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by Shannon Riesenfeld March 08, 2017

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 is International Women's Day. To celebrate, we've teamed up with seven inspiring companies founded by women for a giveaway. Each of these creative companies makes beautiful products for women who shop with a conscience. 

Get Inspired

Meet the brands and learn more about the products they are giving away!

Slow North

Set of 3 Travel Candles ($47)

Slow North creates beautiful goods, crafted by hand, using straightforward ingredients for the inspired home. Michelle founded her company in late 2015 because she saw a need for well-designed, all-natural candles scented only with essential oils.

“I'm a mother, a wife and a hustling business-owner in Austin, TX. We believe in natural simplicity. We believe in a world where good design and all-natural, handmade products are one. We believe in living free from artificial fragrances concocted in laboratories but instead renewed by those distilled from the natural world which inspires and sustains us.” -Michelle, Co-Founder of Slow North


Mango + Main

BetsieJane Wrap Skirt ($54) 

Mango + Main is a global collection of beautiful, handmade products that empower the artisans who create them! The company offer home goods, accessories, and a kids’ collection. Everything is artisan-made and accomplishes something good in the lives of artisans across the globe!

“I'm a mom of 4 and an engineer turned fair trade advocate! I love living in Annapolis, Maryland and enjoy hiking, kayaking, and traveling whenever I get the chance! I started Mango + Main to meet the needs of conscious consumers who want to see more authentic, purposeful products in the marketplace. I especially love fair trade home goods and kids’ products, since my kids are always asking for their own fair trade accessories!” -Shannon, Founder of Mango + Main


May We Fly


$50 Gift Card

May We Fly is a shop founded by Leana Fischer, a designer and artist from Fayetteville, Arkansas. May We Fly sells art prints, greeting cards, frames and calendars. Leana’s products mostly begin as watercolor paintings, but she also enjoys drawing with pen and illustrating on the computer.

“May We Fly is a place made simply to delight. My aim is to share those things that resonate with us all: glimpses of beauty, natural rhythms, every day wonders. I believe in crafting beautifully made products and am continually working to develop my style and technique. My background is in architecture, and my style reflects that. It is minimal, crisp, and sophisticated, but I always strive to maintain a sense of playfulness to give my work a fresh, unique quality.” Leana, Artist behind May We Fly


Branded Collective

Brass Double Layered Necklace ($48)

BRANDED Collective employs survivors of human trafficking from Nashville-based non-profit End Slavery Tennessee. Survivors collaborate with local artisans to design and handcraft the jewelry collection. BRANDED’s mission is to empower survivors of human trafficking through meaningful employment and economic independence.

Every piece of BRANDED jewelry is marked with a number and initials that have a very special meaning. Head to the BRANDED website to learn why. While you’re there, you can read the story of the woman who made your piece of jewelry and send her a Message of Hope.

"We started the business with a desire to help survivors of human trafficking  who are often BRANDED - their captors physically mark them with a number or symbol. We believe that no one should be branded, stripped of their name and treated as a product. When you receive your item from the BRANDED Collective, it is BRANDED with a number. These are the numbers of the abolitionists committed to ending human trafficking the the cruel practice of branding." -Lauren Carpenter and Emily Mahoney, co-founders of BRANDED Collective


Waterloo Style

Set of 3 SoCo Mini Earrings ($60) 

Tiffany Wade and Jana Cofield founded Waterloo Style in 2015 after more than 12 years of friendship. The friends share a whimsical sense of style. Waterloo’s signature product is the SoCo Earrings, which are made with soft, fringed leather in both bright and metallic colors.

“After raising babies, fostering, adopting and a move overseas, we decided to just go for it. We love to design jewelry that make a statement for any outfit. Whether you are wearing a baseball cap with yoga pants or getting ready for a night out on the town Waterloo Style helps complete the look. We are creating timeless, comfortable and versatile pieces. Waterloo Style wants to remind you of your beauty.” Tiffany and Jana, Founders of Waterloo Style


Commonsensical Spa

Everyday Sugar Scrub ($39) in Peppermint, Wild Lavender or Sweet Orange

Commonsensical Spa offers skincare products handmade with organic, fair trade and natural ingredients. Their flagship product is Everyday Sugar Scrub. Organic, fair-trade sugar is combined with nutrient rich oils to gently polish and nourish skin.

“After having my second child, I became obsessed with going natural in every area of life. When I struggled to find skincare products that were actually affordable for my family, I decided to make my own. I soon saw the perfect opportunity to combine my passion for natural living with my love of skincare products. I created my hippy-but-chic skincare line: Commonsensical Spa. It's all the things: completely natural, handmade by yours truly, organic and ethically-sourced while still being affordable. The products nourish, pamper, and get the job done. “ Kyrsten, Founder of Commonsensical Spa


Penguino Travel

Travel Box with Snacks and Anywhere Balm ($50)

Penguino Travel is an Austin, Texas startup creating and curating products that make family travel more fun, relaxing and purposeful. The company was founded in 2016 by Sara Brinton, a mom of four who has traveled to more than 35 countries. Penguino’s mission is to empower families to go on life-changing adventures.

Penguino Travel’s bestselling product is a customizable Travel Box filled with toys, activities, arts and crafts, snacks and other travel essentials.

“My first step as an entrepreneur was to talk to moms and dads about their experiences traveling with kids. I discovered that parents across the globe share a belief that travel matters – we all want our kids to grow up with a global perspective. But we all know that adventures with little ones can be hard! As the Founder of Penguino Travel, I am passionate about developing great products and using technology to make family travel better.” SaraFounder of Penguino Travel

How to Enter

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  3. TAG a friend: For extra entries, tag a friend who would love one of these inspiring companies in comments below. Every additional tagged friend gives you another chance to win!

 Click here to enter!  Good luck! 





Shannon Riesenfeld
Shannon Riesenfeld

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Fair trade enthusiast, artisan advocate, and mom of 4 living in Annapolis, Maryland. I love traveling the world, meeting new people, and learning about different cultures... but when I'm at home you can find me biking the trails or kayaking on the river with my kids!


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