Best Cruelty Free Body Scrubs

Hi guys, we are back at it again with cruelty free products, just like my previous post on cruelty free facial scrubs, I have now collected a list of body scrubs which have been voted as the best online and those that are cruelty free brands. I have included links for my Aussie readers on where they can purchase. Happy reading!

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Ahava Softening Butter Salt Scrub
A multitasking scrub that provides exfoliation, hydration and anti ageing properties. This formula changes from an exfoliating butter to a light lotion when water is added.

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Ameliorate Skin Smoothing Body Polish
A micro bead free polish that contains bamboo granules and lactic acid to exfoliate. This multi action polish encourages ‘cell turnover’. 47781081_2.jpgCowshed Slender Cow Detoxifying Body Scrub
A detoxifying scrub with a blend of marine extracts to energise the skin and improve circulation, all whilst keeping the skin smooth and moist with mango butter and sweet almond oil.

83.pngDermalogica Exfoliating Body Scrub
A light creamy foaming body polish that exfoliates, purifies and smooths skin. Better yet, this formula does not contain artificial fragrances or colours.

 

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Dermatologically tested and allergy tested, this light lathering formula leaves skin looking radiant, and deeply cleansed.

 

11160270-1414341251772945.jpgOle Henriksen Rub N Buff Salt Scrub
Suitable for all skin types, this scrub delivers a therapeutic spa experience. Soothing lavender and lemongrass helps relieve muscle tension calms the senses.

 

body_scrubSanctuary Spa Body Scrub
A scrub so gentle that it can be used daily as a shower gel.

 

i-008917-flake-away-spa-body-polish-1-378.jpgSoap & Glory Flake Away Body Scrub
Targets scaly reptilian like skin. This fun scrub is formulated with shea butter, sugar and peach seed powder to nourish the skin.

 

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The perfect polish for those looking to create a longer loasting tan. This polish is ideal for those who are after a polish to maintain their tan.2205_0.jpgThe Body Shop British Rose Exfoliating Gel Body Scrub
A fresh dewy gel textured body scrub. This formula is Infused with the essence of roses from Britain. Great for those with normal to oily skin.

mango-body-scrub_lThe Body Shop Mango Exfoliating Sugar Body Scrub
A moisturising, oil-based scrub with a delicious fruity mango scent. This scrub is ideal for those with very dry to dry skin.

106_0.jpgThe Body Shop Shea Body Scrub
A  gentle moisturising scrub ideal for those with very dry to dry skin.

 

 

 

 

Best Cruelty Free Facial Scrubs

Hi guys! If you are like me, you want to purchase products that actually work. But the trouble is, finding those that do work and those that are also cruelty free. I have searched online to find posts which have a list of fantastic products that are cruelty free and that are voted as the best. Sadly, there are none. But have no fear, because I am here. In this blog I have done the research work for you guys. I’ve made a list of the voted best facial scrubs online, then narrowed it down to those from cruelty free companies for you. For my Aussie readers, I have included links in where you can purchase, happy reading!

akin_facial_scrub_jojoba_1Akin Jojoba & Corn Gentle Exfoliating Facial Scrub
A light exfoliating gel enriched with witch hazel and vitamin B5 suitable to use on all skin types.

02128Lush Ocean Salt Face & Body Scrub
A cult favourite, this scrub has a mineral rich mix of fine and coarse sea salt along with coconut oil and avocado butter to soften skin.

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Malin + Goetz Jojoba Face Scrub
A multitasking face scrub that’s gentle enough to use on sensitive skin. This scrub contains jojoba and biodegradable beads to reveal smoother looking skin.

309257_xlargePalmer’s Gentle Exfoliating Facial Scrub
Finely crushed cocoa beans exfoliate, whilst moisturising and nourishing the skin. This scrub enhances the skin surface to allow better absorption of moisturisers.

962090_xlargeSukin Detoxifying Facial Scrub
New from Sukin, contains a blend of  Kale, Spirulina, Chlorella and Parsley, Jojoba beads, Ground Bamboo, Aloe Vera, Sesame Seed Oil, Pineapple extract, Licorice Root Extract.

380048_xlargeTrilogy Gentle Facial Exfoliant
A gentle yet effective face scrub that refines skin texture and improves clarity without irritation. Enriched with Rosehip, Jojoba and Camellia.

pdp_480x798_72dpi_facial-scrubYes To Grapefruit Correct & Repair Daily Facial Scrub
Just like it’s name, this daily scrub makes skin look brighter, clearer and more radiant. SLS and paraben free.

Top 5 Mens’ Spring/Summer Trends 2016/2017

  1. Powder Blue Shirt
    Spring/Summer is a time for lighter colours. For corporate wear, pair the shirt with ties in the same colour family eg. navy, cobalt. Red and burgundy colours are also great colour options that go well with the colour blue. For more casual wear, try a slimmer fit paired with chinos and white loafers or sneakers.

