Friday, April 15, 2016

BtC4A: Beauty is Only Skin Deep

BtC4A: Beauty is Only Skin Deep

A few months ago, our friends at The Lazy Pit Bull posted about their favorite Cruelty-Free beauty products. Here in La Condo Keisha, we don't use products that have been tested on animals either. If you love animals, why would you? I'm going to spare you the photos of animals that are being used for testing but they sure ain't pretty. For fun, we thought we'd list a few of the products that TW uses and likes. She doesn't wear makeup anymore but she loves her some smelly bath products. HAH!

Besides being cruelty free, TW won't use products with any kind of parabens in them. She's careful about what products she'll use with me and she's also careful about the products she uses on herself. Exposure to parabens has been reported to increase the risk of breast cancer by acting as a hormone receptor.

TW found when looking in the cabinet that most of what she uses is from Origins, which is currently have a sale that gives you $20 off a $45 purchase. Their website says they "do not conduct animal testing on products or ingredients, nor ask others to test on their behalf, except when required by law." They use plant-based products from renewable earth resources and recyclable packaging. I'll list some of her favorites although the company just discontinued two of them.

BtC4A: Beauty is Only Skin Deep

Bath Products:
Origins Ginger Float cream bubble bath (I'd prefer Tuna Float myself)
Origins Float Away sleep-inspiring milk bath (sadly discontinued but Pop will be happy cos he hated the smell)
Origins Sensory Therapy Peace of Mind tension-releasing vapor bath (sadly discontinued)
Origins Calm to your Senses lavender and vanilla milk bath
Happy Goat Soap—all natural goat's milk soap, no animal testing, lots of different scents and shapes and, honestly, TW hasn't bought one yet that she doesn't like

BtC4A: Beauty is Only Skin Deep
Emani Hydrating Liquid Mineral Foundation—no animal testing or toxic ingredients, vegan, recyclable packaging.
Hemp Organics lipstick—gluten free, no artificial colors or FD&C dyes, no petrochemicals, parabens, phthalates, synthetic preservatives, no irritating fragrances, no ingredients or products are tested on animals.

Skin Products
Origins Precipitation Extra Continuous moisture recovery for very dry skin. TW gives this five stars because it has no fragrance smell and goes on without feeling greasy.
Say Yes to Coconut ultra hydrating facial soufflé moisturizer—no parabens, phthalates, silicone and SLS, packaged in recyclable packaging, cruelty-free and a certified member of the Leaping Bunny Program.

Hair Products
OGX Shampoo—Not tested on animals. The companies site says "OGX® does not initiate animal tests on either finished products or ingredients whether directly or indirectly. All ingredients used are carefully monitored. All suppliers are requested to confirm that their materials have not been tested on animals." No parabens or sulfates and recyclable packaging.
Renpure Solutions Cleansing Conditioner—Family-owned company, natural ingredients, no animal testing, no sulfates, parabens, dyes, gluten, phthalates, propylene glycol.
Renpure Originals Brazilian Keratin Shampoo—no sodium chloride, surfates, dyes, harsh salts, parabens, gluten; no animal testing.

BtC4A: Beauty is Only Skin Deep

She recently discovered 100% Pure, a brand with a line where 100% of the profits from selected product bundles go to the Soi Dog Foundation. Their site says their products are "100% natural and 100% cruelty-free, all products are completely, 100% free of artificial colors, artificial fragrances, synthetic chemical preservatives and all other toxins." She will be heading here the next time she's in the market for makeup or beauty products.

BtC4A: Beauty is Only Skin Deep

Organic and cruelty-free beauty products can be more expensive but TW thinks it's worth it cos she loves me and can't bare the thought of companies torturing little cats and other animals for human vanity.

Does your human buy cruelty-free cosmetics and smelly bath stuff? Tell us about some of your human's favorites. TW is always willing to try something new (and maybe cheaper).

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Lone Star Cats said...

My momma luvs makeup - some of her favorites are Urban Decay, Too Faced, and Meow Cosmetics (an Indie company wif a pawsome cat theme!) - all cruelty free.

Summer at said...

These are awesome suggestions! My human tries to buy cruelty free products, but she is often not careful enough about scrutinizing labels.

Unknown said...

Oh C.K i prefer you sans makeup :) ..all makeup or beauty stuff i use is from Lush or Bodyshop..all household products are from Method all are not tested on animals vegan and eco friendly..i use vinegar and other natural things too..always i check..and some brands are cruelty free here but if they sell to China they DEMAND testing so i really have to do my research! Loves Fozziemum xx

Tamago said...

I've never used Origins products but been interested to try! Never heard of 100% Pure before, but it sounds very good company. I'm gonna check them out :-)

LetterstoAndrew said...

I try to buy non-chemical products that haven't been tested on animals. LUSH is one of them, they are also all organic plus fair market.

