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Don’t take the wind out of your summer sail! Guest Blogger Ann LaGoy on bug spray.

20 Aug

 

A Bug Spray we love!!!

A Brand we love!!! (Featuring a Bug Spray we love!)

We are so happy .. yet again!… to feature and showcase another awesome product from one of our Cruelty Free Companies…. Sound Earth!

We not only  do we sell it… but we love it and get repeat orders all of the time!  Not only does it help with keeping nagging mosquitos away… people love the scent!

Our friend Ann has contributed the post below…..(and yes…. it is still summer for a few more weeks!)

Enjoy summer fun without dangerous chemicals!
Most of us enjoy going to the beach, hiking, gardening and generally being outside during these beautiful summer months. However, we’re faced with insects that can put a damper on all that fun in the sun.
Going rogue, with no bug repellent at all poses health risks such as West Nile Virus, Lyme Disease and bacterial infections not to mention the itching and scratching as a result from bites.
Naturally, one of the first items we reach for when heading to the great outdoors is bug repellent, but many commercial brands contain DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide). Careful consumers are getting educated about this toxic ingredient, and discovering safe alternatives.
DEET is a slightly yellow oil developed and patented by the U. S. Army in 1946 for use by military personnel in insect-infested areas. It solved insect and bug problems, but introduced health risks to those using it.

According to the Cornell Cooperative Extension, there have been reports of seizures and neurotoxic symptoms related to the use of DEET. It can cause acute reactions such as skin irritation, rashes, blisters, and permanent scarring. Additionally, there are documented chronic results of its use such as insomnia; mood disturbances and impaired cognitive function are also noted.

Often there is a catalyst motivating us to change our lifestyle: having children and health issues are at the top – DEET is especially dangerous for children, and can negatively impact your health.
Whoa, that just took the wind out of our summer sail! Fear not, there are safe alternatives to using DEET, and now is the time to make change for good.

For those that love a good DIY project; grab a mini spray bottle and tinker with essential oils such as peppermint, lavender and lemongrass to make your own bug repellent. It’s safe, and your pals will recognize your crafty-ness.

For those who prefer to simply hit the grass running, Sound Earth is here with our bug repellent used the world over: the Sound Earth Body Guard bug repellent. Using only therapeutic grade essential oils in a carrier oil base, you can feel good about using it on you, your kids and your pets.
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Sound Earth is your trusted online source of toxic-free home cleaning and care products. We develop and manufacture our products in New York State’s Hudson Valley. We stay up to date on the latest chemical research, and we share your passion for animals.
Discover our complete line of high quality products; safe for people, pets and planet!
“AT SOUND EARTH WE LOVE ALL ANIMALS, AND BELIEVE EVERY ANIMAL DESERVES TO BE FREE FROM ABUSE AND NEGLECT. WE COMMIT EVERY DAY TO IMPROVING THE LIVES OF ANIMALS IN NEED THROUGH OUR BUSINESS PRACTICES, OUTREACH AND ADVOCACY EFFORTS.
WHEN YOU SUPPORT SOUND EARTH YOU ARE SUPPORTING ANIMALS IN NEED.”
~ANN LAGOY, OWNER OF SOUND EARTH.

We are giving a 1oz. bottle of this next week!!!

We are giving a 1oz. bottle of this next week!!!

WOW Ann well said!  We love what you do and your thoughtful business practices!!!!

Thank you!!!

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Please watch our Facebook page for Giveaway updates on this product!!!!! (Next week!)

Jules

 

Meet Xander… The Rescued Lab Cat

7 Aug
Xander The Rescued Lab Cat

Xander The Rescued Lab Cat, enjoying his freedom.

We are truly so happy to have “met” Xander’s “mom”, Rachel….but I bet that Xander is even more excited than us though!  Rightfully so.

