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If, like me, you're dragging through the final frozen weeks of winter, then this post is a treat for you! A well-timed chance to win some sustainably-made, minimally packaged, totally beautiful beauty products. Ready to spring clean yourself?


Win $45 worth of sustainably-made, minimally- 


packaged beauty products

Before I share the details of the giveaway, a little about Maya and Serenade, the company she started. I asked Maya (currently a student at UC Berkeley) what motivated her: 

"After learning about how our economy really was not designed to be a circular one, and how the effects of climate change would require every single sector to change its ways, I decided that I wanted to reduce my carbon footprint. Trying to move to zero-waste made me realize how expensive some zero-waste products are currently, and that there is no one-stop-shop for minimally packaged or zero-waste health and beauty products. So, I started Serenade to bring affordable beauty and skin care products to more people." 



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And those products - what's the thinking that goes into them? 

"I source my items from a lot of small businesses who are conscious about sustainability and are also trying to provide more eco-friendly alternatives to consumers. Most of our products are completely zero waste. We’re not perfect, but we will continuously improve our product curation and expand as we grow!" 

What about packaging? 

"We pack shipments with recyclable/and or compostable materials. The mailers and boxes we use are all made from recycled paper and are 100% recyclable and biodegradable. If plastic is found in your package, it was reused! We don't purchase any packing materials containing plastic."

Impressed? Me too. 

So let's dive into the set of products that one of you lucky folk will win! 


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Matcha green tea’s high antioxidant content rejuvenates old skin cells and neutralizes UV damage. Click through to learn more and find out what to do with the empty jar.







Scented with essential oils, these zero-waste shampoo bars are made with natural ingredients and are great for sensitive skin. They lather well, leaving your hair feeling clean and conditioned. Affordable for everyday use, this shampoo is very functional but also wonderfully luxurious. 


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Anyone who enjoys the scent or flavor of lemon will love our Lemon Bloom Lip Balm. It’s both refreshing and hydrating. And the tube is compostable.




Giveaway details:  

  • Giveaway starts Sunday, February 23 at midnight CST and ends Thursday, 3/5 at midnight CST. The winner will be announced on Friday, 3/6. 
  • The winner will receive a package containing the three products detailed above (one jar of Matcha Sugar Scrub, one Rose Petal shampoo bar and one Lemon Bloom lip balm) valued at $45.
  • It's easy to score multiple entries and increase your chances of winning - see the Rafflecopter widget below for details (and please hop to desktop if you can't see it on mobile).

Open to US residents, 18 years and older.



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  1. If you can, it's great to switch to shampoo and conditioner bars to save plastic waste and the water used to make the product.

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    1. Thanks Lisa! This small switch can make a huge difference.

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  2. Make your own soap bars is one of my favorite things to help save money. I can control the ingredients and the amount that I create.

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  3. When I order a drink to go while I am out I ask them to keep the straw. I also use the library a lot.

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    1. I wish more cities would just ban straws - I often forget to ask them in time. And libraries... yes! Especially now that so many (in the US, anyway) have great apps for reading ebooks.

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  4. I make sure to completely use all of the products and I give products I can't use/don't like to friends. I also recycle all of the containers I can.

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    1. Great point re. using up products or giving them away!

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  5. To avoid the waste, don't buy it.

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  6. They should have let it be glass soda bottles that gave refunds. They were in paper cartons.

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  7. We make our own soap and laundry detergent .

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  8. It might seem like a small tip or hack, but instead of simply rinsing out "empty" bottles/containers of bath or shower products (this works for cleaning products, too!) I will rinse them out under the running water of a bath/shower. (Shower gel or body wash will make a nice bubble bath!) This gets all of the remaining product out, while at the same time cleaning the packaging so that it's ready to be recycled.
    --Ann B.

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  9. I've heard before that most shampoos & conditioners are stronger than they need to be for your hair. That you should dilute them. This would definitely make them last longer & be less wasteful.

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    1. Interesting - thanks for the insight Nancy!

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  10. I like using the makeup eraser-they're reusable towels that replace makeup wipes. They really remove makeup too.

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    1. Thanks for this - I've seen them advertised, but they looked a little too good to be true!

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  11. I don't have any tips of my own, but I sure am picking up a few reading these other comments!

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    1. That's great to hear Melissa. We're drowning in unnecessary, single-use packaging - most of it plastic. And since China stopped taking our recycling (over a year ago), many US cities are having to dump a lot of recyclables. So making small changes makes a difference!

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  12. We plan to make our own cold process soap and bar shampoo since we've been using handmade soap for years now. Healthier and ecological!

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  13. We use re-usable water bottles and I crochet produce and grocery bags.

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  14. Using dryer sheets when you run out of dry shampoo!!

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  15. I use wool dryer balls and make most of my own cleaning products.

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  16. Wool dryer balls are the best :)

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  17. I do enjoy making my own foaming soap. I reuse the same bottle and this saves money also.
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  18. Have switched to a SHAMPOO soap bar. I have to admit not a lot plastic waste now. And my hair loves this shampoo bar

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  19. I always use my own shopping bags and consider the item in terms of sustainability before purchasing.

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  20. Ditch your dry shampoo and use corn flour instead.

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