GIVEAWAY: Green Tree Organic Cotton Camisole and Panty of Your Choice

Organic Cotton Camisole Made in the USA
Trista Cami with Bra in Black

Hey Folks, it’s long past time for a giveaway from your favorite eco-fashion boutique!  This month we’re giving away an intimates set from our own in-house brand, Green Tree Organic Clothing.  Up for grabs is the organic cotton Trista Cami with Bra (shown left) in your choice of black or white PLUS any one of Green Tree’s organic cotton women’s underwear.  We’ve got 7 panty styles to choose from in sizes ranging from XXS – 3XL.

Here’s a little TWIST: the more people that enter, the more sets we’ll give away!  We know you’re sometimes reluctant to share a giveaway because it lowers your chances of winning.  But we’re setting the chance of winning at 1 in 50 people or less, guaranteed.  So if we get more than 50 individual people entering, we’ll give away 2 sets, more than 100 people, 3 sets, etc.  So share away!

We need your help to keep bringing in the finest organic bras and lingerie from around the world.  So please spread the word about sustainable clothing and lingerie, and tell your friends and family about FaeriesDance.com.

About the Prize(s)

womens organic cotton hi cut brief in black
Organic Hi Cut Brief in Black

Each winner will receive 1 Trista Cami with Bra and 1 Green Tree Organic brand panty in the color and size of their choice.  Options include:

  1. Eat Organic Panty (printed bikini style, XS – XL)
  2. Heart’s A’flutter Panty (printed bikini style, XS – XL)
  3. Organic Hipster Brief (XS – XL)
  4. Lace Waist Low Panty (XS – XL)
  5. Organic Bikini Panty (XXS – XL)
  6. Organic Full Brief (S – 3XL)
  7. Organic Hi Cut Brief (XS-XL, our most popular style!)

The prizes are shipped at our expense.  The winners will have the option of adding on any other products they would like to purchase from us at no shipping charge. After the contest ends, each person entering will receive a special discount code by e-mail for any Green Tree Organic brand products.  This discount is exclusive to contest participants.

Organic cotton womens panty
Hearts A’flutter Panty

All of Green Tree Organic’s products are made locally in Oregon. We design and pattern in Portland. All cutting and sewing is done in Stayton. We get our internal tags from a company in Portland. The printed panties, Eat Organic and Hearts A’flutter, are printed using water-based inks by a woman-owned printer in Portland.

Our fabric is a 95% Organic Cotton, 5% Spandex blend and Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified.  All of the panties listed above, as well as the Trista Cami, are made from this certified organic cotton fabric.  We source the fabric from a small, family-owned company in India. It’s knit and dyed local to where the cotton is grown.

About Faerie’s Dance

womens organic cotton hipster brief
Organic Hipster Brief in Sweet Pink

Since 2005 Faerie’s Dance has been a force for good in the fashion world.  We support small, sustainable businesses, many of them are women-owned or family-owned.  All of our products are ethically produced providing living wages to the workers that make them both here in the USA and abroad. No sweatshops or child labor are ever involved in the making of our goods.   We currently offer more than 1200 sustainable items in our store including organic, natural fiber and recycled clothing, accessories and jewelry.  Find out more about our philosophy and our funny name as well as our generous charity policy.

How to Enter

Enter the contest using the form below.  You can get extra entries by visiting our social media pages and sharing this contest.

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4 Unique Tips to a Greener Halloween

Halloween is my favorite holiday.  Confession.  It’s not just for the trick-or-treating, October 31st also happens to be my birthday.  So my childhood was filled with costumes and candy AND cake and presents.  Seriously, it was better than Christmas.  Like most things, though, Halloween has a dark side (pun intended).  With the majority of cocoa harvested by children and single-use costumes ending up in landfills, it’s time to Green your Halloween.  We can all still experience the unbridled excitement of my childhood Halloween while making just a few changes towards a much more sustainable holiday.

