Kit by: Frances Thrasher
Founder & Formulator | Kindred Skincare Co.

Our skin is truly both amazing and beautiful with its ability to heal, stretch, regenerate and protect. There is nothing else as delicate and strong in all of nature. However, the daily barrage of stress, demands, and pollutants can interfere with its normal operation.

One of my favorite practices is Shinrin-Yoku, a term that translates as “tree” or “forest bathing.” Developed in Japan in the 1980s, it has become a cornerstone of preventive healthcare and healing in Japanese medicine. Research has determined that when you immerse yourself in nature by “walking through the woods,” the body responds, practically communing with the surrounding environment, giving way to a host of benefits: a reduction in both stress and blood pressure, an improvement in mood, energy and sleep as well as an accelerated recovery from illness or surgery.

With nature as my inspiration, every flower or plant oil Kindred uses is a powerhouse of certified organic botanicals, specifically chosen for its bounty of vitamins, minerals and skin benefits. My expertise allows me to balance these attributes in the correct proportions focusing on the relationships of their chemical structure and the ratios of the oils to essential oils, to create the most effective, luxurious, organic, healing blends for radiant skin.

So just as a Shinirin-Yoku allows your body to “reset” and operate at optimal levels, I feel as if using Kindred Skincare, with its bounty of nature’s ingredients, is akin to a “walk through the woods,” immersing your skin in nature and allowing it to reset naturally, be nourished and rejuvenated as well as lifting your spirits and soothing your mind. Kindred is my happy place and I hope it becomes yours too.

A Kit for Skin Health With Plant-Based, Botanical Skincare Oils

consciously-designed, non-toxic & naturally effective

All-Natural, Plant-Based Daily Moisturizing Body Oil with Vitamins A, B6, E – Free of Petroleum Byproducts, Parabens, Sulfates & Preservatives
By: Kindred Skincare Co.

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A luxurious and silky textured blend of shea, coconut, mongongo and almond oils to warm and powerfully moisturize dry skin, aid the body in healing and retaining elasticity, reduce redness and inflammation. For after-shower use or any time you need to both thoroughly and completely moisturize your skin and gain that healthy natural glow.

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All-Natural, Plant-Based Skin Cleansing Core – Free of Petroleum Byproducts, Parabens, Sulfates & Preservatives
By: Kindred Skincare Co.

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The best way to experience the Kindred Skincare Co. benefits! A core set of the three most popular face products: Oil Cleanse, Morning, Moisture, and Nightly Nourish as well as a Kindred washcloth mitt. Jump start your way to smooth, soft skin that is happy, nourished and in equilibrium.

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All-Natural, Plant-Based Nightly Nourishing Oil – Free of Petroleum Byproducts, Parabens, Sulfates & Preservatives
By: Kindred Skincare Co.

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Richly replenish and restore as you sleep with an anti-aging, anti-oxidant, brightening and nutritious, all night hydration blend.

4-5 pumps onto your fingertips then spread out evenly onto forehead, nose, cheek and chin areas that have been cleansed with Oil Cleanse or Blemish Cleanse. Additional 1-2 pumps for neck and clavicle area.

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+ Does the company abide by Fair Trade Practices, or is it Fair Trade Certified;
+ Is there a commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR);
+ Is the company philanthropic – does it donate goods or services to environmental or humanitarian efforts;
+ Does the brand promote corporate transparency;
+ Are there any community engagement initiatives set in place;
+ Does the company communicate healthy and equitable working conditions along the supply chain;
+ Does the brand abide by fair and honorable employment values;
+ Is there a disclosure of sourcing methods, and are such materials or ingredients sourced responsibly;
+ Does the brand have a cause-driven mission towards human & environmental health & well-being.
*We do not conduct in-person audits. Oftentimes we will consult the language and standards set by third-party certifications and seals such as Fair Trade Certified, B Corp Certified, Rainforest Alliance Certified, Green America Certified, etc. We will, however, do independent research with respect to certain badges and utilize peer-reviewed articles. Also, please note that according to the Journal of Economics and the EPA, “social responsibility” does include practices and commitments that support environmental health and well-being; thus, the qualities of this badge may overlap with our other badges.

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+ Does the company practice sustainable modes of production;
+ Is the product composed of materials and/or ingredients that are biodegradable;
+ Are the materials and/or ingredients compostable;
+ Does the company have carbon reduction or mitigation strategies set in place;
+ Do the involved materials and/or ingredients have a relatively low environmental impact;
+ Does the company utilize reduce or reuse principles in their facilities;
+ Does the company use renewable or efficient energy technologies in the production of their good(s);
+ Are there practices in place that work to maintain ecosystem biodiversity;
+ Is environmental stewardship a part of their business model.
*We aim to be transparent and objective when it comes to labeling a product as “Eco-Conscious”, and reject “greenwashing”. According to marketing and advertising standards set by The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Green Guides, it is most accurate to communicate not that a product is necessarily “good” for the environment, but that it is a “better environmental alternative”. This is the message we aim to communicate in labeling a product as “Eco-Conscious”.

Quality Materials/Ingredients (M/I) (green triangle):
+ Does the product contain organic or certified organic m/i;
+ Is there a significant degree of m/i ‘naturalness’;
+ Is the product non-GMO or Verified Non-GMO;
+ Are the m/i biodegradable;
+ Are the m/i compostable;
+ Do the m/i raise little to no concern in terms of m/i toxicity;
+ Is the product treated with harsh chemicals;
+ Is there a healthy ratio of synthetic or artificial m/i to natural m/i;
*For select “Pantry” products, we may look into health and nutritional value.
*For select products, we may consult reviews to assess m/i effectiveness.
*Generally, these are the ingredients that we try to steer clear of: Acesulfame-K (acesulfame potassium), Acetylated ester of mono- and diglycerides, Ammonium chloride, Antibiotics, Artificial colors (Synthetic and FD&C Certified), Artificial flavors, Aspartame, Astaxanthin, Azodicarbonamide, Bentonite, Benzoates, BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole), BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene), Bisulfites, Bromated flour, Brominated vegetable oil (BVO), Calcium bromate, Calcium disodium, EDTA, Calcium peroxide, Calcium propionate, Calcium stearoyl-2-lactylate, Calcium sorbate, Caprocaprylobehenin Carmine, DATEM (diacetyl tartaric and fatty acid esters of mono and diglycerides), Diglycerides (acceptable in supplements), Dimethylpolysiloxane, Dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate (DSS), Disodium calcium EDTA, Disodium dihydrogen, Disodium guanylate (GMP), Disodium succinate, Dimethylamylamine (DMAA)… Read more at Free From 101.

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