oils.)

Spicy Top Notes: Coriander, Cinnamon

Spicy Middle Notes: Clove, Cardamom, Black Pepper, Nutmeg

Spicy Base Notes: Ginger

Keep in mind this is only a guideline. Have fun. Play with different scents and combinations until you find the perfect scent that is just right for you. 

(All photos courtesy of Beth Baugher, True Love Photos. | Inspiration & rollerballs courtesy of Whimsy + Wellness.)

Now that you've created an amazing all-natural "pure-fume", check out  cabine's essential oil diffuser bracelets. Add a few drops of your custom scent to the lava bead part of the bracelet and enjoy throughout the day! Shop our diffuser bracelets HERE

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I thought I'd share a few natural ways to help make your house smell amazing.

Candles are the first place to start. Not only do they look beautiful when lit, they create a very specific mood and ambiance.

When looking for candles, be sure to choose a clean burning base. We use soy wax in our luxury soy candles so there is no black soot. Additionally, they burn longer and are grown by American farmers. Soy wax is also biodegradable and cleans up with soap and water.

Another important thing to consider is fragrance. By law, companies are required to list all ingredients. But, since fragrances are considered proprietary, they are a trade secret. This enables companies via the “fragrance loophole” to hide dozens of toxic chemicals without any legal requirement to disclose what makes up their “trade secrets”. Be sure to choose candles made with natural oils instead.

selenite Palo Santo smudge bundle with yarrow lavender and march rosemary

Palo Santo is next on my list. Palo Santo are small wood sticks from the Bursera graveolens tree of South America. Spanish for “holy wood”, these sticks' spiritual significance dates back to the Incas, and it has figured prominently in indigenous South American medicine as a sacred incense. The scent is slightly citrusy with pine and mint thrown in. They smell divine! To use, light the end of one stick, burn and smolder over a heat resistant plate and then allow the amazing scent to waft throughout your home. Don’t worry, these sticks don’t burn out after one use. Feel free to use over and over again. 

 

Another thing I love is diffusing pure therapeutic grade essential oils. Add 6-8 drops of your favorite blends to a diffuser and diffuse away. 

Some of my favorite combinations are: 

• Lavender + Cedarwood to support a relaxing soak in the tub or an amazing night's sleep.

• Orange + Peppermint as a morning pick me up.

• Bergamot with pretty much anything. I love combining its citrusy scent with Jasmine + Lavender whenever we have friends over for dinner.

(I use Young Living Essential Oils. You can find out more about them HERE.)

What about you? What are your favorite ways to make your house smell amazing? Leave me a note in the comments. 

 

 

 

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Jewelry. Home. Community.

For many years, I thought a lot about the food I put in my mouth, how it was grown and under what conditions. But I didn’t think too much about my home environment. I knew eating the wrong foods could make me sick, but what about my home?

The fact is, our home can be filled with 500+ different chemicals. Experts say that in many cases our homes are 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air. Many of these chemicals can have a devastating effect on our nervous and immune systems, on our reproductive systems and on our endocrine, cardiovascular and respiratory systems.

Thankfully awareness is growing and there are many steps you can take to “detox” your home. I’m including five easy steps below.

 

  • Remove Your Shoes at the Door. Reduce your home to a variety of toxic chemicals such as lead, dust from contaminated soil, lawn and garden pesticides, fecal matter from public restrooms and animal waste, industrial toxins, dust mites, allergens and mold. This becomes even more important if you have little ones crawling around the floor.
  • Ditch Nonstick Cookware. Overheating nonstick pans causes their coating to break down which can result in the release of surface chemicals and/or toxic gases. This is because nonstick cookware is made up of a carcinogenic compound called perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA. These chemicals become airborne when heated. The Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) discovered that roughly 98% of Americans have traces of PFA’s, PFC’s or PFOA’s in their bodies.
  • Switch from Plastic and Vinyl to Glass and Stainless Steel. Vinyl releases some of the most toxic chemicals such as phthalates, lead and cadium. Phthalates are endocrine disruptors that have been linked to cancer, birth defects, and other serous chronic issues. Phthalates are also hormone disruptors which can interfere with the production of testosterone.
  • Ditch Anti-Bacterial Soaps and Gels. These products contain triclosan, a toxic chemical that interferes with hormone regulation which is currently being phased out but still readily available in many store shelves. In December 2017, the FDA actually banned tricolasn from anti-bacterial soaps and gels but it is still readily, and legally, added to body washes, toothpaste, cosmetics as well as products not regulated by the FDA such as furniture, clothing and kitchenware. There is some research that suggests long term use affects your hormones, prompts cancer cells (such as breast cancer) to grow, and makes it easier for antibiotic-resistant bacteria (like MRSA) to grow inside your nose and throat.
  • Avoid Fragrance. Going fragrance free is the absolute easiest way to reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals. This would include your personal care products, your household products, and in your laundry detergent. Though companies are required by law to list their ingredients, fragrance is considered proprietary information, a trade secret. This enables companies via the “fragrance loophole” to hide dozens of toxic chemicals without any legal requirement to disclose what makes up their “trade secret”.  Fragrance is considered one of the top five allergens that can cause and trigger asthma attacks.