1. Buy Fair Trade Candy

Organic, Fair Trade Halloween Chocolates
Sjaaks Halloween Bites

Avoid the child labor and sweatshop conditions and buy Fair Trade candy.  Yes, it will cost more.  Honestly, that’s the point.  The candy we’re buying from companies like Nestle and Hershey is cheap specifically because the producers are not provided a living wage.  A luxury like chocolate shouldn’t be the driving cause of poverty in remote African villages.  By paying a little more for your chocolate, you can ensure that the cocoa growers earn a living wage and have the opportunity to send their children to school.  Here are some great companies making fair trade chocolates and candies.

Sjaak’s Chocolates – Not only does Sjaak’s make fair trade, organic chocolate bars, but they also have Halloween tubs and chocolate bars inexpensive enough to give to trick-or-treaters.  They also happen to be vegan and seriously delicious.

Endangered Species Bug Bite Chocolates
Endangered Species Bug Bites

Endangered Species Chocolates – Another reasonably priced, fair trade, organic chocolate company.  The Bug Bites make perfect Halloween give-a-ways.

Equal Exchange – Try their minis for giving out to trick-or-treaters and be sure to stock some full-sized bars for yourself. 

Lärabar – For a sweet treat that’s a little healthier, but still well-priced, try Lärabar’s bites or kids versions.  All versions are fair-trade.

Alter-Eco – A bit pricier, but well worth it. They sell only full-sized bars rather than minis.  You can buy these organic, fair trade bars by the 12-pack to save a few bucks, and they’re having an autumn special.  Use code Autumn20 for 20% off with free shipping on orders over $65.

Ocho Candy – If you want more traditional “candy bars” rather than straight chocolate bars, Ocho makes fair trade, organic “fakes” of your favorite brands. They also have Halloween bulk minis for the trick-or-treaters.

organic, fair trade candy
Go Max Go Jokerz Bar

Go Max Go – Another fair trade, non-GMO “candy bar” company.  They don’t do minis, but bonus, all of their “fakes” are vegan (and delicious – I’ve tried them all!).  You can purchase 12-bar boxes for 10% off.

Madécasse – If you really want to take the next step in sustainable chocolates, Madécasse is the way to go.  They don’t just source their cocoa from Africa under fair trade conditions, they make the entire chocolate there.  It creates jobs and provides better living for whole communities.  At $4.50 per bar, you may not want to give them to the trick-or-treaters, but definitely treat yourself.

Lagusta’s Luscious – If money isn’t a worry, check out this luxury chocolate brand.  Yes, their prices are high, but it’s oh so worth it for a little indulgence.  They use locally sourced ingredients from small businesses and only fair trade certified chocolate.  Unique truffle combinations really make this brand stand out.

Organic, Fair Trade Autumn Chocolates
Lagusta’s Luscious Autumn Truffle Box

Organic Fruit Snacks – Don’t want to give chocolate at all?  Give the kiddies organic fruit snacks.  There are numerous varieties that have no palm oil or high-fructose corn syrup out there.  Many companies also offer multi-pack sizes like Annie’s or Yum Earth.

 

2. Find a Creative Re-Use For Your Costume

You’ve probably read time and again that it is more sustainable to buy a used costume from Goodwill or ebay.  Both have huge Halloween sections, and that will also save you some money.  While that’s a great tip, I would also suggest that you consider ways to re-wear your custom after Halloween.  Turn your one-time outfit into something you can wear over and over again.

The Wedding Dress – The year after I got married, I couldn’t figure out what one is supposed to do with this expensive wedding dress, so I wore mine for Halloween!  (I won the award for “most authentic”.)  If you’re divorced or your wedding dress no longer fits properly and you’re not saving it for a child, cut out bits to make it fit, cut out some strips along the arms and bottom, dirty it up a bit and go as the Corpse Bride!

While this might be too extreme for most women (and maybe it’s better to donate it, anyway), how about trying one of these other tips?

Pirate Costume – Go as a pirate and make plans to visit your local pirate festival in spring or summer.  Pirate festivals invade both coasts every year.

Renaissance Faire Faeries
My friend, Grisel and I reuse our Faery Halloween Costumes for the Southern California Renaissance Faire, circa 2001.  She creatively re-purposed a bridesmaids dress.

