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Energizing Girls to Take Action with Girl Up!

When the United Nations Foundation created a platform to empower teenage girls to campaign for the needs of all girls worldwide, they gave life to the Girls Up Leadership Summit. Now in its sixth year, Zandra is excited to help lead the movement as a United Nations Foundation Teen Advisor. In fact, Zandra will be among 300 passionate girl advocates gathering in Washington D.C. from July 16-19, 2017.

Teen advisory remains a game changer!

As a speaker and facilitator of her own 101: Entrepreneurship and Girls workshop series called #GirlBoss, Zandra will have the chance to bring her own brand of change-making skills to the Girls Up United Nations Foundation Leadership Summit. This is also a unique platform where teen advocated will participate in leadership training, learn from influential speakers, engage in skills-based workshops, and lead an official lobby day on Capitol Hill.  It’s an opportunity to create lasting change and that’s exactly what we’re all about.

Zandra will also moderate an exciting and insightful session called ‘Social Impact through many Career Paths’; introducing participants to three amazing women entrepreneurs and inspiring girl advocates:

Kara Ross
CEO & Founder, UNLEASHED

Award winning jewelry designer and renowned philanthropist, Kara’s mission is to create opportunities that break the poverty cycle through education and job creation. As the Founder of Diamonds Unleashed – a social good platform, and partner to Girls Up, we are excited to hear about Kara’s work and philosophy on helping help girls and young women achieve greatness!

 

Abbey Hudson
Attorney, GIBSON DUNN

High-profile litigator, leading advocate, lobbyist and representative for her firm’s LGBT women’s initiative, Abbey is a dynamic leader that we can’t wait to speak to.  Through her firm and her active pro bono practice, she has successfully brought claims that help international clients in the area of environmental, emerging regulation and government investigations. Abbey’s perspectives on the power of advocacy, in its various formal and informal roles, is sure to be one of our hot topics.

 

Nona Jones
Chief External Affairs Officer (outgoing)
PACE Center for Girls, Inc.

An accomplished executive with cross-sector experience in private industry, social enterprise, and government, she is also a Billboard charting artist/songwriter who has published three books and travels the country extensively as a motivational speaker and social commentator. Her work at PACE focuses on girls who are vulnerable to juvenile delinquency and sexual exploitation. We are so honored to be able to speak to Nona about her career diversity, the importance of Girl Up and its role in helping to build tomorrow’s leaders!

 

Why girls?

As you know, the Zandra team are on a mission to support the education of girls across the globe. So, a partnership with the Girls Up United Nations Foundation Leadership Summit is exactly the right fit for us. Kathy Calvin, CEO and President, UN Foundation said it best “What it boils down to is simple: If we want to drive progress in the world, we need to put girls in the driver’s seat.”

This means inspiring girls through education and finding ways to improve their health, safety, social and financial well-being.

Together we empower, educate and embolden the potential of every girl there…

Success is best achieved when working together. There is no international organization who knows this better than the UN. And the United Nations Foundation has the energy and expertise to drive international cooperation. From a grass-roots level, mentorship by Girl Up experts, Teen Advisors, celebrity champions, and corporate executives will gather participants into one thriving community to discuss some of our challenges and hopes. It will also help us to focus on the policies that will shape positive change for girls everywhere.

Let’s Girl Up! What’s in store for participants?

Summit participants will gain core leadership skills, training in community-building and advocacy, and experience interacting with members of Congress on Capitol Hill. The Summit strives to empower, educate and embolden the potential of every girl there. Did you know that as many as 250 million adolescent girls worldwide need our help? So, you can imagine that there will be lots to talk about, many issues raised and much more to learn.

It doesn’t stop there. Our work at the UN Foundation will go beyond the initial three days. Our collective efforts will help to accomplish catalysts for change in each participant’s community. Because as each girl leaves the conference, she’ll take her insights and share it with others, inspiring and motivating her friends, family and even more girls to partner and complete projects centered around educating other girls and young women! This platform will help open a whole new world of possibilities where girls will become ethical, socially aware and involved!

I am so proud to have another powerful and energizing platform to be able to work for girls and to be able to inspire my peers!

 

You can find out more about the Girls Up United Nations Foundation Leadership Summit and sign-up to member’s news HERE

Zandra Team Receives SBA Award & Black Enterprise Nomination

This has been an exciting six months for the Zandra team. We have grown our production, opened a new line of Lab workshops, and introduced fantastic new products. At the same time, we have built amazing relationships and created new ways to share our passion for inspiring teenpreneurs and empowering girls on the move. And with your support, we have become a brand that is recognized as ethical, socially aware and involved in our local community. It’s why we are so proud to announce these outstanding business accolades from two fantastic organizations:

 

Small Business Administration (SBA)
Buffalo District Young Entrepreneur of the Year

The Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award is presented to a company in recognition of their ingenuity, hard work, and dedication. Attributes which celebrate the company’s successful contribution to Buffalo’s economy and competitive reach. Zandra was one of 12 entrepreneurs selected from Buffalo’s 14 counties. We were delighted and humbled to receive this award. It signals that we are building a thriving business that will continue to offer the best in natural bath and body products for the educated and empowered girl on the move!

