Q

ufho asked:

Hello! I just started transitioning to cruelty-free products and wondered if you have a tag for those. Do you have any favorites? Thanks a lot~

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powderdoom:

I don’t think we do have a tag for that…. and I defer to Phyrra’s knowledge of cruelty free products when I’m looking for them. It’s not actually a priority of mine to be frank. But here are some brands I know and love that are cruelty, free, just for reference:

  1. Urban Decay - Love the setting sprays and eyeshadows specifically. 
  2. Sugarpill - Amazing eyeshadows 
  3. Too Faced - great glitter primer 
  4. Fyrinnae - Phenomenal eyeshadows
  5. Morgana Cryptoria - great weird lipstick selection 
  6. NARS 
  7. NYX 
  8. Anastasia
  9. Wet n Wild 
  10. BECCA 
  11. Hourglass 
  12. Zoya 
  13. Milani 

Let’s see…

Antonym and Kelley Quan make vegan makeup brushes. 

Petit Vour is a vegan beauty box.

And 100% Pure makes awesome cruelty-free makeup, skincare, and hair products. The only only animal product they use is cruelty-free honey.

Raw Almond Milk

Homemade almond milk is a treat. If you’ve only tasted the store-bought variety, now is the time for an upgrade. Store-bought almond milk is like a cookie from a vending machine; fresh almond milk is like a warm, gooey cookie straight from the oven. It’s a whole different experience.

Raw, organic almonds are rich in non-oxidized fatty acids, biotin, the potent antioxidant vitamin E, manganese, riboflavin, magnesium, and zinc.

Here’s how to make your very own almond milk:

1. Soak raw, unpasteurized almonds overnight in clean water.

2. Drain and rinse thoroughly.

3. Pour the almonds into a blender.

4. Add purified water.

5. Add a splash of sweetener (I prefer maple syrup or raw honey), a dash of salt, and a sprinkle of vanilla.

6. Blend well on high speed.

7. Pour the liquid into a large glass pitcher through a nut straining bag. Chill the beverage in the fridge until cold. The milk should last in the fridge, covered, about three days.

Raw, unpasteurized almonds are absolutely preferred when making almond milk, as the nutritional content is superior and the pasteurization process hasn’t compromised the almonds. Currently, the vast majority of US-grown almonds are pasteurized, either through high-heat steam processing, or a highly toxic fumigation treatment with propylene oxide (which the EPA has categorized as a probable human carcinogen). It is estimated that 68% of US almonds have been treated with propylene oxide. Steam-pasteurizing the almonds has its own problems: Almonds which have been steamed at a temperature of 200 degrees are not only lacking the nutritionally beneficial enzymes, but the heat treatment causes the omega 3 fatty acids to oxidize, thus producing free radicals.

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Pacific Everyday Sheer Coverage SPF20, by True Nature Botanicals (formerly Marie Veronique Organics)

A surprisingly small number of sunscreens on the market offer stable broad-spectrum coverage. Many offer limited UVA protection and contain ingredients which are known to degrade in light. Because the United States doesn’t have a proper rating system for UVA protection–the SPF system rates only UVB ray protection–nearly every sunscreen out there can be marketed as “broad spectrum” while paying mere lip service to UVA safeguards.

But I’ll let you in on a little secretThe king of sunscreens is zinc oxide. Unfortunately, some zinc oxide products leave such an ugly white cast on the skin that they’re better off left on the noses of 1980s lifeguards. So when one finds a zinc oxide moisturizer with a complexion-enhancing tint, it’s a find worth sharing.

The Pacific Everyday Sheer Coverage SPF 20 offers excellent broad-spectrum coverage via safe, nontoxic ingredients. It contains calcium carbonate and conchiolin which create a barely-there pearl luster, leaving a subtly luminous finish on the skin. And thankfully, for makeup-wearers, it works well under makeup.

Ingredientsgreen and white tea, 17.7% non-nano zinc oxidevegetable glycerinbroccoli seed oilcherry kernel seed oilemu oilpomegranate seed oilred raspberry seed oiltocopherol (vitamin E)yangu oil,cosmocil CQxanthan gumn-acetyl glucosaminelecithinpotassium sorbatepearl powderrosemary oleoresinbeta glucancoffee fruit extracthydrolyzed silkrose essential oilneroli essential oil,helichrysum essential oilcistus essential oiliron oxides.

This sunscreen has been named one of the Environmental Working Group’s top-rated sunscreens of 2014. Only 67 products have earned their place in the Moisturizers with SPF category. You can wear this sunscreen with confidence.

