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Environmentally Friendly Me

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I’ve been a vegetarian for a few years now and haven’t looked back since. I care very much for animal rights but for a while now my knowledge on cruelty free products has been somewhat limited. Companies don’t often clearly state how their products were tested which makes it difficult to know what exactly you’re using.

Recently I decided to do some research and purchase myself some natural, cruelty free products and during the past couple of weekends I have been slowly replacing my old products with organically certified products. I have no idea if the products I was originally using were tested on animals or not so I have decided to change to a completely organic brand that clearly state what they are all about. The chosen brand is dr.Organic.

Their products are paraben free, SLS free and have no artificial colours, fragrances or harsh preservatives so they are good for you and good for the environment and more importantly they are against animal testing. So far I have replaced my shower gel, shampoo and conditioner, lip balm, skin toner, face moisturiser, hand wash and face scrub and I feel better knowing that I’m doing my bit for the animals that I so dearly love.

dr.Organic products

I purchased these items in ‘Holland & Barrett’ where the range has an array of products available to suit different skin and hair types. The sweet-smelling ‘Manuka Honey Body wash’ lathers well when applied with a wash puff and I had no problems with the ‘Tea Tree shampoo and conditioner’ that fills the bathroom with its refreshing scent. The ‘Virgin Olive Oil face scrub’ is very grainy and leaves your face soft and smooth after use and works well with the ‘Virgin Olive Oil day cream’ that doesn’t have a strong odour or leave your face too oily, a little of this also goes a long way. I prefer to use handwash rather than soap for hygiene reasons so the ‘Aloe Vera handwash’ was perfect and left a slight fragrance on my hands after use. I haven’t got around to using the ‘Rose otto skin toner’ yet but the ‘Rose Otto balm lip serum’ I have and I’m quite impressed so far.

Unfortunately these products come at a price. Most are usually over £5, the day cream and the toner set me back £8.19 each which is all a little expensive if you have to stick to a budget which brings me to the argument ‘Why are environmentally friendly products so pricey when we are encouraged to be a more environmentally friendly country’? ‘and why are they so difficult to find’?

As all of my perfumes had run out I also popped into ‘The body shop’ and bought ‘Madagascan vanilla flower’ perfume which is also made from organic and natural products. ‘The body shop’ is continuing to sell cruelty free products which has been one of the more obvious choice of brands easily available. I would definitely urge anyone seriously considering alternative products to do so for your own peace of mind.

The body Shop perfume

An Ethical Gift

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I must admit, I’ve never stepped foot inside a LUSH store because quite frankly the smell offends my nose. Because of this I never really knew much about them or their products. For Christmas I received a cute set of bath bombs contained within a tin money-box house and enclosed in an attractive bird design wrap which was made using recycled plastic bottles. Inside the tin was 4 different shaped and coloured bath bombs all with their own individual scent which was slightly potent but not at all bad. The set came with a little hand book that explains how to use the bath bombs; some you drop straight into the bath and some you run under the tap. What is good about LUSH’s products is that they are all handmade from fresh organic fruit and vegetables, essential oils and safe synthetics and most importantly they don’t test on animals making it ideal for Vegetarians and vegans.

This morning I decided to try out one of the products; the Cinders -PLU 2911. It’s a mulled wine – scented crackling candy bath ballistic which I placed into the bath like the instructions stated and watched as it fizz, crackle and bob up and down until it completely dissolved and turned the water yellow.

As I climbed into the bath I noticed that the water only had a slight aroma to it  which was a little disappointing considering the ball had quite a strong smell to begin with but that didn’t put me off. The water had no affect on my skin, it didn’t stain or create an allergic reaction; in fact my skin felt smooth upon drying. You can also use your usual shower gels and washes which if also smells sweet can create a nice combination of aromas. I look forward to trying out the others!