Thank you SO much for your purchases of #lovenotfear and Neurodivergent eyeshadows for Autism Acceptance!

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Yesterday I sent out two more checks to Autism Women’s Network, and the Golden Hat Foundation. Both of the Autism Acceptance (note that’s Acceptance, NOT Awareness!) eyeshadows have been popular colors which have sold well, and I want to offer my sincere thanks to all of you who have purchased and made it possible for me to make these donations! 

NEURODIVERGENT:
2/15-4/15 – Total sales were $824, with $412 donated! (50%)
4/15-12/5- Total sales were $1591.92, with $795.96 donated! (50%)

 

#LOVENOTFEAR
2/15-4/15 – Total sales were $690, with $345 donated! (50%)

4/15-12/5- Total sales were $550, with $137.50 donated! (25%)

 

Raising funds for these organizations, and being an Autistic neurodiversity self-advocate is important to me. I received my Autism diagnosis very late in life, when I was 41. It drastically changed my life. My Son is also on the spectrum, and we’re awaiting the final word on his official diagnosis. It’s a lengthy process. Some people feel that my transparency about being Autistic is unprofessional, or “TMI” (too much information)- as if it is something I should hide and be ashamed of. People seem to think that Autism doesn’t affect adults, that it is a mental illness, or that I can take a pill and get treatment for it. That’s not the case, on any account. No one should feel that they have to be ashamed of, or hide- their neurodiversity.

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Thank you SO much for your purchases of #lovenotfear and Neurodivergent eyeshadows for Autism Acceptance!

Holiday Shopping Event Update! Special offers, a contest and new product release schedule

We’ve never done a Black Friday or Cyber Monday sale at Aromaleigh, but it seems to be getting very popular in the indie community, so naturally, we’ve felt inclined to join in. We opened up discussion on our Facebook page and held a poll here on the blog last week, to get your input on these shopping events!

Because we have nonstop, year-round sales, we won’t be doing additional discounts on top of these already occurring events. We will be running our regular sale events through the holiday season, as well as some special things! –

  • Special holiday eyeshadow GIFT WITH PURCHASE of $20+ from Black Friday through Cyber Monday (orders at aromaleighcosmetics.com, not clearance site)
  • One of the free samples with orders at aromaleighcosmetics.com will be a sneak peek of our December color of the month, KRAMPUS
  • There will be a contest that starts on Black Friday and runs through December 1- to promote our Holiday 2014 collection, “Sol Invictus”. Grand prize winner will receive a full sized set, while four runner-ups will win a sample set!
  • Weekly 25% off sales (Sales that go up on Thanksgiving will feature 6 collections instead of the regular 4) (year-round offer)

  • Monday deal flash sale that features a collection at 35-50% off (year-round offer)
  • Clearance site, which currently has hundreds of items all at 50% off. (year-round offer, while supplies last)

  • Generous helping of free samples with orders (year-round offer)

  • Free shipping at aromaleighcosmetics.com for domestic orders over $50 (year-round offer)

We also have some exciting upcoming product releases for December through February!

  • A new Autism Acceptance eyeshadow to benefit the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (December release)
  • In mid December, we will be releasing details and opening up ordering for EPHEMERA, a monthly subscription box. We will start off with 25 available slots for ephemera, and take a waiting list. The first box will ship the first week of January.
  • Winter 2014 release in the Greek nymph series, ten eyeshadows inspired by the ASTERIAE (star nymphs) – (Late December release)
  • “Ignis Antiquita” rouge collection inspired by history’s forgotten women (Late December)
  • Soft matte rouge collection inspired by vintage roses (January)
  • A new fandom eyeshadow collection of smooth metallic shades, inspired by Blade Runner (January)
  • A limited edition collection released around Valentine’s Day, but not really Valentine-themed- it will be inspired by the ancient Roman feast of Lupercalia. (February)
  • Some other products currently in the works but without release dates include: sculpting powders, brow powders and more matte eyeshadows!

 

 

Holiday Shopping Event Update! Special offers, a contest and new product release schedule

Exciting news about our Autism Acceptance benefit colors- NEURODIVERGENT and #lovenotfear

Aromaleigh Mineral Cosmetics is a proudly “neurodivergent” indie business. Our company founder/product formulator Kristen Leigh Bell, went public about her 2011 Autism Spectrum diagnosis on February 14 of this year- the day that our beautiful #lovenotfear eyeshadow was released! (here)

Autism Activism and Advocacy is very important to Kristen- she blogs about her experiences as a late-diagnosed Autistic woman, and Autism acceptance at her personal blog, Sonnolenta. She has recently been asked to participate in Autism Women’s Network’s DIVERgent project, as a committee member, and looks forward to helping to create a future where young girls and women on the Autism Spectrum receive the diagnosis and support they need.

