“The Sheep That Helps You Sleep”

“The Sheep That Helps You Sleep”

I’m always one for a Lush bath and Baa Bar Bubblebar is just too cute to walk past; it’s a little sheep! Unfortunately when I took these pictures I’d already used half so you’re only seeing half the cuteness but it’s still adorable.

Adorable sheep shape aside, this bubble bar is all relaxation and purple dreaminess. It’s the perfect addition to a long day when you’re about ready to sink into a bath and forget everything else, and just half a bar makes a mountain of lavender scented bubbles so you can do just that! The lavender scent isn’t super overpowering either, it’s almost a powdery lavender that made my bathroom smell gorgeous.

Stepping out of this bath everything seemed better, I always underestimate the power of a good bath to change my outlook! It must be something about being almost wrapped up in the warm (almost boiling if I’m honest) purple water, with a book or my iPad and surrounded by bubbles. Add the obligatory cup of tea (spearmint green) and there’s my recipe for winding down at the end of the day.

So if a relaxing bubble bath with a calming lavender scent and a cute little sheep shape sounds right up your street, head to Lush quick before this limited edition cutie is gone for another year!

Why Isn’t All Make-Up Cruelty Free?

Why Isn’t All Make-Up Cruelty Free?

I received an order from Illamasqua last week which got me thinking; there was a message printed inside the box that read

Illamasqua are against animal testing. Many larger makeup brands are not. Of course, they don’t mention it. We only know because a little bird told us (and a few little rabbits).

B E A U T Y not brutality.

I was aware that many makeup brands tested their products on animals, but reading this made me realise that a lot of people probably aren’t aware. I see a lot of people talking about brands they love, using products from big companies such as MAC, L’Oréal and Benefit and I’m sure they must be unaware of the animal testing their products underwent to get to them. I am sure they are unaware because I think (maybe naively) that most people wouldn’t use the products if they were aware. Surely? I also know that before I became vegan and had my eyes opened to the horrors that are happening to animals everyday, I didn’t think makeup and beauty companies still tested their products on animals. I believed that simply didn’t happen anymore, but it does.

Some of these companies will state that they don’t test on animals, but they fail to mention that they hire another company to do it for them, other companies state that they don’t do this either however if a ‘regulatory body demands it for its safety assessment an exception can be made’ (taken from MAC’s website). What this usually means is that the company sells in China, where animal testing is mandatory. Any company who were truly against animal testing would refuse to do this, in fact many companies do not sell their products in China for this reason (Urban Decay, Too Faced, Kat Von D Beauty to name a few). The reason some companies still sell in China is because they care more about their profits than the cruelty and brutality suffered by the animals they test on. A lot of these companies will seem to be saying all the right things such as ‘working toward a cruelty free world‘ which simply isn’t true and doesn’t make sense when they sell in China. If they truly were working towards a cruelty free world they would pull their products out of China until their rules change, as all the real cruelty free companies have done.

There is no reason to be testing our beauty products on animals in this day and age. In fact animal testing is not only cruel, but it is also expensive and generally inapplicable to humans. New methods have been devised which cut out the need to be testing on animals, and a quick google search will throw up a whole host of results detailing the alternatives now available. I found these stats on crueltyfreeinternational.org:

• Crude skin allergy tests in guinea pigs only predict human reactions 72% of the time. But a combination of chemistry and cell-based alternative methods has been shown to accurately predict human reactions 90% of the time.

• The notorious Draize skin irritation test in rabbits can only predict human skin reactions 60% of the time.  But using reconstituted human skin is up to 86% accurate.

•The standard test on pregnant rats to find out if chemicals or drugs may harm the developing baby can only detect 60% of dangerous substances.  But a cell-based alternative (EST) has 100% accuracy at detecting very toxic chemicals.

• The cruel and unreliable shellfish toxin testing on live mice has now been fully replaced with a far superior analytical chemistry method that is better at protecting humans.

Luckily though, there are a whole lot of beauty and make up companies that really are cruelty free, and don’t test on animals, and if you’re ever in doubt a google search will let you know. Just be careful for phrases which don’t sound specific or mention ‘when necessary’. It’s not necessary, and the more of us that make the switch, the more likely companies are to listen and make a change.