Renaissance Costume – There are a surprising number of times a Renaissance costume comes in handy.  Get a good one and dazzle everyone at your local Renaissance Faire.  They happen all over the country.  (I was once invited to a Renaissance-themed wedding.)  Go as a wench, and you can wear the costume earlier in the month for Octoberfest, or get a traditional Irish Renaissance dress and wear it to your local Irish Festival.

Faery Costume – You and your children can dress up as matching Faeries and save the costumes for your local Faery Festival.  Faeries have also been spotted at Pirate and Renaissance Festivals as well as at the Oregon Country Fair.

Disney-inspired Costume – Be a Princess on your next trip to Disneyland.  If you’re a runner, join in on any of Disney’s character-themed runs where costumes are encouraged.

Comic Characters – My nephew got an anime costume for Halloween, and then wore it to his local Comic Con.  Yes, the San Diego one is the biggest, but they happen all over the country.  This is a great idea for super hero costumes as well.

Cross-over Holiday Costumes – Dress up as Santa or the Easter Bunny and then play that character for the kids on the holiday.  If you’re family likes a twist, dress up as the Christmas version of Jack Skellington.

Dressing up for Fairs and Festivals really enhances the enjoyment, and if you’re re-using an otherwise single-wear costume, all the better.

Of course, once you are done with a costume, be sure to donate it, sell it or trade it at a future Halloween Costume Swap.

 

3. Avoid the “Fast Fashion” Trap

Witchy Night Shirt

Every year big box retailers break out the holiday-themed version of Fast Fashion.  Rows of Halloween-themed apparel line store shelves.  I admit that in my younger days, I had to have a new Halloween-themed shirt every year.  Of course, now, I’m much more environmentally aware and I avoid those types of cheap and unsustainable garments.  That’s why this year, I was so thrilled to find cute fashions that were wearable any time of year, but had just enough of a Halloween tie-in that I could get my holiday fashion fix on.

Faerie’s Dance has a new brand that makes 100% certified organic cotton womens printed tops and tunics along with matching accessories from recycled cotton scraps, all knit, cut and sewn in the USA.  The screen printing uses only water-based inks, and the fabric dyes are low-impact.  We’ve already placed multiple orders, but for right now, check out our Cat Moon series (below) along with the Witchy Night Top (left).

The handwarmers and scarves make equally fun gifts at Halloween, Christmas, Hanukkah or any Fall or Winter birthday, especially for cat lovers, full moon romantics, or astronomers. 😉  We have more designs and colors coming in November, too.

This iconic Cat & Moon Design can be worn any time of year, but is particularly fun for Halloween.

 

4. Donate Your Pumpkins and Compost Your Jack-o-Lanterns

Whole pumpkins and carved jack-o-lanterns shouldn’t wind up in landfill!  Jack-o-Lanterns can easily be composted or cut up and added to your yard waste bin.  Cut them up before they start “melting” on your porch.

If you like to decorate with whole pumpkins around the house and yard, consider donating them right after Halloween while they’re still in good condition.  Who wants whole pumpkins?  Why, big cats of course!  Check out this big guy having some fun with his first pumpkin.

In Oregon, Wildcat Ridge Sanctuary takes pumpkin donations.  Call them at (503) 625-0812 to set up a donation.

In California, contact the Wildlife Waystation at 818-899-5201.

In Florida, visit Big Cat Rescue or call them at 813.920.4130.

I’m sure there are many others around the country.  Do a local search to find out if there is a wild cat sanctuary near you that would love a post-Halloween treat.

 

There are so many ways to green Halloween and all your holidays.  Just take a moment to evaluate each purchase or decision.  Buy decorations from charity shops and reuse as much as possible year over year.  We can all still have fun while doing just a little better.  Wishing you all a glorious, frightfully fun Halloween.

