Sonia Kashuk cosmetics

I’ve been searching for a cruelty free cosmetic line ever since I found out Clinique (who I had been using at the time) Mary Kay, and Avon were no longer cruelty free. It turns out they have been trying to sell their products in China, and the Chinese government will not allow any products used for personal care to be sold unless they have been tested first…on animals. So, hearing this news I began looking for a company, that was not only cruelty free, it’s suppliers cruelty free, AND reasonably priced!

There are several great options out there. Urban Decay and Hard Candy, are two such companies.  I had decided to get some things at Target and thought I’d check out Sonia Kashuk, since I knew this line is sold there.  Imagine my extreme surprise when I found out that not only are all of Sonia Kashuk cosmetics are cruelty free, but so are their suppliers as well as their make-up brushes.

I wound up buying some concealer, and I have to say I’m thrilled with it.  It actually covers better than the Clinque I had been using, and was almost three times less expensive.  My next purchase will be foundation.  There are a couple of colors that look like a good match for  my skin, and I’ll also get some blush.  I think I’m going to be very happy with this.

I give Sonia Kashuk 4 tuna cans – This stuff rocks!

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Seventh Generation

As I slowly move toward being more environmentally conscious as well as buying cruelty free products, I’ve been looking for companies that offer products that I use daily.  They’re out there, but sometimes they are very expensive.  While I hate for money to  be the deciding factor on how green I am, these days I unfortunately have to count the pennies.

However, every now and then I’m surprised you don’t always have to break the bank to do the right thing. I needed some dish-washing liquid, and so I decided I’d look in my supermarket’s “Greenwise” section . I love this section because it has a lot of products that are either organic, vegetarian/vegan and of course, GREEN!

I was specifically looking for Seventh Generation, because when I downloaded the Leaping Bunny app to my iPhone, it listed them as a no cruelty company, but they weren’t on the shelf.  So, I looked through the cleaning section and picked out a dish-washing liquid that had the Leaping Bunny logo, put it in my basket and went on my way to look for some ice-cream. On my way to the back of the store, I passed the isle with all the regular cleaners and air freshers and decided to look there.  It turns out they had the Seventh Generation products there, which I thought was odd, but hey who am I to judge their stocking system.  Turns out this stuff was $1.00 cheaper than the one I originally picked up, and of course upon lifting the little tab on the back label, there was that lovely bunny.

Here’s the one I bought:

 

The scent is very nice, not too overpowering, and you really don’t need a huge amount either.   And the dishes felt squeaky clean with just one wipe.  My usual cleaner doesn’t do that which really now that I think about it is kind of gross.  Makes me think they weren’t being cleaned that well before.  Yeesh!  I mean, I know the gang and Sofie haven’t complained, but hey maybe they have!

I’m very happy with this.  Next time I’ll be checking out their paper products and garbage bags.  If their other products are as good as this one in quality, I believe this is the start of a wonderful relationship!

 

I’m giving this a rating of: 4 Tuna Cans! Not just because of the quality and price, but because this company really gets it! You don’t have to harm or kill animals to make a good product and make money, and you can still be kind to the environment!

Not tested on animals

This is something very important to me and many people. As we go through our daily routines, we often use products and it never occurs to us that there is suffering connected to that tube of toothpaste, or that lipstick you just applied.   In our technologically advanced society, there is no reason to continue testing products on animals.

Having said that, I wanted to share and will continue to share things I find and use that are cruelty free.  Some things are easier to spot than others.  I’ve found that many companies are now actually letting you know from the get go when you buy something.  Alberto VO5 for instance, not tested on animals.  You can find a statement here:Alberto Culver-Social Responsibility. Another product is St. Ives body wash. Here’s a list you can go through: Do not test on animals list.

I know PETA has a couple of lists of companies that do and do not test on animals. If you follow this link, it will take you directly to the page where you can check: Peta List – Companies that do and do not test on animals

I’m not trying to beat anyone over the head and force them to be socially and environmentally responsible. This is ultimately your choice. But my conscience spoke to me a long time ago. In some small way, I do my part and knowing that makes me feel good.