SheaMoisture Purple Rice Water Collection

The SheaMoisture Purple Rice Water Scrub ($11.99) came free with an Ulta purchase. After trying it, I was so amazed with the smell that I decided to get the body lotion and body wash ($10.99 each). I was able to use a 20% off coupon on top of getting the body wash for 40% off the reg price.

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What is purple rice water??

The Purple Rice Water line’s key ingredient is also known as “forbidden rice.” This ingredient was once withheld from the public in which only the wealthy and royals in Ancient China were allowed to use. Purple rice originates from Japanese rice and is technically a type of grass seed. Its growth can be traced back as far as 2500 B.C. It has many benefits specially for hair. Rice water is commonly used by Japanese women, also referred to as Yu-Su-Ru and used as daily hair routine for stronger and shinier locks.  This ingredient has high concentration of anthocyanin, which is an antioxidant that works to help skin recover from and protect against environmental damage. When used on skin it purifies, brightens and calms skin, which results in a radiant complexion.

This is what Kimberly Paige, the Chief Operating and Brand Officer for Sunidal Brands (manufacturer of SheaMoisture) had to say about the collection line:

“When diving deeper into the benefits of Purple Rice Water, we knew that a full-range collection, inclusive of hair, skin, and body offerings, would be the most impactful. The high content of hydrating vitamins B and E, and amino acids found in Purple Rice Water are powerful yet gentle, making this collection ideal for those with dry hair weakened by color treatments. Purple Rice Water is beneficial for those with dry skin and uneven skin tone. The wild orchid and papaya extracts work synergistically to exfoliate and dissolve dead skin cells due to naturally occurring alpha-hydroxy acids, resulting in a clearer complexion.”

Shop more from this collection:
Purple Rice Water Hair
Strength + Color Care Conditioner ($10.99)
Strength + Color Care Masque ($11.99)
Strength + Color Care Oil Serum ($11.99)
Strength + Color Care Primer & Styler ($12.99)
Strength + Color Care Shampoo ($10.99)
Purple Rice Water Skin
Velvet Skin Cleansing Face Polish ($11.99)
Velvet Skin Facial Mask ($15.99)
Velvet Skin Gel Cream ($12.99)
Purple Rice Water Body
Velvet Skin Bar Soap ($5.99)
Velvet Skin Body Lotion ($10.99)
Velvet Skin Body Scrub ($11.99)
Velvet Skin Body Wash ($10.99)

 

You can save more by using these coupons at Ulta

Oh My Lashes!!

If you’re like me with little lashes then you understand the struggle of having to reapply false lashes constantly. Lashes have become popular throughout the years, lashes became a fascination because they made the eyes appear bigger and brighter. It wasn’t until 1911 when a Canadian woman named Anna Taylor received a U.S. patent for the artificial eyelash; creating the strip lash. Hers was a crescent of fabric implanted with tiny hairs and adhesive according to The New York Times. 1911-taylor.jpg

Nineteenth century hairdresser, Charles Nessler (1903) began selling boxed pairs of artificial strip eyelashes made from human hair attached to ‘fish-skin’ – also known as isinglass – made from fish swim bladders. Later versions of his strip lashes, became known as Nestolashes which were available in Brown, Dark Brown and Black shades.

The first person that comes in mind when I think of false lashes is Twiggy. Fast forward to the 1960’s, this trend took a turn when cultural icon Lesley Hornby also known as Twiggy began wearing both top and bottom faux eyelashes (a strip on top and painted out lashes on the bottom). It increased the demand for false eyelashes. The 1963 release of the film ‘Cleopatra’ also stimulated sales.

In 1962, Eylure introduced fur lashes often labeled as ‘mink’ made from seal skin. They were heavier and hotter to wear so they weren’t recommended to wear generally  during cold climates or used for evening wear.

Mink lashes have become popular in this century that many cosmetic companies have been releasing their own. I have noticed many different brands of mink lashes and most of those are labeled as “cruelty free”. But are they really cruelty-free? Mink eyelashes can never be “ethical.” The majority of the lashes may be labeled as cruelty free but suppliers of mink fur serve one purpose and that is to deceive consumers.

