I love Soap.com because I am a health and beauty product addict. I also work from home full time, so I’m a bit of a shut in (but in the cozy, happy way, not the scary, unhinged way). On Soap.com, I can search through a huge selection of personal care and household essentials and get free 2-day shipping directly to my doorstep.
And, best of all, Soap.com has a “Natural & Organic” shopping tab. In it, you can an impressive number of products from lots of cruelty-free brands (Toms, Jason, Seventh Generation, Method, and Mrs. Meyers to name just a few). AND once you start searching, there are category menus on the left side of the page. One of those categories is “Cruelty-Free.” How exciting is that?
What’s cool about that tab is that Soap.com’s research team that’s tracking site hits, views, orders, etc., see how much that tab is accessed by Web users. If enough cruelty-free shoppers like us visit that page and use that tab, the data will show that consumers are looking specifically for natural and cruelty-free products. Which means that they’ll add more of those types of products to keep us coming back. It’s a win for us, a win for the cruelty-free companies, and a win for the animals.
I’ve searched high and low for a cruelty-free nail polish remover but couldn’t find any that specifically stated that they were cruelty free. I ended up finding several products that claimed to be natural or made with natural ingredients and then e-mailing the company to ask if it tested on animals. Representatives from both Fisk Industries, Inc., (owners of the Barielle brand) and La Fresh Group wrote back and said that neither their finished products nor the ingredients were tested on animals. So I happily purchased nail polish remover from each and plan to review both.
Barielle makes hand and nail care products that are free of formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP)—chemicals that are suspected to be harmful. Instead, its products are made with keratin, proteins, vitamins, and oil and plant extracts. They make nail polish, and, of course, polish remover. I tried the Non-Acetone Nail Polish Remover. There’s not much distinct about the polish remover itself: it works great, doesn’t dry out my cuticles, and the 4 fl. oz. bottle will last a long time. It’s on the expensive side ($10), and the bottle is made of glass, so it doesn’t travel well (but that’s what the La Fresh wipes are for!). And it’s not available in drug stores or grocery stores. Luckily, you can buy directly from the company’s site and on Soap.com.
All in all, though, the Barielle polish remover is pretty unremarkable. But isn’t that a good thing for an “alternative” product to be? It doesn’t smell like patchouli. Or stain your fingers green. Or require 18 uses to do a good job. In other words, this product fits right in with all the other products on the shelves. Which, for consumers, is important. It’s just nail polish remover with the amazing added benefit of being cruelty free.
Parissa is a company that makes only cruelty-free hair removal products. In addition to being woman-owned, the company is Leaping Bunny certified, which means it passed a rigorous certification process. Check out the company’s other socially responsible aspects here.
Parissa sells hot wax, warm wax, cold wax, and body sugar and all the supplies that go long with them. It also sells “professional” quantities (meaning salons–or dedicated consumers–can purchase in bulk).
But the best products in my opinion are the wax strips–cellulose (not plastic, so they biodegrade!) strips that are “pre-loaded” with wax. I’ve only use face and bikini package because I only wax my upper lip, but the strips come in lots of different sizes. These are by far the most convenient way to remove hair using wax, and my skin has had very few reactions to the hair removal process (mainly I learned that for my sensitive skin, I can’t wax the same area twice in one session or I’ll get a “burned” area that requires a few days to heal). All you have to do is
- rub the strip between your hands for 30 seconds or so to warm the wax,
- pull the strip apart,
- apply each wax-covered side to your skin and press firmly, and
- rip the strip off in the opposite direction of hair growth.
You can purchase the strips on the parissa site, on Amazon, and at Bed, Bath & Beyond.