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Recent Finds

I know everyone is eagerly awaiting the promised Halloween cruelty-free entry.  But before we get to sweets and treats, I thought I’d treat you to some of my favorite recent finds. Dr. Hauschka Daily Revitalizing Eye Cream I’ve been using the Eye Contour Balm for a long time and remain a loyal fan, but the lightweight cream is perfect for daytime. John Masters Organics Vitamin C Face Serum I’m convinced that adding some vitamin C to the daily facecare regimen is key to aging gracefully!  Vitamin C counters inflammation, boosts collagen, and evens out skin tone.  What’s not to love? The Merry Hempsters Vegan Hemp Balm The Hempsters offer a selection of lip balms that are not petroleum based — definitely a good thing!   The orange-infused vegan stick makes me smile...

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Pocket Guides

To round out this “Baker’s Dozen” blog series on cruelty-free favorites, some additional resources for you to use on your own. A pocket guide is good to have on hand as you go through your day-to-day and become more familiar with companies’ animal-testing policies. The web sites listed below give you a choice of ordering one or multiple guides to be mailed to you, or downloading the guide in pdf format. I’ve included the URL addresses that will take you straight to the guides in downloadable form.  Print out, fold, and tuck right into your wallet! Coalition for Consumer Information’s Compassionate Shopping Guide to print guide, click here.  Caring Consumer’s Guide for Kind Living  to print guide, click here.   “Be Nice to Bunnies” iPhone application For those of you with iPhones, you can have the added convenience of an up-to-date reference literally in the palm of your hand. The next time you’re shopping, use the following iPhone app to check up on products before adding them to your cart:  I leave you for now with the following thought: Making more animal-friendly choices when it comes to your everyday products can be an adventure… without driving yourself (and everyone around you) crazy. Changing just one item in your household to a product that is cruelty-free is all it takes to begin. And as you discover new products, cruelty-free favorites of your own, I encourage you to share your finds with family and friends. Check back with me mid-October before you buy all the Halloween candy!  I’ll be posting a blog with suggestions for cruelty-free sweets and...

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Cruelty Free: Cosmetics

Remember when Maria in West Side Story sings “I Feel Pretty”? Well, how much prettier she would feel if she knew all her cosmetics were cruelty-free! Trying to ensure all your shadows and glosses have been animal-friendly from their incipient stages to the final product sitting on your counter, however, can be like opening up a Pandora’s Box. First, there’s the caveat about parent companies; just because your lip balm says it’s cruelty-free doesn’t mean the product line isn’t owned by a larger, less animal-friendly company. Second, there’s a problem with companies that are evasive when it comes to questions about their animal-testing policies. Third, some companies claim they don’t do animal testing but neglect to mention they outsource the testing to another company. Oh… and let’s no forget the ultimate slimy move: “No animals were used to test this final product.” Just don’t ask them what they did while they were still working on the ingredients before they put them all together. Feeling overwhelmed? Don’t sweat it. You’ll learn as you go, just as I am. And cosmeticsdatabase.com is a resource worth repeating a second day in a row. As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog when I was talking about skincare, this web site will let you search manufacturers and individual products. And while you’re at it, you’ll be able to weed out all the nasty parabens and other artificial ingredients in your make-up collection, too — a little at a time. What you’ll find in my personal make-up collection: Dr. Hauschka Concealer Organic Wear Concealer Stick Dr. Hauschka Translucent Makeup Dr. Hauschka Face Powder (loose) Organic Wear Face Powder (compact) Zuzu Blush Powder Gabriel Blush Powder Dr. Hauschka Volume Mascara Dr. Hauschka eyeliner Almay Voluminizing Mascara Gabriel Color Lip Gloss Terra Gloss MAC lip pencils MAC eyeshadow Revlon eyebrow pencil Brushes: Ecotools — synthetic bristles! For your nails: “No Miss” nail polishes (available at Whole Foods) “Almost Natural” Polish Remover Best Value! Kiss My Face tinted...

