Here’s my obligatory disclosure information, brought to you by the good folks over at the Federal Trade Commission:
I believe in open and honest discussion, transparency, and integrity. Which means if I’m given a product for free to review, I’ll tell you that. (Sometimes I’ll even clarify where I purchased a product or if it was a gift from a friend, just so you’re not wondering.) If I don’t like a product, it’s likely I won’t write about it at all — I prefer to share the things I love as opposed to complain about the ones I don’t. That also means I don’t write about every single item I receive to review.
(Complaints about products are usually related to greenwashing, of which I’m not a fan. I might call those products out. It just depends on my mood.)
I am open to writing sponsored posts, but only when an opportunity comes along that I think would be beneficial to my readers. When that happens, I will absolutely make it clear that the post is sponsored. I do occasionally use affiliate links, but I use them passively. If I am planning to link to an item, and they happen to participate in an affiliate program I’m a part of, I will use the affiliate link. However, I don’t go out of my way to find products to link to in order to drive sales, and most of my posts don’t include them.
The only exception to these rules is the beauty writing I do elsewhere. The publications I write for may not to reveal which products were loaned and which were given for free. I will say, however, that most publications have very strict rules about what “gifts,” monetary and otherwise, their staffers and contributors are allowed to accept, so the process is most definitely regulated.
Finally, statements on this blog have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness, disease, or condition.