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Posted by on Feb 27, 2016 in Bath & Body | 0 comments

I’m changing my toothpaste to JASON Powersmile

I’m changing my toothpaste to JASON Powersmile

As regular readers of Beauty Best Friend will know I’m a big fan of natural beauty products, but I’ve never actually tried a natural toothpaste. When you think about it it’s really important that we know what ingredients are in our toothpastes as they go in our mouths and therefore a small percentage will end up in our stomachs – imagine just how much toothpaste you actually swallow throughout your whole lifetime! I was sent this Powersmile Toothpaste* from natural care brand JASON to try out. The word ‘jason’ means ‘healer’ in Greek and the brand only selects wholesome natural ingredients for its products. Their range is free from parabens, mineral oils and sodium laureth sulfates, plus the toothpaste is fluoride-free too. Did you know that ingesting fluoride has been linked to neurological disorders and IQ deficiencies in children? And yet it is in our toothpastes and added to our drinking water! Many believe that the benefits of fluoride far outweigh the dangers, but if you want to try and...

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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 Feb 19, 2015 in Bath & Body | 1 comment

Perfume Of The Day – L’Occitane Cerisier Rouge

Perfume Of The Day – L’Occitane Cerisier Rouge

I got this L’Occitane Cerisier Rouge Eau Intense for Christmas and I’m so in love with it! I first spritzed it in their York shop in December, and then dropped enough hints to my husband that he bought me it. Cerisier Rouge translates as ‘Red Cherry’ and it’s a beautiful sweet fragrance – as well as the scent of cherry it’s got hints of lemon, orange, blackcurrant, raspberry and Lily Of The Valley. It’s not too fruity though, the floral edge really does come through, and it is supposed to replicate the ‘changing beauty of cherry blossom announcing the arrival of Summer days’. It’s my absolute favourite scent at the moment, I wear it every day. It’s so uplifting and fresh – probably more of a Spring/Summer scent than an Autumn/Winter one. It lasts all day, after a few hours the top notes start to disappear and it reduces down to a warming, fruity fragrance. I was also lucky enough to receive a great free gift with my perfume. L’Occitane...

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Posted by on Feb 2, 2015 in Haircare | 2 comments

Benecos – Shampoo for Silky Hair

Benecos – Shampoo for Silky Hair

You may have read some of my reviews of SLS-free shampoos in the past, for example this Sensitive Shampoo from Lavera, and know that I suffer from a very sensitive and itchy scalp. I’ve narrowed the cause down to the ingredients in shampoo and conditioner and now I always choose haircare products that are free of sodium laureth sulphate (SLS) and that contain as many natural ingredients as possible. Benecos is a brand that I haven’t tried before, the name means literally means ‘good cosmetics’ – in Latin the word ‘bene’ means ‘good’. All of their products are free of parabens & silicones etc, contain 100% natural and organic ingredients and are certified vegan. I’ve been using their Shampoo for Silky Hair* for almost three weeks now, the ingredients include organic Apple Flower Extract. The shampoo is quite runny and an opaque golden colour, very much like runny honey. It has a gentle sweet scent too that I really like. The only problem is that as it’s quite runny you need...

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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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Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 in Bath & Body | 1 comment

Janjira – Thai Lime & Ginger Hand Wash

Janjira – Thai Lime & Ginger Hand Wash

I always try to use hand washes made from natural ingredients that don’t contain sodium laureth sulfate (SLS) and this Thai Lime & Ginger Hand Wash from Janjira fits the bill. The Janjira brand was born in Thailand, hence the exotic sounding name, and none of their products contains parabens, paraffins or sulphates – neither are they tested on animals. The Janjira philosophy is all about experiencing spa-inspired products in your own home. The product that I have been using is a small sample size tube of Thai Lime & Ginger Hand Wash that I recently received in my Dream Box (a collaboration beauty box between Latest In Beauty and British Beauty Blogger) but the full size product is a rather handsome tall dark green pump bottle, as you can see from the image above. The hand wash itself is a thick, clear gel which foams fairly easily when added to water but does still feel quite thick in your hands and needs a thorough rinsing. It has a...

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