As I was looking for traditional Valentines Day gifts, I came across Planet One Gifts and was really taken back by their unique items. They sell fair trade, organic, and Eco-friendly products. I love that most fair trade items are handcrafted by artisans and the money usually goes toward a great cause. But what really stood out for me about Planet One Gifts is that at the end of the year they donate 10% of their profits to local charities! So not only do they support great causes by carrying fair trade items, they also give back to their own community.
Planet One Gifts carries bath and body items, products for the home, desk items, children toys, baby items, pet accessories, fair trade chocolate, coffee, and other specialty food items. Their site is easy to navigate and you can even narrow down your search by shopping by recipient.
Planet One Gifts sent me Lulu Life Nilotica Body Butter and Lulu Life Nilotica Lip Balm to review. Lulu, the nilotica variety of the shea nut tree, is indigenous to Africa. In response to the hunger in Sudan, a Lulu Livelihood program was founded by MEDIC to help bring profit to the area. The Lulu tree fruits around the same time that seasonal hunger begins in Sudan. The women of Sudan are now considered the Guardians of Life since they unearth and pass down the Lulu nuts. Over the past decade the Lulu Livelihoods have created a infrastructure for a sustainable Shea oil industry for the women of Sudan that provide for their families.
I thought this was an amazing story and the purity of the program to the purity of the nut makes it even more inspiring. I was sent the Lulu Love Body Butter and it's like no other shea butter that I've used before. It's slightly greasy, but smooths out rough, dry and cracked skin. It is helping to heal my cracked heels from this dry weather! The greasy feeling goes away after 5 minutes and it's absorbed into the skin. The Lulu Love Body Butter is made with Virgin Shea Butter and Lulu Love fragrance. I can't describe what the Love fragrance is because all I smell is the shea butter, which is very pleasant. You can get the Lulu Life Shea Butter in lavender, mystic mint, Lulu delight, Lulu love, sandalwood, and jasmine. Planet One Gifts sells the Lulu Life Shea Butter for $25 in a 3.4 oz container.
I also got to try the Lulu Life Nilotica Lip Balm which is outstanding! I love lip balms and am always in the search for the perfect balm that doesn't leave your lips dry after 10 minutes. The Lulu keeps your lips moist without leaving them cracked later. The lip balm is made with virgin shea butter, beeswax, and the essential oil you choose. I received the Citrus Blast and I can slightly taste or smell the citrus. It's not overpowering and I like the subtle scent. Vanilla, Spearmint, Pina Colada, and Strawberry are also available. You can purchase the Lulu Life Lip Balm for $9 at Planet One Gifts.
The Giveaway: Planet One Gifts would like to give 3 LUCKY winners a Lulu Life Lip Balm!!
Rules: You have until 11:59 p.m. EST February 21, 2010 to enter. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced after they respond to the winning email. The winner has 48 hours to respond to the winning email, or a new winner will be chosen. You must leave your email address! This contest is open to the US
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New disclaimer: I was sent these items to review from Planet One Gifts. This in NO way changes my opinions about the products or company. These are my thoughts, opinions and results.