Starting this Thursday, the CFC Blog will begin featuring guest bloggers who are making changes  and real differences in animal welfare.  We will highlight issues, make introductions to phenomenal organizations and bring you moving stories. Check it out. blog.crueltyfreeconsumer.com.

(Mondays posts will remain about CFC’s  brand and partners etc.)

Here is to our first Guest “Issue” Blogger…. Xander’s “mom” Rachel.

I will begin this post with a shamefully honest admission that I think many people will relate to—I used to think of “animal testing” as a problem that I didn’t need to worry about.
I truly don’t know why I chose to think of it that way, because I have always loved animals and cared about their rights, and I have been a vegetarian for nine years for ethical reasons (now transitioning to veganism). I think that I chose ignorance in regards to laboratory animals because it was easier. When I look back now, I wish that I could educate my younger self about the true face of animal testing—mice, rats, guinea pigs, monkeys, chimpanzees, dogs, and cats, all of them lovable, loving animals that deserve freedom just as much as their non-lab counterparts and would have it if it was not for the companies that choose to follow archaic methods and continue to experiment upon them even when they are not legally required to do so.
There are two types of animal testing: medical and consumer. Medical research is an entirely separate debate, and there is much less that we as consumers can do to change that (though advocacy is always needed, and you can find out more information at http://www.mspca.org/programs/animal-protection-legislation/animal-welfare/lab-animal-welfare/overview.html). What I truly believe we can impact and change, and what I am choosing to focus my advocacy on, is the cosmetics/household product testing that is NOT legally mandated.
I have a personal and particularly important reason to raise awareness about this issue—a black, furry, and very handsome reason.

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His name is Xander, and he is a former laboratory research cat who was rescued in January 2014 by Beagle Freedom Project (BFP), an amazing non-profit organization whose mission is to save animals from labs when they are ‘done’ with experimentation. Normally the labs would euthanize these beautiful animals, even though they, more than most, deserve the chance at a happy, loving, free life after being experimented on for years. BFP has had a lot of media attention lately due to recent beagle rescues, and it so wonderful, because every person reached by those stories is one more who can, and will, make a difference.

1925009_1447125798861354_7917440264352997174_nXander is a survivor in the truest sense of the word. He has the kindest, gentlest spirit, and despite three years living in a tiny cage with human contact limited to experimentation that he was unable to refuse, he LOVES people. He was rescued by BFP in January 2014, went to a foster home, and came to his forever home with me and the rest of his cat family—two brothers and one mom—on March 2, 2014. It was fate that brought us together, as I just happened to click on a link to BFP on a vegetarian recipe site, and the most recent rescue was five cats, unusual not just for BFP (which usually rescues beagles, hence the name) but for the world of animal testing in general, because cats are almost always euthanized after experimentation. I fell in love with him as soon as I saw his big eyes and beautiful black fur, and even though BFP is based on the other side of the country from me, as fate would have it, Xander was in a foster home just two hours away. We all agree that it was meant to be!
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Xander has an amazing life now. I have many stories to share with you about his adjustment to the free world, and I hope to do so in the coming weeks. For now, he would love it if you would visit his Facebook page—Xander the Rescued Lab Cat at http://www.facebook.com/xanderthelabcat. “He” writes the page, and he always has adorable pictures, videos, and antics to share. His followers say that he brightens their days, and he is so happy to do so! He has also taught many people about animal-tested versus cruelty-free brands, and we just started a weekly post called Sunday Swap where we list cruelty-free alternatives in a specific category. I am hoping that this will help people to realize that going cruelty-free does not have to be frustrating or complicated—it can be as simple as walking one aisle over in the store—and every single person who picks a cruelty-free item over an animal-tested one is truly making a difference.
There are over 20,000 cats in labs in the United States today. Xander is one of the VERY few, and very lucky, to be saved, and he has already touched so many hearts with his story. I named him Xander because it means “defender of all,” and he is doing his best to be the voice for his fellow lab animals. Well, really, he is doing his best to be a normal, happy, adorable, loving house cat, which is all that he should ever have to worry abut again, and it is up to me to share his story.
Thank you for reading it.
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Thank you so much Rachel…. this is such an amazing story…. We look forward to hearing more from you and Xander….

