One of my best friends in the world, Steph, works for an absolutely badass green company. skinnyskinny is owned and operated by multi-talented entrepreneur Clara Williams (she also has a masters degree in Sculpture!). The business was mainly a hobby and online venture until recently, when she opened her Brooklyn storefront last November. store-interior

Every product (soaps, body oils, lip balms, bath salts, etc.) is handmade and wrapped within the beautifully exposed wooden walls of the shop. And when I referred to skinnyskinny as a "green" company earlier, I meant that in the truest of form. The packaging materials are recyclable, biodegradable, and sustainable. All of the ingredients are 100% organic, and virtually everything is vegan (with the exception of a single soap, which has goat's milk in it). The store is even run on wind energy! Last year, Greenopia gave skinnyskinny a 4 out of 4 rating, sharing the top nod with only three other major beauty companies.



Besides feeling fantastic about supporting them in the ethical sense, I also love the fact that I can count the number of ingredients in any given skinnyskinny product on my fingers AND I can pronounce them all (no sodium lauroyl isethionate here!). So, what we have here is a line of ridiculously planet-friendly products that smell amazing, are created by good people, are pretty, and actually work. What is this, heaven?

I am personally addicted to their tea tree and mint lip balm, where the words "peel biodegradable label before recycling tube" are printed. Yeah, this company is not kidding about being eco-savvy - they are the real deal. Maybe someday the hundreds of other companies out there offering sustainable products will catch up with skinnyskinny.

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