Now back to you: What are your favorite ways for detoxing your home? Let me know in the comments!

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Thank you, Friends!
 
Just did our year end
Cabine charity donation…. always one of my favorite days of the year.
 
Thank you for helping us LIVE OUT our mission to put 5% of all sales back into our community. This year, thanks to your purchases, we were able to lend a little support to the  Mustard Seed School of Sacramento.
 
Mustard Seed School (a division of Loaves & Fishes) is a free, private school serving homeless children, ages 3-15, with the goal of preparing and enrolling them in public school. They provide a safe, nurturing environment, a positive learning experience, and survival resources such as food, clothing, medical care and counseling.
 
I am excited to walk alongside you as we continue to cultivate what matters in 2018. 
 
With gratitude,
 
Amber Collins

Founder | Cabine Monde

Thank you. I am so grateful.

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cabinets clarity bundle

cabine's clarity smudge bundle contains a selenite crystal wand, a sprig of yarrow, lavender, marsh-rosemany and two Palo Santo sticks. 

It's perfect for supporting and deepening your meditation practice, as a gift for holiday housewarmings and hostesses, or for anyone who needs to energetically cleanse their space as we approach a brand new year.

cabinets clarity smudge bundle

cabine's clarity smudge bundle

The latest thing: cabine's clarity smudge bundle

cabine's clarity smudge bundle contains a selenite crystal wand, a sprig of yarrow, lavender, marsh-rosemany and two Palo Santo sticks. It's perfect for supporting and deepening your meditation practice, as a gift for holiday housewarmings... - Read More

Buy What You Believe In

Let Your Values Guide Your Spending

As we inch towards what will become a busy shopping season for most of us, I thought I’d get a jumpstart on sharing a few of my favorite socially responsible, female-owned businesses.

These five companies have moved beyond simply offering products and services but are striving to make the world a better place.

Shop Compliment: 5% of every sales goes directly towards the Compliment Scholarship Program which benefits young women with great potential but little means to break generation cycles of poverty, abuse and addiction through education.

Beautycounter: Did you know that the United States has not passed a major federal law to regulate the safety of the ingredients used in personal care products since 1938? Over the past two decades, the European Union has banned more than 1,300 chemicals in the product formulas of personal care products while the United States has only partially banned 30 to date. Beautycounter is on a mission to get safer beauty and personal care products into the hands of everyone.

Etkie: Stunning hand-beaded bracelets created by Navajo artisans using traditional beading methods while creating jobs in communities where work is scarce. The essence of Etkie is creating quality jobs in underemployed native communities that honor the customs and traditions of its makers.

Refill Madness: Sacramento, CA, based shop dedicated to zero waste living. Customers are encouraged to bring in their own containers and refill them with name brand items as opposed to purchasing single-use plastic. As of this writing, Refill Madness has removed 10,330+ plastic containers from our waste stream.

Brush With Bamboo: Over 4.7 billion plastic toothbrushes that will never biodegrade are dumped in landfills and oceans every year worldwide. Brush With Bamboo was founded on the belief that little changes can make a big impact for our health and the health of our planet. Brush With Bamboo’s goal is to replace plastic toothbrushes with ecological bamboo alternatives.

What Else Can I Do?

Vote with your dollars. Let your money make a statement. Support companies that have a triple bottom line – people, planet, and profit (not just profit). Make a list of the products and services you buy most. Do their business practices align with your values? Ask yourself if there is another option.

Interested in Diving Deeper?

Join the Cabine Lifestyle Community group on Facebook. The Cabine Lifestyle Community is a high-vibe private Facebook group celebrating Earth-friendly beauty, wellness, and lifestyle choices. Interested? Join us HERE.

And P.S.....

Find out more about cabine's social mission statement by checking out our about page.  Together we can make a difference. 

Socially Responsible Companies I Love

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Sunshine Sage Bundle

 

 

Balance

 The equinox is when both daytime and nighttime are the same length, which has long been interpreted to mean the world is in balance. Once the autumnal equinox (in the northern hemisphere) passes, the nights begin to get longer and the temperatures will start to fall.  Autumn is a time of dual purpose - it is time to gather the main harvest and determine what is needed for winter. This season is also about balance and as such, fall is considered a time when you can restore balance in your own life.

