Jason (one of the oldest natural personal care companies) makes wonderful natural and cruelty-free beauty products. I recently ran out of my go-to eye make-up remover and decided to try Jason’s Quick Clean Makeup Remover Pads.
First, I will point out that these pads are for all make-up, not just eye make-up. I am lazy, so I use general make-up remover for my eye make-up as well. But I know that some people need to use separate remover for their eyes. So I will note that the remover did make my eyes sting a little. I’m sure this is common when you don’t use a make-up remover formulated specifically for the eyes.
Aside from that complaint, I really like these pads. First off, it’s super convenient to not have to find a cotton swab, open the bottle, and moisten the swab before you can start taking off your make-up. That’s not a huge inconvenience, of course, but I did say that I was lazy. These pads are premoistened and ready to use out of the jar. They formula works really well to remove all make-up.
It generally takes me 3 pads to clean my entire face including eye make-up. The jar contains 75 pads (which equals about 25 uses for me) and costs $8.79 (which is about 37 cents per use). I think that’s pretty reasonable when you factor in that you’re not also paying for cotton swabs. Another plus is that you can buy these at Walgreens.
Physician’s Formula is cruelty-free (I had previously stated that it was not; my apologies for not researching that fully! See here for my sources: peta2, Physician’s Formula FAQ, My Beauty Bunny). It also makes a line called Organic wear that, in addition to being cruelty free, is 100% natural, paraben free, and free of synthetic preservatives, fragrances, and colors.
I’ve really liked all of the products that I’ve tried in the Organic wear line. My favorite, though, is the 100% Natural-Origin CC Color + Correction Cream (side note: doesn’t “CC” stand for “color and correction”? So you don’t really need both in the product name?). In my quest for cruelty-free make-up, I’ve found plenty of mineral foundations in powder form. This is one of only a few in liquid form. I really like that this product, despite being billed as a tinted face cream and not a foundation, gives great coverage. I use my powder mineral foundations when my skin is behaving and I don’t need much cover up, but I use this CC cream when I have a break-out and need the coverage. I also really like that the consistency is dewy and that the liquid is easy to blend. It is definitely worth a try. IMO, the colors are a little darker than you might expect, so if you’re unsure where you fall on the “light” to “dark” spectrum, opt for the lighter option.
As is probably obvious after reading my reviews on this blog, I am a sucker for bath and body products that smell good. I’ve posted before about another c. booth product that is heaven scent (see what I did there?): the Walnut Shell Body Scrub & Cleanser.
I am also a sucker for body scrubs, which is why I tried a different c. booth body scrub after finding the what I considered to be the holy grail. And I was not disappointed. The Mimosa Honeysuckle Creamy Body Scrub is a triumph on both tactile and olfactory scales. The consistency is like shower cream with soft sand added to it. Compared with the walnut shell scrub, the “scrubbies” are smoother and fewer in number. So it’s safe to say this cream is a less aggressive exfoliant.
Also, whereas the walnut shell scrub’s fragrance is nutty, vanilla, and a little musky, the Mimosa Honeysuckle Creamy Body Scrub is fruity and sweet, and a little like champagne. It. Is. Wonderful. c. booth makes a few other products in this scent, so if you’re not big on scrubs, you
can absolutely must try the body wash and body souffle.
I have not posted in months because of work deadlines and life in general, but I had to post this because I am SO excited about it. Leaping Bunny has added Milani to its list of cruelty-free companies. (Click here to see Leaping Bunny’s complete list.)
Milani makes beautiful cosmetics for the face, eyes, lips, and nails. The absolute best nail polish I own is Milani Nail Lacquer in Strawberry Fields (a color not available on its site probably because it’s out of season). Compared with the OPI polishes I own, which are more expensive and generally considered to be “salon quality”, this Milani polish has better pigmentation (i.e., fewer coats) and durability.
But just as important as the products’ quality is the products’ availability. Which is the other reason to love Milani. Its products are available at drugstores and grocery stores nationwide and are priced to be affordable (we’re talking $3.99 for nail polish and $5.99 for lipstick). The more cruelty-free products available to most consumers, the better chance we have of voting with our dollars, which leads to legislation banned animal testing for cosmetics.