If you don't already know, We Heart is our monthly, ongoing blog column devoted to sharing the ethical, natural, wellness-oriented companies that we love. Every month, we hand select a new company, across a range of industries, to share with our community.
A We Heart feature from us is no easy feat, either. We vet these companies to ensure their business practices align with our company's values—checking everything from sourcing, to production methods, to certifications and more. You can rest easy knowing these companies models align with the Annmarie Skin Care standards for ethical, sustainable, and clean products.
With the holidays approaching, we wanted to shout out a few of our favorite We Hearts from the year in this roundup of holiday gift guide ideas. As you do your holiday shopping, consider giving your patronage to some of these amazing companies!
PAAVANI Ayurveda is an artisan line of small-batch, pure, organic health & skincare products formulated in Northern California. Handcrafted with the wisdom of Ayurveda, their products offer ancient traditions to the modern world, with the intent to reconnect people to their innate body wisdom.
When we found PAAVANI, we were enamored with all of their product, but we especially fell in love with their Oil Pulling Oils and Nose Oil. When most of us think of oil pulling, we think of scooping a lump of coconut oil into our mouths.
But PAAVANI’s oils are dynamically infused with Ayurvedic, intentionally chosen herbs. Needless to say, their products have taken our oral hygiene to the next level.
Take 15% off your order with PAAVANI using code WEHEARTANNMARIE.
Diaspora Co. was founded to create a radically new, and equitable vision of the spice trade, decolonizing a commodity back into a seasonal crop, and a broken system into an equal change.
They work on highlighting the complicated and deep meaning of what “Made in India” means, and how they tell their own stories of freedom, struggle, and diaspora through food. Today, they work in close partnership with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research to identify and provide ongoing support to its partner farmers, of whom are on the cutting edge of regenerative, and sustainable agriculture.
Known for their freshest, most potent turmeric, Diaspora Co. is building a better spice trade, equitably and deliciously. Check out Diaspora Co’s The Trio—bundled spices, making it the perfect pantry “starter pack” or holiday gift for you and your loved ones.
Synergy Organic Clothing
At Synergy, they believe that it matters how your clothing is made. They believe that consumers deserve the choice to buy clothing they feel good about wearing with the knowledge of where and how it was produced. From their home base in Santa Cruz, California to their handwork seamstresses in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal, their Synergy family is part of a global community with purpose. Synergy believes in creating high quality goods by supporting the well-being of those who make their business possible.
They are proud to consciously craft garments in a Fair Trade Certified™ factory in India and employ fair labor practices with our partners in Nepal. Fair Trade Certified™ factories must adhere to rigorous social, environmental and economic standards to protect the health and safety of the workforce.
They use GOTS Certified organic cotton, low impact materials and are a Certified B Corporation. Check out Synergy Organic Clothing here.
They're creators of the best cozy handmade wool-felt slippers and one-of-a-kind merino wool knit accessories that are luxuriously soft, warm, and colorful.
Baabushka is a woman-owned business in Santa Cruz, CA, that offers fair-trade, hand-made, cozy wool slippers and booties. It's eco-friendly footwear is made using traditional felting techniques handed down through generations of Nepali artisans. With your choice of soles made from supple buffalo leather or all-natural rubber, you can wear your Baabushka’s indoors or out.
Made from all-natural wool sourced from New Zealand, and colored with eco-friendly, amino-free dyes, Baabushka’s slippers and booties are anti-fungal and anti-bacterial, and resistant to picking up scents and dirt. With wool being nature's ultimate renewable resource, Baabushka’s products are not only good for your feet, they’re good for the planet.
Here's a special offer from Baabushka, simply head directly to their store here and use code ANNMARIESKINCARE for 15% off.
We featured Ojai Energetics in our previous We Heart this past year, and our team has been using their CBD Coconut Oil ever since.
Ojai Energetics makes fast acting, organic CBD products. They support regenerative farming and fair trade practices that use certified organic methods, or beyond organic methods like bio-dynamic or permaculture systems, for every ingredient.
Their full spectrum hemp oil is water soluble and most people feel the effects in under 30 seconds (you would have to take 5000mg of a regular CBD rich hemp oil to get effects of their 250mg!) Its also loaded with some of nature's most powerful superfoods like moringa and acerola cherry.
If you shop here, Ojai Energetics has a special offer for friends of Annmarie Skin Care: free shipping on every order, plus a free tube of CBD Pain Gel ($47) if you order 3 bottles or more.
Dry Farm Wines
Dry Farm Wines is a local, Napa Valley-based company that curates the very best reds from biodynamic, irrigation-free farms before shipping them straight to your door. They even have a special offer and it'll only cost you a penny.
Unlike today's commercialized and processed wines, this is real wine with real benefits, for you and the environment. It is dry-farmed organically and sustainably-grown—free of chemical sprays, free of additives or sugar, and low in sulfites. The result? A cellar of naturally low-alcohol wine that tastes clean and delicious without serious brain fog, sleepless nights, or harsh hangovers.
We partnered with Dry Farm Wines to bring you a special offer that checks every health-conscious box we can think of—and then some. To share the gift of pure Natural Wines, check out the Dry Farm Wines Gifting Collections here where you'll have the chance to secure a bottle for a penny. Yes, a penny!
Go ahead and explore the reasons why their wines have always been our go-to option for holiday parties in the past. You can even order delicious “sides” like sugar-free bubbles and organic rosé to stock up your wine cellar and support a healthier, happier planet—and a healthier, happier you.
We hope this holiday gift guide ideas will help you pick the best gift for your family and loved ones. Consider taking a look at our online store where we offer a lot of skin care products like natural cleanser and toner. And you can also find many skin care tips & tricks in our blog.