A Sweet Day For Fair Trade Chocolate & Sustainable Love
Valentine’s Day, no matter how you celebrate it, offers a sweet excuse to share chocolate with your partner, wear red & pink, put on something that makes you feel sexy, or even take a moment to celebrate the close friends in your life that fill your heart.
Though this day is not all about gifting, we love the little things that can make this day feel extra warm and fuzzy. Below are gift ideas that are purposeful, conscious, and ethically made. We also wanted to find a couple gifts that may open the conversation around sex and ignite the senses to enjoy a steamy evening in together—or alone! Allow this holiday to open your heart and enjoy the love around you.
1. Phoenix Lipstick | Kosas
This fierce and classic red lipstick from one of our favorite conscious and botanically-rich beauty brands is a timeless go-to that we might go ahead and wear the rest of the month.
Shop | $28
2. Friends Softie Sweater | Dazey
We love Dazey's constant reminder of sisterhood through her messaging and handmade, organic cotton apparel. The founder hand draws the prints and her shirts are made-to-order as a way of eliminating waste. This Friends Over Followers sweater is the perfect gift for a best friend or to wear for your v-day outfit!
Shop | $92
3. Valentine's Chocolate Box | Coracao
This classic go-to gift is also perfect for the vegan loved one in your life. This little chocolate box is made up of handmade organic truffles with unique flavors like their "love potion" truffle with caramel, rose, maca, and cardamom.
Shop | $15.95
4. Love + Charcoal Masque | One Love Organics
Chocolates, flowers and self care during this love-inspired holiday? Yes, please! For a night in to treat yourself, this organic and natural mask detoxifies the skin with activated charcoal and nourishes with Cupuacu butter.
Shop | $49
5. Big Love Burlap Wrapped Bouquet | Farmgirl Flowers
Handpicked from ethical local and international farms and handmade into sweet bouquets, these flowers are a classic gift. Farmgirl’s arrangements are beautiful, organic, and conscious, and evoke love for our dear ones and the environment. Their bouquets are also wrapped in original upcycled biodegradable coffee bags.
Shop | $89
6. Cup of Love | Big Heart Tea
This female-run tea brand features botanical-rich, organic, and ethically-sourced teas that are hand-blended in small batches. This "Cup of Love" tea is a perfect simple gift, made from sweet rose that helps to reduce stress and soothe the soul.
Shop | $8.99
7. Ophelia Whistling Briefs | Stella McCartney
We love these luxurious and sustainably-made V-day undies. They are not only sexy but are also practical for everyday wear. What’s more? Stella McCartney maintains high sustainability standards and creates cruelty-free apparel.
Shop | $110
8. Itty Bitty Babe Necklace | Zoë Chicco
Not only is this handmade necklace precious, but it is part of the brand's uplifting capsule which is a collection of sweet words spreading empathy, unity, and love to girls and young women everywhere. Proceeds from this capsule go towards supporting the Kind Campaign, a nonprofit dedicated to ending girl-against-girl bullying.
Shop | $295
9. Love Potion Minimalist Candle | Brooklyn Candle Studio
With notes of jasmine, lavender, and mandarin, the name of this candle says it all. Hand-poured using eco-friendly soy in a studio in Brooklyn. This candle is perfect to help heighten the senses and set the mood for Valentine’s Day.
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10. Holy Dust | Earth + Element
We love this earth-conscious brand that creates handmade ceramics and herbal blends to inspire slow living. This Holy Dust is a loose incense blend meant for burning and clearing a space. The blend is mixed with Moroccan Rose for the perfect aromatherapy to increase feelings of love and clarity in your home.
Shop | $30
11. Doing It: Let's Talk About Sex | Hannah Witton
The author of this book is a sex-positive blogger and YouTuber who’s honesty and unapologetic curiosity explores the many layers of sex. She opens up about topics largely not discussed, like masturbation, puberty, and our relationships with our bodies.
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12. Aphrodisiac Love Cordial | Poppy & Someday
We love this libido-increasing tincture made from organic herbal aphrodisiacs that are grown locally in California. Herbs such as damiana, passionflower and elderberries can heighten the mood, increase energy, and improve sexual function.
Shop | $37
Courtney Jay Higgins is the Associate Editor at The Good Trade. She is also a Yoga Instructor, vegetarian, wellness and fashion enthusiast. Originally from Colorado, her soul found California when she came to get her degree in Visual Communications at the Fashion Institute Of Design & Merchandising. She has a background in telling a story through writing, creative direction and content creation. Check out her blog and Instagram for her unique perspective on the mergence of fashion and spirituality.