Most brands marketing mink lashes refer to them as being ‘cruelty-free’ made from hair collected by brushing minks or by collecting fallen hair.

Truth is, these animals are naturally scared of humans so being forcefully held to have their fur combed would be terrifying for them and likely lead to aggression. The reality is that minks are kept separately in cramped wire cages on fur farms in highly unsanitary conditions. A typical mink cage measuring 70cm by 40cm. Minks that are trapped on fur farms are electrocuted, bludgeoned, or gassed, or have their necks broken, and their skins are torn from their bodies while they’re still conscious. European minks have become endangered species due to negatively being impacted by human activities. Minks are always kept in those conditions because they are ‘aggressive, solitary animals,’ meaning that those ‘free-range’ claims are a lie.

According to a PETA investigation, minks were denied the opportunity to bathe, swim, burrow, or do anything else that’s natural and important to them and often denied even basic necessities such as food, water, and medical care.

Although you may not be directly purchasing lashes from a fur supplier, mink eyelashes and eyebrows support a terrible industry and animal suffrage. There is nothing humane or “ethical” about depriving these animals of their behavioral and physiological needs. Fur-farming is nothing more than a horror movie. So before you apply your lovely lashes, make sure they are ‘Faux Mink’ or synthetic. We are living in a new century where fur is no longer needed not even in eyelashes.

Here are some brands that sell cruelly obtained mink lashes:

  • Cosmetic Laser Clinic
  • Flirty Lashes
  • Klepki Lashes
  • Lash Bar Australia
  • Lash House
  • The Lash Store
  • MINK MINK
  • Velour Lashes by Redefining Beauty
  • Lily Lashes (Faux mink option available)

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There’s many great alternatives available like

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These are my favorite by far

Make the right choice and ditch mink lashes, trade them for cruelty-free faux mink lashes, featherlight or human hair lashes.

 There’s many more selections available as long as it’s not “(real) mink lashes”. Beautify yourself the ethical way.

 

Ulta is having a great deal on certain lashes for 30% off until Nov 17th. Get this deal now!!

Moon Products

I was in the mall when I encountered a crystal shop. I went inside and spotted all the beautiful colorful crystals. As I walked towards the back clearance section there was a selection of Moon Rivers Naturals products. There I saw a soap bar on sale for $2.46 ($7.00) so I decided to buy it, I mean why not it was so cheap. Once I tried it I couldn’t believe how relaxing this soap felt not to mention the scent. It was like having chai tea in the shower. I regret not buying all the products that were on sale but I definitely think I’ll go back to see if there’s any left. These products are perfect during the full moon. Check out the website to see more products listed.

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Protect Your Skin From The☀️ (sun)

Now that summer is almost over, you’re probably thinking you don’t need sunscreen.  Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the US which is why it’s important and necessary to apply sunscreen. Sunscreen is an effective protective agent against damage from the sun’s powerful rays for all ages, genders, and skin types; lessening the chance of developing skin cancer. It is recommended to seek shade during the brightest time of the day which are between 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (or 2pm).

According to dermatologists, sunscreen protects your skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. There are two types of UV rays known as UVA and UVB rays. These rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes. Both UVA and UVB rays are carcinogens (cancer-causing).

• UVB has a B for “burning” – these rays are the ones most commonly associated with sunburns when skin is exposed to sun.
• UVA has an A for “aging” – these rays beams cause fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. They are most commonly associated with skin aging that cause wrinkles and potentially skin cancer (although less than UVB) after repeated exposure. UVA rays have the ability to pass through glass. UVA rays make up more than 90% of all UV radiation, and penetrate clouds and glass, year-round.

AAD (American Academy of Dermatology) recommends using a broad-spectrum protection sunscreen that offers protection against both types. The suggested SPF (Sun Protection Factor) should be of at least 30 and must be reapplied every 80 mins if in water or every 2 hours if dry.

Even if you have darker skin or tan rather than burn, skin cancer is non-discriminatory and can be diagnosed for any age, gender, or skin type. The great news is that sunscreen can now be found in some cosmetics. This was not the case years ago but because it is more important now to apply sunscreen, certain brands have included sunscreen in their products.

