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I began my venture into cruelty-free beauty products back in 1989 when I read about the unimaginable horror that Proctor and Gamble was inflicting on animals just so they could save themselves in a lawsuit if a customer had a bad reaction to one of their detergents or shampoos. (And we thought they did it for our safety. Ha! That’s kind of like thinking the FDA has our backs. Please visit
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It doesn’t make sense. If they have to test a product on an animal to make sure the poor rabbit doesn’t go blind, trust me, it isn’t good for YOU, even if it passed their asinine test. It means it’s toxic. The way I look at it, my skin is my largest organ. It absorbs and distributes what I put on it. I wouldn’t slather toxic chemicals on my lungs or my heart, so why would I apply it to my skin? Since that revelation, I’ve tried a lot of nontoxic, cruelty-free beauty products. Lucky for us, they get better every year. Here are my favorites.
- Skin: Spectrum coconut oil. Mother Nature does it best. We really don’t even need nontoxic, cruelty-free beauty products manufactured when the best products are sitting in our kitchen cabinet. Coconut oil is not only healthy to eat, it’s also good for your skin and hair. I put a tablespoon of coconut oil in my bathwater each night. I prefer "refined" over "unrefined" because, although I like the smell of coconut, this is strong stuff. And it’s my dog Kansas’ favorite treat. He goes bananas for it. I give him a tablespoon each day for his skin and coat and his digestive system, and he gobbles it up. It’s his secret beauty product too.
- Astringent: Bragg's apple cider vinegar. Keeping in theme with kitchen products, not only do I drink this in a glass of water daily, I use it as a facial astringent. Just put it on a cotton pad (or in a bottle with water) and apply to your face. It quickly removes excess oil and dirt. I often bathe Kansas in it too. It relieves his itching. And it’s good for cats, keeps the fleas away (add a drop in their water bowl.) Like coconut oil, it’s a staple use-it-for-everything product in my home. By the way, both coconut oil and apple cider vinegar are great for sunburns.
- Eye makeup remover: Spectrum grapeseed oil. Any brand will do. It's a light oil made from compressed grapes so it’s packed with antioxidants and good for your skin. Works great as a lotion too, dries quickly when applied to your face.
- Deodorant: Tom’s Lavendar Deodorant Stick. (No more, read Update.) The bane of my existence has been searching for a good natural deodorant. This is the best one I’ve found thus far. The search continues. The next one on the list to try is Real Purity’s. I've heard good things. Ditch your aluminum based deodorant that has been linked to all kinds of health problems like alzheimer's and breast cancer. UPDATE: Tom's of Maine was bought by Colgate. No thanks. On a lighter note, I'm super excited to tell you that I am in love with Kiss My Face's Liquid Rock Summer Scent Roll On. It's aaaaaamazing.
- Toothpaste: Jason Power Smile Cinnamon MInt.Flouride is toxic. According to Dr. Tom Lees, a dentist of 40 years, "In the scale of toxicity, flourides fall between arsenic and lead." That can't be good. He believes flouride should be banned from all toothpastes and drinking water. (Especially toxic for children.) I switched to Toms of Maine years ago, and my teeth are happy.
- Day face lotion: Jason Ester-C lotion. I'm linking this to their Vitamin C line because I use multiple products from this line.
- Eye cream: Jason Ultra-C Eye Lift. I can actually feel this product going to work on my fine lines.
- Mouthwash: Jason Healthy Mouth Mouthwash. I'm kind of addicted to this.
- Face soap: Kiss My Face Olive Oil Soap. A few years ago I read about a woman who was like 90 years old and had the most beautiful skin ever. She said her secret was this soap. I immediately bought some and haven't looked back. Don't trust me, here are the reviews. Seems I'm not the only one in love with this soap.
- Perfume: Kate's Magic Anointing Oils. (Venus: A Love Oil). Read this fascinating article on how the perfume industry is trapping and killing endangered species at an alarming rate to produce perfume. I gave up commercial fragrances a few years ago. It took a lot of sniffing and gagging to find the perfectly scented natural oil for me (scent is so personal) but as soon as I smelled Venus: A Love Oil I was done. I am hesitant to include Kate's products here because it's been my little secret fragrance. And secondly, I wrote the company and asked if they made it as a body spray, or would consider selling it as a body spray or if I could pay them to make it into a body spray, and I never heard back. That makes me almost not want to ever buy their products again, let alone include it in a list for everyone else. But dang it, until I have time to mix my own perfume, which I've been wanting to do for a long time, I'm going to overlook the never returned email. I found this great blog, by the way, on how to make your own perfume. I can't wait to try it.
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