Non-nano zinc oxide is the gold standard when it comes to safe sunscreen. While several of the other popular sunscreens on the market have flaws like poor UVA protection or hormone disruption (yikes), zinc oxide doesn’t penetrate the skin, doesn’t disrupt hormones, remains stable when exposed to sunlight, and offers extensive UVA and UVB protection. (For a quick primer on popular sunscreens, with their specific advantages and drawbacks, check out our handy chart).

There is one notable disadvantage to the Pacific Everyday Sheer Coverage…. it comes in a very limited color palette. Between the light and medium shades, there isn’t a good option for women with deeper complexions. But if that bums you out, hopefully this will cheer you up: it generally works well for those suffering from acne or rosacea.

The Pacific Everyday Sheer Coverage SPF20 will set you back $58, although I’ve seen it online for less.

*Products get makeovers too. Be sure to check if this product has been recently re-formulated before using it yourself.

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RMS Living Luminizer

Living Luminizer has a wide range of devotees. Professional makeup artists gush via Instagram about how they’re never on a job without it. Savvy wellness warriors applaud the incredibly high standards of RMS ingredients. Everyday women rave about how easy this luminizer is to apply, and how it subtly enhances healthy radiance.

It imparts natural sheen to skin without heaviness or stickiness. The creamy castor oil and coconut oil base makes it easily spread on the skin. And while a horde of makeup brands make dubious claims like “non-irritating!” or “won’t break you out!”, RMS has sourced ingredients so pure and nutritious, they’ll actually leave your skin healthier.

Ingredientsorganic castor seed oilorganic coconut oilorganic beeswaxorganic rosemary extract. May contain: titanium dioxide CI77891Mica CI77019.

RMS uses raw, food-grade ingredients. Their unrefined raw coconut cream by itself is so fabulous that it is sold independently as a multi-purpose skin product. It’s surprisingly of better quality than what I’ve been able to find at the grocery store.

The key to making luminizer work is in its applicationIt’s meant to be applied sparingly just above the cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose (but not all the way to the tip of the nose), and along the inner corners of the eyes. If using an illuminating product still seems like a daunting task, check out this helpful tutorial.

RMS Living Luminizer is $38 for a 0.17 oz pot. The pale gold shade looks beautiful on all skin tones.

*Products get makeovers too. Be sure to check if this product has been recently re-formulated before using it yourself.

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“You can take no credit for beauty at sixteen. But if you are beautiful at sixty, it will be your soul’s own doing.”
— Marie Stopes

100% Pure Lavender Seafoam Facial Cleanser

When confronted by something new and different, our preconceived notions can shackle us in close-minded limitation. We risk staying stuck in the same old rut, closed off to new possibilities.

When I first tried the Lavender Seafoam Facial Cleanser by 100% Pure, I’ll admit, I was surprised. Based on the name and packaging, I expected a cleanser that looked like the cream or gel formulation seen, well, everywhere. What I did not expect was a smooth greenish mud to come slithering out of this pretty pastel bottle.

Formulated for oily, sensitive skin, the Lavender Seafoam Facial Cleanser combines the nourishment of seaweed and green tea with the purifying power of french green claywhich explains the mud-like consistency. As a cleanser it is unorthodox, but highly effective. In one fell swoop it removes makeup and deep-cleans pores, while providing a most gentle exfoliation.

Ingredients: seaweed (kelp, sea lettuce, & spirulina), organic green tea leaf extract, french green sea clay, saponified coconut oil, sodium ascorbate, tocopherol, sea buckthorn fruit oil, rosehip seed oil, pomegranate extract, grapefruit seed extract, rosemary leaf extract, lavender essential oil, cinnamon extract, thyme flower/leaf extract, goldenseal extract, oregano leaf extract, geraniol, limonene, linalool.

After using and loving this cleanser for the last month, I had to ask myself, Why did I ever expect natural facial cleansers to look like something pumped out of an airport bathroom soap dispenser? I’ll gladly choose swamp sludge any day.

The 100% Pure Lavender Seafoam Facial Cleanser is $21 for 3.4 ounces.

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Arcona Gentle Solution

Few faces neatly fit into a single skin-type category. Most of us are proud owners of skin with many personalities. It’s dry here, oily there, with a bit of acne, a smattering of hyperpigmentation, with an overarching theme of dullness or enlarged pores… And the marketplace is flush with products promising to correct one or more of those problems. 