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  2. Bandannas
    Neckerchiefs can be an excellent opportunity to bring more colour to an outfit, especially if you are one who are more hesitant in wearing bold colours. A neckerchief in cherry red, cobalt blue or monochrome patterned bandannas are great colour options to add to your outfit, without it looking too over done.

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  3. Stone Colour
    Fantastic colour for a weekend suit, but also sun friendly alternative to stark white. Stone coloured clothing will also help warm up the colour of your skin.

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  4. Statement Bomber Jacket
    Versatile for casual days and keeps looks cool and comfortable.

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  5. Overalls
    Keep denim overalls low key with a simple white tee and trainers.

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The Truth About Wool

WARNING! Viewer discretion advised.

Wool comes from sheep. Sheep grows wool. Weather gets hot, we shear sheep and get wool in exchange to make clothing. In this perfect scenario it’s a win win situation right? I mean, shearers ARE doing those sheep a favour, we don’t want these animals to be overburdened with wool.

Wrong.

Sheep that have not been genetically manipulated, grow just enough wool to protect themselves from temperature extremes.

“Because shearers are usually paid by volume and not by hour, this then encourages fast work with little to no regard for the welfare of the sheep.”
Peta.org

In fact, an investigation carried out by PETA has found that sheep are denied food and water 48 hours before they are meant to be sheared, to weaken them, so that ‘they won’t put up much of a fight’. Video footage has revealed acts conducted by shearers such as punching, kicking and stomping on sheep in the shearing shed. Any wounds that were made on the sheep were loosely sewn together with no anaesthesia or care for the welfare of these animals. It is uncommon to find dead bodies of sheep lying around due to the torment.

Investigation within the wool industry has revealed some rather disturbing facts, as quoted by PETA:

“Lambs tails being chopped off without painkillers. Male lambs are castrated via cutting the testicles out or with a rubber ring used to cut off blood supply. When the lamb’s testicles do not fall off as expected, shearers often just cut them off with clippers.”
Peta.org

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In addition to the abuse, ‘mulesing’ is performed on lambs and sheep, a painful procedure which involves slicing skin from the buttocks of lambs without anaesthetic to produce a scar, free of wool, faecal/urine stains and skin wrinkles. This horrific procedure is performed in an attempt to prevent ‘flystrike’.

“Flystrike is caused when the wrinkles around the breech area collect urine and moisture. Attracted to the moisture, flies lay eggs in the folds of the skin and the hatched maggots can eat the sheep alive. The process of performing Mulesing does help reduce, but does not eliminate the incidence of flystrike.”
Peta.org

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There are many difference alternatives which are currently still being trialled, these include Skin Traction and gene mapping the sheep blowfly. However, the best alternative is prevention.

“Selecting breeds that have wrinkle free breech area, resistant to flystrike, closer monitoring, timely shearing and applying insecticide during fly season can all assist in the prevention of flystrike.”
Peta.org

What can I do to help?

There are many ways in which you can help my friend. Simply by:

  • Not purchasing wool (there are many humane alternatives to wool such as ; rayon, cotton, hemp, acrylic, nylon, microfibre)
  • Purchase cruelty free wool which have the cruelty free logo
  • Sign petitions against animal cruelty in the wool industry
  • Support non profit organisations campaigning for cruelty free sheep standards: Animals Australia, PETA

Cosmetic Animal Testing

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Animal testing has been around for centuries. Animal testing is used to test the safety and hypoallergenic properties of products. Cosmetic animal testing may involve either a finished product, or the individual ingredients of a finished product to be tested on animals. Rabbits, rats and mice are often used in these cruel and unsightly lab experiments. However, it is found that other animals such as pigs, monkeys and dogs are also used in lab experiments.

It is proven that there are many non animal test methods that can be used as alternatives. They have the potential to be cheaper, faster and more relevant to humans.Unfortunately there are still many companies who continue to ignore the welfare of animals and the cruel torturous tactics used to produce a lipstick.

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While some of the experimentation on animals today is required by law, most is not. In fact a number of countries have implemented bans on the testing of certain types of products on animals. Those countries are: the European Union, India, Israel & Norway.

“But what can I do to help?” you say to yourself. Plenty my dear friend. Plenty. As a consumer you can CHOOSE not to purchasing products that are tested on animals and opting for the cruelty free alternatives out on the markets.

You can CHOOSE to donate to only to charities that don’t experiment on animals.

YOU CAN DEMAND immediate implementation of humane, effective non animal tests from government agencies and corporations.

The choice is yours.

 

 

 

 

The Truth About Vegan Leather

Vegan Leather. We’ve seen this term been thrown around in the fashion industry, but what exactly is it?

Vegan leather is in fact faux leather, given a different name. Vegan leather is made of two core materials: Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) and/or Polyurethane. Basically, and animal activists’s alternative to real leather. Designer Stella McCartney is well known for using vegan leather in her collection. Her collections include women’s ready wear, accessories, lingerie, eye wear, fragrances and kids.

