Madam CJ Walker

February is the month when black history is celebrated. African American hair care products wouldn’t have existed if it wasn’t for the legendary Sarah Breedlove, born in 1867 to parents who had been enslaved. She is better known as Madam CJ Walker. In 1905, Walker released her own specialized products after suffering from scalp alignment that later resulted into hair loss. The company became so successful that it soon made her one of the first American women to become a self made millionaire. She owned and operated her own successful business, the Madam C. J. Walker Manufacturing Company.

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Newspaper ad from 1915

Before the Madam CJ Walker Beauty Culture products, there was an original product called Madam Walker’s Wonderful Hair Grower, specifically made to condition and heal scalp issues after she started losing her own hair. Though loss of hair was very common due to infrequent hair washes at the time and not many hair products for black women were available then.

Walker explained how her products came to be: “God answered my prayer, for one night I had a dream, and in that dream a big black man appeared to me and told me what to mix up for my hair. Some of the remedy was grown in Africa, but I sent for it, mixed it, put it on my scalp, and in a few weeks my hair was coming in faster than it had ever fallen out. I tried it on my friends; it helped them. I made up my mind I would begin to sell it.”

In 2016, Sundial Brands launched the hair care line Madam C.J Walker Beauty Culture which is available at Sephora.

To keep her legacy alive, Sundial, (acquitted by Unilever as of Nov 2017) the company that now owns Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture products, has taken their part in donating financially to continue the mission to create educational platforms and opportunities for women. Sundial announced a fund of $100 million dedicated to support women of color entrepreneurs.

The Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture line

“I want the great masses of my people to take a greater pride in their personal appearance and to give their hair proper attention.” ~Madam CJ Walker

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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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.”

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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.