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08 Oct '17

What is Halal Beauty And Why Is It Relevant to Vegans?

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 Halal

Vegan friendly cosmetics extend beyond "cruelty free"

One of the new buzzwords of beauty is halal – cosmetics that are adherent to the Muslim concept of halal, meaning “acceptable” or “permitted”. In Europe, halal cosmetics are certified by Halal Certification Europe, and in the US they are certified by the ISWA Halal Certification Department.

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17 Mar '16

60,000 Dogs Used for Animal Testing in the US

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Beagle Freedom Project

60,000 dogs are used for animal testing per year in the US alone, most of them beagles. Beagles are the dog of choice because of their friendly, docile, trusting, forgiving, people-pleasing personalities. The research industry says they adapt well to living in a cage, and are inexpensive to feed. Research beagles are usually obtained directly from commercial breeders who specifically breed dogs to sell to scientific institutions.

But animal testing doesn't even work. 106,000 people die yearly from drugs tested safe on animals. The Beagle Freedom Project is working hard to free these dogs from testing facilities. Already 80,563 people have signed up to participate in their rehabilitation and re-homing campaigns.

Check out this amazing video of The Beagle Freedom Project releasing dogs rescued from a testing facility who have never seen the sun before.

The Beagle Freedom ProjectVia The Dodo | Cite US government statistics and Speaking of Research

16 Mar '16

Be Cruelty Free Week 2016 (March 13-19)

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Be Cruelty Free, Humane Society

Almost a million animals are used for animal testing in the United States Alone. In 2014, the number was 834,453, including guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, dogs, monkeys, pigs, sheep, cats, and more. The dog of choice is the beagle. This doesn't even include rats, mice, birds or fish, meaning that 93% of research is conducted on animals which are not counted under the US Animal Welfare Act. If these animals were included, the number could be 12-25 million, a staggering number for an outdated, cruel, and ineffective solution to human safety.

The Humane Society has declared this week (March 13-19) Be Cruelty Free Week to raise awareness and support of the Humane Cosmetics Act, which would ban animal testing on cosmetics. The overwhelming majority of people support a national cosmetics testing ban (66-88% worldwide). All we need is the law to put our public outcry into action.

Recorded number of animals used in testing 2014 USARecorded number of animals used in research in the US in 2014, not including most animals.

"Cosmetics” refers to makeup as well as personal care products like shampoo, cologne, hairspray and moisturizer. The Humane Cosmetics Act is the first-ever legislation in the US to prohibit the manufacture and sale of animal-tested cosmetics.

The act has already been endorsed by more than 160 stakeholders in the personal care products industry, including Coty (one of the top ten global cosmetic companies), H&M, Lush, Paul Mitchell, Seventh Generation and The Body Shop. More than 30 countries have already phased out animal cosmetics testing, including Norway, Israel, India and the European Union.

The Humane Cosmetics Act, Cruelty Free International

Alternatives to animal testing already exist: Humane and safe cosmetics can be made using thousands of existing ingredients, and several non-animal safety tests are already available for new ingredients. These non-animal alternatives (which include artificial tissue and the test tube method) are often cheaper, faster, and more relevant to humans, and therefore more reliable predictors of safety.

Learn more about animal testing with this beautifully done infographic by the Humane Society. Take action here by contacting your representatives in government and urging them to support the Humane Cosmetics Act. 

Cite US government statistics and Speaking of ResearchVia Organic Spa Magazine

15 Sep '15

Our Review: 100% Pure

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100% Pure is an all-vegan company that makes fruit-based makeup and a bevy of skin, hair, body, baby, and nail products. We have loved everything that we've tried. Here are some of our favorites.

We loved the combination of the Kelp & Mint Volumizing Shampoo with the Yuzu & Pomelo Glossing Condutioner. Kelp helps fortify the hair, while seaweed collagen makes it shine. Testorative conditioner deeply moisturizes, repairs, softens and detangles dry, damaged hair.

This facial cleanser may look like mud, but it's actually made from red algae and kelp powder. It's from the Purity Collection,  formulated specifically for acne-prone skin. Detoxifying essential oils kill the acne causing bacteria while nourishing seaweeds and purifying herbs protect against future breakouts. We loved that it was multi-use and able to be applied as either a mask or a face wash.

 

We had never heard of a "primer" before using this one. The Luminous Primer creates a barrier between your skin and the makeup to keep things balanced. T light reflective pigments diffuse the look of lines and wrinkles and makes skin instantly appear more luminous, bright, healthy, and glowing. It's infused with red wine resveratrol, vitamins and antioxidants to shield from free radical damage. It comes out looking pearly, and feels kind of like silk when it's on. It's really light and smooth, making a great base for a powder foundation.

The Cruelty Free Kabuki Brush is made from synthetic fibers, not animal hair. That means that no one had to die for you to put that pretty blush on your face. It's multi-use and can work with powder foundation, bronzer, and blush alike. That means you can only own one brush, which cuts down on consumption and clutter. It's soft to the touch and fine enough to give an even spread.

 

The Maracuja Mascara in Black Tea smells like berries because it's made from berries - in a good way. It's colored with food, not petroleum-based chemicals. The tint is derived from black tea leaves, berry and cocoa pigments. Besides looking great, it's also restorative and conditioning. Maracuja (passionfruit) oil, pro-vitamin B5 and other conditioners strengthen for your lashes. Did we mention it's water, smudge, and flake resistant? We found that even after prolonged use, it didn't clump or thicken in the tube or on your lashes like other mascaras. Every use will leave each lash evenly coated.

We love the Poppy color in 100% Pure's Fruit Pigmented Pomegranate Oil Anti Aging Lipstick. It also contains Shea butter to moisturize your lips while making them look awesome. There are no synthetic chemicals, synthetic dyes, chemical preservatives or other toxins. The color is a perfect balance of bold and toned-down, if red lips can be so. It's not orang-y or too dark. The shade is youthful without looking like you bought it at a drugstore with your mom when you were five years old.

 

 

The Fruit Pigmented Lip Butter in Pomegranate is great to layer over the matching lipstick or worn alone. It adds a shine and dimension to the lipstick color, and along it gives your lips a slight color without looking overdone. The pigments are pulled from fruits and berries - it smells like a pomegranate, too.

 



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