A Season of Roots

Fall is a season of roots. The energy of this season invites pondering, long term planning, and expressions of gratitude. Seeds of ideas planted now can burst forth next spring with renewed vitality.

3 Easy Rituals to Honor the Equinox

1 | Plant Some Bulbs

Crocuses, daffodils, iris’… oh my! Force a few Red Lion amaryllis for holiday décor. Add colorful bulbs around your home, or in planter boxes on your porch, for pops of springtime color.

 

2 | A Fall Version of Spring Cleaning

Clear clutter. Ask yourself if what you have is really creating value or adding joy. If the answer is “no”, get rid of it. (Check out the documentary Minimalism on Netflix. It is life changing.) Smudge your entire home. Regular smudging is like taking an energetic shower. There’s nothing better for clearing physical or mental space. (Use code FALL until Sunday, 9/24/17 for 20% off our smudge bundles.)

 

3 | Create a Gratitude Ritual

Take some time first thing in the morning, or perhaps before bed, and spend five minutes pondering all you are grateful for. Your brain LOVES confirmation bias. It seeks to prove what it already believes is true.  Once you start seeking things to be grateful for, you will train your brain to look for even more things to be grateful for. It feels great too!

 

Easy Rituals for Fall

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cabine's mothers day

 Shop sweet Mother's Day treats from cabine...

cabine for Mother's Day

white recycled glass bracelet 

white recycled glass earrings

sky blue recycled glass necklace

bone & recycled glass bracelet 

cabine's Mother Day family post

(How much do we LOVE these bespoke Mother's Day cards from Jill Miller at Twin Sisters Designs?!?! Our luxury soy candle is pretty yummy too!)

A Mother's Day giveaway...

cabine's recycled glass bracelet

 

Lifestyle and fitness blogger, Delphine Winter, of A Hint of Health is holding a Mother's Day giveaway, featuring (among other items), cabine's limited edition recycled glass bracelet with freshwater pearls. Find out how you can win by checking out her latest blog post here

 

On my nightstand... (great Mother's Day gifts too!)

Gwyneth Paltrow's It's All Easy

Truth...I've loved every cookbook she's ever written. Her garbanzo cauliflower recipe from her last book, It's All Good, has been a go-to the past year. Looking forward to digging into It's All Easy for some new easy-breezy mom-on-the-go dinners. 

Norma Kamali's Facing East

Just started, Facing East, but have been a fan of Norma Kamali's forever. Iconic designer, successful business women and she looks amazing too!

Instagram...

Our April on Instagram. Follow us @cabinemonde.

cabine Instagram @cabinemonde

 

P.S. Don't forget to join cabine's private Facebook sale page. This is the only place you will find our reduced price and end of line items. 

 

 

 

 

mothers day, a giveaway & other musings...

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cabine's Palo Santo incense bundle

Adding to our house & home collection, we are excited to share with you cabine's Palo Santo incense bundle.

Palo Santo, also know as "Holy Wood", reportedly dates back to the Incas. It has a fresh, evocative scent similar to frankincense and myrrh, but with notes of citrus. Like sage, wood from its branches have been used as part of indigenous cleansing, smudging and healing ceremonies for centuries. 

Our eco-friendly Palo Santo bundle is wild harvested in Peru from naturally fallen trees not cut for wood. Trees are allowed to "rest" 4 - 10 years while the natural oils "sweeten" and scent the wood before harvesting. Each cabine bundle contains four Palo Santo sticks. Shop here: Palo Santo

cabine's Palo Santo incense sticks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to our Palo Santo, we were also deeply honored to be part of Florum Fashion Magazine's Green Fashion Index. Find out more here: Florum Fashion

Florum Fashion Green fashion Index

our latest thing: cabine's Palo Santo incense bundles

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Introducing cabine's luxury soy candle collection! Excited to share with all of you, the first two scents in our luxury soy candle collection: Gardenia and Amber, Teakwood & Leather

Our candles use domestically grown soy wax, cotton core wicks and are housed in reusable glass apothecary jars with white lids. Each candle is hand-poured, hand-scented and made in its entirety in the USA. Find our Gardenia & Amber, Teakwood & Leather scents here.

Perfect holiday gifts! 

our latest thing: cabine's luxury soy candle

Introducing cabine's luxury soy candle collection! Excited to share with all of you, the first two scents in our luxury soy candle collection: Gardenia and Amber, Teakwood & Leather.  Our... - Read More