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Cruelty Free: Saving Face

I could spend four hours a day practicing yoga, drink two gallons of water daily, and eat nothing but raw vegetables… and still, the face would need some extra TLC. I’ve always been good about cleansing and moisturizing, but as I’ve gotten older and the fine lines start creeping up around my eyes, the term “saving face” has taken on a whole new meaning for me. I spare no expense when it comes to my face products, but I also have found some inexpensive products that seem to do the trick quite nicely. As I mentioned in yesterday’s piece, I’m also making the effort to be paraben-free, whenever possible. But before you go throwing out all your old stuff and replacing everything: Tip #1: Check out Skin Deep cosmetic database You can search most cosmetic companies and specific products to get the lowdown. Tip #2: Go gradually I’d been using many of my products for so long that I forgot how many other products I had to try before finding ones that didn’t mess with my complexion. When I introduced a entirely new regimen all at once, my face was not happy; plenty of back pedaling was involved as I tried out each new item and assessed the results. Tip #3: Don’t be afraid to seek out samples! If you’re in New York, head to Jurlique’s store in SoHo! The salesperson there sent me walking away with tons of samples… and it paid off for both of us. Although my skin didn’t respond well to a couple of the moisturizers, one of the samples proved to be marvelous for me and has become part of my daily routine. Tip #4 Watch out for parent companies I call this my “Burt’s Bee’s Lesson.” What’s not to like about Burt’s Bees? The products are natural, inexpensive, and can be found in just about any store or pharmacy. Burt’s Bees is cruelty-free; but it’s now owned by Clorox, which isn’t. You’ll have to decide for yourself where you want to draw the line. So here’s what you’ll find in my bath area — my faves for the face: Zia Skin Basics Moisturizing Cleanser with soybean Zia Skin Basics Bamboo Exfoliant with rice bran (love this!) Alba Botanicals Pineapple Enzyme Facial Cleanser Alba Botanicals Papaya Enzyme Facial Mask Collective Wellbeing “Whirled Peas” Hydrating Face Mask Dr. Hauschka Eye Contour Day Balm Jurlique Calendula Cream Clarins Multi-Active Day Cream (parabens, but company does not conduct animal...

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Cruelty Free: Body & Bath

When it comes to bath and body products, I’m a real adventurer; I’m always trying something new, though I’m loyal to some of my favorite finds. In addition to choosing animal-friendly products, I’ve tried to eliminate products with parabens and sodium lauryl or laureth sulfate. In my bath area, there’s always a good mix of “luxury items” (translation: costly but worth it) and items that are easier on the wallet.  I’ll leave the topic of “saving face” (cleansers, scrubs, masks, and facial moisturizers) until tomorrow… Here’s what you’ll find in my bathroom: at the sink — EO Essentials Hand Soap (Orange Spice) Nature’s Gate Organics Hand Soap (Lemongrass and Clary Sage) Nature’s Gate Fragrance-Free Moisturizing Lotion for sensitive skin Sparitual “Instinctual” Organic Moisturizing Lotion Alba Botanicals Pineapple Enzyme Facial Cleanser Trader Joe’s Toothpaste with Fennel, Propolis, & Myrrh Desert Essence Dental Floss with Tea Tree Oil Dr. Tung’s Smart Floss Trader Joe’s Deodorant Giovanni Organic Hair Care’s L.A. Hold Hair Spritz Nexxus Headress Leave-In Conditioner *I’ve got a John Masters Organics leave-in conditioner waiting for me to try when I’ve finished with this tube of Headress. at the tub — Collective Wellbeing’s Charcoal Body Wash EO Essentials Hinoki Ginger Bubble Bath — a top-favorite indulgence (only $10 a bottle!) lots of soy candles 🙂 in the shower — Alba Botanicals French Lavender Bath & Shower Gel Alba Botanicals Shaving Foam Nature’s Gate Organics Hemp Conditioner (for dry hair) Aveda Camomile Shampoo EarthScience Olive & Avocado Deep Conditioning Masque (for hair) Best Value! Whole Foods “365” shampoo and conditioner (fragrance-free) While we’re in the bathroom… Ecover Toilet Bowl Cleaner Trader Joe’s Bergamot & Coriander Air...

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