Soap.com Has “Natural & Organic” Tab

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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?

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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.

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Refinery29 Article on What “Cruelty-Free” Means

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Check out this concise article about animal testing and the importance of shopping cruelty free. The author shares her personal experience with and feelings about animal testing.

For those of us who are veterans at cruelty-free consumerism, the article may seem perfunctory, but think of it this way: Refinery29 is a wildly popular fashion/entertainment/shopping site. This article is introducing the topic of animal testing to a wide audience and opening the door to cruelty-free living. Thanks, Ashlee Piper, for getting the word out!

Some Too Faced Cosmetics are 100% Vegan*

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A kindred spirit blogger, Sunny at Vegan Beauty Review, has compiled this complete list of Too Faced cosmetics that are vegan. The Too Faced brand is cruelty free, and some of their products are 100% vegan. It offers tons of great cosmetics, including, as Sunny pointed out, brushes made with “teddy bear hair.” I haven’t tried any of the products yet, but I just ordered the Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Collection (which will replace pretty much all of my old eye shadows), and I will let you know how it works! And check out Vegan Beauty Review for lots more cruelty-free product reviews.

* Updated 4/18 thanks to a well-informed commenter. Previously I had written that ALL Too Faced cosmetics are vegan, which is false. The company does not claim that–I must have skimmed over all the important stuff on their site in my frenzy to order eye shadow kits. 🙂

Challenges to Going Cruelty Free

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Courtesy of White Rabbit Beauty

The writer over at White Rabbit Beauty (a site dedicated to selling only cruelty-free beauty and household products) wrote this post about the challenges we face when adopting a cruelty-free consumer stance. She addresses our main concerns:

  1. Cost
  2. Knowing which products are cruelty free
  3. Hard-to-find products like mascara and antiperspirant

I found the article really helpful. I hope you do too. 🙂

Funding Animal-Free Testing

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I just found out about this great foundation that offers grants for scientific research and development that uses alternatives to animal testing. The Alternatives Research & Development Foundation just announced its 2014 Alternatives Research Grant Program to fund projects “for scientists who have interest and expertise in alternatives research.” Learn more on its site, and check out its mission:

The mission of Alternatives Research & Development Foundation is to fund and promote the development, validation and adoption of non-animal methods in biomedical research, product testing and education.

 

Cosmetic Testing Fact Sheet From the HSUS

I’m back to posting after a long and complicated move from NC to MD. And now on with the show!

Have you ever wondered what exactly qualifies as animal testing? Or whether companies are required by law to test their products on animals? If you have, check out this informative fact sheet from The Humane Society of the United States. It covers the basics of animal tests for cosmetics. From the fact sheet, here’s the definition of “a cosmetic”:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defines cosmetics as “articles intended to be applied to the human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance without affecting the body’s structure or functions.”

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