Cattle bone from West Roots Farms in Leona Valley, California.
This polish, both in color and form, is the antithesis of the synthetic plastic glitters in the cosmetic industry: bones are inherent to all living vertebrate in nature, glitter is created in a lab. Bones decay over time, glitter takes hundreds of years to decompose. This product is recycled, while the plastic used in cosmetics industry is a huge source of pollution. Instead of creating a product that continues to pollute, this product is made from an otherwise unused organic material recycled in to a beauty product.
With this polish our goal is to try and re-use unconventional materials in nature as an answer to the beauty industries growing waste problem.
This polish has no added pigment, it is naturally colored and textured by only cattle bones. This specific product is therefore not vegan. These bones are left behind after the cattle is processed on this farm. We are not creating a demand for these bones, as they would exist and be unused regardless of us, but we do see it as an opportunity to create something sacred from what is left behind. This polish contains life, and we want to honor that life.
About West Roots Farm:
"If you want to know your food, its important to know your farmer. We are Chris and Alix Benjamin, and we are the owners of West Roots Farm. We started our farm in 2012, it has grown a lot since then and continues to evolve, always changing and adapting as we incorporate new products into our system. We strive to be the most honest farmers, and provide you with the most honest food. All of our animals are raised on pasture, outside enjoying fresh air and sunshine. Our garlic is grown on the same ground, using the natural fertilizer left behind by our animals. Most of our bees are native to our area and well acclimated to our environment as we do live bee removal. We encourage you to follow along with the process, so that you know exactly where the food on your table comes from."
This bone polish feels sacred, as it contains life.
This polish was largely inspired by Dan Barber and the sustainability work that he champions through Blue Hill at Stone Barns.