I just found out about this site, White Rabbit Beauty, that sells only cosmetics that have not been tested on animals. Everything they sell has been Leaping Bunny certified and approved, which is music to the floppy ears of little white rabbits around the world. Go check it out!
Read about this break-through technology that could end animal testing (cosmetic and medical) forever. It’s a chip that contains micro-channels lined with human cells that researchers can use to mimic human organs, and it’s being manufactured by the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. From the article:
The ultimate goal is to be able to determine the efficacy and safety of new drugs in humans in less time and at lower costs than traditional animal testing.
Cutting-edge technology like this will one day lead to the eradication of animal testing. Pretty amazing stuff!
I’ve written about Arbonne before. It is a Swiss company that makes its own brand of personal health care products that are botanical based and cruelty free. It is also committed to being “green,” using recycled packaging and carbon-neutral shipping practices (read more here).
I would totally buy all of my health and beauty aids from Arbonne if it weren’t so darned expensive. So, as it is, I only buy the products that I want to splurge on. Like, the things I really want to work or can’t find a good cheaper version of. This Hydrating Eye Cream is a good example of both. Some eye creams can be so cake-y that you end up tugging your skin trying to blend it in. Other eye creams can so liquid-y that it ends up running into your eyes halfway through the day. This product is the happy medium–the Goldilocks of of eye creams. It’s a cream that comes in a pot, and when you dab your finger into it, it sticks and doesn’t slide off. But when you put it on your skin, it blends in like a silky dream. I use this in the morning after washing and moisturizing my face. I have to be careful not to use too much or else it won’t absorb completely and end up irritating my eyes.
I’ve written about The Honest Company before. It is an online store that sells its own personal, baby, and home care products that are all natural and cruelty free. It is an amazing company with an incredible philosophy. Check out its principles and prepare to be impressed.
I have been using its laundry detergent for a few weeks now, and I am loving it. You know how when you find a natural or cruelty-free product that could replace a standard product you already use and all you’re really hoping for is that it doesn’t suck? Like, it never crosses your mind that it could be better than the synthetic products you already use, but you’re willing to sacrifice to use a product you believe in? Well, I am happy to report that that’s not the case with this laundry detergent.
I have one of the high efficiency washers, so it’s hard to find eco-friendly and cruelty-free detergent that I can use in it. Happily, the Honest Company laundry detergent is safe for high efficiency machines. It works well, smells nice, and is free of “SLS, synthetic perfume, glycol, enzymes, dyes, phosphates, 1,4-dioxane, chlorine, DEA, formaldehyde, petrochemicals, caustics, and optical brighteners.”
It’s a bit on the expensive side ($12.95 for 70 fl. oz.), but it really does work just as well as synthetic laundry detergents, so it’s worth it to me. That being said, I will probably rotate it out with other, cheaper laundry detergents from Seventh Generation and Ecover.
I’ve reviewed another Carley’s Clear and Smooth product before (its amazing acne scrub that works wonders for my adult acne). This review is about what I follow up with after I use the acne scrub.
The Daytime Moisturizer for Acne Prone Skin is the perfect complement to the acne scrub cleanser. Right after I dry off my face, I use one pump of the lotion and cover my face and neck. This stuff has never made my face break out. It is light feeling and absorbs well, but it keeps my skin moisturized well enough that I never get dry scaly spots (that are sometimes the result of other acne treatments). With other moisturizers, my skin can become an oil slick by the end of the day, but with this product my skin is just its normal, slightly oily self. In other words, this moisturizer makes my skin not too dry and not too oily but just right.
As an added bonus, Carley’s will send along a free full-sized bar of their wonderful natural soap. You’ll love the feeling of this soap on your skin: sudsy and soft. It’s gentle enough to use everywhere on your body because it’s not scented and because it’s made from all natural ingredients.
Head over to drugstore.com and spend at least $50 in their virtual “green & natural department” and get a free organic cotton tote bag with the Leaping Bunny logo that’s filled with samples of great natural products!
Click here to check out the promotion and get more information on the swag in the Leaping Bunny tote bag! The offer ends April 21, 2013.
Burt’s Bees makes natural skin, face, and baby care products and make up. The company is careful to note on its website that it strives to make 100% natural products, but only about half are 100% natural (the other half are around 80% to 90% natural). There is a “natural bar” on every product denoting how natural it is, which I think is a nice bit of information to have. Would seeing that the eye cream, for example, is only 99% natural stop me from buying it? Nope. But I, as the consumer, feel like the company wants me to be informed, and I appreciate that.
The Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Cream is, by far, the best cruelty-free hand cream I have tried so far. I have been looking for a cruelty-free replacement for the Aquaphor Healing Ointment by Eucerin that I keep on my desk at work; that stuff really moisturizes. But it’s basically just petroleum, which is basically just a fossil fuel. So, in other words, I can do better. And this hand cream proves it! The cream is thick but absorbs well–it might leave your hands feeling “wet” for a moment, but that goes away. The moisture lasts for a long time (I usually use this at night, and when I wake up in the morning, my hands still feel supple). And the smell is wondrous: nutty, creamy, and sweet.
Organix makes hair products (and a couple body moisturizers) that are paraben free, sulfate free, gluten free, and cruelty free. Its products use natural ingredients like coconut, cocoa butter, acai berry, awapuhi ginger, and argan oil.
On my journey to replace all my favorite health and beauty aids with cruelty-free products, I have had the hardest time finding hair treatment and styling products that work just as well as my old stand-bys. I have been looking for a serum to replace my BioSilk Silk Therapy Serum, which I used every time I blow-dried my hair to tame fly-aways and reduce frizz. Nothing fit the bill until I came across this Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum. I use it on my wet hair before blow drying, and it absorbs easily and doesn’t make my hair oily (as long as I only use one pump). It makes my hair feel soft and bouncy, like how styling products with alcohol make your hair feel, but this stuff is actually really good for my hair. I’m very impressed with this products. And now I can’t wait to get my hands on Organix’s Coconut Leave in Nourishing Milk and Moroccan Argan Oil Blow Out Cream. I have high hopes that I’ll love these too!
The Yes To brand is one of my all-time favorites. The company is cruelty free and strives to use all natural ingredients. It makes the following targeted skin and hair care lines:
- Yes To Cucumbers for sensitive skin
- Yes To Grapefruit for uneven, dull skin
- Yes To Tomatoes for oily/combination and acne-prone skin
- Yes To Carrots for normal to dry skin
- Yes To Blueberries for aging skin
These premoistened facial towelettes from the Yes To Cucumber line come in a convenient travel-sized package with 10 towelettes in each. The towelettes are perfect for removing make-up on the go. I take a package with me when I go on vacation, and I would totally put one in my gym bag if I ever went to the gym.
I use a towelette to remove all my make-up (eye make-up, foundation, lipstick), and then I follow up with a face cleanser because I have acne prone skin. Despite my skin’s tendency to throw a tantrum every time I use a new product, these towelettes did not upset my skin; I didn’t get a new breakout or anything. And they seem to remove my make-up really well–there were only a couple times I woke up with residual eyeliner smeared around my eyes (and that could very well have been due to my drunken make-up removal attempts).
In addition to being cruelty free, these facial towelettes are 98% natural and biodegradable.