Hawaii is set to become the 1st state in the US to actually ban the sale of sunscreens containing two types of chemicals toxic to the ocean( thank you Hawaii, but this is just now happening in 2018?! how long until all 50?) – oxybenzone & octinoxate.
they’re killing oceans around the world – the chemicals strip coral reefs of their nutrients & disrupt the development of fish & marine life.
about 14,000 tons of sunscreen lotion ends up in coral reefs around the world each year, with tourist-filled beaches, like in Hawaii & the US Virgin Islands, having the highest concentrations.
& for those of you thinking ‘well I don’t go into the ocean after applying sunscreen, so…” you’re not helping at all – when you go home & wash it off in the shower, the chemicals are sent into wastewater streams & sent to the ocean.
these chemicals are found in Hawaiian Topic, Banana Boat & Coopertone…just to name a few brands (also found in nail polish, fragrances, hair spray..yikes!)
fyi, oxybenzone is associated w/ endometriosis & has the potential to damage cells that may lead to skin cancer. both oxybenzone & octinoxate disrupt your hormones which affects reproduction in men & women & puberty…hormones control everything in your body folks!
oh! & if that’s not enough, oxybenzone is more strongly estrogenic than BPA & it was named “Allergen of the Year”! & despite the huge health risks, octinoxate remains an approved ingredient worldwide & is found in many “natural” sunscreens (are you kidding?! like it isn’t already hard enough for consumers to navigate the beauty biz.)
sunscreen chemicals are extremely bad for your skin & health & we do not recommend using sunscreen at all…but if you must, use 100% natural bases w/ only the oxides used as sunscreen agents – Goddess Garden Organics’ sunscreen is made with plant-based ingredients, certified organic, reef safe & biodegradable (making it good for us & the world around us!)
&…know your beauty!
xo – Suki
the latest, break the mold movie from Amy Schumer, I Feel Pretty, premiered in theaters nationwide 4/20 & seems like it’s everything we expect from this fabulous badass woman!
it revolves around an insecure girl who bumps her head & wakes up thinking she’s a totally smokin’ hot, confident woman & how she changes based solely on her beliefs about herself.
this is the self-empowerment part of “know your beauty” on a screen. Schumer is a big part of a recent trend (so far mostly seen on TV w/ actresses, “of a certain age” getting juicy roles on TV shows they could never find in movie scripts) & leads the way in be your whole authentic self, define beauty on your own terms & believe it – the rest will follow! we haven ‘t seen changes in ads, marketing, modeling…yet – but we hope it’s coming! we love & thank you Amy!
& fyi, we’ve heard/seen some folks protesting this movie & feeling like is not empowering but ‘demeaning’, ‘negative,’ & ‘disgusting’ – this is a lack of digging or educating ourselves which creates misinformation!
these protestors don’t even know that this is a movie about empowerment & self-love, acceptance & the power of our minds to create our reality!
&…know your beauty!
xo – teamsuki
HAPPY BADASS BELATED 84th BIRTHDAY SHIRLEY MACLAINE!
one of my all-time favorites since I was a kid, Ms. MacLaine, singer, dancer, actress, only female rat pack member (I’d love to hear any of her many & varied stories!) a legend really, a boundary breaking spiritualist, seeker & author, she’s still going strong with her latest book, “Out on a Leash: How Terry’s Death Gave Me New Life” about her perfect, furry bundle of irresistible charm – her terrier Terry, who slowed her nomadic lifestyle & allowed her to see the world in new ways.
just some of her many accomplishments: Academy Award winner (& nominated 8x!), 3x Emmy winner, 10x Golden Globe winner, she’s appeared in more than 50 films (& counting!) including “The Apartment”, which cemented her reputation as one of the best & most versatile actors of her time, a longtime advocate for civil rights, women’s rights & spiritual exploration (because of which, was teased & considered a bit of an outcast for some time there), a broadway superstar, New York Time’s Best Selling Author of 14 books including her 1st, “Out on a Limb”, which was turned into a 5 hour ABC mini-series, where she takes us on an intimate & powerful journey into her personal life to her newest, “Out on a Leash: How Terry’s Death Gave Me New Life”, sold more than 20,000,000 copies of her 9 international bestsellers, directed 2 films like her Oscar nominated documentary, “The Other Half of the Sky” about her personal invitation from the Chinese government to bring a group of American women, of different races, ages & income levels, on a 3 week tour, led by her, of Beijing, Shanghai, Canton & Hangchow – following the normalizing of relations between the US & the People’s Republic of China in 1972…I mean, the woman has not slowed down!
as a woman who refuses to make herself smaller for anyone else’s comfort (THANK ‘GOD’!), who’s sharp-tongued, witty, free-spirited & unselfconsciously outspoken nature is an inspiration & who’s identity is totally…HER…she lives the essence of “know your beauty!” thank you Ms. MacLaine ☺!
xo – Suki
my non-partisan post goes to Barbara Bush.
thank you for being fierce – never shying away from but accepting who she is, never attempting to fit other’s opinions of who she should be, & motivated to create opportunities for others to be their own advocates.