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Being an animal lover, I could say, yes, go with the vegan leather. But is vegan leather actually better? Well that depends. I will argue both sides to state to you the real facts on vegan leather. Then let YOU decide.

First up, we have the People of Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) who argues:

“More than a billion cows, pigs, goats, sheep, alligators, ostriches, kangaroos, and even dogs and cats are cruelly slaughtered for their skins every year. Many of these animals have their tails and horns cut off without painkillers, and some are even skinned and cut apart while still conscious.Turning skin into leather takes loads of energy and a toxic brew of chemicals – including mineral salts, coal- tar derivatives, formaldehyde, oils, dyes and finishes, some of them cyanide based.  Tannery waste contains water-fouling salt, lime sludge, sulfides, acids, and other pollutants.”
Peta.org

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Secondly, we have Vocativ who argues:

“From an environmental perspective, the main concern with polyurethane-based synthetic leather is that solvents are used. The production process involves painting polyurethane in liquid form onto a fabric backing. Making polyurethane into a liquid requires a solvent, and those can be highly toxic. Gwendolyn Hustvedt, an associate professor in Fashion Merchandising at Texas State University points out, “most cows don’t die to become a purse.” The bulk of hides used in leather production come from cattle that are raised for beef and milk, so not using their hides could be deemed wasteful. This by no means alleviates concern over animal cruelty or other environmental concerns like deforestation, it’s just that, for those who do eat meat, this gives leather, environmentally speaking, an advantage.”
Christian, Fox & Kelly, 2016

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I must point out though, that leather is not biodegradable due to the tanning process. However, leather does look and feel better with age in comparison to faux leather. Faux leather on the other hand is cheaper to manufacture and as a result costs less.

So which is more ethical and what is the better choice? Well that will depend on many factors of the consumer. Either alternative has it’s own pros and cons. Both cause damage to the environment. Whilst one choice does not support the exploitation of animals, is cheaper to manufacture, the other is argued that cows do not die just to be made as purses or shoes. Plus, leather lasts longer and looks better with age.

What are YOUR thought on this topic?

Top 10 Spring/Summer Trends 2016/2017

  1. Sneakers
    I love sneakers, I love sneakers, I love sneakers. Hands down. I have never been the one to wear sneakers. Years back, I would definitely describe my style as girly. So would steer away from sneakers as much as possible. I have just recently been looking for ways to give my style a bit of “edge”. I want to slowly drift away from the girly image that I had and steer towards something more edgy, more tough. I purchased my first ever pair of converse and have never looked back. Comfortable and lightweight. Sneakers gave my feet the freedom to run errands and be on my feet all day without any soreness. A bonus. The sneakers and sundress trend is really in!. Pair it with a small crossbody bag as shown above and your ready for the busy day!

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  2. Wide leg Trousers
    If you are like me, loosely fitted clothes are a fav for the hot summer months. I love this trend for many different reason. Tailored yet casual. Loose and flowy. Best paired with a fitted top.

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  3. Metallics
    Metallic shorts are my favourite this season, paired with a basic white tee, baseball cap and sneakers. You really can’t go wrong.

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  4. Bare Shoulders
    Dresses with bare shoulders scream to me femininity mixed with sexiness. Great for pear shapes to balance out the bottom heavy half. Bare shoulder tops/dresses draw horizontal attention to your shoulders.

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  5. Modern Lace
    In spring, I tend to opt for white lace pieces. Lace reminds me of the floral fields on a nice luke warm Spring evening. Feminine and girly. I enjoy matching lace pieces with pastel colours in Spring.

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  6. Satin Slip dresses
    I cheated here. This is two trends in one. Satin and slip dresses. Both trends that are hot this Spring/Summer. I love the chic sophistication that satin gives. Transform your satin slip dress from night to day with a crew neck white tee underneath and your day time chic!

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  7. Backpacks
    I been seeing backpacks everywhere from online fashion blogs to social media, to retail stores! This is not a new trend, but am hoping that it stays. relieve the poor shoulders of the one sided handbag straps and giving us that cute preppy college look. I’m in this phase where studded bags are appealing to me. I love pairing “tough” looking accessories with feminine pieces. The perfect balance.

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  8. Shades of Blue
    When I think of the colour blue, I think of the sky and the sea. A colour which is beneficial to the mind and body as it produces a calming affect. The colour blue reminds me of a windy day near the shore, hearing the waves crashing gently against the rocks. Gazing into the far distance. Blue reminds me of those Summer getaways that we all long for, warm weather, cool drinks.

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  9. Lace up shoes
    Can I get an amen for lace up shoes. I feel like a Grecian Goddess in lace up shoes. Period.

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  10. Lace up Tops
    From lace up shoes to now lace up tops.

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