Archive for October, 2011

Here is a list of the beauty brands owned by multinational corporations. One thing that truly sucks is that almost all of them still test on animals. The brand itself may not test on animals but it is owned by a company that does. Same thing in my books.

Clorox (tests on animals)
  • Burt’s Bees
Proctor & Gamble (tests on animals)
  • Aussie
  • CoverGirl
  • Dolce & Gabanna fragrances
  • Head & Shoulders
  • Herbal Essences
  • Hugo Boss fragrances
  • Max Factor
  • Olay
  • Old Spice
  • Pantene
  • Rejoice/Pert
  • Safeguard
  • Secret
  • SK-II
  • Wella (Sebastian Professional)
Johnson & Johnson (tests on animals)
  • Aveeno
  • Bactidol
  • Clean & Clear
  • Johnson’s Baby
  • Neutrogena
L’Oréal (tests on animals)
  • Lancôme
  • The Body Shop
  • Maybelline
  • Biotherm
  • Kiehl’s
  • Shu Uemura
  • Cacharel
  • Giorgio Armani
  • Helena Rubinstein
  • Dermablend
  • SkinCeuticals
  • Vichy Laboratoires
  • Kérastase
  • Redken
  • Garnier
  • Softsheen-Carson
Estée Lauder (tests on animals)
  • American Beauty
  • Aramis
  • Aveda
  • Bobbi Brown
  • Bumble and bumble
  • Clinique
  • Daisy Fuentes
  • Darphin
  • Donna Karan
  • Estée Lauder
  • Flirt!
  • Good Skin
  • Grassroots
  • Jo Malone
  • Kiton
  • Lab Series
  • La Mer
  • MAC Cosmetics
  • Michael Kors
  • Missoni
  • Ojon
  • Origins
  • Prescriptives
  • Sean John Fragrances
  • Smashbox Cosmetics
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • Tom Ford Beauty
Unilever (tests on animals)
  • Axe
  • Brut
  • Caress
  • Degree
  • Dove
  • Impulse
  • Just for me
  • Lever 2000
  • Lux
  • Noxzema
  • Origins
  • Pears Transparent Soap
  • Suave
  • Sunsilk
  • Sure
  • St Ives
  • Thermasilk
  • Tony & Guy
  • TRESemmé
  • Vaseline body lotion
  • VO5
  • Christian Dior
  • Guerlin
  • Benefit Cosmetics
  • Givenchy
  • Fendi
  • Fresh
  • Kenzo
  • Acqua di Parma
  • Emilio Pucci
  • Loewe
  • Almay
  • Nars
  • Bare Escentuals
  • Joico
  • Clé de Peau
  • Senscience

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This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of visiting the Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary , located outside of Stratford, Ontario, for an open house that offered vegan baked goods, bbq, craft vendors and a raffle (Cocoon Apothecary  products included). I had met one of the owners, Siobhan Poole, at the most recent Toronto Vegetarian Food Fair where she had a table to raise awareness about the farm. She is so lovely and down to earth and we were greeted by her as soon as we arrived.

A farm sanctuary is a place for animals to go where they will be safe from being treated like objects/commodities. They are acknowledged for being what they are – living, feeling creatures just like the dogs and cats that we cherish so much. They are safe from having their beaks cut off, being castrated without anesthetic, being impregnated only to have their babies taken away, and ending up in the cruel slaughterhouse.  They are free to roam and graze and spread their wings.

I met some beautiful creatures – majestic chickens, two sweet cows (one of which was found in below freezing temperatures running down the side of a country road as a calf), friendly and curious goats, lovely sheep, and adorable pigs that ran in delight when they were called to eat. One of the pigs (a baby) was recently found on hwy 401 after falling off a transport truck. You can read more about him in their blog.

Some of the newest residents are hens that just arrived from an egg farm where they have been stuck in dirty battery cages, unable to move or spread their wings. Cedar Row has been taking these  sad little girls (called ‘spent hens’ because they no longer produce enough eggs) from the farm for 4 years now. They were the lucky ones of 28,000 that were shipped off to the slaughterhouse this year. These chickens were cowering in the corner of the barn together – frightened, traumatized and missing most of their feathers. Living proof of the widespread mistreatment of birds for the sake of producing eggs for the most profit. Consider this the next time you have an omelette.

You can support this wonderful farm by donating money or your time as a volunteer. For more information, visit their website at http://cedarrow.org.

Thank you Cedar Row for everything you do!

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Q.  what do you recommend for age spots? i never intentionally tan but i notice im getting spots on my face i never had before!

A. Yes, very common. It’s called hyperpigmentation or melasma and affects a lot of women because it is mostly a combination of hormones and sun exposure – I got it when I was pregnant. First thing you need to do is get a hat and wear it every time that you are in the sun. You can’t have any exposure. Then, you must scrub every day with something gentle – a good DIY is cornmeal and honey. Just make a small bowl of it and keep it in in the bathroom. You can also buy our Petal Purity Exfoliating Facial Cleanser, the beads are gentle enough for everyday use and it is on sale this month.

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We’ve added a fourth lotion to our  natural luxury body care line. Introducing Purist, an unscented body lotion made with pure certified organic olive oil. This moisturizer is ideal for sensitive skin types or people that have issues with scent (including natural).  This lotion is also ideal for babies as it is free of toxins and phthalates. It is used professionally for massage and treatments and is a great base lotion for adding your own essential oils to. It is gluten-free. nut-free, non-toxic, vegan, and eco-friendly. For information, visit http://cocoonapothecary.com/products/Purist-Unscented-Lotion.html.

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I received this email yesterday:

I am 15 years old and I spend a lot of my time campaigning tirelessly for animals. Therefore I was delighted to discover that you do not test on animals. I think this is brilliant and sets a great example for other similar companies and organisations who should be doing the same. Thank you very much for taking the time to read my email and good luck for the future.

– Danielle

I get emails like this every now and then and I think it’s wonderful that people take the time to thank companies for doing the right thing for animals.

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