Fall in Love With These Female-Founded Back-To-School Goodies

Fall in Love With These

Female-Founded Back-To-School Goodies

Going away to college is a big step toward becoming an adult version of yourself, and that makes it kind of scary and overwhelming. These products are a fabulous way to put your best foot forward, and they are all from female founded or female run companies!

vyve's splashpants

vyve's splashpants were invented by a single mom and are a great back to school gift idea for the female college co-ed. vyve splashpants are a capri that work like a swim suit and are great on land and in water.  It’s a great alternative for a run on the school gym treadmill and then some laps in the pool or a water based workout. .Spring break is around the corner and a nice way to feel confident to hide the freshman 10 (pounds that is!).


 Scribd aka the Netflix of Reading is an all-in-one reading subscription with an unmatched selection of books, audiobooks, news, and documents, Scribd is like having the world’s biggest library right in your pocket. Scribd content includes: Classic literature including Moby Dick, Sophocles’ AntigoneThe Tempest and The Origin of Species.Study guide catalogs like CliffsNotes and the For Dummies series News from leading magazines and newspapers including the New York TimesThe AtlanticFortunePopular Science, the Wall Street Journal, and more 60+ million documents uploaded from organizations and individuals around the world that include MBA dissertations, study guides, original court cases, and so much more! Scribd is available for iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire devices for just $8.99/month and new users get the first 30 days free.  Sabeen Minns who serves as Senior Vice President of Product and Engineering.  Her favorite book is called, “The Art of Thinking Clearly” by Rolf Dobelli.  "The Art of Thinking Clearly helped me improve my decision-making abilities, recognize possible mistakes preemptively and provided me with the skills to avoid them. The book is all about slowing down and avoiding rushed decisions while applying rational thinking to every choice--from major business decisions to interactions with individuals that trigger emotional responses. The Art of Thinking Clearly provides a realistic, logical, and pragmatic approach to strategic thinking for life,” she says.

Sage Tonic app

Sage Tonic app is it is essentially "wellness on the go," and perfect for any student that is dealing with stress, anxiety, loss in energy, etc. 

Founded by Dr. Nada Milosavljevic, Sage Tonic is an innovative wellness mobile app that combines natural treatments designed for each of your senses and into programs designed to tackle the health concerns you care about (e.g. relaxation, energy, focus, clear head, sleep).

The Bluma Project

The Bluma Project is a Brooklyn-based contemporary jewelry and accessories company. While the collection is designed in Brooklyn, it is inspired by global culture and is produced by artisans in Peru, India, Guatemala and other developing nations. This  Castillo Weekender bag will be great for day trips, and when they go home to visit for the weekend!

Red Copper 5 Minute Chef 

The company President of International is a woman. The spokesperson behind the line is Cathy Mitchell, and her photo is on every box. Cathy has authored a number of cookbooks and is coming out with the Red Copper Skillet Cooking cookbook in September.  This tool will be amazing for the dorm, a way to make meals in under 5 minutes, from burgers to paninis!

Foodstirs Organic Sunday Stacks Pancake Mix

Foodstirs Organic Sunday Stacks Pancake Mix : Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but what college student can cook from scratch? That’s why this organic and GMO-free quick-scratch mix makes it easy to whip up fluffy flapjacks in a few steps...all from the convenience of a small cooktop that fits snuggly in any dorm room. Company co-founded by actress (and Buffy alum!) Sarah Michelle Gellar (Chief Brand Officer), Galit Laibow (CEO), and Greg Fleishman (COO).

Armitron Rose Gold Watch with Swarovski Crystals 

 Rose gold pairs perfectly with brown boots, trench coats, and leather, and the Armitron Rose Gold Watch with Swarovski Crystals will beautifully compliment your fall wardrobe. The Swarovski-adorned face and chain link bracelet add extra sparkle so you don’t need any other accessories. Available on Armitron.com for $65 in rose gold or silver tone for $55.   Armitron Watches is a company run by Barbara (Bobbie) Weichselbaum.

Athena by Roar

Athena by RoarThis stylish safety wearable accessory is a great back to school idea for any woman who has safety on her mind. Athena shares your location with loved ones via mobile SMS alerts when you want someone to watch over you or sends distress messages when you're in trouble. Perfect for college students who are active, stay late out of night, live in cities, and want to have another touch-point..

Madeline & Company 

Every summer when gearing up to go back to school, Cincinnati-based teenager Madeline Falknor became frustrated at the lack of backpack options available for women. A majority of these available options on the market were being produced by companies that specialized in outdoor gear and equipment, making them ideal for hiking or other sport-like activities but not with the needs of a young girl in mind. Madeline knew there should be more fashionable alternatives that catered to young girls-on-the-go, meaning they also needed to be thoughtfully built to carry everything needed for their school day – taking into account classes, extra curricular activities, and more. That’s when she took matters into her own hands and created the backpack she envisioned, launching Madeline & Company in July 2015 – the summer before her senior year of high school. Now, as a college freshman, Madeline designs and executes her line of backpacks, tote bags, and more, offering stylish-yet-practical options for women. Check out the Navy with Pink & White Slim!

