It’s no surprise that Plunkett’s Office Products would carry the 4Ocean bracelet. The eastside Tucson store, run by two incredible sisters and UA grads, has always been ahead of the curve on innovative products. The store’s Wildcat merch alone sets a high standard for cool factor.
But this $20 bracelet, made from recycled materials, funds global trash cleanup efforts by 4Ocean, a company launched by two surfers. The purchase of one bracelet pays for the removal of one pound of trash from the oceans and coastlines. The company’s website, 4ocean.com, is impressive so far, with videos of its recent cleanups. Operating out of several countries, 4Ocean has plucked almost 5 million pounds of trash from our beaches and coastlines in less than two years.
For all the scary news about our struggling environment, here’s a company actually doing something about it. I’ve never been prouder to wear a bracelet!
I consider myself product-obsessed to be sure, so seeing a glistening silver tube by a brand I had never seen before on a recent trip, you can bet I tried it.
Goe Oil, by Jao Brand, is a semi-solid oil, made from 28 plant-derived oils and butters. It melts as you rub it in your hands, which I didn’t realize, and took too much and got it all over me. So, long story short, I left the boutique, but found myself enveloped with the most amazing scent all day long. I literally smelled like Hawaiian flowers and my skin felt amazing.
The creator of Jao Brand, Gale Mayron, developed her skin care line with her chemist father. “I formulated this with my father saying, ‘Dad I want a semi-solid oil I can travel with that will melt when I rub it together,’ she writes on her website, jaobrand.com. “My father always said this was one of the most difficult projects he’d ever worked on. Intricate formulation indeed. Nobody would be crazy enough to combine 28 different oils, waxes, and butters!”
I ordered it from Amazon when I got home and use it on the days when lotion just doesn’t cut it.
Fashion treasure hunting has a strong Northwest Tucson contender in Goodwill’s GoodThreads Boutique on Oracle. I finally checked out the location earlier this week after my friend, Katie, found a cute cow print purse there. I didn’t have such luck, but I almost bought a pair of brand new, gray boots from a Cole Haan/Sharapova collab–I can’t buy any more boots, it’s an addiction!
Styled very similar to a Buffalo Exchange store, GoodThreads sells the higher-quality goods that people throw out on a Marie Kondo whim. From cowboy boots to belts, wall posters to evening gowns and purses, this boutique has clusters of items stuffed in all corners that are worthy of a new home. If you saw the dire climate change news this week, we should no longer scoff at buying used goods, especially fashion. Hey, and there’s a 50% off sale this Saturday, May 18!
One word of caution: the Coach bags there seemed authentic, but the Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Fendi bags the store was selling looked pretty fake or dragged-by-a-car-for-a-mile-damaged.
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If you loved the white coat dress that beautiful Meghan Markle wore to present Baby Archie, you can find a similar style—all sizes available—on Rue La La (www.ruelala.com) right now! It’s the Why Dress Coatdress and it costs only $49, though it’s Final Sale so you’ll need to guess your size correctly. Nothing like a little duchess style to spice up your royal wardrobe!