Dannette Evans was a lip balm addict. Even with a slew of balms in her purse, she was constantly searching for the right product to soothe her lips.
She began researching lip products, learning how they're made and what ingredients moisturize best. She decided to give up her search for the perfect balm and create it herself. And this month, Raleigh-based Danni Davis Skin ( www.dannidavisskin.com ) was born.
"When I started researching lip balms, I discovered this whole world of handmade body care products," Evans says. "I've been living green for several years, so when I found I could use organic ingredients do the job just as well without using all the chemicals, I wanted to give it a try."
The products in Evans' line use natural fruit and nut oils, soy wax and other organic ingredients to moisturize and exfoliate. Products include body lotions, scrubs, face oil, and of course, lip balm.
"Most lip balms are hard and waxy," says Evans. "And so I created a lip balm that's creamy, so my lips don't get hard and crackly."
She also created a product that sounds more like food than skin care. Body polishers that look like truffles, her chocolate cocoapods are also part of Evans' philanthropic efforts. A portion of the proceeds benefits Kiva and Women for Women International, two charities that help impoverished women.
"It's very important for me to give back, especially to women," Evans says.
Evans hopes to add products to the line. In the meantime, she's trying to help others make the same discovery she did - that organic, natural beauty products offer a healthier alternative to traditional lotions and cleansers.
"I just want to spread the word about using organic products," Evans says. "I just want to show people that you don't need a lot of chemicals on your skin, or a lot of products on your skin, to look and feel better."
A trunk full of elegance
Known for elegant dresses, jackets and separates in fabrics such as a water-repellent silk taffeta, Dianaira has built a strong following among women looking for classic designs in easy-to-wear fabrics. SoHo Clothing is offering the line at as much as 90 percent off during its annual Dianaira trunk show, Wednesday through July 28.
SoHo Clothing is in Cameron Village at 408 Daniels St., Raleigh. 833-8550, www.sohoclothing.com
Made around here
We all know the benefits of eating locally - you get to enjoy fresher, often better-tasting, food while supporting the local economy. And shopping locally to support local stores and designers offers just as many benefits. That's the thinking behind the new Carolina Collection at Nofo at the Pig in Raleigh.
The boutique, a collaboration between Nofo and Indie-NC, features clothing and accessories by established and emerging North Carolina designers. The collection includes tailor-made dresses, reconstructed pieces made of other clothing and more. And noon-2 p.m. on Saturdays, one of the designers makes an appearance to meet shoppers and make custom items.
Nofo at the Pig is at 2014 Fairview Road, Raleigh. 821-1240, www.nofo.com
Help the animals
Help animals while you shop Sunday at ReTails Thrift Shop's monthly Clean Sweep sale. During the event, everything in the resale shop, which benefits the nonprofit AnimalKind, will be 50 percent off. Shoppers can save on clothing, housewares and electronics while helping the group, which assists low-income pet owners in getting their pets spayed or neutered.
ReTails is at 1608 N. Market Drive, Raleigh. 872-0019, www.animalkind.org
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