For face: There are now many facial moisturizers that contain sunscreen, and this is adequate for regular daily use if the majority of your day is spent indoors and/or out of direct sunlight.

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• Choose a non-comedogenic (non-pore clogging) sunscreen with zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide if you have acne-prone skin or if you experience skin irritation with other chemical-containing sunscreens. Consult your doctor if sunscreens cause persistent significant skin irritation, or if you believe that you have a sunscreen allergy.

• There are now several powder-based products containing mineral sunscreens that can be applied over moisturizer or make-up. Tinted (skincolored) products are available.

For lips: lip-balm containing SPF30 is recommended.

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For body: UVA/UVB (broad spectrum) coverage greater than SPF50 is recommended

• lotion, cream, gel is recommended over spray

• consider using SPF30-50 UV-blocking articles of clothing as an alternative to sunscreen.

 

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This infographic provides more information on sun protection.

I like to use Ocean Potion which I purchased in TJ Maxx. It has a pleasant smell and is smooth during application. This sunscreen is available in retail stores such as Walmart, Stop n’ Shop & ShopRite or online retailers such as Etailz.com, Amazon.com, Jet.com & Walmart.com.

 

To read more on sunscreen click here

Nordstrom Anniversary Beauty Sale Must Haves

Sales, who doesn’t love them?! It’s like Christmas in July. I picked out some can’t miss out beauty finds. Grab ’em before they’re gone.

A two-piece set by HOURGLASS featuring everything you need for gorgeous, voluminous lashes and lips. The set includes Caution Extreme Lash Mascara and Unreal High Shine Volumizing Lip Gloss in exclusive, limited-edition Spark

Jumbo-size Moisture Repair Shampoo (16.9 oz.): a shampoo that restores hair damaged by chemical processing, color or heat styling.

– Jumbo-size Moisture Repair Conditioner (16.9 oz.): a conditioner that detangles and conditions to leave hair hydrated, strong and manageable.

– Travel-size Treatment (0.5 oz.): an award-winning, revolutionary hair product that created the buzz on argan oil.

– Ceramic Paddle Brush: a brush for all hair types made with high-quality materials and ionic and ceramic properties that combine cutting-edge construction with a comfortable, effortless experience whether you’re styling your own hair or someone else’s.

A flawless trio of Laura’s favorite skin-perfecting bestsellers for primed and perfect skin.

Foundation Primer primes skin for a natural finish and helps your makeup last longer, too. Translucent Loose Setting Powder mattifies, reduces and controls shine and sets your makeup for 12 hours. Secret Brightening Powder for Undereyes sets and brightens your undereye makeup.

– Travel-size Foundation Primer

– Travel-size Translucent Loose Setting Powder with Velour Puff

– Full-size Secret Brightening Powder for Undereyes

A three-piece set that features everything you need to set your makeup look for 16 hours of just-applied wear.

– Bounce + Blend Makeup Sponge

– All Nighter Setting Spray (8.11 oz. jumbo-size and 0.1 oz. travel-size)

A set of ultra-luxe makeup essentials that includes Pretty Rich Diamond Light Eyeshadow Palette, filled with dazzling colors. The set also includes Rich & Dazzling High Shine Sparkling Lip Gloss in Raisin The Roof and, for the richest lashes possible, Better Than Sex Mascara.

A trio of skin-revivers with coconut water that work together to boost radiance, promote elasticity and help hydrate skin. Includes a full-size Hangover Good in Bed Ultra-Replenishing Hydrating Serum, full-size Hangover 3-in-1 Replenishing Primer & Setting Spray and travel-size Hangover Replenishing Face Primer.

A limited-edition set of full-size nude lip products, GEN NUDE Matte Liquid Lipcolor in XYZ (cinnamon beige) and GEN NUDE Radiant Lipstick in Crush (soft neutral pink) plus a double ended lip brush for perfect application.

A trio of full-sized Liquid Eyeshadows by Stila in iconic shades to create a long-wearing, lustrous eye look. Shades are in Kitten (shimmering vibrant nude pink), Jezebel (shimmering rose gold) and Twig (shimmering warm chestnut brown).