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Jules

 

Bello Moi… It’s a lifestyle choice….

5 Aug
Latest Addition to the CFC Family Bello Moi Skincare

Latest Addition to the CFC Family
Bello Moi Skincare

This week we are excited to announce our partnership with Bello Moi Skincare.  This Mother and Daughter team have the answers for fabulous skin at any age!  Check out their guest blog they have provided for us… Again, we are thrilled to welcome them to the CFC  family!

Look to the skin for the answers………..

We believe, at Bello Moi, that one’s skin tells a story of one’s overall well-being. As the largest organ in the body, the skin is constantly being bombarded by harmful chemicals, toxins, smoke, and ultra-violet damage from the sun. Over 60% of what we put on the skin is absorbed into the blood stream. Bello Moi is devoted to target the health of the skin by never using any ingredients in the products such as dyes, synthetic fragrances, parabens, sulfates or toxic chemicals. Every ingredient has a specific purpose to improve skin quality and target skin structure. Maximum results are achieved from the purest and more importantly the effectiveness of each ingredient in every Bello Moi product.

The birth of Bello Moi was not overnight. The products were conceived by mother, Carol and daughter, Logan. Carol was plagued with an auto-immune disease that was a constant problem. Also, the aging signs of sun damage and those pesky wrinkles that would not stop appearing were too prevalent. On the other hand, Logan had rosacea/very sensitive skin and wanted to prevent aging skin. Combining the talents of a licensed esthetician and 50 years of natural, holistic research, the mother/daughter team formulated Bello Moi. With the assistance of a chemist, who is the foremost authority on aloe, the skin care line was developed.

Bello Moi skincare is a profoundly effective natural skin care treatment. Bello Moi integrates powerful antioxidants, pure natural plants, cutting edge stem cells, vitamins, peptides and amino acids to boost the life force of skin cells for repair, age and inflammation prevention and maximum hydration. Devoted to promoting healthy and naturally radiant skin, Bello Moi products use only the highest quality natural ingredients. The products have been specifically formulated to work synergistically with each other to maximize results.

Male or female, aged or youth, hypersensitive or post treated, Bello Moi is the skincare company you want to age with. Bello Moi is not just a skincare – it is a lifestyle choice. It is about eating healthy and talking care of your body from the inside out.

It is important to know we use ingredients you need; nothing more, nothing less. No toxins, no animal products, and our products were only tested on humans. We are endorsed by the Leaping Bunny cruelty free program. We are PETA certified and a 100% vegan natural cosmeceutical skincare line. These products can be found at www.crueltyfreeconsumer.com .

 

Check us out this week… Our giveaway is from EO Products!

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Jules

 

Interview with Product of the Year Winner! (Guest Blog)

16 Jul
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Le Savonnier Marseillais

 

Happy July 21st!

We’ve been honored with yet another guest blogger.  This time from our friends at the Vintage Soap Factory!  Co-Founder Elizabeth Attie took a few minutes to do an interview with us!  (We’ve tried this product and love it by the way!)

What would you like readers to know about your company and the Le Savonnier Marseillais brand?

The Vintage Soap Factory is a manufacturer of traditional soaps dedicated to always producing 100% natural pure olive oil soaps. We have perfected an ancient process for modern times.
The idea was born with one simple goal — to provide the finest quality natural soap for household and personal use, the latter for all skin types after being aware of the importance of true natural products. We use only superior olive oil sourced from the finest of regions.

Your Le Savonnier Marseillais All-Purpose Soap was honored with a People’s Choice Award as being among the breakout products of 2014. Tell us a little about the product. What has winning the award meant?

