We were first introduced to Thirst Juice Co., at the 1st Annual W.E.L.L. Summit back in 2015. Our taste buds have been a fan ever since! Thirst Juice Co., a Boston based gluten-free and vegan juice and smoothie bar (also serving a variety of healthful food options) will be kicking off Boston’s Day of W.E.L.L.ness with a healthy, delicious DIY Overnight Oats Superfoods Bar.
Overnight oats, the popular cousin of hot oatmeal, are made by soaking gluten-free rolled oats with nut milks and chia seeds overnight. Soaking the oats softens them, while adding chia seeds binds the mixture and adds some healthy fats and fiber.
At the Overnight Oats Superfood Bar, you’ll be able to choose from three varieties of bases for your overnight oats: Chocolate (almond milk, rolled oats, chia seeds, agave, raw cacao), Unsweetened Coconut (coconut milk, rolled oats, chia seeds), and Day of Wellness Exclusive Flavor, Banana Bread (almond milk, rolled oats, chia seeds, banana, maple syrup, cinnamon).
Once you choose your base, you’ll be able to add your own toppings, including:
- Cacao Nibs : Raw cacao, the essential ingredient in chocolate, tastes slightly bitter on it’s own – but add some sweetness and you have a healthful chocolate punch. Cacao contains antioxidants, and is a good source magnesium and iron.
- Fresh Mixed Berries: Delicious and pretty, berries are low in sugar and packed with antioxidants and fiber.
- Fresh Banana: High in potassium and fiber, bananas are a delicious way to add sweetness without adding refined sugar.
- Dried Mulberries: High in Vitamin C and a good source of B Vitamins, these little berries are also packed with antioxidants.
- Hemp Seeds: Hemp seeds are a complete plant-based protein and add a crunch and slight nutty flavor to your oats.
- Raw Cashews: Cashews contain protein and are packed with minerals including manganese, magnesium, copper, and iron.
- Dried Goji Berries: A little bit sweet and a little bit tart, these little red berries add fiber and pack a punch of antioxidants.
Our LIVE W.E.L.L. Party is such a fun part of the W.E.L.L. Summit weekend! It’s a time to relax, laugh, reunite with old friends & colleagues and make new friends! We enjoy light bites, organic cocktails, and most importantly fun conversation & networking with new friends.
A big part of this community are our partners who not only make The W.E.L.L. Summit possible, but share our mission and commitment to living a well rounded healthy life! As consumers we make numerous decisions on a daily and weekly basis. Decisions that affect our health, our environment & our well being. The W.E.L.L. Summit prides itself on curating a variety of leading & trusted wellness companies.
Meet them below and in person at our LIVE W.E.L.L. Party on Friday, October 21st!
True Moringa is clean beauty powered by moringa oil. True Moringa’s deeply hydrating and anti-aging facial serums, soaps, and body butters are as good for your skin as they are for the world. They are changing the way conscious consumers connect with the people who cultivate their natural ingredients. They work directly with 1600 small farming families in Ghana and have planted 250,000 trees to prevent malnutrition and deforestation.
Stop by their table to learn about their new spa collection, meet the founder, and receive a free gift with purchase.
Simply Chickie Clothing (www.simplychickieclothing.com) creates 100% GOTS certified organic cotton clothing for babies, toddlers, and women designed to spread the mission of CLEAN WEAR across our globe. Made in the USA.
Stop by their table to learn about the difference between regular vs. organic cotton and you should care. There will also be a discount just for The W.E.L.L. Summit attendess!
Thorn & Bloom is an artisanal perfumery handcrafting botanical fragrances using the finest natural aromatics. As proud members of the exclusive Natural Perfumers Guild, Thorn & Bloom is dedicated to the authenticity and
ethical integrity of our award-winning perfume. Their ingredients are always 100% natural and their blends are over 90% USDA certified organic. Thorn & Bloom’s founder and perfumer, Jennifer Botto, draws her olfactory inspiration from the natural world, an appreciation she cultivated while growing up on a farm in upstate NY.
Stop by the Thorn & Bloom table to experience the launch of 4 new Eau de Parfums, and meet the founder, Jennifer Botto.
The Optimist Co. creates natural cleaning products with ingredients you can easily identify as safe. They are setting a new bar for cleaning product safety through full transparency of their ingredients and recipes. Stop by their both to find out what ingredients you should be cleaning with and even how to handcraft your own natural cleaning products at home. All attendees will receive 15% off and a free gift with purchase to make your cleaning more simple, safe and happy.
florapothecarie is a line of 100% natural, vegan bath & body products, handmade by Sami Jo Jensen in Connecticut. Sami uses only the highest quality natural, organic, and fair trade certified ingredients in her expertly crafted sugar and salt scrubs, bathing salts, whipped body butters, and other skin and haircare products. Her products contain absolutely no artificial colorants, fragrances, parabens, preservatives, or other toxic chemicals.