A rose ritual set that delivers petal-soft perfection to your face and lips from start to finish. Beloved for its luxurious, artisanal products, Fresh® combines natural ingredients—rose, sugar and soy are its most iconic—with modern technology in order to make each and every product thoughtful and effective. The set includes Soy Face Cleanser, Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner, Rose Face Mask, Rose Deep Hydration Cream and Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen.

A two-piece set featuring a facial oil and roller to help hydrate skin and ease the effects of aging.

– Full-size Emerald Cannabis Sativa Deep Moisture Glow Oil (1 oz.): a THC- and CBD-free facial oil where deep oil meets flash absorption to calm your skin and sooth irritation and environmental stress.

– Jade Roller: a facial roller that can help to improve elasticity, reduce the appearance of fine lines and puffiness, ease facial muscle tension and help your products absorb better.

A set of three bestsellers by Living proof to cleanse, condition and style, all while turning up the volume of your hair.

A lip-perfecting set featuring everything you need for a polished, pretty pout.

A pretty, pink and purely feminine eau de parfum that will warm your heart and make you feel like royalty.

Celebrate Earth Day With These Products

As we celebrate Earth Day, I will list some of the best natural products that I love. Not only are natural products earth-friendly and do not have a negative environmental impact, but they also help avoid skin irritation. Products that have chemicals, artificial colors, ingredients, and fillers in skin care and makeup products can cause redness, irritation, and breakouts. Natural health and beauty products always use natural preservatives rather than synthetic.

 

Juice Beauty By far my favorite blemish clearing serum especially during the summer days. It is designed for oily, combination, and blemish prone-skin types.
Juice Beauty products are formulated without parabens, petroleum, propylene or butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances. Most importantly, are never tested on animals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Try this:

 

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JUICE BEAUTY

3pc
$89 $114
Do something good for the planet and your skin. This facial wash, serum and moisturizer trio does the heavy lifting in antioxidant protection by helping fight free radicals, hydrate and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This trio is an essential! Offer ends April 23, 2019.

 

Jason Body Wash The feeling and smell when you lather with this amazing body wash so soothing and calming.

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Jason Powersmile toothpaste This amazing toothpaste will make your teeth feeling clean.

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Burt’s Bees Glossy Liquid Lipstick for shiny looking lips.

This 100% natural, liquid lipstick contains conditioning Apricot and Babassu Oil, Shea Butter.

Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant The amazing thing is you can find this at a Whole Foods near you. Although it’s quite pricey for a 2oz deodorant ($12) the smell is so pleasant you’ll want to apply it over and over.

Nubian Heritage body lotion is made of natural enzymes, amino acids and proteins that help boost the skin’s natural appearance while smoothing the skin. I’ve gotten this so many times and the smell never gets old. It’s long lasting for sure.

Love Beauty and Planet products are never ever tested on animals but they are owned by Unilever. I purchased it on sale in Safeway but realized it’s owned by Unilever, a company that continues to do animal testing. The great news is that LB&P is Leaping Bunny certified so it’s guaranteed cruelty free.

 

 Giant and CVS deals

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harry’s Shave

Created to be different from other shaving companies, designed to be effective and to provide a great experience without having to overpay for over-designed razors. So there is no need to stand around waiting for an employee in the drugstore to unlock the cases so you can actually purchase a razor.

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The company’s stand on animal testing:

“We do not test our products on animals, and that will never change.”

Want to start a trial for free?

only pay $3 for US Shipping

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For Ladies Only- Taking Care of your Vajayjay

I don’t usually talk about feminine hygiene but I feel like this is an important topic to discuss. Gynecologists often recommend to avoid the use of any feminine hygiene products such as douche, cleansing wipes, freshening spray or powder, fragrant shower gels or soaps, and instead replace it with a fragrance-free soap or shower gel.

Our lady parts can indeed be sensitive so it’s best to treat it right with something that won’t cause irritation or worse yet an infection. The use of such products may also further upset your vagina’s delicate balance of organisms and it is associated with various reproductive health problems.

