We can finally announce that The Green Parent Magazine has awarded ON! Juniper with a BEST BUY AWARD!! It is encouraging and heartening to know that our Lip BAM! is getting recognized for what it truly is – a high quality product that is affordably priced.
In all honesty, we could have priced our lip balms higher. If we did however, that would have gone against ON! Juniper’s core values. We want to not only make products from organic and natural ingredients (this is healthier, especially for young developing minds and bodies), but we also want to make our products affordable to girls. This means keeping our products within pocket change reach.
My daughters are aged 6 and 8. We introduced an allowance system within our household last year. One reason for this was to teach them the value of money. My daughters are quite proud when they accomplish a task and earn money. They are excited too and do feel empowered in having the option to buy for themselves. I try as much as I can to give them opportunities to make empowered choices. I believe this opens their eyes to look, examine and really think about what they need versus what they or others want. In doing so, I hope they are becoming more self-aware about themselves and their surroundings.
As I watch my daughters develop, I see how their growing self-awareness is intertwined with being healthier and happier people. These elements – self-awareness, health and happiness – are what ONjuniper products deliver through our SHH…promise; a promise that ON! Juniper delivers products that support girls’ development towards being more Self-aware, Healthy and Happy.
Of course, being only 6 and 8, I do still monitor and ultimately approve what my daughters are spending their hard earned cash on! And this is where my belief in reasonably priced products of high quality really hits home.
What is your son or daughter’s latest craze? In our house it is slime. That would be slime filled with petroleum by-products, synthetic colourants and fragrancing, which may or may not include parabens. My kids are completely ecstatic about the neon colours and the gooey texture. All I can think about are the chemicals used to make the slime – not so good for the skin or the environment! When they ask to buy slime, I ask myself, ‘There's got to be a more skin-friendly and more sustainable option.’ I’ve looked, but have come up empty and my experiments with eco-friendly slim have well, failed…badly.
Girls may not search out products that are first and foremost skin-friendly or made with organic and natural ingredients. As a parent however, it is reassuring to know there are some safer and healthier options out there, available for our children.
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Blog by, Tess Ackland
Tess is the founder and Director of ON! Juniper, a conscious lifestyle brand that supports girl empowerment through building self-awareness, health and happiness. ON! Juniper hand-makes organic + natural lip balms and bath bombs for girls.