the unwash review
Candles and different home fragrances don’t have an excellent sustainability track record for producing waste and releasing fumes in traditional paraffin wax candles. Soy or beeswax candles are a great alternative, but what do you do with the leftover containers? The founder of Everly, Alejandra Guerra, wanted to create a product that fixed that exact problem. Made for avid candle lovers like herself, the brand is determined to help people that regularly burn candles choose a more sustainable option with quality ingredients. Everly offers refillable candles made from coconut and soy wax that are phthalate and paraben free, lasting up to 60 hours.
“Is there a better way to do candles while not contributing to the 60 tons of household waste that are produced every second?” – Alejandra Guerra, Founder of Everly
Traditional candles found in most stores are made from paraffin wax and therefore create an environment of air pollution. Much is unknown about the long-term impacts of continued use of these products. Still, there is a high potential for burning traditional candles to expose yourself and the environment to pollutants. Everly’s candles never contain paraffin wax and are made from coconut and soy wax. Many beauty products – including home fragrances, lack regulation from government agencies to ensure that these products meet certain safety and environmental standards. Everly took this into their own hands to make a product that will leave you with peace of mind but is also a better choice for the planet.
Everly’s refillable candles can be bought as a starter kit or refills if you already have vessels ready to use. To refill your candle vessel, place a fresh wick in the center, heat the wax to be poured in, and let it set for a few hours – it’s that easy. Refilling your candles could even be a fun activity for a date night or a hangout with friends. The packaging for the refills is 60% compostable, and the brand is working on finding 100% compostable packaging, which would make this a zero-waste product. The brand is part of 1% for the planet and is committed to helping people choose more sustainable options without compromise.
Sourced with sustainable materials and committed to ingredient transparency, Eauso Vert is hoping to create a new standard in the luxury fragrance industry. Launched with six scents that range from fresh to woody and warm, there is a scent perfect for anyone. The founders reminisce on their memories with fragrance, whether childhood stories or travel, and wanted to create a fragrance line that helps the consumer tell a story.
Founded by Jeanine Lobell of Stila Cosmetics – Neem is blazing a new trail for sustainability in the beauty industry with products made to last and packaging that is entirely reusable. Neen has a focus on buying less and having your products do more. The brand created a one-of-a-kind, medical-grade silicone mold to hold the refillable products that can be washed and reused (they’re even dishwasher safe). Launching with a range of colorful and eye-catching lip, eye, and cheek products – these are made to help you achieve a full look with only a few products.
OUI, the People
Founder Karen Young was on a mission to change how razors are marketed towards women specifically and the disparity in quality between men’s and women’s shaving products. Not only is a stainless steel razor better for the environment, but it is also better for the skin as it leads to less irritation and hyperpigmentation. It’s no wonder their razor has won a slew of awards and is in high demand. The brand offers a range of products and their beloved razor suited for everyone and every need, including their hydrating body gloss and cream body polish.