Momotaro Apotheca's Mission to uplift the voices and visions of marginalized communities

Momotaro Apotheca's Mission: Philanthropy & The Organizations We Support

 

As a company that works at the intersection of sexual and mental health, we know that changing the world takes effort, intention, and daily action. It requires an openness to learning, unlearning, and a practice of reflection and self examination. It means pushing to the edges and embracing the complexity of everything so that we can better understand the nuance and evolving details of the world around us. It means using our voice and our dollars to be active in supporting and empowering the social and environmental justice movements of our time.

From the products we create to the causes we support, we aim to be healing and supportive community members and use our platform to uplift the voices and visions of marginalized communities. 

 

 

What Our Products Support

We are committed to sustainability and want to make sure that we leave our planet in better shape than we inherited. When you purchase our products, you are contributing to the campaigns and organizations we care about most. 

As an impact-driven company, we prioritize sourcing the highest quality materials, from our 100% organic ingredients to our FSC certified paper packaging. Our supplier partners are Oregon Tilth Certified and as members of Leaping Bunny , we promise to never test on animals. These 3rd party certifications ensure that the claims we make are backed by a trusted source.

 

We take sourcing seriously, tracing raw ingredients to their origins and ensuring that their cultivation and production are sustainable for the environment and for your skin. Every ingredient we use is responsibly sourced to preserve the health of the soil, certified organic, and minimally processed to retain as many nutrients, flavonoids, and essential fatty acids found in nature to nurture your body, naturally.

We never use sulfates, parabens, phthalates, artificial fragrance, alcohol, or other filler ingredients that may be harmful to hormone or skin health. Learn more about our commitment to sustainability and sourcing non-toxic ingredients

We are also proud members of 1% For the Planet, where we pledge to donate 1% of all of our yearly profits to an environmental cause to support the health of our planet. Our paper packaging is also certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

 

 

Our Campaigns Through the Years

Over the years, we’ve had the privilege to support various organizations that are on the front lines in their efforts to make the world a more peaceful, equitable, and loving place. We rounded up an ever growing list of the organizations that we support — and you can, too. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to reach out.

 

 

Clean Is Not a Smell, 2021

Clean Is Not A Smell Street Campaign Poster

 

 

#CleanIsNotASmell is a call to action to destigmatize vaginal scents and reclaim the societal shame that’s disrupted sex lives everywhere.

The vagina is entirely self-cleaning. It doesn’t require powders or perfumes to make it palatable for your partner. You don’t need special soaps or fake fragrances to mask your natural musk. Your vagina is not a dirty place. Learn more about 10 vaginal smells and what they mean about your health. 

 

 

Vagina is #NotADirtyWord, 2020

The vagina has been understudied, underreported, and misunderstood since the field of medicine deemed it important to separate broken hearts from lady parts and put a name to an anomaly in the 1680s. We don’t need to belittle, endear, or euphemize the vagina in order to make it more palatable for the public. When you shroud a word in mystery, the anxiety around the unknown only exacerbates. We give power to what we can’t perceive, but that ends today.   #NotaDirtyWord is a call to action to take that power back, to strip the vagina of its mystique by normalizing it through conversation. Because the most potent way to combat regressive thoughts is by filling the silence.

 

Not A Dirty Word is a call to action to acknowledge vaginal wellness as an important and respected part of our sexual and reproductive health. #NotaDirtyWord challenges the fact that people often avoid or are uncomfortable talking about their sexual and reproductive health. If we are too ashamed to use the correct words to describe our anatomical parts, how are we supposed to educate on consent, health issues, and pleasure? It is time to undo the stigma and create a conversation. Vagina is not a dirty word.

 

NADW 2019 |  National Institute for Reproductive Health 

To mark this campaign, Momotaro Apotheca designed a limited release #NotaDirtyWord tee and crop top to serve as a token of empowerment to anyone wearing them. 10% of proceeds went to the National Institute for Reproductive Health, an organization that supports reproductive rights around the world. 

 

NADW 2020 | Women's Prison Association

Wear it loud and say it proud! We brought back the #NotADirtyWord campaign with tees, socks, and mugs. A percentage of all profits made from merch sales will go directly to the Women's Prison Association. The WPA works with people at all stages of criminal justice involvement. They promote alternatives to incarceration and help people living in the community to avoid arrest or incarceration. Inside prison and jail, they are a source of support to people and a resource to them as they plan for release. After incarceration, people come to WPA for help to build the lives they want for themselves and their families in the community.

