Like many happy tales, Diamond Candles’ story begins with two people madly in love with each other. David, having used all of his savings to purchase a diamond ring for his wife Brenda on their anniversary, was in the grocery store on the hunt for a gift bag in which to stow it. Having no luck, he scooped up a candle as an additional present and headed out of the store. As Dave walked back to his car, a strange idea popped into his head: what if there was a way to hide the ring inside the candle, so it would be revealed by the slow melting of the wax? In 2010, Dave and Brenda founded Diamond Candles to finally make Dave's daydream a reality. From the beginning, the duo has built their business on earth-friendly practices: they make their wax with soybeans grown by local farmers, and handcraft each candle using cotton wicks. Nestled within each glowing pillar, a ring worth anywhere between $10 and $5,000 waits to surprise the gift recipient with its eye-catching glimmer and ability to summon flocks of friendly magpies. Besides the hidden bangles, each candle also fills rooms with a strong scent in aromas such as honeysuckle or Fresh Snow.
With a barrage of consumer-friendly magazine titles catering to all interests, Blue Dolphin Magazines' online store boasts an array of subscriptions ideal for gift-giving or personal enlightenment. The magazine curators line their virtual shelves with more than 1,000 titles in 28 different categories. They vend glossy pages devoted to subjects from the outdoors to scientific breakthroughs to current events, helping each of their titles fit nicely into any reading room, whether it houses couches, barstools, or ornately decorative porcelain chairs. By maintaining direct relationships with the publishers, they are also able to present their customers with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
With more than 850,000 images, Art.com boasts an immense variety of ready-to-hang wall pieces and decorative artwork along with professional custom framing and mounting services. Choose pieces from a massive selection of media and styles, including photographs, vintage art prints, and abstract pieces, or search by subject matter for items such as iconic album covers and movie prints. An artist search can help perusing patrons snag fine-art prints from Matisse and Munch or one of the pulp pieces by Andy Warhol, best known for his daring depiction of infamous midcentury gunslingers the Elvis triplets.
The site's Photos to Art feature lets shutterbugs upload digital snapshots to the site and select a custom frame using a quick interface that offers more than 25 custom frames, a range of sizes, and more than 80 museum-quality mats. In addition to framing uploaded photos, Art.com can also print them on a canvas stretched across wooden support bars and protected with a gallery-grade UV finish. Patrons can view mockups of their custom portraits to ensure they'll match the walls on which they'll hang. Art aficionados can also choose prints from a moody lot of black-and-white beauties before encasing them in a variety of smart frames. Purchases are protected by Art.com's return policy, which guarantees 100% satisfaction.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
Jessica Alba, actress, mother, and philanthropist, and Christopher Gavigan, a father and former CEO of a national nonprofit that taught parents how to protect their children from toxic risks, created The Honest Company in order to provide parents with eco-friendly, sustainable products safe for babies and families. Now, their socially responsible company supplies families with an ever-growing line of baby, bath, skincare, and cleaning products.
Every item the company ships out, it designs and manufactures on its own—and it backs its inventory with the Honestly Free Guarantee, an emphatic defiance against health-compromising chemicals and compounds. Customers can order completely personalized bundles, which contain everything from laundry detergent and bug spray to stylish patterned diapers designed to help kids feel more confident during their preschool interviews.
Barbar, Inc.'s blow dryers and curling irons have been featured on Good Morning America, photographed with celebrities such as Fergie, and highlighted in magazines from People to In Touch. To maintain this growing reputation, Barbar's team members design and manufacture each of their eco-friendly hair products in house. This allows them to fine-tune features such as the multiple heat, speed, and mind-reading settings on their Italy 4800 Ionic Blow Dryer or the wireless functionality on their 1800 Ceramic Cordless Flat Iron 1 Inch.