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This Clean Skin-Care Brand Is On A Mission To Save The Ocean

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One Ocean Beauty puts our planet’s oceans—and clean ingredients—first

If there’s one trend in the beauty industry that we can wholeheartedly get behind, it’s beauty brands working toward a more clean and sustainable existence, creating as little as possible of an impact on the planet. But when a brand goes out of its way to have not just a neutral but a positive impact on the planet, that’s when it’s really worth taking note.

That’s where One Ocean Beauty comes in. The new clean and sustainable beauty brand, that's on a mission to clean our oceans, works hand-in-hand with nonprofit Oceana, one of the world’s largest ocean conservation groups, and has been supporting its projects before the first product was even formulated.

Founder Marcella Cacci created One Ocean Beauty around the idea of raising awareness. “We started speaking with Oceana before we even formed the company,” she says. “Committing to creating awareness around the crisis of the oceans was one of the key inspirations for the company. We chose Oceana as they are not only the largest global organization protecting the oceans, but are science-led, cause-oriented, and effect real change.”

Launching One Ocean Beauty as a start-up, Cacci knew that the percentage of sales/profit model wasn’t going to amount to enough to be truly meaningful. “This led me to rethink corporate philanthropy model in general,” she says. “We believe that donations should be looked at as long-term and be built into the company’s operating structure.” That's why Cacci and her brand signed an agreement with Oceana to donate $250,000 before it even officially launched.

Cacci hopes that her decision will encourage other brands—especially big corporations—to rethink the way they go about philanthropy and their contribution models. “We not only donate to Oceana, but we partner with them on many different levels, creating awareness around their campaigns through our website, social media, and events.”

Of course, the products are jam-packed with good-for-you ingredients rooted in the ocean, too. Launching this past July, the line currently consists of five essential products: a cleanser, a serum, a moisturizer, an eye cream, and a marine collagen supplement. Each product is formulated with marine microorganisms and single cells that are sourced from the world’s oceans but never extracted or harvested. Working with one of the top blue biotechnology labs in Europe, these ingredients are all produced sustainably in a lab.

Each product is formulated with clean ingredients, meaning they’re all free of GMOs, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, PEGs, EDTAs, nanoparticles, mineral oil, and synthetic fragrance. Packaging is also 100 percent recyclable.

Creating these formulations was no easy feat. In the earlier stages of the development, Cacci actually found that it was hard to have a lab agree to creating a clean formulation—which is what makes finding a brand that’s truly clean so hard to come across. “The ‘dirty ingredients’ are the ones that give formulations their consistency, color, fragrance, long shelf life, etc., so this request was taking away many of the components that are regularly used,” she says. “It took us two years and a tedious trial-and-error process to substitute out those ingredients—it was very important to us that the formulations were truly clean.”

Of course, “clean” in the beauty industry isn’t the easiest concept to define. But Cacci has her brand follow Credo Beauty’s dirty list, which follows very strict guidelines. “Clean beauty is more than a trend, it’s a health issue,” she says. “There are over 1,400 ingredients that are banned in the EU that are legal in the U.S. This, to me, is very problematic. I think many brands are not so transparent for these reasons, and others claim to be clean by removing select ingredients, but still contain many which are known to be harmful.”

Cacci plans to expand her brand—not only by launching new products but also by continuously working to keep oceans clean. In the future, we can expect products in the body care and sun care categories, as well as new supplement launches. But, most importantly, we’ll be seeing more work with Oceana to clean our oceans.

Check out the brand’s current offerings and learn more about how to save the ocean at OneOceanBeauty.com.

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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video] www.youtube.com

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As in Black Panther Political Party leader

It's been a running joke that the Black parents/grandparents of millennials were really confused about all of the Black Panther hoopla ahead of its 2018 release. Many of them were anticipating a movie about members of the Black Panther Political Party and didn't know who the hell T'Challa was. Well, those people are about to have their moment, and we're about to have another one.

Variety is reporting that Fred Hampton, the Black Panther leader at the center of the upcoming biopic Jesus Was My Homeboy, could be played by none other than Daniel Kaluuya. Apparently, he is in negotiations for the role. And he's not the only Black Panther alum in the mix. The Warner Bros. project is being produced by Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler. The same article reports that the forever swoon-worthy Lakeith Stanfield—who appeared with Kaluuya in Jordan Peele's Get Out—is also in negotiations, to play William O'Neal, an FBI informant who infiltrated the Black Panther Party.

Coogler and Charles King are putting together a dream cast to tell a difficult story. Hampton was killed by the Chicago Police Department, while his pregnant girlfriend lay next to him, thanks in part to information they received from O'Neal. Whenever it's out, I strongly recommend having Black Panther queued up as a palate cleanser.

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