November 10, 2009
Winter Cruelty-Free Goodies
A (gentle!) electric toothbrush for your face, the Clarisonic Sonic Skin Cleansing System is a gentle way to exfoliate your skin daily. I’ve been try to sleuth out whether this company, Pacific Bioscience Laboratories, tests on animals, because they do also create cleansers and serums, but it’s a bit more difficult because their main product is this electronic device. Please let me know if anyone has any dirt on this dirt-eliminating company.
The Clarisonic Mia (the mini version) is $150.00 dollars and worth every penny because it’s a massage for your face which takes off up to six times the amount of make-up as manual washing. It also combats dryness and evens skin tone, leaving your skin baby smooth, baby.
2. Kat Von D Autograph Liquid Eyeliner
Haven’t been able to find any info about Kat Von D being vegetarian (although I did see her photographed at The Cheesecake Factory last week with her fug bf). But Kat Von D has come out naked against fur, like the rest of the somewhat considerate fame-whores. You can’t judge an eyeliner by its celebrity endorser though. This liquid eyeliner goes on with precision and has that color pop that many dry eyeliners don’t. I like the Rhi-Venge Electric Blue to switch it up a little when everything outside is grey.
3. Moroccan Oil Shampoo
Not tested on animals to the extent of the bunny symbol (the most trusted and universally recognized cruelty-free symbol – they even specificy that none of their ingredients are animal tested), Morrocan Oil has been the best hair product I’ve found for keeping the hair healthy and soft.
I was a little skeptical when I noticed that the shampoo doesn’t have any sulfates – the component which creates lather (which is actually a good thing as sulfates are thought to strip the hair of its natural oils), but this shampoo does have a bit of soft lather to it if you apply, rinse, then reapply, so it doesn’t leave the hair feeling stripped as other non-sulfate shampoos do. At $18.00 a bottle, this shampoo requires only a dime size amount, so it’s worth it. And so are you. Take that l’Oreal. (You test on animals, we steal your catch phrase.)
4. TIGI Brunette Goddess Conditioner
The most important thing about this conditioner is that it smells like cupcakes. Secondly, it makes your hair smooth, tangle-free, and shiny. TIGI tests their products on humans, not animals. A great way to have your cupackes without eating them, too.
5. Druide Almond Body Wash
This pricy bodywash ($10.00 for a small bottle), smells amazing, like almond extract, and is a great alternative to bar soap. Druide is a completely vegan brand. The consistency of this product is almost liquid, so it’s more like a concentrated serum of natural ingredients like sandalwood, oriental verbena, and bitter almond.
6. Make Up For Ever Aqua Creamliner
Though their website is extremely flashy and unhelpful – very Fashion File 1993 – the consensus on Make Up For Ever seems to be that they don’t test on animals (and haven’t for ten years), which is great because their Aqua Creamliner is a product far superior to Mac’s Fluidline. This creamy eye make up can be used as both a liner and shadow. It goes on smoothly, but also comes off smoothly, contrary to Mac’s Fluidline which is difficult to apply, even harder to take off, and which dries up almost instantly, rendering it useless.
Another piece of evidence that this brand does not test on animals is that they are affiliated with Sephora.
Here is Sephora’s response letter to their policy on animal testing:
Thank you for contacting Sephora.com
Sephora.com is a retailer for over 250 brands. Our private label brand, Sephora Collection, is cruelty free (meaning, the products have never been tested on animals) (Note from EnviroWoman: Cruelty-free is more than this, the product should also not include animal ingredients), but I cannot guarantee that every brand we sell is. Due to public outcry in the 1980’s, the vast majority of cosmetics companies stopped animal testing.
Other than the CARGO Plant Love lipstick I don’t know of any other lines that we carry that are entirely free from being packaged in plastics.
You will want to look for any of these logos: (Labels can be deceiving, so be careful. No specific laws exist regarding cruelty-free labeling of products, so companies can take liberties.)
- “No New Products tested on Animals”
- “No Animal Testing”
- “Cruelty Free”
If you would like more information regarding Animal Ingredients and Companies that don’t test or ones that do check out these websites:
Best regards, Sarah R. Sephora.com Client Services