Barbara, we will miss your poise, strength & self-deprecating humor!
xo – Suki
always beautiful, always outspoken, which takes huge cahones, always out in front of women’s issues, scrutinized & raked over the coals for decades, lived out her personal life in film (a little? a lot?)…a powerful feminist voice (& why is THIS a dirty word?) of my generation.
i am thankful i had role models like this that helped shape my notion of womanhood, of what i could do in the world, & prepped me for the nightmares ahead!
lol THANKS MS JANE!! we love you!
Anna Shpenova, from Saint Petersburg, Russia, became a firefighter at 25, & of course, nobody took her seriously, she was sent to extinguish burning garbage cans, etc.
but, she kept demanding to be placed on real crews to battle real fires, wore down commanding officer after commanding officer, & then proved herself to male peers, shattering the perception that only a man can put out a fire, receiving a medal for Heroism as a Firefighter on March 8th, for International Women’s Day.
This is the sort of BS that SHOULD be illegal & that we consumers need to be on top of for our own health & well-being! If we don’t empower ourselves with knowledge, or at least turn the container around to read the actual ingredients not just believe the marketing on the front or in an ad, we have no one to blame really but ourselves when we are misled. But, this saddens me greatly to see how horribly misleading marketers can be.
In the end guys, the “too bad, so sad” truth is that we must take charge of what we consume, buy, companies we support, check into what doctors recommend…everywhere. No one, or agency, will do that for us. Companies want our $$ first & foremost (some still do have ethics but the point is we have the tools to find out!) &, as you can see above, lies are par for the course in the beauty biz!
“Know your beauty” is the suki skincare core philosophy for a reason. We have to be our own advocates, grill brands, be the squeaky wheel! How else will we KNOW what we are actually ingesting? Cause we know it’s ALL ingested…topical lotions, patches, internal medications, air, food, etc.
It does blow my mind how cynical we are, yet we can’t wait to give up personal responsibility for the things that affect our own care! The current environment places personal responsibility for our reactions, feelings, etc. squarely on everyone (or anyone) ELSE’S shoulders! The government, healthcare, insurance systems, manufacturers, brands – these are not where to place our trust guys!
As far as LIPSENSE is concerned…BOOOO! This company is takes spin to a whole new level! See how they list toxic synthetics as healthy or efficacious? Bold!
Now please vegan folks hear me out. I’m not trying to anger you, but think beyond the label here. Do we really believe SYNTHETIC beeswax is BETTER for animals or the planet than healthy, ethical 100% pure beeswax? This is what I mean about thinking critically about the info we are inundated with. These synthetic ‘vegan’ ingredients will end up, yup, in the ground & drinking water (for the earth & animals to ingest)…do how is this truly “vegan?” Not to mention the staggering percentages of various cancers we have in our country we can’t put our finger on because there are many toxic pollutants in our food, air, water, earth!
I list all synthetics & their effects on this page on sukiskincare.com, please check it out when you have an ingredient question! J
Taking responsibility for our own choices is powerful…& my sincere hope is that more of us will take companies like these to task for blatant lies.
PS: thank you to Christine for sending this to me!
Know your beauty J & xo -Suki
so i found this on a pinterest site i think…i had to debunk these because it’s so wrong and i’m so tired of seeing these blogs giving people such bad advice!
enjoy & know your beauty! 🙂 …xo -Suki
BREAST CANCER ACTION’S KNOT MY PINK RIBBON(!) CAMPAIGN!
I wanted to re-post the campaign directly from the BCACTION.ORG site – it’s impressive & rare to see an organization really put it to a big brand. Guys, BCACTION.ORG is SUCH a tremendous place I’ve been recommending for over a decade now, geez i hate to count! lol They are by FAR & away the best source for the honesty, such a diverse source of information not just @ breast cancer, treatments, prevention…in any case…they are grassroots & that means it takes the passion & commitment & energy of underpaid people to make it happen. That also means they need our help! And, EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS I SWEAR! Running my own biz i promise you, every little bit truly does matter…
So, the thought occurred to me…I wonder how many of y’all, or even me, knows just how many companies Estee Lauder owns (not that that is a bad thing at all, it’s CHANGING the great companies once they own them) & how many are actually NOT laden with carcinogenic ingredients. i often say to friends this or that brand (one of many veritably STEEPED in typical natural design & marketing esthetic), & they are surprised. Even they & many of my clients, the more educated folks out there re; all this, have no idea who really owns many brands (like those labels with the nice grandma on the label? owned by a major corporation? lol). It now occurs to me i may have a problem, but seriously, it’s usually just right there on the label, sometimes finding out that Coca Cola owns Lays it’s just a known fact, you know? I have no idea how i know that! Being in the industry though lends me some insight into who owns who & Estee Lauder owns a huge share of the entirety of the skin care market. Think about that sentence. There are other major players, of course!
