Written By Stefanie Grant-Cassel - November 15 2016
In case you couldn't tell from the Nasty Woman perfume, and PUSSYPOWER Pink Mafia promotion during the 2016 presidential election, this business is run by a certified bad bitch feminist who is prepared to fight the misogyny, racism, ableism, bigotry, and fear mongering that our current president-elect Donald Trump has drug out from the shadows of our society during his campaign.
That's why Nasty Woman is now a part of Twinkle Apothecary's permanent fragrance collection.
Not only does it smell delicious, but just seeing the positive response to this collection from my customers makes me feel better. Like I'm not alone.
We are not alone.
We may be struggling to find our voices and learning how to best fight back against a society that doesn't seem to have much respect for us, but we're in this together, and we're not going to give up so easily.
When I started Twinkle Apothecary last year, I just wanted to make something fun that I could feel good about. I never intended to make my business political or to become an activist, but the more I thought about it, the more I felt like a big part of running a business that I could feel good about meant not staying silent. I decided that I could either go about my business like nothing was happening, or I could take a small step and stand up for myself. For my customers. For women who may not even agree with me or who might be offended by my choice to fight against a man that I feel (especially as a survivor of domestic abuse) is a very real threat to my personal freedom.
What difference does it make? Probably a very small one...
I'd love to be able to do more. I'm working on doing more.
(More details on that to come, hopefully SOON!)
As a vegan and a wannabe eco-warrior, I still firmly believe in voting with our pocketbooks. When you shop from Twinkle Apothecary, not only are you are taking money away from big corporations that use potentially unsafe ingredients and test on animals, but you are also directly supporting this single mom and her son. And while the top dogs at larger companies like the ones on this list are donating money to Donald Trump, please know that I'm working like crazy to be able to donate that kind of money to organizations that empower women, fight racism, support the LGBTQ community, and make the world a safer place for our children. I'll keep you posted on the details as I make progress in that area, but in the meantime, I hope you'll join me in being a Nasty Woman and fighting in your own small way.
Have I ever mentioned that I never in 1,000,000 years thought I would ever end up working in the beauty industry? With my very own brand no less? It was just never an interest to me. Fashion, yes. But beauty, makeup, and skincare? Those were always the pages I skipped over in magazines, and I've never once browsed the makeup counters of any department store. Probably mostly because I've always had very high standards regarding ingredients, but a very low budget, so why bother looking? I'll just stick with my coconut oil from the grocery store, thank you very much! But also, does anyone else think it's silly (and by silly I mean insulting) that magazines and mainstream brands are trying to convince us that there's constantly something wrong with our faces and bodies that needs fixing? And that there is always a new miracle product on the horizon, just beyond our reach (and budget) that will solve all of our problems?
Let's get one thing straight: I may have some problems, but my face isn't one of them.
When I got the idea to start making my own deodorant last summer, I realized that I also had the opportunity to create a brand that could be everything I wanted from my beauty products... not what everyone else was telling me I needed. So here I am, trying to make things that are fun, but ethical, luxurious, yet practical, and effective, without promising results that we all know are impossible. Always with the underlying attitude that IT'S OKAY. You're going to sweat. You're going to get a pimple, and if you're living right you're hopefully going to end up with a lot of wrinkles someday.
I came across this video the other day, and I think it's just perfect.
We're one week into summer, there's a holiday coming up, and I hope that you all are enjoying yourselves, no matter what.
I am absolutely in love with this body oil. (And not just because I invented/produce it with my own two hands.) It's a super simple yet luxurious blend of sunflower oil, grapeseed oil, evening primrose, and rosehip oils, and I use it all over instead of lotion because it soaks right into my skin and makes me feel so soft without feeling greasy or heavy. I use it as a shaving oil too! The 8 oz bottle is a little pricey at $68, but (shhh don't tell anyone) it's actually a better deal than the 2 oz bottle. And it comes with a handy dandy lotion pump for easy access! Oh, and of course it smells amazing. Just pick your favorite twinkle fragrance and imagine putting it all over your body...
Honestly, I usually forget to use the cellulite massager. (Except for on my calves after barre class!) But if I end up getting the opportunity to put on a bikini at any point this summer I'll massage my tush first and let you know if I see a difference. Or maybe you should try it and let me know how it works?! At the very least, I know your skin is going to be feeling soft and smooth. ;)
P.S. No discount code is required for this offer. Simply buy an 8 oz body oil and I'll include the massager when I ship your order!
P.S.S. Is it contradictory to talk about accepting your body as it is and also give away cellulite massagers? Yes. Do I care? Nope. We all know there's no "cure" for cellulite, but if you want to feel more confident in your skin, and using this helps you, then you should definitely use it! I love the idea of offering a simple massage tool to increase circulation and temporarily plump up your skin over a b.s. product that supposedly has all of these "miracle ingredients" to shrink fat cells or tighten your skin or whatnot. So feel free to critique and criticize away. I promise you I can take it!