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Finding Your Perfect Organic Bra – Special Occasion Bras

Our final episode in the 10-part “Finding Your Perfect Organic Bra” series deals with special occasion bras. These are bras you may not wear every day, but you definitely want to have one or two in your wardrobe.  From glamorous Swarovski crystal embellished bras for weddings and special date nights, to workout bras, to nursing bras, this video highlights beautiful, organic bras for every occasion.

We also forgot to mention strapless bras or bandeau bras. Our current selection of strapless and bandeaus is pretty slim.  We’ve had a number of options in the past, but they tend to be short-run lines that we cannot restock.  Of course, we’re always looking for new organic bras.  Sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of any of our eco-fashion pages to get regular updates on new items that come in.  We only send e-mails once per month, so you won’t be overwhelmed by too much e-mail.

The specific bras shown in this video include:
Jeweled Organic Triangle Bra (S-L)
Mia Bra Top (S-L)
Evette Halter Bra (XS-L)
Katherine Sports Bra (34B-42D)
Bamboo Sports Bra (S-L) – mentioned, but not shown
Nursing Bra (36C-40E)

All of the bras shown in these videos, plus many others can be found in Faerie’s Dance’s Bra Department.

As always, thanks to Dr. Kayla Luhrs from for modeling for us for all these weeks.

And most of all, thank YOU for watching!

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Finding Your Perfect Organic Bra – Camisoles with Bra Liners

In this penultimate video in our Find Your Perfect Organic Bra series, we address camisoles with bra liners. These are full-length camisole options that have built-in bras to keep you cool in summer and offer a warm layering piece in winter without the extra bulk of a separate camisole and bra.

The “typical” bra-lined camisole has an internal shelf-style bra for light support and modesty.  We show one in organic cotton and one in bamboo though we have a number of others at FaeriesDance.com under Camisoles.  The last one we show, Cateline, is rather unique as it’s a camisole with shaped, padded cups.  Since No Wire Padded Bras are our most requested bra style, Cateline offers another option for those looking for that specific type of bra.

The bra-lined camisoles shown in this video include:
Trista Cami with Bra (XS-XL)
Bamboo Cami with Bra (S-XL)
Cateline Padded Camisole (S-L)

As always, thanks to Dr. Kayla Luhrs from MoonCycleMedicine.org for modeling.

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Finding Your Perfect Organic Bra – Allergen-Free Bras

We’re back from vacation and ready to continue our 10-part organic and natural fiber bra series.

Today we’re discussing a specialty line of Allergen-Free Bras that are 100% organic cotton, spandex-free, latex-free, dye-free, and chemical-free. These bras have been medically tested to reduce rashes and inflammation caused by eczema and dermatitis.  There are several different styles to fit a variety of body shapes while still providing light support, modesty and most importantly, rash-free comfort.

Of the ones we show in the video, the Side-Tie version runs a little larger than the Front Close version in the same size.  We’ve had several customers tell us this as well.  While the Side-Tie doesn’t fit Kayla well since we don’t have the correct size for her, it’s actually a very popular style for women with C cups and above as it provides a little more coverage than any of the other Allergen-Free bras.

Here are the specific bras mentioned:
Allergen-Free Slimfit Bra (4-7)
Allergen-Free Side-Tie Bra (34B-42DD)
Allergen-Free Front Close Bra (34B-38C)
Allergen-Free QUEEN Front Close Bra (40C-44D)
All Cotton Bra Liner (sizes 5-10)

If you do have allergies or skin sensitivities, feel free to contact Dr. Luhrs to discuss treatments as well as wellness plans at MoonCycleMedicine.org

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June 22 – July 8, 2018 – We’ll be on Vacation!

The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen, Denmark

Running a business with your life partner has so many wonderful benefits.  However, the single main drawback is being able to go on vacation together when just the two of you are working the business.  While we were still located in Los Angeles, I had some friends helping out.  So Glen and I were able to take a 2-week vacation together and have my friends watch the business.  That was in 2011.

