#lovenotfear – a beautiful shade to benefit Autism Acceptance through Golden Hat Foundation

LOVENOTFEAR

FEBRUARY 14, 2014

Today, most people are celebrating Valentine’s Day. But a passionately active segment of the internet is conducting a flashblog event, under the tag #lovenotfear . The goal of this is to increase the concept of Autism Acceptance.

50% of the sales of this color ($3.50 for each jar sold, and .50 for each sample sold) will be donated to the Golden Hat Foundation, through the lens of love. Not fear. Their work embraces the broad range of people on the autistic spectrum, in all of their expansive diversity.

Our Objective is to look beyond the differences caused by autism and into the hearts and minds of these incredible people.

The Golden Hat Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to changing the way people on the autism spectrum are perceived, by shining a light on their abilities and emphasizing their great potential. With proper education and career training, these individuals can truly realize their dreams. Our long-term goals include the establishment of innovative post-high school living campuses designed to truly honor all individuals on the autism spectrum by creating an environment that supports and respects their individual needs and strengths.

“Autistic individuals can achieve great things — but only if they’re supported by people who believe in their potential. Autistic people are often the creative innovators in our midst. They see the world through a different lens — and when their perspective is respected, they can change the world.”

Lisa Jo Rudy, Mother, Writer and Consultant for autism

Aromaleigh has in the past donated to a wide range of causes, ranging from Animal Rescue Groups, Heifer International, and Donors Choose. You’re probably wondering why we decided to create this color and donate to the Golden Hat Foundation. The reason is that life on the autistic spectrum is at the very heart of Aromaleigh. This color was formulated by a woman on the autistic spectrum. In 2011, Aromaleigh’s founder and current Creative Director, Kristen Leigh Bell, was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome/High Functioning Autism. Undiagnosed until age 41, she has brought forth hundreds of gorgeous eyeshadow shades and lovely cosmetics, but she has met many challenges in both her personal and professional life, due to her form of autism, and what often occurs alongside of a lack of diagnosis- depression, anxiety, sensory processing issues, insomnia, and stress.

She recently began blogging about her journey, in hopes of telling her story and raising the level of acceptance for a group that often goes undiagnosed; women. Despite this color being named #lovenotfear, the decision to release this personal information has been a difficult one, and it almost didn’t happen because of FEAR.

Kristen states that “There is a great deal of misunderstanding and ignorance regarding high-functioning Autism Spectrum disorders in women. Women tend to go undiagnosed, with a trail of misdiagnoses and a lifetime of confusion and struggling to fit in, left behind in their wake. “ Her only regret about being diagnosed is that she didn’t know about it sooner, because knowledge of her unique neurology would have allowed her to make healthier decisions in all facets of her life. “But there’s no time like the present. I hope that in the future there is a greater understanding for women who are neurologically atypical, or autistic. But I realize that this day can never come if women like me stay quiet, shy and scared to share their experiences.” Today, Kristen continues to do what she loves, by formulating products for Aromaleigh, but she no longer puts herself in a position that isn’t a good fit for her, as she did in the past. She’s gone to great lengths to make changes to her life in order for it to be a kinder, quieter and gentler place. And also a place in which she can explore things that are important to her, such as Autism Acceptance.

Color Description: This is a beautifully delicate but very complex shade, with several layers of color and finish within it. It is intended to be an extremely wearable shade, but also fascinating in it’s delicate shifts of finish and chromatic effects (this was done on purpose to reflect the broad and diverse range of the Autistic Spectrum). It is a chameleon-like color, which will appear very different on different skintones and in different lighting conditions. In sunlight and on a pale warm/yellow skin tone, it appears as a softly metallic cocoa with taupe tones and rich chromatic effects of rose and copper.

This color is vegan/cruelty free! It is not lip safe.

Contains: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), May contain: Ferric Oxide (CI 77491), Tin Oxide (CI 77861), Silica, Bronze/Copper/ Aluminum Powder, Tin Dioxide (CI 778161), Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite

Size: Packaged in clear jars with sifter, 1.2 gm net wt jars, Samples are 1/8 tsp zip baggies.

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#lovenotfear – a beautiful shade to benefit Autism Acceptance through Golden Hat Foundation