I really wish we would go towards not testing on any animals, I absolutely hate it. I'm not sure if you know this or not, but China REQUIRES products be tested on animals, so when a brand says, "unless required by law" that usually means they are selling in China. :-(

Thanks for sharing your tips and for being the change for animals and for joining the blog hop!

Talking-Dogs said...

Such a great issue for BtC4A! For years I used a certain brand because they said they did no animal testing. However, when they began marketing to China... well, turns out they lied. I can't find the link, but there's an organization that keeps track and I always check them when I wonder about a brand. Thanks for blogging the change for animals.
Be the Change for Animals

Cathy Keisha said...

Yes, I was aware that China requires testing. :( I wasn't happy to see that on Origins site. I love their products.

Mariodacat said...

Thanks for all the tips CK. M has copied some of it down for future reference.

The Daily Pip said...

I absolutely agree! I like Origins a lot, too. Haven't heard about 100% Pure, but will definitely check it out. Thanks for this important post!

da tabbies o trout towne said... food servizz gurl doez knot wear make up tho cod noes her shuld....

{ shudders }

tell TW ta chex out de site cruelty; noe joke; they just updated their list for thiz yeer'z products

as far as bathin soapy kinda stuff...her uses Suave because it's cost effective ! ~~~

heerz two a tiger shovelnose catfish kinda week oh end ♥♥♥

da tabbies o trout towne said...

pee ezz...we dunno why it printed like that but de hole site iz crueltyfreekitty

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

Very impressive! I must confess my "beauty" regimen consists of pretty much soap and water...

Lola The Rescued Cat said...

Mommy loves cruetly free kitty!!! It's a great site!

Lola The Rescued Cat said...

This is a great post. Mommy only uses cruelty free makeup and skin care products, and lots of other stuff around the house. She often tells her boyfriend not to buy something because they test on animals.

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

My mum doesn't often wear make up, but she likes Lush toiletries which is strongly against animal testing.


CK that was quite the wonderful list. We're gonna send Mom to investigate these products.

Anonymous said...

We hadn't heard of da shampoo company befur but mommy uses Wen. She has to cuz she needs da extra moisture. And yes, all da purroducts she uses are cruelty free from start to finish. She can't believe peeps still test on animals and dat peeps out there still buy them.

Luv ya'


Brian said...

I agree, that's a terrific list CK! We won't use products that test on animals either, at least not of purpose!!!

The Island Cats said...

The mom tries to buy products that aren't tested on animals.

pilch92 said...

I am impressed at how careful TW is when buying products. I try to be, but some brands we have always used, I have not checked which I should.

Unknown said...

Hey CK, Mes going to has to looks at some of these for my Mommy. She does wear makeup for work, but washes off her "war paint" when she gets home.
She has rosacea and vitiligo. So her skin is super sensitive and really BLOCHY and she finds it embarrassing as she looks much like a clown with out paint!

A Tonl said...

Thanks for the heads up on those brands - and the great deal too!

Three Chatty Cats said...

What an important post and one that I will be bookmarking to refer to these brands. Thank you so much for sharing. Uhhh, and is that your evening look, CK? :-)

Kitties Blue said...

Mom has super sensitive skin. She has to use hypoallergenic products and even some of those she can't use. She mostly uses Philosophy and Laura Gellar products. She's pretty sure they do not do animal testing. C.K., you might have been a teensy bit heavy-handed with your make-up. When you are naturally stunning like you are, you don't need much. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

Fur Everywhere said...

Thank you so much for sharing these products with us. We have an Organics in the mall near here, so I may just have to schedule a trip over there next month and smell some stuff - I am very picky about my scents as some of them trigger my asthma. I had no idea about the parabens and breast cancer! I am already at greater risk since it runs in my family. I'll bookmark this post so I can be sure to check out all the products your human recommends!

Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty said...

Great post and thanks for raising awareness!

I make sure I only use cruelty free products and I'm so glad they are easier to find and more affordable these days.

Purrs xx
Athena and Marie

Savannah's Paw Tracks said...

You gave Mom L a pause to think about products they use all the time for cleaning and such. We are always sure that makeup, lotion etc is free from animal testing, but not laundry, dish etc. Mom L is gonna check labels this morning. Great list and post for BtC4A

Kitty Cat Chronicles said...

This is a great reminder, CK. Our mom doesn't wear makeup except for mascara, and she doesn't use many other beauty/bath products either besides regular old soap/shampoo/conditioner. But she is going to go check the labels for the things she does have!

dawn said...

Great recommendations! I am not as vigilant as I should be in checking on whether my products are labeled cruelty-free. I do try to products that are made from natural/organic ingredients after having a bad allergic reaction a few years ago. I'm going to check out some of your suggestions.

Thanks for joining in Blog The Change For Animals!

KimT said...

TW is one very smart lady! That 100% Pure sounds like the most wonderful buy - both for the product, and the compassionate company behind it. I love all your recommendations for cruelty-free beauty, thank you!

And you're right...they're SO worth it!

Thank you for blogging - and being - the change for animals,
Kim Thomas
Be the Change for Animals
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