Captain Blankenship

Beauty Wild With Nature

Who They Are

Nature is magical – it’s beautiful, calming, and time spent outdoors presents vast benefits to mental and physical health. But in this busy world, it’s not always possible to get outside to enjoy nature to the fullest extent. Jana Blankenship grew up in coastal Maine, spending every summer playing in the woods and swimming in the ocean. The scents of these places, from salty seaweed to wild roses, will always represent her deep connection with nature. Jana started Captain Blankenship in order to share these benefits with others by creating a direct link to the natural world. These organic beauty products are made with all-natural ingredients that capture the senses and bring the experience of land and sea into your daily routine.

This small women-run company is full of nature lovers, so each formulation, packaging choice, or business decision is in caring hands. Shopping with Captain Blankenship ensures there’s no worry regarding toxins or artificial additives, and all products are made with the highest quality natural ingredients that are organic and locally-sourced whenever possible. Even on days when it’s too busy to head outside, Captain Blankenship will bring the natural world, and all of its benefits, right to you!

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Why We Like Them

Captain Blankenship offers affordable yet luxury beauty products that come with peace-of-mind, knowing that they were made with consideration for the best ingredients, as well as health for people and the planet. These nature enthusiasts are focused on supporting farmers and being socially-conscious throughout every step of production. Captain Blankenship sources mica through a member of the Responsible Mica Initiative, which is working to end child labor and improve working conditions in underserved communities in India. The organic shea butter they use is sourced directly from a women’s collective in Uganda, and their coconut oil carries the Regenerative Organic Certification. Captain Blankenship also aims to source all ingredients as locally as possible, obtaining organic witch hazel in Connecticut and locally farmed seaweed in Maine! In all product formulations, Jana and the Captain Blankenship team work to be fully transparent regarding ingredients and sourcing. With all of the good stuff and none of the bad, you’ll never find synthetic preservatives, parabens, sulfates, or artificial fragrance in these quality products. 

With so much focus on safe and sustainable ingredients, Captain Blankenship keeps the bar high by ensuring all products are packaged in the most earth friendly way possible. Most items are packaged in glass made form 30-35% recycled content, with minimal plastic accessories like lids or spray tops. For items where glass can be a little iffy (like in the shower!) they utilize ocean-bound plastic made from 100% recycled content. 

Throughout all aspects of their business, Captain Blankenship prioritizes external certifications to ensure they’re practicing what they preach. As a Certified B Corp they meet high environmental and social standards, and prioritize sustainability above profit. Captain Blankenship is also looking out for the little guys – as a Leaping Bunny Certified brand, their products come with the cruelty-free promise of having never been tested on animals. Even more true to their values, Captain Blankenship gives back to the community as a member of 1% for the Planet. Through this partnership, the company donates 1% of their sales to non-profits that are working to protect, preserve, and conserve all of those natural places that inspire their mission every day.

  • Paraben Free
    Paraben Free
  • Sulfate Free
    Sulfate Free

  • Organic Content
  • B Corp
    B Corp
  • Empowers Women
    Empowers Women
  • 1% for the Planet
    1% for the Planet
  • Recycled Glass
    Recycled Glass
  • Recycled Plastic
    Recycled Plastic

Parabens are synthetic chemical preservatives, commonly used in beauty products like shampoo, lotion, and deodorants. Parabens can accumulate in your body, and have been linked to hormonal disruption and reproductive problems. In studies of breast cancer patients, parabens have been found in the tissue of cancerous tumors–yikes! If you want to avoid Parabens in your beauty products, keep an eye out for methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, and ethylparaben in the ingredients list.

Sulfates are synthetic chemical ingredients commonly used in beauty products and household cleaners, like shampoos and dish soaps. You can usually identify sulfates in an ingredients list by looking out for the most common types: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLC) and Sodium Laureth Sulfates (SLES). These chemicals, often derived from petroleum, are used to help form the “lather” we’re used to seeing in our beauty and cleaning products. When used in the shower or sink, these chemicals can flow through the pipes and into our waterways. Synthetic sulfates have been linked to allergic reactions, eye and skin irritation, and hair loss, and some studies suggest they contain carcinogenic ingredients.

Organic materials and ingredients are grown without the use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers, promoting a healthier use of land and decreasing harmful agricultural runoff. By steering clear of toxic chemicals, farm workers experience less exposure to hazardous conditions, promoting social responsibility as well as environmental stewardship. Choosing organic materials eliminates the use of insecticides and other harmful chemicals, promotes efficient resource use, and results in a safer products and a cleaner planet!

The B Lab is a third-party, non-profit organization that certifies companies as socially and environmentally responsible. B Corps are businesses that go above and beyond traditional business models and aim to create positive change in the world through their practices. These companies must meet rigorous transparency and accountablity standards, while doing what is best for people and the environment.

This company promotes the empowerment of women by providing safe employment opportunities and working conditions, promoting community programs and gender equality, or donating time or funds towards women’s education and empowerment opportunities.

This company partners with 1% for the Planet, a nonprofit organization that helps promote environmental stewardship. Members commit to donating at least 1% of their sales to the program, which helps connect them to high-impact environmental nonprofits across the globe.

Items made from recycled glass are generally made from bottles and other containers which are collected in recycling programs throughout the world. This recycled glass is taken to a facility where it’s sorted by color, cleaned, broken down, and melted. This new glass can be molded into any shape to be reused for new products. Glass can be recycled almost infinitely without losing quality, and recycling glass keeps waste out of the landfill while lowering the resources and energy used to create new objects.

Recycled plastic utilizes salvaged post-industrial plastic scraps and post-consumer products such as water bottles and other plastic containers, and transforms them into new products. The containers are sorted, crushed, and then heated to form resins, which are liquid plastics that can harden into new shapes. These resins can be molded and used to create anything from carpet to outdoor furniture. Recycling plastic lowers the amount of petroleum extracted and the production of greenhouse gasses associated with first-time plastic production. Plus, by using these existing materials, we’re benefiting from the original energy and resources spent to create them in the first place, while diverting waste from the landfill.

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