According to Cosmopolitan, the vagina should have a pH (or acidity level) of 3.5-4.5, which means there is enough lactobacilli (a “friendly” bacteria that normally live in our digestive, urinary, and genital systems without causing disease) as in good vagina bacteria, and no overgrowth of bad bacteria that can cause odor, irritation, or even bacterial vaginosis (which is actually the most common cause of abnormal vaginal discharge).

A 2006 study found that 27 percent of African-American women and 15 percent of Hispanic women regularly douche, as compared to only 9 percent of white women.

But why do we see so many feminine hygiene products available in stores? it’s advertising after all, isn’t it?!

The good news is that sales on douches has decreased since 2014 according to Consumer Healthcare Products Association also known as CHPA.

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We all have that favorite shower gel like the ones from Bath and Body Works. You wouldn’t think it’ll hurt to try to boost the smell down there by using a scented shower gel…. we’re all guilty of that but little do we know we are ignoring our vagina’s cry for help. The best option is to use a fragrance-free shower gel or soap. I like to use 365 Whole Foods brand for $4.99, it’s a dermatologist tested formula with glycerin, panthenol and aloe vera.

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Here are some more interesting links to check out:

The Effects of Feminine Wash

Are Feminine Hygiene Washes Safe? Science Says You’d Be Better Off Skipping Them

Five things you need to know about feminine washes

Are Dedicated “Vagina Washes” Necessary?

The Dirty Secrets of Feminine Hygiene Products Most Women Don’t Know

 

“Women of America, I promise you, you do not need vaginal deodorant. You need a doctor. If you use simple soap and water and you get out the shower and there’s still a rancid-ish odor, don’t spray perfume on it! That’s crazy! That would be crazy!” -Sarah Silverman

Skinny Dip by Earthly Body

Brought this set for about $24.99 at an adult store. The smell is very sensual and smooth. The massage oil isn’t as scented as the lotion tho, but the candle wax can also be used as a massage oil.

All of these products contain an ultra-moisturizing blend of Hemp Seed and other nutrient-rich oils to help moisturize your skin. Skinny Dip scent is a combination of vanilla and cotton candy.

This set contains: 1oz Hand & Body Lotion, 2oz Bath & Shower Gel, 2oz 3-in-1 Massage Candle, and Lip Balm.

The set I purchased contained a massage oil instead.

Hand & Body Lotion
A non greasy formula that absorbs quickly and contains a nutrient rich blend of Hemp Seed and Argan Oil, leaving skin healthier looking, radiant, and silky smooth.

Bath & Shower Gel
Hemp Seed formula gently cleanses and moisturizes, leaving your skin velvety smooth and conditioned. You’ll never use drying bar soap again!

3-in-1 Massage Candle
Melts into a warm massage oil. The 100% natural blend of Hemp Seed and cosmetic-grade oils absorb to soften and condition your skin.

Lip Balm
Blend of Hemp Seed Oil, Shea Butter, Jojoba, Avocado and Vitamin E.

Massage Oil

100% natural blend of essential oils (including hemp, almond, grape seed, apricot and vitamin E) provides a slick, professional glide. This nutrient-rich formula absorbs into the skin for deep conditioning and moisturizing without a greasy residue.

 100% Vegan

 Not Tested on Animals

 Gluten Free

 No THC/Drug Free

 Paraben Free

 Made in the USA

 Phthalate Free

 Petroleum Free

 Free of Artificial Dyes

 Free of Propylene Glycol

 

This set can be found in Amazon for $22.95 and $15.99 on Earthly Body site.

I recently purchased the 16 (473ml) oz body lotion, can’t wait to start using it.

*Earthly Body are on PETA’s “No Test List” and Leaping Bunny certified.

CF Products Made In China, Are They Tested on Animals?

Many of you probably wonder if cruelty-free products made in China undergo animal testing.

China requires skincare and cosmetic companies to submit to compulsory animal testing in government labs before approving products for sale in the country. These regulations mean either allowing animal testing, or losing access to a market worth $29 billion, according to Euromonitor.