Since then, we closed the business once for one week to go to a wedding in Florida.  We’ve had one week of vacation together in the last 7 years. 🙁  Don’t get me wrong, we both get away a good amount.  We both went to Los Angeles this year to visit friends and family.  Glen went in January, and I went in March.  Last year I went to the Berlin Eco-Fashion show and met with Swegmark in Sweden.  We planned a one-week cruise together, but some logistical issues required us to postpone the cruise.  So I had an amazing 10 days in Europe on my own, and he stayed home and watched the business.

We make a concerted effort to get away for 3-day weekends as much as possible.  Since we ship via the post office, we generally take every postal holiday off.  But when you own your own business, burn-out is a thing.  To keep that excitement and positive attitude going year after year, you really need to sharpen the saw.

So we are closing the store for two full weeks.  This is the first time in nearly 13 years in business that the shop will be “closed” for that long.

We’ll be closed from June 22 – July 8, 2018

So what does that mean?

  • The website will be up and working, and orders CAN be placed during the entire period of our absence.
  • We’re offering an AUTOMATIC 15% discount for the entire time we’re away as a thank-you for your patience.  No coupon need!
  • Orders will ship in the order they were received staring July 9.  All orders will ship by July 11.
  • We will have no e-mail or phone support for the entire period from June 22 – July 8
  • Refunds and exchanges will be give priority and processed FIRST upon our return on July 9

I am confident that our wonderful customers will be supportive during this time, and the discount is just an added bonus. 🙂  If the store does well during our absence and everything runs fairly smoothly (i.e. no one initiating expensive chargebacks while we’re gone or getting frustrated with the delays), then we are considering making this a permanent thing.

We’re even considering closing for two weeks every year.  Since this particular vacation coincides with our regular yearly anniversary sale (the ONLY time all year that bras go on sale), we’re even considering making the two weeks at a different time of year for 2019 and running two yearly sales instead of just one.  That’s all still just ideas, though.

In case you’re wondering where we are going, we’re taking that postponed Baltics Cruise from last year, and then spending a week in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Thank you!

PS – We will resume our bra video series upon our return.  We still have 3 episodes left.

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Finding Your Perfect Organic Bra – Underwire Bras Without Padding

Learn more about organic cotton, natural and sustainably produced bras. In this 10-part video series, we discuss bra fit, seaming, styles and features.

Episode 7 takes a quick look at Underwire Bras without padding. Underwire bras overall tend to give you more support than no wire bras, and the underwire gives a distinct shaping.  The shape of an underwire bra without padding can be quite different than a similar style with padding.  The padding tends to mask your own natural breast shape, while the underwire without the padding will highlight your personal shape.  The seam design, whether vertical, horizontal or seamless, has a much bigger impact on your overall look when wearing an underwire bra without padding.  So seam style is definitely something you’ll want to test to see what works best for your particular body and shape.

If you’re concerned about any connections between underwires and breast cancer, please check out last weeks post on Padded Underwire Bras.  We address that issue both in the description and in more detail in the video.

Here are the specific bras mentioned:

Sublime Demi Bra (32A – 36D)
Elegance Underwire Bra (30A – 36D)
Seamless Underwire Bra (S – L)

You can also fine the other bras and matching panties in the Sublime line.

Please visit Kayla’s community nonprofit website Moon Cycle Medicine to get whole-life wellness information. Kayla is a board-certified medical doctor.

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Finding Your Perfect Organic Bra – Padded Underwire Bras

Want to know more about organic cotton and natural fiber bras? In this video series, we discuss bra sizing and fit, different bra styles and what features to look for in a natural fiber or fully organic cotton bra.

Today we’re discussing Padded Underwire Bras.  Underwire bras overall tend to give you more support than no wire bras.  Although, the no wire bras from Swegmark of Sweden come very close.  (Swegmark has the most supportive no wire bras we’ve ever found, and you can see one of them in action in our very first video – Finding Your Perfect Organic Bra – No Wire Support Bras.)

Some of things to consider when picking up a Padded Underwire Bra is the bra shape – demi versus full coverage; the bra seaming – vertical, horizontal or seamless; and padding material – polyester foam versus cotton foam.  Many non-organic bras also come with varying padding thickness.  However, we have not found that to be the case in organic padded bras.  All of the padded bras we carry have light, i.e. fairly thin padding designed for modesty rather than volume enhancement.

