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Posted by on Jul 26, 2015 in Makeup | 0 comments

Go cruelty free with Beautiful Movements

Go cruelty free with Beautiful Movements

This month I’m partnering up with Cruelty Free International and Beautiful Movements Cosmetics to help educate my readers all about animal testing on cosmetics, and to promote the ‘Go Cruelty Free’ pledge. Did you know that 80% of the world still allows animals to be used in cruel tests for cosmetics? And almost all countries still allow animal testing for cleaning products. Countless rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice and rats suffer and die worldwide in routine animal tests for the ingredients that go into deodorant, lipstick and washing up liquid. But it doesn’t have to be this way; animal tests are being replaced with quicker, cheaper and more reliable non-animal methods and companies can use ingredients which are already known to be safe. One way to help the fight against animal testing is to only buy make-up from brands that carry the ‘Leaping Bunny’ logo. It’s the only globally recognised guarantee that a brand has made a genuine commitment to ending animal testing for its products. You can sign up to take the...

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Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Skincare | 6 comments

Lush – Cosmetic Warrior Fresh Face Mask

Lush – Cosmetic Warrior Fresh Face Mask

I’ve got a confession to make… until a couple of weeks ago I’d never ever tried a Lush product. I’d always been put off by the overpowering smell coming out of the shops and thought they were a bit of a gimmick until my sister forced me to go in with her one day (their bath bombs are one of her favourite ever things!). I was really surprised to see all the different products that they had available, to find out that they don’t test their products or ingredients on animals and that a lot of their items are made from natural ingredients. Lush also do a lot of campaigning for cruelty free – they remind me a bit of The Body Shop in the 1980s when they weren’t afraid to stand out from the rest and stood up for what they believed in. I’m a bit advocate of beauty products that use natural ingredients and that don’t use nasty chemical preservatives, colourings, etc. However I’ve never really had...

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Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in Bath & Body, Makeup, Random, Skincare | 5 comments

Cruelty Free Bloggers Chat

Cruelty Free Bloggers Chat

Some of you may have seen that I hosted the Thursday night ‘Cruelty Free Bloggers Chat’ on Twitter last week – this is a weekly event where lots of people log onto Twitter at the same time (Thursday evenings 9-10pm GMT) and chat together about cruelty free products and animal testing using the hashtag #cfbloggers. Last Thursday, as I was host, I got to ask the questions. I’ve always been interested in cruelty free beauty but I’m not an expert by any means, and I don’t currently use cruelty free products exclusively although I am trying to increase the number of cruelty free beauty and household products that I use. The weekly chats are a great way to find out about animal testing regulations, discuss brands who are cruelty free and make new friends. The questions that I posed are as follows: What are you favourite small independent cruelty free brands and why? Everyone knows the names of the big cosmetic brands out there, but it can be difficult...

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Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in Bath & Body, Makeup, Random, Skincare | 2 comments

Cruelty Free Beauty

Cruelty Free Beauty

Back in the 1980s there were very few well-known cosmetic brands that didn’t test their products or ingredients on animals in some way. Fast forward to the 2000s and things had come a long way… awareness about cruelty free cosmetic was high, many high street brands had become cruelty free, many other brands professed to be cruelty free (even if sometimes their parent companies did still test ingredients on animals) and lots of small independent brands had sprung up offering natural, organic and cruelty free products. On 11th March 2013 a European Union (EU) ban on animal testing for cosmetics products and ingredients came into force. This means that companies are not able to animal test new cosmetic products and ingredients that will be on sale in the EU, however they can still sell products in the EU that have been tested on animals in the past. Companies can also still animal test cosmetics that are sold outside the EU (and the animal testing must be done outside the...

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