It was very exciting for us to be voted Product of the Year in the liquid soap category and featured in Parade magazine. The liquid soap is the finest product line we have to offer, and is everything you need to clean all your washable surfaces. There is no need for an arsenal of cleaners when one all-purpose soap can clean your countertops, dishes, windows, floors, laundry,upholstery and more. Its main ingredients — 100% olive oil for streak-free cleaning and other essential oils, which have antifungal and disinfectant properties — are selected for their
reputed benefits for home and skin. It’s a potent yet gentle formula that is safe for you and your family and also protects the health of our rivers, streams and oceans.

Do natural products really clean?
There is a common misconception that green doesn’t clean. Any one cleaning product — green or conventional and used in small amounts and with proper ventilation — probably won’t make you ill. The problem is that most people use multiple cleaning products. Repeated exposure to the chemicals in these products can add up. On the surface, they appear to be great at what they are designed to do — repelling dirt, dust and grime with nothing more than a spritz and some elbow grease. Unfortunately, these often contain toxins that shouldn’t come into contact with the most absorbent tissue in our bodies. Many of these ingredients are the same compounds you are working to eliminate from your furniture, beauty routine and laundry processes. If they don’t have a place in your living room, medicine cabinet or closet, they shouldn’t be in your cleaning supplies.

 

Who are your key customers? Why do they buy your products?

The move toward natural, organic and healthy products is not a fad but a societal shift that is poised to grow to $226 billion by 2018, with an annual growth rate of 8.6%. This translates into key trends identified for the coming year, which include:

•The health and wellness consumer: The healthy movement is spreading across all demographic groups, differentiated by lifestyles, behaviors, attitudes and beliefs about health and wellness. Consumers are looking for natural ingredients at a price point that is attractive.

•Convenience and accessibility: There is a demand for products that permit people to make eco-friendly decisions and conveniently carry them out.

•Labeling transparency: Consumers are asking for transparency with regard to product labels, claims and certifications, including Leaping Bunny, non-GMO and organic.

•Our core demographic: A female between the age of 25 and 50 concerned with her family’s health, who cares about indoor and outdoor environments and values natural ingredients in products even when they are not the least expensive alternative.

 

Thank you so much Elizabeth!  We are so thrilled to have  you and your brand represented at Cruelty Free Consumer.com!

Congrats to you as well on your “Product of the Year” win!

We now carry this on our site!  We love it… did we already mention that!?

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WHO is DEMES?! How we deliver products!

14 Jul
CFC's Delivery Vehicle

CFC’s Local Delivery Vehicle

 

Wow mid-July already!  We’ve been busy making local cruelty-free deliveries…to the new mom’s around us….

Laundry detergent, (Seventh Generation, Earth Friendly Products), Bug Spray (Sound Earth, JASON, Aroma Naturals… Citronella Candles), Diapers (Seventh Generation), Diaper Cream (Burt’s Bees, Gourmet Body Treats, Little Twig) and of course SUNSCREEN! (Alba, Seventh Generation, JASON, Andalou Naturals and Beauty without Cruelty)… This just for the kids!    We’ve made some special deliveries for the moms and neighbors too who just want to pamper themselves.  Body washes, lotions, scrubs (A Girl’s Gotta Spa!, Andalou Naturals, Giovanni, Living Clay and now DEMES!

Demes Natural Products has just joined CFC.  They have written a a blog for us to share with you this week.

“We are DEMES – a small family company with big hearts. We make products for your home, your family, and your furry friends—because what you breathe, how you live, and what you absorb, affect you and your loved ones.
Our company has been around since 2010, making natural products that use safe, non-toxic ingredients – starting with our multi-use spray deodorizer, Get the Funk Out (for people pets and places) and our convenient, mess-free moisturizing stick, Butter me UP (great for adults and kids).
We know that as manufacturers, it is up to us to provide the safest and most beneficial products to you that we can.
And with that safety in mind, we became certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny (CCIC) in 2013. We guarantee that no animals are harmed or tested on at any stage from suppliers to bottling.