Trained in herbalism, Sami trusts in the healing, calming, and beautifying power of nature. She believes in using real plant essences, extracts, herbs, and oils — nothing synthetic and nothing produced by animals. She believes in taking care of our planet, our animals, and ourselves. Every product Sami makes is handcrafted with love in small batches.
Why should someone stop by the florapothecarie table? Shoppers will be able to meet the founder, test products, and take advantage of exclusive deals they won’t get online later!
We are excited to share Kelsey Fox Bennett’s W.E.L.L. Summit experience from the 2015 W.E.L.L. Summit. You can learn all about Kelsey on her website: http://www.kelseyfoxbennett.com/.
(This blog originally appeared on Prim and Propah, by Amanda Light and was republished with her permission.)
You’ll be hearing me talk more about the W.E.L.L. Summit in more detail this year but I still have to tell you about some of the things that I have been learning about more in the past few months. The WS was one of those unique situations where you don’t have a clear picture (completely) of what to expect but whatever expectations that you had were blown out of the water! You may remember my Sleep Well post a month or two back so it may surprise you me taking this next WS sponsor post in a little bit different direction. There was a team of people at the WELL Summit from Ethica. Their goal is to take some of the guess work out of ethical shopping and bring both mindful consumers and thoughtful brands together. They do a great job of curating pieces that are both stylish and take sustainability into consideration while highlighting the very real impacts of our collective consumption choices. I asked Melissa Cantor, founder of Ethica, to sort of just tell us how to start. It can be daunting to want to make your life more sustainable in every area so she’s here to take us by the hand, tell us it will be OK and to just get started.
The first piece of advice that I give to people who are new to ethical and sustainable fashion is to start asking questions – where something was made, and what it’s made of. Country of origin and material composition are short-hands and not guarantees by any means, but generally speaking, labor standards are better in the developed world, and natural or recycled materials have a lesser environmental impact than synthetics. (Polyester is basically petroleum!) Beyond that, it’s not always easy to know whether a brand is green-washing or selectively highlighting some facts for marketing purposes, but in my experience, the more thought that a company puts into its decisions, the more it’s willing to engage in a conversation about them. If you have a question about a product, write the company who makes it! Their answer may or may not be what you hoped to hear, but it will definitely tell you a lot.
Another piece of advice I frequently offer is not to let perfect be the enemy of the good, in two senses: One, shopping ethically is a process that gets easier with time. I wouldn’t make a vow to transform my shopping habits overnight anymore than I would promise to work out 6 times a week without building up to it. Sustainable fashion is a new, evolving field that is completely reshaping existing business models. Things are changing, quickly, and there’s new information and more to learn more every day, so it can all feel overwhelming. Do your best, within your budget. If you have devoted careful thought to a purchase, I’d call that a successful exercise in mindful shopping.
Two, there’s no such thing as the perfect product. If you’re looking for something that’s 100% animal-free, you will likely make a different decision than someone who is looking for the most natural material available. If you want to support local brands, you’ll end up with something different than someone who wants her purchase to support artisans abroad. The important thing is for you to know the backstory behind an item or brand, be confident that you’ll get good use out of it, and feel that the values behind it align with yours.
See? It’s all about putting thought into your purchases. This goes for everything into your life. Be educated and make yourself aware. Knowledge is (purchasing) power and know that you can’t make these changes overnight. It’s a process and one that you can start today.
Watch Kristen Arnett’s full keynote speech at our welcome lunch for The W.E.L.L. Summit 2015.
(This blog originally appeared on Prim and Propah, by Amanda Light and was republished with her permission.)
I’ve been wanting to get this post live for quite some time now but as you know, life gets in the way sometimes. What with the holidays and what seems like illness on top of sick, we are rolling right into 2016 this week, which made me start thinking about what my “resolutions” for the New Year are. I kind of don’t like making resolutions because I should want to be better all year long, not just at the New Year but let’s be honest, resolutions are a good way to get yourself motivated and make a little “improvements list” for yourself. One thing that I am so glad that I did for myself in 2015 was attending the W.E.L.L. Summit in November. I learned a lot about things I was already aware of (ethical clothing + green beauty) but there were things I wasn’t expecting to take away from the weekend that are now on my “improvements list“. One of these things was to really take a hold of what my family is sleeping on. It won’t be an immediate change but educating myself and others is the first step in sleeping well to live well. Two brands on site at the W.E.L.L. Summit were Coyuchi and Naturepedic, both of which want you to be aware of what traditional mattresses and bedding can contain. Let’s not be scared, let’s just take control. I had the opportunity to chat with the folks at Coyuchi and Naturepedic about the importance of Sleeping Well so that you could learn a lil’ about it too!
