Saturday, October 25, 2014

Mask of Magnaminty by Lush

Post by Beth

Mask of Magnaminty is a regular part of my facial care regime.  It is especially useful for when my skin starts looking dull or is thinking about having a breakout.

This deep cleansing mask from Lush, features China clay and fresh peppermint to reach deep down and pull the debris from your pores.  The mint manages to be highly refreshing without being overpowering.  The mask has chunks of stuff that looks kind of like seeds, which are aduki beans to exfoliate flaky or dry skin.  With this exfoliation, it is also surprisingly soothing.

Lush does not test on animals

Avon, Mary Kay, Estée Lauder, and Revlon Are Paying for Tests on Animals


For more than two decades, Avon, Mary Kay, Estee Lauder, and Revlon have been among the largest mainstream international companies on PETA's cruelty-free lists. Avon banned all tests on animals following PETA's massive "Avon Killing" campaign, and Mary Kay pledged to go cruelty-free after cartoonist Berkeley Breathed mocked the company in his popular Bloom County comic strip. Since then, all four companies have enjoyed the support of PETA and millions of consumers who choose to buy cosmetics from companies that don't harm animals. But now we have learned that all four companies have been paying for tests on animals in order to sell their products in China—and they did not inform PETA or consumers that their policies had changed. We have no choice but to downgrade them by placing them on our list of companies that test on animals.
When we learned that the Chinese government requires tests on animals before many cosmetics products can be marketed in China, we immediately contacted the companies. While we understand that China is an enormous market that these companies aren't willing to ignore, we had hoped they would take action to eliminate this requirement or push for non-animal testing methods to be accepted. Mary Kay had taken some steps to work with officials in China, and at our urging, promised to continue this effort—but Avon, Estee Lauder, and Revlon appear to have gone along with the painful animal tests without objection.
Since PETA first exposed the Chinese government's requirements for animal tests for cosmetics in 2012, we have provided the expert scientists at the Institute for In Vitro Sciences with funding both to educate scientists in China on superior, non-animal testing methods and to provide government officials there with guidance on accepting non-animal testing methods and developing a five-year plan to accept the tests currently used in the U.S. and Europe.
Fortunately, there are still more than 1,500 companies on our global "Don't Test" list whose products consumers can buy with a clear conscience. 
Please take a moment to let Estee Lauder and Revlon know that you are disappointed in their backsliding and that you will no longer buy the companies' products as long they are tested on animals.
Please also send a separate message to Avon by contacting its customer service department at and to Mary Kay by contacting its CEO and president, David Holl, at

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Stop Cruel Cosmetics Tests on Animals in the U.S.

The international community has made some significant changes to protect animals from being poisoned and killed in product tests—just last year, the European Union banned the sale of all cosmetics tested on animals anywhere in the world! Animal testing for cosmetics is now banned in the EU, Israel, and India—and India is currently considering a proposal that would follow in the footsteps of the EU by banning the sale of cosmetics tested on animals anywhere in the world as well as end animals tests for household products. This news may leave you wondering, What progress is being made to protect animals from cruel product testing here in the U.S.?

Disappointingly, the U.S. has failed to keep pace with the international community. In fact, the U.S. is currently at risk of backsliding into requiring archaic methods of product testing in which animals are poisoned and killed for cosmetics.

We need your help to urge Congress, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and the cosmetics industry's trade group—the Personal Care Products Council—to put a stop to this. No cosmetics product or ingredient justifies inflicting harm on animals, and it's time for the U.S. to take a stand.

Thank you for speaking up for animals.


Monday, October 6, 2014

Poppy Austin Rosehip Oil

Post by Beth

PR Sample

My skin has been so dry lately.  It must be the changing of the seasons or something.  Whatever is causing it, I am very glad that I happen to have Poppy Austin Rosehip Oil.  I reviewed the Poppy Austin Vitamic C serum here and I remain impressed by their commitment to source their products in natural and sustainable ways.

This is a wonderfully smooth oil that soaks easily into the skin.  I have been applying this after my nightly serums and it penetrates my dry skin leaving it feeling hydrated and supple.

Poppy Austin does not test on animals

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Today’s Tidbit: Loopholes in Labeling Laws

Still another labeling loophole is that products designated as “For Professional Use Only” and sold to salons do not need to have their chemical ingredients labeled.  That means consumers, as well as the owners and employees of salons, are completely at manufacturers’ mercy when it comes to ingredient safety; they don’t have the ability to exercise choice because they have no way of knowing what contaminants products contain. (p61-62)

Epstein, Samuel S., MD. (2009) Healthy Beauty:  Your Guide to Ingredients to Avoid and Products You Can Trust. Dallas, Texas: Benbella Books, Inc.