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Summer Skincare with Essential Oils

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It’s that time of year — watermelon and sweet corn season, along with mosquito and sunburn season. Your must-have summer products can easily be made at home using essential oils. These recipes only take a few minutes to make and are less expensive than store-bought products. Best of all, they…

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Mental Health Awareness Month

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Photo courtesy of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.  Mental health is just as important as physical health. The two are interconnected — mental illness can worsen physical health, while physical illness, injury or trauma can result in mental illness and trauma. Sometimes, because it’s “invisible,” we have…

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Stress-Relieving Products for Students, Teachers & Parents

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This particular school year presents unique changes and challenges. As students, teachers, school staff and parents adjust to their temporary new norms, self-care and stress-relief are just as important as social distancing, handwashing and mask-wearing. Here are some relaxation products for all ages that you can find at our co-op.

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Alaffia Skin Care – Empowering Communities through Fair Trade

Alaffia is one of the most well-known fair trade organizations in the natural body care industry. Founded by couple Olowo-n’djo Tchala and Prairie Rose Hyde, they work to empower West African communities and foster gender equality through the fair trade production and distribution of natural body, skin, and hair care products. Their offerings include deodorants, shampoos and conditioners, lotions, balms, oils, body wash, bar soaps, bubble baths, hair styling gels, moisturizers, serums, scrubs, and more. These items are produced using unrefined shea butter, virgin coconut oil, and other natural products that protect hair and skin against sun and wind damage. By following fair trade practices, Alaffia ensures their producers are paid a fair wage and provided with fair working conditions and equal employment opportunities. This also ensures environmental stewardship as well as cultural and economic sustainability for local West African communities. Additionally, a price premium above the minimum fair trade cost for products is set aside for development projects in Alaffia's producer communities.

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