Sleeping well is so important to living a healthy lifestyle, but it’s not just about the amount of sleep you get but about where you are sleeping and what on. What is the most important thing you think my readers should know about what they are sleeping on?
Eileen Mockus, CEO of Coyuchi says, “It’s important to create an organic bed made with certified organic materials that are safely produced. Then look for the right fabrics that are best for how you sleep. Sateen sheets and a warmer blanket are best for those who sleep cold. Percale and a lightweight blanket work best for warm sleepers.”
Heidi Baumgart of Naturepedic adds that “Good sleep is necessary for good health! We’ve all heard that cell phones, bright lights, noise, and other factors can impact the quality of sleep, but most people don’t consider the mattress. Conventional mattresses contain chemicals that are foreign to our bodies and may also be impacting the health and quality of sleep. Your sleep environment should be a safe and comfortable place to escape the chemical bombardment of modern day life. There’s enough pollution in our environment, we can at least try to eliminate it from our bedrooms.”
What is important to look out for when searching for bedding/home textiles that is healthy for our families?
“Naturepedic mattresses are made with certified organic cotton fabric and filling, organic wool and some models have certified organic latex.” says Heidi. “NONE of our products contain flame retardant chemicals or a slew of other chemicals that may show up in mattresses made with more flammable materials such as polyurethane foam. Here’s our list of chemicals we just won’t use!”
Eileen gives some great (and easy) advice on what to look for in your bedding. “Look for certified organic cotton, processed to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) so there is assurance the product is safely produced. It’s best to avoid wrinkle free or easy care type finishes that are likely to contain formaldehyde. Avoid softeners as they reduce absorbency which is a key element to comfort while sleeping.”
When asked what their favorite products were, the Sleep WELL duo were happy to make recommendation for my Prim and Propah readers. “My favorite Coyuchi product is our 300 Percale Sheets which are crisp and smooth, and cool to the touch.” Eileen says. “I like to pair the 300 Percale with a fashion duvet, such as our Geo Stripe Duvet, with a lightweight down insert. Top the bed with a throw blanket such as our Cozy Cotton throw and there’s an extra layer for colder nights. Layering the bed looks great and is a practical way to sleep soundly as the temperatures change each season.”
Heidi has us covered whether the Naturepedic mattress is for Mama or Baby. “My favorite adult mattress is the EOS Organic Sleep System. The EOS has customizable comfort layers for different levels of firmness, so you and your sleeping partners can choose totally different feels! The EOS is shipped Ground in five boxes and you can actually swap your comfort layers within 90 days if it just wasn’t exactly the right feel. And a Naturepedic MUST is our waterproof protector pads made with organic cotton fabrics. We have three different ones for baby, kids, and adults. A waterproof pad is an investment to protect your mattress from spills and more, especially if you have kids or pets in bed.”
One thing is for certain, these brands are paving the way for us to sleep better by making a conscious decision about what we are sleeping on. You can make a quick start by changing up your sheets and set a long term goal for your next mattress to be all organic, you just have to set your mind to making your environment, especially at home, a better one. When I asked Eileen and Heidi what they had in store for the future both made mention that the brands are looking to expand, either in presence or product lines.
“In January 2016, we’ll bring some new printed sheets that mix and match with our solid and embroidered sheets. We have some new linen bedding, sheet sets, duvets and blankets” says Eileen. “We love linen for bedding because of its ability to naturally regulate temperature and due to it’s great durability for long term use.”
“We are very excited about the expansion of Naturepedic Organic Mattress Galleries around the country. Over the past two years we have grown to serve Beverly Hills, Toronto, Dallas, Boston, Detroit, and most recently Silicon Valley.” Heidi excitedly tells me. “It has been amazing to open our doors to these communities to provide our expertise about healthier sleep. Naturepedic’s goal is to educate and provide a safer sleep environment for everyone!”
Jeannie Jarnot is one of our green beauty heroes. As the founder of the incredibly successful non-toxic beauty subscription box company Beauty Heroes, she’s committed to educating customers on clean ingredients and showcasing some of the best in full-size healthy beauty products to as many women as possible. Jeannie’s passion for helping to lead the charge toward non-toxic ingredients is evident in everything she does. We caught up with her to talk beauty, business and the art of living well.
The W.E.L.L. Summit: We’re thrilled to have Beauty Heroes on board with The W.E.L.L. Summit! How did you become interested in green beauty?