Kristen and Aromaleigh have been part of the indie cosmetics community for over 15 years, and what a journey it has been. Kristen’s story is uniquely inspirational, but at the same time it is eerily similar to the shared experiences of other women on the Autism Spectrum. By increasing neurodiversity, breaking down stereotypes, and putting a positive step forward, Kristen hopes that her work through Aromaleigh can be her own special type of advocacy- and fashion a better future for today’s young autistic girls.

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The eyeshadow #lovenotfear was released in tandem with the Autism Acceptance #lovenotfear flashblog on February 14th. We’ve got sales tallied up for #lovenotfear from February 14 through April 14. For sales through this time period, we are donating 50% of sales to The Golden Hat Foundation! The two month sales for the color resulted in 92 full size jars and 46 samples- $690 total sales, with 50% ($345) being donated to GHF! Thank you to everyone who purchased this lovely color. We are excited to announce that this color will be part of our ongoing efforts to raise funds for GHF, as well as the overall concept of Autism Acceptance and neurodiversity. Future sales of this color will donate 25% to GHF!

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We were so inspired by how well-received #lovenotfear eyeshadow was, that Kristen was inspired to continue combining her creativity and love of eyeshadow formulation with her passion for advocacy- in the form of “Neurodivergent”, an eyeshadow shade created to benefit Autism Women’s Network. You can read all about this color, Autism Women’s Network, and the unique challenges faced by Autistic women on Kristen’s blog, HERE.

We’ve got sales tallied up for NEURODIVERGENT, through April 30th. For sales through this time period, we are donating 50% of sales to Autism Women’s Network! To date, sales for the color resulted in 112 full size jars and 40 samples- $824 total sales, with 50% ($412) being donated to AWN!

Thank you to everyone who purchased this beautifully intricate color. We are excited to announce that this color will be part of our ongoing efforts to raise funds for Autism Women’s Network!!! We will be donating 50% of sales of this shade through the month of May, and then keeping the color as a permanent shade, with 25% of sales going to AWN.

Exciting news about our Autism Acceptance benefit colors- NEURODIVERGENT and #lovenotfear

NEURODIVERGENT eyeshadow to benefit Autism Women’s Network – now available!

10003963_763745690316620_379123887_n“NEURODIVERGENT” is now available for purchase with 50% of sales benefitting Autism Women’s Network! SHOP here for full sizes/samples!

Aromaleigh’s founder and formulator, is herself, a woman on the Autism Spectrum, diagnosed late in life at age 41. Although you probably know her under her professional name of Kristen Leigh Bell, she’s not just our favorite cosmetic formulator and Creative Director- she’s also an advocate for Autism Acceptance and Neurodiversity, writing about her experience as an Autistic woman, single parent and avid homeschooler- on her personal blog, Sonnolenta. You can read more about the important concepts at work in this exquisite color, in the following blog post, where Kristen/Cristiana writes about the unique plight of autistic women, the importance of autism in women being more widely understood, and the all-important idea behind this shade, Neurodiversity: Why I created “NEURODIVERGENT” eyeshadow to benefit Autism Women’s Network!

It’s through the support and the acceptance of the Autism Community that she’s felt the confidence and strength with which to go public about her Autism diagnosis and begin creating gorgeous colors to raise funding for groups such as The Golden Hat Foundation, and now, Autism Women’s Network. “Feeling as if I had a safe place within the Autism community to just be myself and go public about being an Autistic woman has given me such great relief. It was as if an overwhelming weight was lifted from my shoulders. In the last two months, I’ve felt both my creativity and my spirits soar… and a big component of it is that I am no longer feeling trapped, and unable to express myself. The neurodiversity community is something I feel so passionate about, and I’m proud to be a part of it” ~ Cristiana Calderan Bell

Color Description: In formulating an eyeshadow color called “Neurodivergent”, I wanted to create a very complex and beautiful color that could also be worn by women of different coloring. I chose a rich mauve/taupe base with a greenish/teal highlight tone, because these colors are neither very warm nor very cool- they are more neutral and can lean in either direction. While the #lovenotfear color that I designed was very muted and geared towards even autistic women who don’t wear makeup or barely wear makeup, this shade departs into more daring territory- it is deeper toned and more dramatic. I like to think that it reflects the intensity of the autistic experience!”

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

Contains: mica (CI 77019), titanium dioxide (CI 77891), tin oxide (CI 7786), tin dioxide (CI 778161), manganese violet (CI 77742), ultramarines (CI 77007), ferric ferrocyanide (CI 77510), calcium aluminum borosilicate, blue 1 lake (CI 42090), red 40 (CI 16035)

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

 

NEURODIVERGENT eyeshadow to benefit Autism Women’s Network – now available!

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

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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.

SHOP #LOVENOTFEAR !

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