Are you looking to support women owned products and businesses this year? Us too! Check out a few of my favorites below—some of them are even local!
I absolutely love this. Over the years, I’ve kept personal pepper sprays in my purse—but I was always worried I would use it incorrectly and accidentally spray myself if I actually needed to use it. This alarm, however, is foolproof—and won’t leave your eyes burning.
Instead, it’ll stun your would-be attacker’s eyes and make their ears ring. Y’all, this alarm is loud. You activate it by pulling the top part (the pin) off. This causes the alarm to blare while the light strobes. It comes in multiple colors and has a clip that you can secure to your purse, pocket or just carry the alarm in your hand. It’s a great gift or stocking stuffer for any woman in your life. // $29.95; discounts available if you purchase multiples
Have a dispenser or need some new oils to try? Check out this local business that offers a wide variety of essential oils. Personally, I’m a fan of the Stress Away rollers. The scents just bring a wash of calm over you. This year, there’s also a collection called Purposefully Pink, designed to support those impacted by breast cancer.
Based in McKinney, these skincare products literally come right from the ranch. Seriously. All of the products’ ingredients are grown and freshly harvested right there in Collin County. And there’s so much to choose from—body oils, scrubs, moisturizers, masks, you name it. Two moisturizers I highly recommend are the Watercress Hydration Cascade Gelee Moisturizer and the Kale Water Weightless Moisturizer.
You may have already heard about this shop if you follow Lauren Conrad on any social media platform—but it’s worth mentioning here, as it’s a gold mine of wonderful finds. On top of that, its main goal is to support women all around the world who are creating the goods.
But what I love most is that you can shop by cause. For example, you can shop specifically to help U.S.-based initiatives, human trafficking survivors, domestic violence victims, those who are homeless—the list goes on. Shop and do good at the same time. A literal win-win.
If you’re looking for some new hair products to either try out for yourself or to give to others, take a look at this North Texas-based hair care line. I love that these products are totally clean—sulfate-free, gluten-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, cruelty-free and contain zero artificial colors. And the products smell great.
I’m personally a big fan of the Dirty to Flirty Dry Shampoo and the Take Me to Tahiti One-Minute Moisture Hair Mask (which comes in either a full size bottle or mini packet). Dry shampoos tend to make my scalp itch after having it on for a few hours and I haven’t had that issue here (score!). And for the holidays, check out the “Our Favorite Things Holiday Box” that includes enough products (nine) to make one big gift or a few individual gifts.
Another shopping option where you can do some good is Abby Alley. Based in Chicago, you’ll find items that are definitely, as the shop calls it, “sustainable luxury.” Browse through bags, jewelry and now even masks that are all designed in Chicago and brought to life in East Africa. (Excuse me, while I go purchase the fantastic Joanie Tote in black cow hair.)
Dallas-designed, beautiful and affordable jewelry? Yes, please.
Feel free to purchase some of Nikki Smith’s dainty, minimalist necklaces or bracelets online or at the new storefront at the Dallas Farmers Market (next to Simply Irresistible). And since I’m all about this necklace layering trend right now, I suggest checking out the Angel Set. (But you really can’t go wrong with anything you find here.)
You can also find Whiski Designs down at the Dallas Farmers Market. Everything here really screams “Texas”—and I’m here for it. Check out the graphic tees and kitchen towels with witty sayings and drawings or any of the great greeting cards and frame-able prints that are all hand-lettered and drawn by India Hearne. Order online or shop in-store! My picks: Don’t Be Like the Rest of Them, Darling zipper pouch, C’est la Vie, Y’all T-shirt and the location-specific candles you can find in-store.
Photo courtesy of The Artistry of Essential Oils.