I began my career as a spa director in 1997 and had an “ah-ha” moment when, 12 or 13 years ago, I realized that the products we were using in spas contained parabens and other toxic ingredients. We were supposed to be promoting health and wellness, and I didn’t want to be massaging my clients with those ingredients. I began researching, but found it difficult to navigate what was toxic and what wasn’t. That helped fuel my passion for green beauty. It also helps that so many of the founders of clean beauty brands are really incredible people who have invested their own life stories into their products. I’m committed to helping them tell their stories. Most mainstream beauty brands don’t have the personal touch that green beauty brands have; that energy is palpable when you meet the makers and hear their stories.
Congratulations on Beauty Heroes’ success! It’s so encouraging to see a company that’s focused on getting the message of clean beauty out to as many people as possible. What do you think the appeal of green beauty has resonated so strongly with consumers across the US?
I think there’s a long way to go—it’s still a bit of niche, but it’s on the verge of explosion. Once women discover it, it’s hard to go back. We’re trying to make it more accessible to mainstream markets: Just like when you start to eat a diet of fresh, clean foods, you can’t really go back to eating fast food or tons of junk. I think people recognize the artistry of green beauty and the passion behind it.
How do you choose which products to feature in Beauty Heroes boxes? Are there key ingredients, company values that you try to align with?
There’s always a story behind each brand we feature. Some brands contact us, or we meet them at events. I often meet founders through other founders; for instance, I met Josh Rosebrook through Laurel of Laurel Whole Plant Organics. Regardless of how we meet, I always have several conversations with each founder: What’s the hero product, what are their ingredients? We want to convey the best product of the brand to our customers and open the brand up to them.
We rotate between hair, skin, body & sun that fits well for the season, and we often feature a hero product and a smaller “sidekick” to give people insight into the brand. We only work with full size products, which sets us apart.
It feels like those of us who are passionate about clean ingredients are multiplying daily. What do you hope to see change by way of legislation in the next 5 years?
I’m part of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics business network, so I’m very aware of what’s happening by way of legislation. Unfortunately, there’s not a lot in sight. We’re awaiting the Personal Care Safety Act, but it might not make the floor in 2016. The ultimate goal is to have ingredients tested before they hit the market. Beauty Heroes has a clearly defined ingredient directive that surpasses even the E.U. standard. But my hope is that women who begin learning more will seriously take their health into their own hands and care enough to eliminate toxic ingredients—not just from skincare, but from dish soap, hand soap and other over the counter products. With no sign of significant legislation in sight, we all need to be our own heroes.
How do you live well?
I live well through meditation and exercise. I take business calls while on a walk sometimes to try to fit in some movement. I also try to be mindful in each step of my business—though it’s always a challenge, it’s a large part of my day. When you’re working at a health-focused company, I think you need to you’re your talk and be health-conscious and as our brand name suggests, I want to do it heroically! I try to eat a balanced diet with regular meals and get a good night’s sleep—again, it’s a challenge, but I try! Lastly, as a business owner, I only work with people I care about, who also live well. That’s a luxury for me, and I know how lucky I am to choose those with whom I surround myself. It’s a huge part of how I live well!
Hello, Wellness Tribe!
We’re still riding high after our inaugural W.E.L.L. Summit…we can’t believe it was just 3 weeks ago! Whether we had the pleasure of meeting you this year or you’re looking forward to attending next year, we’re bringing some of the best of The W.E.L.L. Summit to you just in time for the holidays!
We’re sharing our L.I.V.E. W.E.L.L. Holiday Gift Guide at the perfect time to vote with your dollars: To shop small, to shop handcrafted and to shop from The W.E.L.L. Summit Tribe. Treat yourself and your family and friends to products from companies we trust!
SHOPETHICA.COM is offering 20% off all purchases exclusively for L.I.V.E. W.E.L.L. attendees with the code WELLSUMMIT, valid through Jan. 31, 2016.
Organic Bath Co.
With a luxurious line of organic beauty products handcrafted in small batches in Boston, Organic Bath Co. gives back with every purchase to charities 1% For the Planet and the Global Soap Project. From beautifying body products to a full facial care regimen, Organic Bath Co. believes that taking time for self-care is the secret to healthy, happy skin. True Beauty Begins With Giving Back…to others, and to you!*Use discount code WELLSUMMIT for 25% off all purchases on www.organicbath.co. Offer expires on Friday, December 18th, 2015.
Move over Moroccan oil – there’s a new hair and skin care serum in town! Voted Best New Product at NY NOW, True Moringa has luxurious fair trade, organic and eco-friendly hair treatments, facial and body care serums, and gift boxesfor all the natural beauties on your list. True Moringa works directly with over 1,000 smallholder farmers in Ghana to cultivate their anti-aging, moisturizing moringa oil and designed and built the technology to cold-press their ingredients at the source, ensuring the highest quality and the greatest social impact.
*Use code WELLSUMMIT for 25% off all purchases on truemoringa.com through December 18th.