Every week, the REV podcast - “REV On Air” - will explore conversations and address key questions around sustainable fashion, natural beauty, wellness, organic food, politics, and conservation and discuss how we can all be living more consciously within these realms. The podcast will be a forum for honest dialogue, which will maintain its independence from the e-commerce platform and will welcome esteemed guests, who are passionately and progressively breaking down conventions, pushing boundaries and inspiring a new breed of thinking and being that is in harmony with the natural world.
REV On Air With Nadine Artemis: The Importance of Holistic Health and Natural Beauty with the Founder of Living Libations
Today we are speaking to the amazing natural living enthusiast, Nadine Artemis - founder of Living Libation which is an exquisite line of serums, elixirs, and essential oils for those seeking the purest of the pure botanical natural health and beauty products on the planet, and author of Renegade Beauty, which deep dives into various holistic was of looking at our health. Today we will discuss the ways all of us can be using the healing powers of nature to optimise our wellbeing, and also discuss some of the toxic marketing that has lead to us being exposed to chemicals and pollutants that do not serve either our personal health or the health of our planet.
As we move into the summer months, we thought this was an incredible conversation to bring to you all as considering sunshine, sunscreen and toxic chemicals is something we discuss and weigh up all the time here at REV. Nadine will lend us some wisdom on how we can responsibly enjoy the sunshine in the most organic way possible, as well as looking into things like oral and breast care that is preventative rather than reactive or too aggressive.
For a bit more background, Nadine is a gifted aromacologist and visionary who gathers and works with the purest ingredients from around the world. Through Living Libations, Nadine offers beauty and natural health products that bring out the strength of the botanicals without reliance on synthetics.
Nadine is a key speaker at health and wellness conferences and a frequent commentator on health and beauty for media outlets. She has received glowing reviews for her work in Goop, Vogue, Yoga Journal, Natural Health, W Magazine, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times.
Needless to say her expertise is highly sought after and we are very pleased to be able to share it with you all today. We will discuss the importance of adopting not only a clean beauty routine, but taking a holistic look at our overall healthy and trying to live moe in harmony with nature and all it has to offer. Nadine’s enthusiasm for this subject is just intoxicating and we hope you learn as much from it as we did. As always, please remember to subscribe, share and leave us a review to let us know what you thought!
REV ON Air With Lesley Thornton: How Social & Environmental Justice Drove Klur, An Eco Inclusive Luxury Beauty Brand
Lesley Thornton is the founder of Klur. A purpose-driven, eco-inclusive, botanical skincare line. Before founding Klur, Lesley made her way across the beauty industry spectrum, beginning at Estee’ Lauder as a beauty trainer. She then transitioned to working as a freelance makeup artist specialising in editorial and advertising. From there Thornton was cast as an on-air beauty expert for the TLC network.
In 2010 she obtained her aesthetician’s license and started her own private practice. After years in the industry, she was equally frustrated by the harmful but hard-working conventional beauty products, but also the lack of rigorous R&D and science to back up green beauty products.
Today we speak first about Lesley's experiences as a young woman volunteering in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina, and how her experiences of social injustice and environmental racism there impacted her life forever. It led her to believe that community based action was a powerful antidote to the status quo, and it's obvious that the passion from those life changing experiences still drives her today.
After a decade in the beauty industry, she realised that there was little to no representation for people of colour in the clean beauty space. She realised that the real issue lay in the lack of consideration for science and data, prioritisation of Eurocentric beauty, and absence of education available to most consumers. So, she quietly built Klur, from top to bottom, with no team or funding, relying on her own relentless desire to build responsible products that deliver consistent results through elegant and luxurious formulations.
Cora and Lesley move on to discuss the importance that clean beauty be inclusive of everyone, and also how other factors of wellness play such a huge role in the effectiveness or any clean beauty regime. They also talk about the importance of eating well, and how anyone, no matter what their background or economic situation, can engage with a better way of eating - from farmer's markets to growing your own vegetables wherever possible. They also touch upon how all consumers can better support black owned businesses and black voices in the fight for a better, more just world.
This is an incredibly powerful conversation with a woman who believes that social justice, health, beauty and environment all go hand in hand.
REV on Air With Susanne Kaufmann: Holistic Sustainable Living For Health, Beauty and Career
Today we are very excited to have one of the pioneers of the clean and green beauty space - a woman who was thinking about local manufacturing and all natural ingredients as an integral part of everything she does way ahead of it becoming a marketing tool we see happening so often in beauty today. We're talking about no other than Susanne Kaufman, who’s natural beauty line has become somewhat of a staple for many in the sustainable skincare space.
The idyllic Austrian Alpine region of the Bregenzerwald has been home to Susanne Kaufmann and her family for generations. Rolling hills adjacent to rugged peaks, vast meadows and rare plant life are framed by cultivated land and the smell of homegrown herbs and colourful flora.
