Far and away the best thing about Fresh Jess is being able to give some really cool independents and small businesses a platform to shine. Whether it's an event, a custom top, a mixtape, many giveaways or just a fun "check this out," my blog lives for these creatives. MakrBox has given me another stellar opportunity to feature some of my favorite things made by some of my favorite local talents. I present to you, the Fresh Jess MakrBox!
What is MakrBox, you ask? Based here in Seattle, MakrBox is a collection of the best handcrafted home and kitchen goods made in the Pacific Northwest. These specially-curated boxes are a way for you to support local economy, inspire craft, and encourage uniqueness. Every product that you receive includes the story behind it; of its creator, their inspiration, and their process.
So what's in the Fresh Jess MakrBox?
- Kari Gran Lip Whip: I met Kari a few years ago and learned how an autoimmune disorder prompted her to search for beauty and skincare products that wouldn't wreak such toxic havoc on her system. Her search proved unfruitful - so she created her own line of products! Her Lip Whip is my #1 lip gloss (and y'all ladies know how many glosses and lipsticks we keep!) I have one on my desk at work, at home, in the bathroom, in the car, in my gym bag...the organic beeswax and essential oils keep my lips buttery soft and moisturized.
- Blackbird 'Blood Countess' incense: Nicole Miller is my Seattle girl crush. I adore her style, her attitude, creativity and heart. She has a deep propensity for seeing small businesses thrive - one visit to her latest project, the Little Green House pop-up will show you just that. The legendary Blackbird brand lives well beyond it's now-shuttered brick & mortar, thanks to its incense, beard oil, soaps and other mens/unisex accoutrements. The Blood Countess incense pyres are my favorite and a best-seller. Frankincense, spiciness and dragon's blood resin makes for the sexiest scent!
- Alaffia African Black Soap: I started using Olympia-based Alaffia for the first time this summer, and the peppermint African Black soap was a game-changer. This soap - like most of Alaffia's products - is certified fair trade by Fair For Life. The ingredients of their African black soap are virgin palm kernel oil, pure, Certified Fair Trade unrefined shea butter and potash produced from the ashes of plantain leaves and bark from a local tree called Agow. It's good for your skin (all types!) and comes from good things in the environment!
I wanted the Fresh Jess MakrBox to be affordable, and at $59, I hope it's the perfect way to gift your loved ones (or yourself!) with some of the best that the Puget Sound region has to offer.