Since this is our first discussion of bras with underwire, we definitely want to address the myth that underwires give you cancer.  To be clear, underwire bras do not increase your risk of breast cancer.  Here are some links to checkout that address the underwire bra cancer myth:
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/fact-or-fiction-underwire-bras-cause-cancer/
http://www.breastcancer.org/risk/factors/no_evidence
https://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/breast-cancer-awareness-8-myths-debunked/

If you want to reduce your breast cancer risk, here is a comprehensive list of items that are known to increase your risk:
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/breast-cancer/symptoms-causes/syc-20352470

Here are the specific bras mentioned:
Lisa Padded Demi Bra (32A – 36C)
Alicia Padded Underwire Bra (34B – 42D)
Alba Padded Underwire Bra (32B – 36C)

You can get whole life wellness information from community nonprofit Moon Cycle Medicine, Inc.

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Finding Your Perfect Organic Bra – No Wire Padded Bras

Want to know more about organic cotton and natural fiber bras? In this 10-part video series, we discuss bra sizing and fit, different bra styles and what features to look for in a natural fiber or fully organic cotton bra.

Episode 5 looks at No Wire Bras with modesty padding. No Wire Padded Bras are our most requested bra style. They are the hardest bras to find in organic and natural fabrics, but we do have a few gems.  There are basically two types of No Wire Padded Bras, those with integrated padding sewn directly into the cups, and those with removable pads that sit inside “pockets” sewn into the bra.  The integrated padding kind tend to have better shaping while the removable padded kind are a bit more versatile, allowing you to wear the bra without the pads when they aren’t needed.  This is a particularly nice weekday/weekend bra option.

Unfortunately all of the No Wire Padded Bras we carry have either nylon or polyester foam as their inside padding.  We’ve actually discussed this back in 2014 in the post, The Elusive No Wire Padded Bra.  While we have found more options in the No Wire Padded category, the basic premise of that post, bras can have eco-padding and underwire or conventional padding and no wire, remains true today.

The specific bras mentioned in this video are:
Yvonne Wireless Padded bra in organic cotton (32A – 38C) Kayla is wearing a 34B
Body No Wire Padded Bra in pine tree fabric (32A – 36C) Kayla is wearing a 34C
Adjustable Soft Bra in bamboo (S-L) Kayla is wearing a M
Laura’s Bra in bamboo, mentioned in the video as a smaller, sleeker option to the Adjustable Soft Bra, still with removable pads

You can get also whole life wellness information from community nonprofit Moon Cycle Medicine.

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Finding Your Perfect Organic Bra – Triangle Bras

Want to know more about organic cotton and natural fiber bras and which styles might work best for you? Join us for our 10-week long organic bra video series.

This week we’re covering Triangle Bras. Triangle Bras are very lightweight, minimal coverage bras without a lot of support. They are generally sized as S, M, L instead of 34B, 36B and are best fit for cup sizes AA – C. Triangles are definitely not for everyone. These bras work well for women who prefer not to wear a bra, but may require one for modesty. They are so lightweight and comfortable, you may forget you’re wearing a triangle bra at all. But don’t expect a lot of shaping or push up. These cute little “slip of a bra” triangle styles are just for covering your natural shape, not changing or enhancing it any way.

When choosing a triangle bra, find one that looks pretty to you. A touch of lace or detail that speaks to you will enhance your enjoyment of this simple style.

Bras highlighted in this video:
Avignon Triangle Bra (XS – L) Kayla is wearing a M
Triangle Bra with Lace (M – L) Kayla is wearing a M
Brigitte Triangle Bra (S-L) Kayla is wearing a M
Amour Triangle Bra (only S left) shown on hangar

We discussed bamboo fabric a little.  Several years back we wrote a piece on Tencel, Rayon and Bamboo that you might find interesting.  For more eco-fabric information, checkout our Most Eco-Friendly Fabric roundup.

You can also get whole life wellness information from community nonprofit Moon Cycle Medicine, Inc.

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