 

Black Enterprise
Teenpreneur Nomination

We were also nominated for the Black Enterprise Teenpreneur of the Year, together with several other young and inspiring CEOs. The Teenpreneur of the Year is a small business award specifically focused on businesses within the African American community. It recognizes the next generation of entrepreneurial innovators and value creators demonstrating growth and business leadership. It’s an important award for our community and for young businesses. We believe that the Zandra philosophy to educate and empower girls on the move, our continued hard-work and our growth potential are exactly what makes our business important to our community and we’re proud to be nominated!

 

As someone who started her own business at a very young age, I am so proud of my personal journey and the love, commitment, and work of the entire Zandra team. It’s important to thank YOU too! Your support has really helped this girl on the move!!!

 

Go Girl! With Zandra’s New Mini’s and Summer Essential Travel Kit

What do we love about summer? Mini vacations, mini ice-pops and easy to carry mini toiletries that help us stay fresh, clean and glowing throughout those hot summer months. So, the Zandra team got together to bring you our travel-sized range of black soap and vegan cleaners and special Go Girl Travel Kit. This is a real treat for every girl on the move!

Going somewhere nice? We hope you are! A day at the beach, summer camp, back to school or weekend stay with the girls? Whatever the plan, we know how important it is to keep your packing light and filled with your favorite skin care products so you look hot (we mean terrific!) at all times.

Clean and Clear to Go!

This summer we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re washing your hair, face or body our bamboo black soap cleansers three-in-one solution will have you naturally clean from head to toe. Now available in TSA approved 2oz sizes you can select any combination of our five fantastic ‘Bamboo-mini’ scents at only $3.00 each.

 

Fly High with Travel Sizes That Will Delight:  

SHOP BAMBOO-MINIS HERE

 

SHOP VEGAN BODY WASH MINIS HERE

Mild and refreshing liquid soap suitable for babies, moms, and dad, but made specifically for you. Our vegan castile soap cleanses the skin without dehydration and contains no harsh foaming agents, so you can wash your hands, face body and even your hair, with no worries at all.

Pack Light – Pack Right!

Take your Zandra of black soap cleaners on the go with our Go Girl Travel Kit $22.00. Specially made to fit your favorite Body Wash (2 oz), Exfoliating Sugar Scrub (2 oz), Hand & Body Lotion (2 oz), and a full-size Big Balm (.50 oz). And if you’ve crammed a bunch of items into your backpack or checked-in luggage don’t worry about losing sight of this gorgeous little reusable bag (size:6″ x 4″) – it fits neatly into your bigger bags. It’s see-through, durable and waterproof, which you’ll be sure to notice quickly when rummaging around.

 

SHOP GO GIRL TRAVEL KIT HERE

Not traveling this summer?

No fear! Perhaps you’re looking for a gorgeous birthday gift for a friend? A gym bag gift to thank mom or dad? Or simply looking to sample all five cleansers before you choose your favorite full-size? You get the idea. Combine these mini bamboo black soap cleansers and travel bag anytime this summer and kick off the season with a treat everyone will love!

 

Remember that all of our products are:

  • Cruelty Free and Biodegradable
  • Never contain harmful Parabans, Sulfates, Mineral Oil, Petroleum, Synthetics, Gluten, or Phthalates
  • And we never test on animals
Zandra STEM skincare

Where does Natural Beauty STEM from? (Part 2)

In part two of our series on STEM education in skincare, we look at another batch of all natural ingredients from the Zandra beauty lab and discuss their benefits for teen skin.

We now know that the science of combining science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to create natural beauty products that nourish and heal the skin is the best and most nutrient rich way to effectively treat skin for the long-term without using harmful chemicals. In PART TWO we take a look at the different types and effectiveness of Body Oils.

Why Body Oils?

Body oils have many benefits for the skin. Surprisingly both dry skin and acne prone skin types may find nutrients in oils that help to heal, reduce inflammation, and fade discolorations. Natural oils are full of antioxidants and anti-bacterial elements that help to detoxify skin without clogging the skin. And they don’t contain the nasty chemicals in commercially produced moisturizers, which means you can create a healthy skin care routine that will not aggravate or irritate your skin.

Zandra’s Core Ingredients – Our Body Oils

Zandra STEM skincare

Zandra Beauty Workshop STEM education session

The Zandra lab team carefully selects its oils for their effective skin-clearing properties and their ability to moisturize even the driest skin types. By combining oils with other ingredients, the team creates formulas that are made specifically for your skin type.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Olive oil – contains vitamin E and anti-inflammatory properties, which helps to fade away acne scars, brightens the skin and helps to prevent future breakouts. It is also perfect for moisturizing sensitive skin!
  • Sunflower oil- loaded with essential fatty acids, including omega-6, which are known to eliminate skin infections,  alleviate dryness and renew skin for a natural healthy glow.
  • Rice bran oil- The many vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants in rice bran oil is great for your skin and hair. Like above, vitamin E and natural fatty acids feature in this oil which makes it great for hydration and smoothing your skin. Plus, it is easily absorbed into the skin and hair and helps to normalize the oiliness in the scalp, strengthens the hair shaft.
  • Castor oil – Much like olive oil, castor oil is another great cleansing and a moisturizing agent for acne prone skin.
  • Jojoba oil – makes a great scalp cleanser for the hair, and is equally wonderful for the skin
    because it has absorption properties that are similar to our skins own sebum.
  • Avocado oil – for healthy smooth looking skin avocado oil is a great option and chosen by many eczema suffers.