 

 

 

 

Shop Not A Dirty Word Vagina Socks

 

 

Shop the NADW Merch  

You know what they say — socks sells. We donate 10% of proceeds to the Women's Prison Association (WPA).

SHOP SOCKS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Support Your Local Sex Worker, 2019-2021 

Support Your Local Sex Worker Graphic Design

While few are likely to come out unscathed by the health and economic impact of the coronavirus, sex workers are particularly vulnerable because the scope of their work often falls into legal gray area, making it impossible to seek financial government relief and extremely difficult to continue making money and, ultimately, survive.

That's why we're excited to announce we launched the #SupportYour LocalSexWorker campaign in April 2020 and are donating a percentage of sales made from the merch to the Sex Workers Outreach Program (SWOP).


SWOP is a national social justice network "dedicated to the fundamental human rights of people involved in the sex trade and their communities, focusing on ending violence and stigma through education and advocacy."


Due to popular demand (thank you), we relaunched the campaign and are donating a percentage of sales to the 
Cupcake Girls, an organization that supports those involved in the sex industry with holistic resources, case management, and after care.  In 2020, the non-profit organization had over 40,000 interactions and worked with 800 clients. Because of our generous partners and dedicated volunteer teams, we were able to offer over $1,200,000.00 in community resources and partner referrals. 

SYLSW Merch

 
Support Your Local Sex Worker 

100% of the proceeds will be donated to  The Cupcake Girls

SHOP THE MERCH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reverse Black Friday: Giving Back Through Conscious Consumption

 

Covenant House |  Supporting Homeless Youth | 2020

Throughout the pandemic and lockdowns throughout the year, while forced to be apart, we recognized the utmost importance of community, connection, and commitment to our chosen family — and having a safe place to call home.
 

In lieu of a traditional Black Friday sale, we flipped the script and give back through conscious consumerism. 100% of profits made over the Black Friday weekend were donated to Covenant House, a nonprofit that provides housing and support services to homeless, runaway, and trafficked young people around the world.

 

 

Planned Parenthood | Black Friday for Planned Parenthood | 2019

For our 2019 holiday campaign, we donated 100% of profits made during the Black Friday Weekend sale to Planned Parenthood to shed light on silenced conversations and stigma surrounding abortion.  

 

 

Abortion Rights are Human Rights

Ultimately, we believe that the difficult choice to seek an abortion is a decision best left to the individual and their doctor. In response to some of the most restrictive abortion legislation the US has seen in decades. 

We've selected two non-profits that offer funding and support to those seeking an abortion.  

 

Yellow Hammer Fund | Our Body, Our Choice | 2018   

In 2018, we donated 100% of our profits made between June 26 and June 28 to The Yellow Hammer Fund, which offers funding for anyone seeking care at one of Alabama's three abortion clinics. 

  

Glits Inc | On Human Rights | 2019

In 2019, we donated 100% of our profits made between June 26 and June 28 to The Yellow Hammer Fund, which offers funding for anyone seeking care at one of Alabama's three abortion clinics. 

 

 

   

Resources for Our Community 

Heal Better: How Activism & Allyship Help Heal Society by Kénta Xiadani Ch'umil (they/them) 

Race, Gender, and American Gynecology by Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF)

Trans Women of Color Collective (TWCC) 

Trans Equality Action Centers a comprehensive list of funds to donate to and bills under consideration where you can submit letters to state legislators or sign a petition

The Importance of Found Families for LGBTQ Youth by Pallas Gutierrez for GLAAD 

7 Cups will connect you with caring listeners if you’re struggling and feel alone

 

 

Related Reading

Tips for Allies: How to be a Better Advocate for the LGBTQ Community 

Pride's Proud Roots in the Stonewall Riots of 1969

Advocating for My Manhood at the Gynecologist

5 Ways to Practice Self Care for Free

How to Support Your Local Sex Worker

 

​​Momotaro Apotheca and its materials are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. 
All material on Momotaro Apotheca is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have regarding a medical condition



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