How we give back
Giving back is a fundamental value of the Okoko culture. We aim to:

· Provide support to our peers and community
· Educate our clients and offer them the finest
beauty products that are ethical, cruelty-free and made safely
· Empower fellow entrepreneurs

We know how important it is to serve others and
to motivate for positive change and impact.

Starting last year, Okoko Cosmétiques began partnering with organizations such as the Joy Smith Foundation and Beauty Night Foundation, which target human trafficking and outreach to women living in poverty. We have donated the proceeds of the sales from one of our limited-edition products to support these amazing programs. Okoko contributes to these important causes through direct volunteering and sponsorship of women coming out of human trafficking.

Providing around 50 meals per month
Starting this spring, Okoko Cosmétiques is providing around 50 meals per month by participating in the Save-On-Meats food token program. The Okoko Atelier is situated in Gastown and the Downtown East-side of Vancouver which has the highest levels of poverty and homelessness in Canada. Each token that is bought and given to anyone equals a free sandwich or soup at the Save-On-Meats restaurant. As we step into the next season of this year, we will be seeking to partner with more non-profit charities and organizations that are making a difference in the world.
Sharing the knowledge is our passion
Education is also important at Okoko. Oyéta and Natalia have a passion for sharing their expertise with others by providing knowledge to our customers through our various platforms and informing and empowering them when choosing effective beauty routines. We believe this will create a more discerning clientele and will help to elevate the green beauty industry as a whole.

For example, last year we launched an amazing information source and online network for the green beauty industry called The Connector. The Connector's mission is to offer helpful information in the green beauty industry, share knowledge and facilitate networking. Whether you are a skincare enthusiast, beauty blogger, entrepreneur, supplier or have expertise to share, connect with us. The Connector’s goal is to provide information for natural cosmetics consumers, support for small indie businesses and aims to build a community of like-minded entrepreneurs.
The OKOKO Academy
We want to see other skincare and green beauty entrepreneurs achieve their dreams and goals as well! We have recently launched a new platform, the OKOKO Academy, which provides strategy, consultancy and mentorship for early and growth-stage skincare business start-ups. This will consist of online courses, personalized consulting and coaching to business owners who need marketing and business support to pursue greater success.

Empowering other entrepreneurs in the pursuit
of their dreams

10% of profits made from the sale of our online course will help fund a start-up or to grow an existing skincare business for one graduate of the program per year. Additionally, Okoko offers internship opportunities every year to the best talents and motivated skincare entrepreneurs. Together we have learned so much about what it takes to run a great skincare business and want to provide effective tools and knowledge to others trying to achieve the same thing.

Learnhow our new platform, the Okoko Academy contributes to our mission, goals and vision to provide insightful information and empower our community here. As we grow, we will continue to help make a positive impact around us and to equip others to achieve greater success in their business and goals. Okoko is here to strengthen and empower others.
OKOKO Gives Back
Interview with Natalia Lavaggi & Joy Smith Foundation
Okoko Cosmétiques has partnered with The Joy Smith Foundation as a part of the Okoko Gives Back initiative. Natalia sat down with Miss Tara Teng who is the director of operations in British-Columbia to discuss more in depth about human trafficking and to shed light on this national crisis in Canada and internationally.
Okoko Cosmétiques is grateful to be able to give back and share our
heart with this Foundation as partners. We hope that you can team up
with us and our proud partners The Green Jungle Beauty Shop and Aurora Beauty and share your support as well by purchasing the Trésor Body Cream as 100% of proceeds will go to the foundation directly. There’s so much we can do to be the change we want to see and this is just the beginning.

To learn more about this organization, you can visit:
www.joysmithfoundation.com
Volunteering at Beauty Night Society
" Dignity for all women "
We have began our Okoko Gives Back movement by volunteering for the Beauty Night Association earlier this week. This is a wonderful Vancouver-based
organization that helps to encourage and uplift women and youth living
in poverty by providing complimentary makeovers and hosting life skills
workshops to the community.
Our colleague Natalia gave to the lovely ladies a complimentary Okoko facial and shared some Okoko skincare treats for them to take home. It really was a wonderful experience to connect with the women, listen to their stories and just be a vessel for love. Most of the women who attend Beauty Night don’t have the opportunity to receive self care on a regular basis or have anybody take the time to pamper them, so to bring a smile and some laughter to them while relaxing and enjoying a facial was very touching.
Learn more about how Beauty Night builds self-esteem and changes lives of women by visiting http://beautynight.org
Okoko Opening Night (in Vancouver, Canada)
Sneak peek at our exclusive event with Miss Canada 2012
OKOKO Opening Party was such a success! So many wonderful people came out to share their support for the brand. We began the night by sharing our brand mission, philosophy and values to everyone and invited them to discover our product by testing and trying our skincare products and engaging with the team!

The feedback we received was very positive and we feel so blessed to have L’Atelier OKOKO officially open to the public as we look forward to creating a hub for beauty, wellness and entrepreneurship. There’s so much in store for 2019 and we can’t wait to unveil our plans as we begin the new year upon us!

Special thanks to Miss Canada 2012, Miss Tara Teng who came to speak about the Joy Smith Foundation and how the work they do is helping to bring more awareness about human trafficking in Canada.