According to Troy Seidle, Director of Research and Toxicology at Humane Society International, China’s Food and Drug Administration requires all imported cosmetics, new cosmetic ingredients, and “special-use” cosmetics such as hair dyes, deodorants and sunscreens, to undergo animal testing before being sold. Companies are required to submit finished product samples to the government for testing in a CFDA-recognized laboratory. Once approved for sale, provincial authorities also conduct post-market inspections of cosmetic products, which can include a further layer of animal testing.

Humane Society International estimates that as many as 500,000 animals are still being used each year around the world in cruel and outdated tests for cosmetic ingredients and products, animals who are then killed after a test.

What types of products require mandatory animal testing?

  • Makeup
  • Perfume
  • Skincare
  • Nail Products
  • Hair Products
  • Hair Dye
  • Deodorant
  • Sunscreen
  • Whitening Products

However, not all Chinese companies agree with such policy. JOMEYO, Diversity & Globalization of E-commerce Enterprise company became a core driving force of China Cross-Border E-commerce Ecosystem to help Brands open China market quickly and enhance brand visibility.

“Animal experiments are cruel, unreliable, and even dangerous “, said Frank Huang, CEO of Jomeyo . “As we know, there are many countries which support against animal testing. Nowadays, Chinese government are trying to implement some policies to replace animal testing. This is a good news for our import companies. As animal testing is like a trade barrier which blocked foreign companies outside China. We firmly support Cruelty free and against the use of animals as research tools”.

PETA has been working with the Chinese government to embrace non-animal cosmetics testing methods. Last year, the Chinese government signed a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the nonprofit Institute for In Vitro Sciences, Inc. (IIVS)—which helps industry and governments internationally accept innovative non-animal tests—to continue and expand this work in China.

Based on undercover investigation, cosmetics testing in China involves horrors like the archaic and painful eye irritant test—in which substances are dripped into rabbits’ eyes, causing redness, swelling, discharge, ulceration, hemorrhaging, cloudiness, and even blindness.

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Does this mean that Cruelty Free products sold in China have to meet the same requirements?

Absolutely not! Many well-known brands found almost anywhere such as Wet N Wild are made in China but are not tested on animals. Only products being imported to the country require animal testing.

A way to identify whether a product is actually cruelty free is by looking for a Leaping Bunny logo. Also, certain animal groups have begun to provide “cruelty-free” endorsements for Chinese companies.

Major foreign brands like L’Oreal, Estee Lauder, Shiseido, and Proctor & Gamble undergo animal testing for their products to be sold in China.

In recent years some companies with long histories of not testing on animals have agreed to have their products tested on animals in order to sell them in China. Such companies include Estee Lauder, Avon, Mary Kay, and L’Occitane. In 2012 Urban Decay, known for its motto “We don’t do animal testing. How could anyone?” made a decision to begin selling its products in China. However, they later reversed the decision after controversy from existing customers.

Two Faced sold the company to Estee Lauder who continue to sell their products in China. According to PETA:

Too Faced remains committed to its cruelty-free founding principles under Estée Lauder’s ownership. Additionally, the company has pledged not to enter any market, such as China, where animal testing is required for cosmetics.

When parent companies see that more cruelty free cosmetics are popular, it may lead to a decision to reject animal testing permanently.

Companies, like LUSH have refused to sell their products in China because of the law that China requires to have their products be tested on animals. LUSH only tests on human volunteers when developing a new product.

At Lush, cruelty-free means only using vegetarian ingredients and adhering to a strict anti-animal testing policy. We never test our finished products on animals and won’t buy ingredients from suppliers who conduct or commission animal tests either. In this way, we’re using our buying power to support like-minded suppliers which results in fabulous cruelty-free cosmetics.

The European Union began banning the testing of cosmetic products on animals in 2003.

The Cosmetics Directive provides the regulatory framework for the phasing out of animal testing for cosmetics purposes.

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Specifically, it establishes:

  • Testing ban – prohibition to test finished cosmetic products and cosmetic ingredients on animals;
  • Marketing ban – prohibition to market finished cosmetic products and ingredients in the EU which were tested on animals.

The same provisions are contained in the Cosmetics Regulation, which replaced the Cosmetics Directive as of 11 July 2013.

 

Let’s only hope China will decide to join in permanently making the right decision to end animal testing for good.