But the irony of problematic skin is that it’s often too sensitive, too reactive, and too pissed off to handle the heavy-duty products supposedly formulated to help it.  Sensitivity ensures that whatever other skin concerns you’d like to address, you’re hard-pressed to find a product which won’t create further irritation.

Here’s some signs that your skin is sensitive:

  • Alternating from hot to cold (or cold to hot) environments aggravate your skin.
  • Your blemishes are bright red. Hey there, Rudolph.
  • You’ve switched to natural laundry detergent and replaced your old fabric softener with wool dryer balls because the old stuff was making you itch.
  • Your skin reacts unfavorably to jewelry made with cheap metal.
  • You’ve learned long ago to be cautious with any facial products containing essential oils or unspecified “perfumes”, because your skin might freak out.
  • You’re overjoyed when you find a skin care product that doesn’t induce redness, itchiness, flakiness or a burning sensation.

Everyone’s skin needs are unique. But Arcona’s Gentle Solution is an excellent way to improve the look of sensitive, problematic skin. It’s a hard working product that provides real results without creating more problems.

The Gentle Solution is formulated for dry, normal, and sensitive skin. It gently repairs sun damage and improves skin texture, helping skin to appear smooth and clear. It’s a step up from products that are so gentle they don’t offer visible improvement. But it’s a welcome step away from harsh or toxic heavy-duty products.

Ingredients: distilled water, witch hazel extract, hydrolyzed soy extract, glycerine, glycolic acid polymer, lactic acid polymer, carrageenan, apricot kernel oil, glycogen, beta-fructan, glucosamine HCI, chlorophyll, guava extract, grapefruit seed extract.

The Gentle Solution is applied at night, ideally without anything on top of it. If you’re used to slathering on rich night creams, this might feel strange. But the adjustment is well worth it. The Gentle Solution works especially well when partnered with an Arcona Grommage, a gentle cleansing exfoliant to be used the morning after using the Gentle Solution.

The Arcona Gentle Solution is $50 for a 1.17 oz pump bottle.

*Products get makeovers too. Be sure to check if this product has been recently re-formulated before using it yourself.

Understanding how cosmetics can adversely affect our health is no easy feat. But the indomitable Heather White and MindBodyGreen have joined together to make the case for why every woman should care about the chemicals in her beauty products.

Heather White is the Executive Director of the Environmental Working Group and an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center, specializing in FDA regulation, cosmetics law, toxic chemicals and lobbying. In this video, she reveals how the chemicals in our personal care products are already affecting us, and why the FDA is unable to provide reasonable consumer protection. 

Talk highlights include:

  • How common hormone-altering chemicals are contributing to a significant shift in the age young girls are reaching puberty.
  • The problem with phthalates and parabens, and just how widespread they are. Hint: there’s over 18,000 products in the Skin Deep Database alone which contain these controversial chemicals.
  • The relevance of President Obama’s Cancer Panel (April 2010), which concluded, “Americans are facing grievous harm from largely unregulated chemicals in the air, food, and water.”
  • The little-known truth that the FDA lacks the authority to review most cosmetic products before they go to market, and can’t even recall dangerous ones.

Ultimately, White calls upon consumers to read labels and make informed decisions when purchasing products for themselves and their children. If you spent any time this morning applying deodorant, spraying cologne, or dabbing on lipstick, take a moment to watch this video.

