Mini review: frank body coconut body balm.

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I recently tried this product and was really surprised. Often when people think of coconut they think of a tropical, creamy aroma. This isn’t at all tropical. This smells like cookies…coconut cookies! It’s a very runny balm that smells like burnt baking. Not what I exspected, and not my kind of coconut but still pretty cool.

Waiting for replies from…

Le Labo
Mario Badescu
Kuumba made
Song of India
Sohum
One seed
Shay and Blue
Olivine Atelier
Theseeke
Goodness superfood skincare
Inika
Pure scents
Tocca
Luma Beauty
Designer brands
Vanessa Megan
Sodashi
Clean
Valeur absolue
Lavanilla
Byredo
Oribe
Limira
Formula 10.0.6
Be genki
Diptyque.

The best of the blogs

My blog is still in its infancy, so I thought I would share some of the best and most established blogs to help others find the best info!

Logical harmony has the most comprehensive and trusted cruelty free list! they also have vegan product lists, a grey area brands list, a tested on animals list and also pending brands that they have contacted but haven’t responded.

Ethical elephant posted an awesome resource article on cruelty free logos and explains them all in great detail with explanations and concerns of each. A  eye opening article to help you decide which logos you can trust and which aren’t strict enough for you.

I hope this helps people on their journey to living cruelty free!

Animal testing Q & A

I put together a few Q and A’s to help people understand animal testing a bit better!

Q: What is animal testing?

A: Animal testing is when a product that is going to be used by people is tested on animals to see what harm it can do. Many people imagine a few mice in a laboratory (even though mice are highly intelligent, beautiful creatures many people don’t see them in a loving light) the reality is that dogs, guinea pigs, rabbits and many other animals are used for these horrific tests that aren’t nearly as affective for human safety as new tests that don’t require animals. Between 13 and 54 million animals could be used for animal testing in Europe under REACH (explained soon) to test the safety of 30,000 or more chemicals between 2009 and 2018.

 

Q: Does supporting cruelty free brands really help?

A: Yes. Sometimes when a confronting issue is presented to us we feel powerless and we push it to the back of our mind, but with animal testing making a difference is really easy. All you need is the knowledge of which brands are cruelty free so you can make informed decisions as a consumer. It all helps. When beauty brand NARS decided to sell in China (making it no longer cruelty free) sales of their products went down dramatically. This not only showed the power of consumers but it showed other companies that may have been thinking of selling in countries that require animal testing by law that it isn’t a good idea.

 

Q: What is REACH?

A: REACH (STANDS FOR: registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemical substances) legislation is a European regulation on chemicals. They try and identify the risks involved in different substances for humans and the environment. They carry out toxicity tests which is where they force feed chemicals to animals. The animals are always killed as part of the test if they don’t already die from it. The only brand that has discussed how this legislation affects them is LUSH. They expressed how difficult it is to find ingredients that haven’t been tested on animals because many suppliers have to comply with REACH. Any product imported into the EU in 1 tonne or more per year has to be tested. Any EU company would be affected by this. I will be doing more research to try and estimate how many companies trying to remain truly cruelty free are affected.

Thanks for reading!

 

REVIEW: Dr.Bronners

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A great multi-purpose liquid soap housed in a sturdy bottle with the signature writings of Dr.Bronners products. Stories, quotes and product information encase the entire label (all in tiny font of course).

Scent: The scent isn’t the sandalwood and jasmine from commercial fragrance products. It is very earthy, even a bit herbaceous with a very slight note of natural jasmine. Jasmine in its natural form is often described as a beautiful white floral with a sweet, slightly dirty aroma. This soap isn’t at all ‘florally’ though, more of a sweet, woody fragrance. Sandalwood is the main scent and is lightened by the jasmine.

Staying power: Strong, a little goes a long way if you are using it as a fragrance product.

Final verdict: A sweet, woody scent that showcases the aromas of the two ingredients in their most natural forms. It takes a while for the jasmine scent to develop and once it does it softens the sandalwood and adds a floral element that is non-existent when you first put it on.