What’s the best way to celebrate International Women’s Day? We wanted to take the time to appreciate the women that changed the face and values of our industry, as well as related industries, who inspire and empower us to be better and bolder. For you the best way to celebrate may be to turn to a female friend, loved one, family member, or even a stranger and show them a little kindness. Afterall, let’s not forget that what women really want is equal rights and equal pay, but it never hurts to start with a little bit of appreciation. So put on your favorite face mask (we can’t help but recommend our Purple Clay Detoxifying one) strike a power pose, and let's get to it!
Elizabeth Arden - Elizabeth Arden/Revlon
“To be beautiful and natural is the birthright of every woman.” - Elizabeth Arden
Elizabeth Arden is one of the pioneers of the modern beauty industry with a legacy that still resonates. She played a significant role in changing popular perceptions of makeup in the 20th century by advertising her beauty products’ acceptable "ladylike" qualities, at a time when makeup was considered low class. But she didn’t stop with the beauty industry, she was also a pioneer in the women’s suffrage movement, supplying suffragettes with bright red lipstick that became a symbol of female emancipation worldwide. The trend resurfaced during WWII, due to Hitler’s popular disdain for the “red lip.” And Arden was selected by the US Government to create a regulation red lip and nail color to be worn by WWII-serving women. A note to never underestimate a tube of lipstick and good branding.
While these were her flashy actions, Arden always promoted her concept of Total Beauty combining nutrition, fitness and skincare formulated with a scientific approach. We also have her to thank for eye makeup and travel-sized products. And today Elizabeth Arden Inc. and Revlon do not conduct animal testing and are working towards becoming more environmentally sustainable.
“I have always believed that beauty begins with the health of the skin. The skin is the canvas on which we paint our beauty.” - Elizabeth Arden
Lily Geiger - Figlia
"The strength, resilience, and determination of women never cease to amaze me. We have faced countless challenges throughout history, and yet we continue to fight for our rights and our voices to be heard." - Lily Geiger
You may not have heard of our next wellness entrepreneur yet, but Lily Geiger is making huge strides in modeling business practices that put wellness, responsibility, natural ingredients and green impact at the forefront. She’s the 26 year old founder of Figlia, a non-alcoholic, functional aperitivo brand that aims to help foster a more honest and inclusive conversation around alcohol consumption. Geiger launched the brand in honor of her father, who she lost to alcoholism at age 20. Figlia is committed to promoting wellness, health-consciousness, and using natural ingredients to create a tasty, healthy, and fun alternative to alcoholic beverages. Figlia aims to support our best selves, our community, and the planet by backing nonprofits that work to help end addiction and support the environment. For instance, every bottle sold helps support Partnership to End Addiction, which empowers families affected by addiction by providing free, personalized tools and resources. They also donate to local New York City-based non-profit environmental organizations through 1% for the Planet. Figlia uses all-natural ingredients, has no added sugars or preservatives, and is committed to clean formulas.
"Women are a powerful force for good in the world. We bring unique perspectives and experiences that enrich our communities and make the world a better place." - Lily Geiger
Elizabeth Cutler & Julie Rice
📸 : @peoplehood_
"Women are natural leaders. We have the ability to inspire and motivate others, and we bring a unique perspective to the table that is essential for driving innovation and progress." - Elizabeth Cutler
Elizabeth Cutler and Julie Rice started as the co-founders of SoulCycle, but in their own words realized that “riders came for the workout, but stayed for the connections they made in the studio.” So they became the co-founders of Peoplehood, a guided group conversation practice creating a space where visitors can share feelings and truly listen to others. The concept stems from the human connection crisis in a world that is (ironically) more digitally connected than ever, with studies showing that healthy relationships are the number one way to improve overall physical and mental health. They view the next wave of wellness as social relational health and are committed to creating a positive social impact. Cutler and Rice have inspired women and people around the world to prioritize their health and wellness. Their brand has become synonymous with empowerment, and has helped many feel more confident and self-assured, what could be more beautiful than that?
"Women are not only the backbone of our families and communities, but also of our economy and society. It's time to recognize and celebrate the incredible contributions that women make every day." - Julie Rice
"Women are complex, multifaceted beings with a multitude of interests and desires. Our beauty routines are just one small aspect of who we are, but they can be incredibly empowering and transformative." - Emily Weiss
Last but certainly not least, we have Emily Weiss, the founder of Glossier which took the beauty industry storm, to say the least. What started as a beauty blog called The Gloss, gained a loyal following, worked its way to one of the few female-founded businesses to successfully raise venture capital, and became a billion-dollar beauty brand. Weiss’ concept was to listen to what her audience wanted, what was in demand, and use those characteristics as the inspiration behind creating simple products. She truly redefined what it means to be a beauty brand in the digital age. The moral? Give the people what they want.
"As women, we have the power to define our own beauty standards and to reject the narrow, limiting definitions imposed upon us by society. By embracing our uniqueness and individuality, we can inspire others to do the same." - Emily Weiss
Here at Clean Beauty Collective, we started as an eco-conscious and sustainable perfume company but our goal has always been to empower you to better yourself and better our world all while smelling, and most importantly feeling fabulous! In the same way, these women have empowered us to be simple, trusted, and conscious with every product and everything that we put out in the world. Be bold, be bright, and be beautiful, not just today, but every day!
"Perfume is the invisible, unforgettable, fashionable accessory that announces your arrival and prolongs your departure" - Coco Chanel