Ok now for the actual BLOG! Finally right?
IT’S OCTOBER!!! IT’S TIME TO THINK ABOUT BREASTS AND BUYING A WHOLE LOT OF PINK STUFF RIGHT?? (boy this has always pissed me off…)
On the 25th anniversary of the pink ribbon, we’re not celebrating. We’re angry. Angry that a quarter of a million women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Angry that more than 40,000 women die each and every year. And angry that women of color and underserved communities are disproportionately burdened.
There is too little to show for 25 years of pink ribbon awareness and billions of dollars spent on pink ribbon products.
The pink ribbon is one of the most widely recognized symbols…ballooned into a multibillion-dollar industry.
This October, we’re calling out The Estée Lauder Companies…for their role in launching the first pink ribbon. Twenty-five years later, we are telling Estée Lauder it’s “Knot Our Pink Ribbon” — and we’re putting a knot in theirs.
- Send your letter to Estée Lauder and tell them that after 25 years, it’s time to stop the betrayal and be honest tha
- Empty awareness and publicity stunts are a distraction and cannot “create a breast cancer-free world”
- No amount of positive thinking will prevent women from being diagnosed with or dying from breast cancer.
- The chemicals in their products may increase the risk of breast cancer & even interfere with treatment. Tell them to clean up their products and stop pinkwashing!
So guys, i know, we are all busy…but it’s a simple note! Nothing to it! and i gotta tell ya, writing feels SO much better than typing after typing constantly! 🙂 However, you jam out a short but DIRECT and demanding letter? ALL SET! This would take all of about 10 minutes TOTAL. NOT AT ALL A BIG DEAL AND CAN YOU IMAGINE? DOING SOMETHING?! 🙂
PINK RIBBON HISTORY
DID YOU KNOW? Twenty-five years ago, there was no pink ribbon. But there was a peach one, started by grassroots activist Charlotte Haley that focused on prevention and political action. Estée Lauder’s pink ribbon began with a stolen idea—and when they turned the peach ribbon pink, they shifted the focus to marketing, awareness, and corporate gain. Pink ribbons have hijacked the movement and erased the real work and meaningful action needed to address and end the breast cancer epidemic.
BREAST CANCER AWARENESS INDUSTRY MONTH
Breast cancer has become the darling of corporate America. Companies use the pink ribbon to sell their products and boost their image with consumers as they boost their bottom line. Major multimillion-dollar cancer charities that do nothing to address the root causes of cancer often join with these companies. Meanwhile, breast cancer rates continue to rise every year. It’s why we call October “Breast Cancer Industry Month.”
Estée Lauder has built their brand around their self-proclaimed “commitment” to breast cancer. As part of their Breast Cancer Campaign, each October Estée Lauder distributes pink ribbons at cosmetic counters, sells a variety of pink ribbon products, spearheads large events to illuminate international landmarks, hosts star-laden galas, and more. None of these will “create a breast cancer-free world.”
…Positive thinking is not prevention…!!!
Estée Lauder tells women facing breast cancer to “choose happy,” “laugh often,” and “smile.”
Their website and social media platforms are filled with pink flowers and soothing tips suggesting that with the right attitude and beauty products, we can all become better, more beautiful breast cancer patients. (FROM SUKI: ARE YOU FRIGGING KIDDING ME??) Estée Lauder says “Having gratitude and a positive attitude can always help.“ But we know that no amount of positive thinking will prevent women from being diagnosed with and dying from breast cancer.
It’s time to stop blaming women for their breast cancer, or telling them the “right” way to go through cancer, and instead honor the diversity of women’s lived experiences. End pinkwashing!
Estée Lauder tells us to buy their products because they care about breast cancer.(FROM SUKI: AND THIS IS WHAT HAS ALWAYS KILLED ME ABOUT THIS PINK RIBBON STUFF- THOUGH BCA SAYS MANY I HONESTLY CANNOT THINK OF A SINGLE ESTEE LAUDER OWNED BRAND THAT IS FREE FROM SYNTHETICS OR CARCINOGENS!): many of their cosmetics contain chemicals of concern such as hormone disruptors that may increase the risk of breast cancer and might even interfere with treatment. We call this pinkwashing. And it’s time for companies that care about breast cancer to stop pinkwashing.
ISN’T THERE ANYTHING GOOD TO SHOW FOR THE PINK RIBBON?
Estée Lauder is proud that in the past 25 years they have donated $70 million for global breast cancer awareness, research, and education. Some might argue that’s a lot of money, but last year’s donation was just half of 1 percent of annual earnings! Join us in putting a knot in Estée Lauder’s pink ribbon.
For more information, read BCACTION.ORG’S campaign brief by clicking below or download the PDF by clicking here.