Radiant Cosmetics: lipstick for change

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If you read my other blog, you may remember that I criticized Radiant Cosmetics back in January for what I saw as a flippant campaign to raise awareness of human trafficking. My intent was to provide balance to the ridiculous beauty blogger write-ups, including one that scattered the phrase, “You know I love my lippies!” among those discussing the horrors of sex trafficking.

A few weeks later, much to my surprise, I received an email from Nicole Marett, the founder of Radiant Cosmetics, who wanted to clarify her stance in response to my post. We’ve shared a few gratifying back-and-forths since then and, while I still think my original post has it’s place in the discussion, I have only positive things to say about Nicole, her company, and her mission.

Radiant Cosmetics donates a minimum of 20% of profits to non-profits that work to end human trafficking. Additionally, Nicole serves as Director of Field Outreach for the non-profit the company supports. She works firsthand with victims of sex trafficking and reaches out to her local community to spread awareness.

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As always for me, however, it’s not only about what the company does after the money starts rolling in. It’s also about ethical sourcing. Radiant Cosmetics is working hard to get all of its cosmetic ingredients fair trade certified. According to Nicole:

…Everything is US made under fair labor and ethical conditions. We’re working hard to get fair trade certification on every ingredient (it’s a crazy long, very expensive process), but my biggest concern was mica. Mica makes an eye shadow/lip gloss etc sparkly and often uses child labor/slave labor. Our mica is sourced from a mine here in the US under fair working conditions and we have certification on that. I didn’t want to support slavery, as we grow my hope would be to know exactly where everything comes from and we’ve got big plans to move forward with moving everything more into our own hands this year.

Radiant Cosmetics is doing everything right. And, though I didn’t see the connection at first, I think there’s value in raising awareness of sex trafficking through cosmetics because it targets women in particular. And women should be on the forefront of changing the lives of women in their communities and in their world.

For additional information and resources, please visit the Radiant Cosmetics website.

*I was not compensated in any way for writing this post.
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About Leah

I have a vintage clothing company called Platinum & Rust (.com). I'm also passionate about fair trade and sustainability issues; I work at a fair trade, organic coffee shop and blog about sustainable fashion at StyleWiseGuide.com.
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