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Alima Pure Satin Matte Eyeshadow
Mica refers to a family of silicate minerals with a brilliant shine and a somewhat hexagonal sheet-like arrangement of its atoms. Its reflective and refractive properties–plus its stability in the presence of light or extreme temperatures–make it a popular choice in both natural and mainstream makeup formulations.Alima Pure’s loose eyeshadows boast skin-calming non-nano natural minerals, with mica at the top of the ingredient list. Unlike some mineral makeup, Alima Pure is free of potential irritants like bismuth oxychloride.Alima Pure eyeshadows apply seamlessly and are surprisingly smooth for a powder. Just take care when applying this or any other loose mineral makeup. Minerals such as mica are extremely safe on the skin but aren’t meant to be inhaled. So try not to sniff your eyeshadow, bro.Is this makeup organic? Actually, there’s no need to certify organic, because the straightforward ingredient list is mineral-based and inorganic. Ingredients: mica (CI 77019). May contain: titanium dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), ultramarines (CI 77007).Alima Pure’s makeup has earned the BDIH Certified Natural Cosmetics Seal. If you live in the United States, that’s noteworthy. The US has dismal standards when it comes to cosmetic safety. The European Union, on the other hand, has banned over 1,200 ingredients for use in cosmetics and has built an enviable regulatory framework of consumer protection.  Taking one step further, the BDIH improves upon the EU’s cosmetics standards by certifying only the most natural of products. Both the ingredients and the manufacturing process must be scrutinized to earn a BDIH seal. Created in 1995 in Germany, BDIH was the world’s first organic body care certification.To learn more about cosmetic certifications, check out Saffron Rouge’s helpful directory.The Alima Pure Satin Matte Eyeshadow is $12.50 for a 0.08 oz container. Alima Pure also has a variety of shimmer eyeshadows, with slightly different ingredients.*Products get makeovers too. Be sure to check if this product has been recently re-formulated before using it yourself. Alima Pure Satin Matte Eyeshadow
Mica refers to a family of silicate minerals with a brilliant shine and a somewhat hexagonal sheet-like arrangement of its atoms. Its reflective and refractive properties–plus its stability in the presence of light or extreme temperatures–make it a popular choice in both natural and mainstream makeup formulations.Alima Pure’s loose eyeshadows boast skin-calming non-nano natural minerals, with mica at the top of the ingredient list. Unlike some mineral makeup, Alima Pure is free of potential irritants like bismuth oxychloride.Alima Pure eyeshadows apply seamlessly and are surprisingly smooth for a powder. Just take care when applying this or any other loose mineral makeup. Minerals such as mica are extremely safe on the skin but aren’t meant to be inhaled. So try not to sniff your eyeshadow, bro.Is this makeup organic? Actually, there’s no need to certify organic, because the straightforward ingredient list is mineral-based and inorganic. Ingredients: mica (CI 77019). May contain: titanium dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), ultramarines (CI 77007).Alima Pure’s makeup has earned the BDIH Certified Natural Cosmetics Seal. If you live in the United States, that’s noteworthy. The US has dismal standards when it comes to cosmetic safety. The European Union, on the other hand, has banned over 1,200 ingredients for use in cosmetics and has built an enviable regulatory framework of consumer protection.  Taking one step further, the BDIH improves upon the EU’s cosmetics standards by certifying only the most natural of products. Both the ingredients and the manufacturing process must be scrutinized to earn a BDIH seal. Created in 1995 in Germany, BDIH was the world’s first organic body care certification.To learn more about cosmetic certifications, check out Saffron Rouge’s helpful directory.The Alima Pure Satin Matte Eyeshadow is $12.50 for a 0.08 oz container. Alima Pure also has a variety of shimmer eyeshadows, with slightly different ingredients.*Products get makeovers too. Be sure to check if this product has been recently re-formulated before using it yourself.

Alima Pure Satin Matte Eyeshadow

Mica refers to a family of silicate minerals with a brilliant shine and a somewhat hexagonal sheet-like arrangement of its atoms. Its reflective and refractive properties–plus its stability in the presence of light or extreme temperatures–make it a popular choice in both natural and mainstream makeup formulations.

Alima Pure’s loose eyeshadows boast skin-calming non-nano natural minerals, with mica at the top of the ingredient list. Unlike some mineral makeup, Alima Pure is free of potential irritants like bismuth oxychloride.

Alima Pure eyeshadows apply seamlessly and are surprisingly smooth for a powder. Just take care when applying this or any other loose mineral makeup. Minerals such as mica are extremely safe on the skin but aren’t meant to be inhaled. So try not to sniff your eyeshadow, bro.

Is this makeup organic? Actually, there’s no need to certify organic, because the straightforward ingredient list is mineral-based and inorganic. 

Ingredients: mica (CI 77019). May contain: titanium dioxide (CI 77891)iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)ultramarines (CI 77007).

Alima Pure’s makeup has earned the BDIH Certified Natural Cosmetics Seal. If you live in the United States, that’s noteworthy. The US has dismal standards when it comes to cosmetic safety. The European Union, on the other hand, has banned over 1,200 ingredients for use in cosmetics and has built an enviable regulatory framework of consumer protection.  Taking one step further, the BDIH improves upon the EU’s cosmetics standards by certifying only the most natural of products. Both the ingredients and the manufacturing process must be scrutinized to earn a BDIH seal. Created in 1995 in Germany, BDIH was the world’s first organic body care certification.

To learn more about cosmetic certifications, check out Saffron Rouge’s helpful directory.

The Alima Pure Satin Matte Eyeshadow is $12.50 for a 0.08 oz container. Alima Pure also has a variety of shimmer eyeshadows, with slightly different ingredients.

*Products get makeovers too. Be sure to check if this product has been recently re-formulated before using it yourself.