Quilted Koala

Quilted Koala camo and metallic backpacks will have all heads turning on campus. Not only are metallics and camo prints super on-trend this fall, the backpack is so light, even filled with books it won’t weigh you down! The backpacks have a convenient laptop sleeve that fits up to a 15” computer, and plenty of pockets and zippers store all school essentials. Quilted Koala is co-owned by Stephanie Oppenheim.


Blueair, makers of Swedish-designed air purifiers, are a great fit for those dusty dorm rooms. What’s more, this family of purifiers was engineered by a woman named Elin Ward, Product Marketing Manager for Blueair.  Blueair’s new ‘Blue’ family line ranges from the Blue Pure 211 to Blue Pure 411 ($99-$299), covering room sizes from about 200 to 600 square feet. Both purifiers remove up to 99.97% of airborne particles, such as the common ones: pollen, dust, and pet dander, and also immensely help allergy sufferers.

Lavender Essential Oil: SELECT SERIES by MEVEI

The benefits of essential oils extend far beyond aromatherapy; as a critical element of your daily beauty routine and skin care and we are trying to change that perception of essential oils from a therapeutic medicinal  product to a splurge worthy, luxe beauty product that belongs on your dresser. MEVEI is owned and managed by  Rupinder Mangat (woman founded, owned and managed). Lavender Essential Oil: SELECT SERIES by MEVEI  (30ml) Calming yet uplifting, this iconic Lavender is an expression of life and happiness.  A smooth and luminous bouquet of sweetness and woods, foster serenity and balance while the classic floral aromas reveal a luxurious sophistication. This prestigious Lavender Population, the finest lavender that nature offers, makes an unforgettable statement of extravagant indulgence and elegance.

Stitch Fix

Stitch Fix, the leading online personal styling service founded in 2011 by Katrina Lake, is the perfect gift for college students who are looking to stay on-trend on campus this year. Whether they’re looking to receive a Fix on-demand as they need a new wardrobe refresh or if they’re looking to receive a Fix for each semester, Stitch Fix allows college students to feel fashion-forward this back-to-school season in a convenient and personalized way that meets their budget, taste and lifestyle.


The small meori  is a foldable storage accessory is ideal for organizing small spaces (hint -- dorm rooms and first apartments), and is a perfect fit for standard cube shelving units. The best part? Each box can hold up to 65 pounds (that’s a lot of books, clothes and ramen noodles), and folds completely flat for simplified storage when not in use. The brand’s general manager of North America is Deirdre Meyer. Her husband and his brother created the concept of meori in Germany, and Deirdre introduced the brand to the US just last year.

SABRE Pepper Spray

SABRE Pepper Spray: We can’t be too careful and gifts that maintain safety and peace of mind are some of the best gifts. SABRE Pepper Spray provides police-strength protection packed in an easy to carry container (that comes in adorable pink!) with an adjustable hand strap to ensure comfort and convenience. The easy to use spray releases up to 25 bursts and can reach up to 10 feet. 

Golden Door

 Kathy Van Ness, COO, Golden Door created the idea to bring together three of the Golden Door’s top-selling all-time beauty favorites,  in the the Golden Door Try ME Kit! , featuring their Bamboo Scrub, Peel-A-Way Masque and Hydrating Cleansing Milk in travel-sized (but luxurious) samples, so everyone can get a taste of the Golden Door (and not pay the 9k a week price tag!). A perfect way to bring a good skincare routine (and habit) away to college.

Motivational Imprinted Pencil Sets 

A set of motivational imprinted pencil sets are perfect for back to school season. The blue/purple/green combo of Think Good Thoughts, Believe and Succeed, and Yes You Can are a great message, and she may even make some friends when sharing. They are a mother-daughter business based out of Cleveland, Ohio.

Motivational Imprinted Pencil Sets 

Latitu° finds motivation in discovery and sees the process of design and innovation as a journey. The collections are defined by attention to detail, an eclectic use of materials and a sense of mystery and charm.

Latitu° solves a void in the market by becoming the ultimate online travel destination for women, designing specifically for the needs of women. Founder, Tanya Pham, has taken the design process a step further and started by having conversations with women and added a design feature around each custom pain point to ensure that the Latitu bags are both functional and stylish.

Aly Walansky

Aly Walansky is a freelance lifestyles writer based in New York City, who contributes regularly to iVillage, SheKnows.com, xoJane, Huffington Post, and The Fashion Spot as well as many other print and web outlets.

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