They say April showers bring May flowers. At Darling, we are bringing you spring flowers early with these must-have brands for the month of April. From skincare to bedding to clothing, we have provided some great ethical and eco-friendly items for your spring shopping list, just ahead of Mother’s Day.
Check out my five favorite brands for April below. Happy shopping!
Dermalogica: The Story Behind the Brand
I love a trusted skincare brand, and around the world, Dermalogica is the No. 1 choice for skincare by both professionals and consumers. The brand is a certified cruelty-free, gluten-free and vegan brand that was founded in 1986 by a skin therapist.
What I love most about Dermalogica is that the brand creates custom skincare solutions that actually work for the long term! They offer professional-grade skin care education, products and services to skin therapists and customers alike.
Dermalogica has been one of my go-tos since high school. There have been way too many times I forgot to reapply sunscreen and seen dark spots as a result. This is why I really like this new #Powerbright Dark Spot Serum that fades dark spots. Within just a few days, the advanced serum works to diminish the appearance of uneven pigmentation and continues to work over time. This is definitely a must-have for your skincare routine to repair the skin and keep it looking healthy to age gracefully!
Dermalogica IG: @dermalogica
ettitude: The Story Behind the Brand
I’m a huge supporter of ethical and environmentally conscious brands. So when I learned about ettitude, I got really excited. The mission behind ettitude is to live with an “eco-attitude.” This brand seeks to make the world a better place by demanding better for the planet and for its customers.
Made from the world’s first CleanBamboo™ fabric, ettitude’s bedding, sleepwear and bath products are gentle on your skin and good for our planet. As a home goods company, they seek to innovate and promote a more comfortable life for all living things, especially in their homes.
ettitude’s Signature Sateen Sheet Set is extremely soft and silky! It makes for the most restful night’s sleep. The sateen weave is smooth and comfortable against my skin and the set includes a fitted sheet, flat sheet and pillowcases. I was excited to learn that the production of the sheet set uses 500 times less water and produces 52 percent less C02 than cotton.
I love that the product is made from 100% organic bamboo, which creates a cooling and breathable effect. It is also hypoallergenic and free from harmful chemicals. It’s perfect for the sleeper with sensitive skin.
ettitude’s Signature Sateen Duvet Cover is the duvet you didn’t know you were missing! It is luxuriously soft and feels smooth like silk because of its 1,000 thread count. Made from sustainable CleanBamboo™ fabric exclusive to ettitude and 100 percent organic bamboo, the duvet has a cooling effect that makes it breathable. I get the most peaceful night’s rest with this duvet!
ettitude IG: @ettitudestore
FLÎKR Fire: The Story Behind the Brand
I’m so obsessed with FLÎKR Fire. The brainchild of Travis Seera and now the collaborative business of Travis and Haley Seera, FLÎKR Fire focuses on enriching people’s lives with memorable moments that make the journey worth taking. Haley Seera, the brand’s CEO, manages everything from customer relations to finance to sales channels. Travis Seera, the brand’s COO, focuses on refining both products and manufacturing processes.
The idea for FLÎKR Fire came about in 2010 when Travis had the desire for a fireplace ambience in his small apartment, but a final product did not arrive until seven years later. His primary “must have” was that it had to run on an inexpensive and readily available fuel.
Until FLÎKR Fire came to be, there was no indoor fireplace on the market running on isopropyl alcohol. I love that this business is family-owned and operated and that the product promotes the value of community and quality time together.
I love FLÎKR Fire! It is a mobile fireplace that you can take with you wherever you go. It doesn’t stay stagnant and is as versatile as you need it to be! FLÎKR Fire is the original isopropyl alcohol personal fireplace with just five ounces of 70 percent or 91 percent isopropyl rubbing alcohol. This gives you roughly 50 minutes of quality burn time.
Some of my favorite things about it is that the soot only goes where the flame touches (in a ventilated area). There is also no carbon monoxide, and it is safe to cook over. It’s the perfect fireplace to cook s’mores or keep warm on a cool day. With FLÎKR Fire, you get a cozy warmth without the need to turn down your A/C.
FLÎKR Fire IG: @flikrfire
Nordic Knots: The Story Behind the Brand
Nordic Knots is a Swedish family-owned business run by Liza Laserow, Fabian Berglund and Felix Berglund. They believe at the center of every home is a good rug! The trio combined their passion for design, entrepreneurship and the love of their home country to build Nordic Knots. I love their emphasis on functional design with a minimalist aesthetic!
The brand makes timeless Nordic patterns using high-quality materials. All of their rugs are made from high-quality materials and are designed in their Stockholm studio and handmade by highly skilled and experienced GoodWeave™ certified weavers in Bhadohi, India.
I’m obsessed with the latest Nordic Knots collection. The artist, Carsten Beck Nielsen, “paints” geometric shapes with a shaggy, hand-knotted wool pile on a flat-woven wool canvas. For this second edition of Art on Rugs, the angular shapes are inspired by different geometric and mathematical forms. They are available in Cream/Almond and Dusty White/Black. The minimalist geometric shapes create a beautiful harmony with their surroundings.
I love that the rugs are handmade by artisan weavers using high quality wool. Nordic Knots is a proud partner of GoodWeave™, ensuring that their rugs are made by adult artisans, not children. GoodWeave™ is ending child labor and offering educational opportunities to children in carpet weaving communities around the world.
Nordic Knots IG: @nordicknots
Rachel Pally: The Story Behind the Brand
Founded in 2002 in Los Angeles, Rachel Pally is an ethical clothing brand known for its flattering silhouettes. As a mom, I love that the designs are easy-to-wear pieces that you can live in every day! Their clothing is made to last and meant to easily translate to any season.
Rachel founded her namesake brand after college, where she studied modern dance. Her passion for fashion was sparked when she began designing clothes for herself and her dancer friends. As an entrepreneur, her goal is to contribute to a healthier planet by creating high-quality garments that are worn, shared and cherished for a lifetime. You truly can wear them anywhere and every day.
What I appreciate about Rachel Pally is that her designs truly work for all body types and are perfect for pregnancy as well! I love the Linen Mae Dress so much and constantly reach for it in my closet. Made from a luxurious and soft linen and rayon blend, it is so cute with its square neckline, puffy, elbow-length sleeves, ruffle hem and oversized silhouette. All of Rachel Pally designs are accessible, easy and beautiful for everyone who wears them.
Rachel Pally IG: @rachelpally
Lead image via Monica Wang via Glitter Guide.