Today, body oils are all natural and easily accessible. These simple, clean and nourishing oils are used across the complete Zandra product line.
Natural product making is very important to the creativity of Zandra products. There is so much more to learn about how our products are made. Join us at a Zandra Beauty Workshop Today and explore how we use science, technology, engineering, and math to make the best natural products for your skin.
Click HERE to read the first part in our blog series on STEM skincare.

Click here to view our products.

 

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Where does Natural Beauty STEM from?

STEM education in skincare is the art of combining science, technology, engineering, and math to create natural beauty products from the best ingredients that nature has to offer. At Zandra, we love creating skincare products that are naturally proven to nourish, heal and improve the condition of your skin. And because our products are created especially for teens we’re committed to long-term good skincare.

We know that the science of great skin doesn’t lie behind harsh chemicals and expensive short-term results. That’s why we’re sharing a two-part series on how the science of nutrient rich, natural ingredients are the bedrock of Zandra beauty skincare.  Here we take a closer look at our core ingredients, their benefits and what makes them the best option for common teen skin issues.   We begin with PART ONE – Body Butters.

Why Body Butters?

Body butters aren’t just for those of us with sensitive skin seeking a deeper yet gentle moisturizer. Once we hit our teenage years, some of us suffer from patches of dry, scaly and even red skin which looks in desperate need of rehydration.

Check out the ingredients! Shea and Cocoa Butters are included in this light moisturizer.

In some cases, that dry skin may be more severe and require specialist treatment such as teen eczema. But in general, a combination of hormones, stress and bad eating habits all contribute to negative changes to our skin.

This is also the case in the development of acne and then the aftermath of acne marks that often form into embarrassing and long-lasting scars. This type of ‘hyper-pigmentation’ can take months or even years to heal and fade. So, if any of the above sounds familiar your skin may be crying out for a rich emollient that can deeply hydrate and restore its naturally beautiful complexion. If so, a natural body butter may be what you are looking for!

Hello, STEM Skincare 😉

We love what we do and we love sharing how we make our products. After all, each product is made with you in mind it’s important that they work just the way nature intends them to. On their own, natural body butters offer a multitude of healing nutrients that soothe, nourish and protect the skin. We believe in the natural healing and nutrient rich abilities of body butters, for hydration and repair which makes them a key component of many Zandra beauty products.

 

Zandra’s Core Ingredients – A Body Butter Snapshot

  • Unrefined Shea butter – Shea butter is super moisturizing, and a good source of vitamins A and E, which strengthen and soften your skin and help it repair damage without clogging pores.
  • Cocoa butter – Cocoa butter has antioxidants and beneficial organic molecules that protect the skin from environmental, internal, and external factors that can cause irritation or damage to the skin. Cocoa also makes an excellent hair conditioner.
  • Mango butter – Mango has high levels of vitamins A and C and is known for its antioxidant properties. These rich body butters can heal irritated and cracked skin.

 

A good skincare routine is essential!

Moisturizing the skin is only one part of a good skincare routine, especially when it comes to the face. For example, cleansing away dirt and oil build-up, toning skin in preparation for moisturization are all good practices – helping you to clear rather than conceal your skin with make-up and powders that actually block pores (!). In fact, when it comes to the neck down, a good skincare routine shouldn’t be ignored. Ensuring that you have the right moisturizer for your skin care is important to maintaining a healthy, bacteria-free and smooth look.

Zandra beauty products are designed with you in mind. So, whether you are suffering from skin sensitivity, dehydration or simply dry skin think about your skin needs and head to our product range to sample any of the above core ingredients.

Don’t forget! Over time our skin changes. Keep that in mind and try different products when you need to. Stick to a regular routine that cleanses (tones the face) and moisturizes all over.

Want to learn more? Get your STEM on at a Zandra DIY Beauty sesh…

Zandra DIY Natural Beauty Workshops

Zandra DIY Natural Beauty Workshops

We want to introduce our readers, customers and our DIY-er’s to a behind-the-scenes look at Zandra’s core ingredients. Natural product making involves multiple chemical principles and is an effective hands-on method to develop critical thinking skills. Zandra DIY Beauty Workshops help and challenge its students to create the same product they see commercially with natural products that are safer for the environment. Kitchen chemistry encourages kids to use many aspects of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). It’s fun and inspiring! Find out how to book a session HERE

Natural skin care stems from nature’s finest ingredients and Zandra has a range of products ideal for healthy, growing skin!

READ MORE about Zandra STEM skincare in Part Two of this blog series.