So one of my tweaks for 2012 included finding more cruelty free and natural products. I’m looking for stuff that is natural, good for the environment, and doesn’t test any part of the product on animals/cruelty free. There are a few associations that help govern products that have these claims.
The NPA natural standard is based on natural ingredients, safety, responsibility and sustainability.
- Natural Ingredients: A product labeled "natural" should be made up of only, or at least almost only, natural ingredients and be manufactured with appropriate processes to maintain ingredient purity.
- Safety: A product labeled "natural" should avoid any ingredient with a suspected human health risk.
- Responsibility: A product labeled "natural" should use no animal testing in its development.
- Sustainability: A product labeled "natural" should use biodegradable ingredients and the most environmentally sensitive packaging.
The Leaping Bunny: http://leapingbunny.org/indexcus.php
The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ (CCIC) Leaping Bunny Program administers a cruelty-free standard and the internationally recognized Leaping Bunny Logo for companies producing cosmetic, personal care, and household products. The Leaping Bunny Program provides the best assurance that no new animal testing is used in any phase of product development by the company, its laboratories, or suppliers. Cruelty Free Shopping Guide: http://leapingbunny.org/shopping.php
That being said, I went to publix and marched myself into the cosmetics aisle towards the end that had the “natural” stuff. I chose two products: Burts Bees ‘Soap Bark and Chamomile Cream Cleanser’ and Yes to ‘Cucumbers hypoallergenic facial wipes’.
Yes to Cucumbers: The facial wipes are convenient and super easy and quick to use but they don’t leave me feeling very clean. It’s probably that they are just so mild it doesn’t work for my skin. I purchased them in hopes of using in a pinch like if I over sleep and don’t have much time. Their products are NPA certified (natural seal) or USDA Organic but they do not have the leaping bunny seal. They have some kind of bunny on there that is supposed to resemble the leaping bunny but it is in fact some seal from PETA. (YUCK, we hate PETA and their pet killing asses. http://www.nathanwinograd.com/?p=8651) So overall, I won’t purchase this particular product again.
Burts Bees: The cream cleanser smells awesome and makes my skin feel smooth and soft. It makes your skin tingle if you let it sit for a few seconds before rinsing. Really great in the morning. Burts Bees is NPA certified and leaping bunny certified. They also try to use recycled materials for their packaging. The only thing that I’m concerned about it that the company was recently purchased by Clorox, a company well known for animal testing and not being very environmentally friendly. However I am led to believe that although Clorox owns Burts Bees it will no way change the integrity of the line/product. I guess we will see. I would purchase this product again provided that the formula hasn’t changed to add anything non-natural.
So between the two I definitely prefer Burts Bees for a facial cleanser. I also use their plain honey lip balm and one of their tinted lip shimmers. This review wasn’t prompted by any free products or payments, I am simply trying to find the best products for myself and wanted to share. I will always always inform you if I am receiving some kind of compensation, if I’m asked to do a review, and it will ALWAYS be honest. I refuse to do paid posts that require me to give an instructed opinion.
If you have any products you like that are cruelty free and natural please let me know, I’ve love to check it out.