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Your Purpose is Beauty

By Mercedes Lyson

Your Purpose is Beauty brings you eco/organic, luxury, and niche beauty product reviews and critique, as well as intellectual discussion about the beauty and alternative health industries.  Hosted by independent beauty journalist and PhD sociologist Mercedes Lyson, this podcast will also explore why people have chosen beauty as their profession or passion through interviews with brand founders, beauty professionals, bloggers/influencers, and creatives. Exclusive episodes of this podcast are available at, and Mercedes' 6 years of eco beauty video content can be found at

  1. 1.
    Busy Life Update | November Wedding, Baby L’Amour’s 2nd Birthday (!), Home Improvements, Beauty Shopping10/26/2020
  2. 2.
    October Boxwalla Beauty Box: The Logic of Finding Fine Things feat. Fine Cosmetics & Naturallogic + A Limited Edition Box (from a fellow sociologist)10/19/2020
  3. 3.
    Pamela Friedman, CV Skinlabs: Products for the Most Sensitive, Compromised and Fragile Skin + Understanding Medically Treated Skin10/12/2020
  4. 4.
    What's in the Cup + On My Mind: Where to Start with In Fiore, Reflections on Breaking Up with Bravo/The Real Housewives, and New Beauty Segment (Essential | Extra | Exiting)10/05/2020
  5. 5.
    An Ode to Autumn: Seasonal Energetics, Fall Eco Beauty Favorites, Nourishing Food + Tea, Astrology & Cozy Healing09/21/2020
  6. 6.
    Another Empty Eco/Organic Empty Skincare Review: Disposable Makeup Wipes, First Earthwise Empty, 5Yina, Cleansing Balms + Tons More09/14/2020
  7. 7.
    Lin Chen, Pink Moon: Elevating Women Through Mission-Driven, Eco, and Ethical Beauty & Wellness08/24/2020
  8. 8.
    Taking Questions from Instagram #2 (Part I): How to Find an Acupuncturist, My First YouTube Video in 2014, Visual Artists, Educational Philosophy, et plus!08/17/2020
  1. 9.
    August Boxwalla Box(es!) Review + EGF (Epidermal Growth Factor) Discussion (feat. Lovinah and Votary)08/10/2020
  2. 10.
    What's in the Cup + On My Mind: Liver/Gallbladder Flush FAQ, Why are we being persuaded to reconsider parabens, and (Eco) Beauty shopping plans07/27/2020
  3. 11.
    Orion Brown, BlackTravelBox: Clean Beauty Essentials to #TravelinColor + An Ongoing Race and Beauty Industry Discussion07/20/2020
  4. 12.
    Ava Zhan, Earthwise Beauty + Pacific Northwest Essences: Potent and Healing Organic Beauty07/13/2020
  5. 13.
    Summer 2020 Face and Body (Eco) SPF Line Up (+ musings on healthy sun exposure, physical v. chemical sunscreen & toddler-approved sun care)06/29/2020
  6. 14.
    (Eco) Beauty News: Recent Favorites, Some Misses, What's in the Mail & Huge Health Inspiration06/22/2020
  7. 15.
    Taking A Moment From Beauty: Imperfect Reflections on Inequality and Race in America, Urban Soc, and Self-Reliance as Anti-Racism Practice06/15/2020
  8. 16.
    Taking A Moment For Beauty: June Boxwalla feat. Nini Organics, Pai & African Botanics (Box Review + Additional Product Recs)06/08/2020
  9. 17.
    Most Repurchased Eco/Organic Beauty: Beauty Heroes (Novato, CA)05/25/2020
  10. 18.
    What's in the Cup + On My Mind: Beauty Catch Up, Should Healing Be Trademarked & Experience with Zach Bush’s Restore Supplement05/18/2020
  11. 19.
    Jess Lafleur, Stark Skincare: Herbal Products for Urban People/Love + Rebellion05/11/2020
  12. 20.
    Jeannie Jarnot, Beauty Heroes: Living Lighter + Loving More in the Time of COVID04/27/2020
  13. 21.
    Discovering Resonant Skincare Combinations + Favorite AM/PM Routines Lately04/20/2020
  14. 22.
    Eco/Organic Disappointing Beauty Products Over the Past Year04/13/2020
  15. 23.
    March Eco/Organic Beauty + Lifestyle Favorites! Skincare, Makeup, Body Care & Holistic Health03/30/2020
  16. 24.
    Khulan Davaadorj, Lhamour Mongolia: Nomadic Beauty from the Land of the Eternal Blue Sky03/23/2020
  17. 25.
    How Traditional and Nourishing Foods Saved My Health & How We Eat as a Family Today03/16/2020
  18. 26.
    Marie Doctorchik, And the Color Green: The Intersection of Intuition and Science in Green Beauty Blogging03/09/2020
  19. 27.
    What’s New & Intriguing (to me) in Eco/Organic/Luxury Beauty: Skincare, Makeup and Holistic Beauty02/24/2020
  20. 28.
    Michelle Ranavat, Ranavat Botanics: Your Royal Ritual02/17/2020
  21. 29.
    Why Valentine’s Day is the Best Holiday, More Things I Love that (Most) Other People Don’t, & Valentine’s Day (Eco) Beauty Ideas02/10/2020
  22. 30.
    Reviewing Empty Eco/Organic Skincare: What I’ve Used Up & Will It Be Repurchased?01/27/2020
  23. 31.
    Time to Anti-Haul: Telling You the (Mostly Eco/Beauty) Products I’m Not Going to Buy & Why01/20/2020
  24. 32.
    My Current Skincare Philosophy: Discussing Skin Integrity, Retinol, Facial Massage and More01/13/2020
  25. 33.
    A New Category of Beauty Product Reviewing/Archiving: The Product Crit12/30/2019
  26. 34.
    Diane Read, Mo Mi + Modern Minerals: Inner Alchemy for Outer Beauty12/30/2019
  27. 35.
    Taking Questions from Instagram: Why I’m Not an Influencer, New Motherhood Work-Life Balance, Ride or Die Beauty Products, et plus!12/30/2019
  28. 36.
    Let’s Get Started by Discussing Some Recent Favorite Eco/Organic Beauty Products12/19/2019

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