Susanne grew up immersed in an understanding of the local traditions and the beauty and wellness benefits that could be found in the plants that grew in abundance in the area, which have served as her inspiration for the brand. Today the Susanne Kaufmann brand combines Susanne’s expertise in natural ingredients and skincare philosophy with her values for innovation and sustainable living, and she shares this with customers all over the world.
We discuss how important using sustainably sourced, natural ingredients is to creating a more sustainable beauty world, how incredibly important diet and lifestyle factors are when it comes to the health of our skin and also just the incredible power of plants.
REV On Air With Lily Cole: Who Cares Wins - Reasons For Optimism Within The Climate Crisis
Today on the REV podcast we speak to Lily Cole - model, actress, entrepreneur and now author of an incredible book, Who Cares Wins - reasons for optimism in our changing world. Lily started her career in modelling early, and quickly took advantage of the education she was getting into consumerism and unsustainable production to explore her own interest in ethical manufacturing and environmentalism. She became a spokesperson for animal cruelty, human injustices and detrimental fashion practices from the inside of the industry, and has only allowed her voice to grow with each passing year.
She has set up a sustainable sunglasses brand called Wires which we are thrilled to have here on REV, and she has dedicated the past couple of years to speaking to as many people as possible about our solutions to the climate crisis. At a moment when so many of us are despairing about the future, Lily is trying to offer optimism and actionable tasks for us all. Within her book Who Cares Wins, we learn so much about the brilliant people forging a more sustainable future and today we are going to discuss the movement towards a green future and how we can all engage with it. Also, how to not let fear and anxiety overtake our feelings towards the climate crisis and allow for apathy over action.
Lily is a trailblazer and we can’t wait to share her story with you all as she’s such an inspiration. We hope this conversation will lead you to action and conversation as we need more than ever to be tackling the climate crisis together.
REV On Air With Charles Eisenstein: The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible - How We Solve the Climate Crisis Philosophically
Today we have the great honour of speaking to someone who we have looked up to for many years, and who has influenced much of our thinking when it comes to communicating the climate crisis, how to speak to our friends and family about sustainability and the changes we must make, and also remembering that the heart can sometimes be a more powerful ally in this fight for a better world than anything else.
Our guest is Charles Eistenstein, author, philosopher and social speaker. His book The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible was one of the fundamental reads for us here at Rêve En Vert, and his latest work, Climate A New Story, has helped us gain perspective about how we address this climate crisis in a way that leads with empathy and understanding rather than anger and division.
Charles and Cora discuss how we find a way to approach a new sort of human collective, a better world, and how we can talk about climate change with our friends and families in a way that will inspire rather than frustrate one another to lead to all these results. This is a conversation that will get you both questioning and considering our mindsets and our lifestyles, and we hope that this will lead to some positive actions that we all can get on board with towards healing the divisions in the world we see today that are leading to the environmental crisis we all face.
We would also highly suggest you check out Charles’s books and essays, which are in the show notes below. This is one of those soulful, deep conversations that we wish we would all have more of, and we very much hope it gets you thinking as much as it did us.
REV On Air with Damien Mander: Rethinking our relationship with the natural world through conservation and veganism
Today we speak to the incredible Damien Mander, Founder and CEO of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation.
He has worked tirelessly to help preserve endangered animals, working with local African conservationists to help train them to protect our last remaining species of African wildlife. Damien is an Iraq war veteran who served as a Naval clearance diver and special operations sniper for the Australian Defense Force. In 2009 while travelling through Africa, he was inspired by the work of rangers and the plight of wildlife. Liquidating his life savings, the International Anti-Poaching Foundation was established to be the last line of defence for nature. Over the past decade the IAPF has scaled to train and support rangers which now help protect over 20 million acres of African wilderness.
In 2017 Damien founded ‘Akashinga - Nature Protected by Women’, an IAPF program that has already grown to over 240 employees with 7 nature reserves in the portfolio. They are the only group of nature reserves in the world to be protected by women. Their goal is to employ 1000 women by 2025, protecting a network of 20 nature reserves.
He is the winner of the 2019 Winsome Constance Kindness Gold Medal, a prestigious international recognition for services to animals and humanity. Past recipients include Sir David Attenborough and Dr Jane Goodall.
He was featured in the newly released documentary The Game Changers from 6-time Oscar winning Director James Cameron, and has now released another documentary with James Cameron and National Geographic about his work with the women of Akashinga – “The Brave One’s”.. as you can imagine I was quite excited to get to speak to someone which such an incredible resume of doing good in the world.
Today, Damien and I discuss our relationship to the natural world, the importance of protecting endangered species, how we can all help animals by switching to a plant based diet, and also the importance of supporting females in conservation
Just what we need.
LOVE this podcast. Cora has meaningful and honest conversations with real, imperfect, passionate figures making an impact in the sustainability scene. I have learned so much about each of the industries highlighted each week. This podcast affirms my individual efforts to live more sustainability. We all have a choice and we all have a voice. I am looking forward to more from the Rev team!