We want happy, healthy, families. It’s simple… Almost as simple as our natural ingredients. We think you and the little guys who can’t speak for themselves deserve it.
So what about our name, DEMES? Well, that is our family: Daniel, Evan, Michelle, Erik, Skippy (our guinea pig and mascot!)”

Thanks you Michelle and “DEMES”!  We love your name and look forward to working with you!

Also… be watching next week for our giveaway!!!!!

 

A quick thought and reminder.. in addition to all of the great brands and products listed above…. we also offer Tom’s of Maine, Tsi-La Organics (Perfume), and several fantastic products for keeping a clean house … Better Life, Dr. Bronner’s, The Vintage Soap Factory! Sanitizer  etc… EO Products!

 

Thank you again for supporting Cruelty Free Consumer.com

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“A love of animals is a requirement”

2 Jul

 

New Brand!  Makeup coming soon!

New Brand! Makeup coming soon!

So Monday comes and goes… Tuesday comes (Lost power…ugh!) and goes….(still no power!)  and now it’s Wednesday night… YET… We are still happy to post this weeks blog… from Gourmet Body Treats~  I discovered this Leaping Bunny company awhile back and now am thrilled to make the “formal” introduction and announcement that CFC is now carrying this amazing brand and their products…. MAKEUP INCLUDED!!!  So on to the blog from our friend, Waleska of GMT!

Gourmet Body Treats is a family run cruelty free cosmetics company.
Every product we make is 100% vegan, never tested on animals, and are
all created to have the absolute lowest environmental impact possible.
Gourmet Body Treats has one simple goal – create effective skincare
and cosmetics while also putting common sense ethics at the forefront
of our decision making, at all levels of ingredients sourcing,
production, and packaging.

Gourmet Body Treats is dedicated to the same 3 principles our company
was founded on almost 10 years ago.

1. Always be natural and organic.
In today’s world people are pretty jaded with the term “natural”. It
doesn’t mean anything to the FDA, but it means a lot to us. The owners
of GBT (Gourmet Body Treats) spend close to 40% of every dollar
traveling to the farms that we source our ingredients from ensuring
that the growing practices reflect the term natural. That means that
we never use pesticides and we have a chance to visibly check the that
working conditions at each grower are acceptable.

2. Always work with ingredients that are grown by people who are paid
a living wage, in conditions that are not dangerous or unhealthy.
We believe in the tenets of Fair Trade business, but don’t rely on
anyone but ourselves to ensure that the term applies to our company.
We are members of several Fair Trade Associations, but in recent
months these associations have come under scrutiny. That’s why we’ve
always believed it important to have feet on the ground checking that
if we claim our product is Fair Trade, it stands up to the test.

Always source ingredients from local farmers whenever possible.
We work with small family farms, and the majority of our ingredients
come from Texas, where our company is based. We visit our farms
regularly, and have a great relationship with them! That means
ingredients are fresher & the product is better as a result. Many of
them can’t afford the USDA Organic Certification, and our packaging
reflects that, but please know that all of our ingredients are the
highest quality available!

3. Always remain Vegan, and never test on animals.
Not everyone who works for us is vegan, but a love of animals is a
requirement. We never use any ingredients that contain or are sourced
from animals or insects such as beeswax, honey, lanolin, carmine, etc.
There are billions of plant types in the world, and all of them have
a purpose. Why use an ingredient that might hurt an animal or bug when
you don’t have to!

In addition to this we never test on animals. “Volunteer” is one of
our most prized positions here at Gourmet Body Treats, and we have
people clamoring for a chance to try our newest products!

All of our products are 100% vegan and manufactured on site fresh
daily from our hands to yours. Our customers love our products because
they are safe to use on sensitive skin types and are effective. We’re
popular with a wide variety of people for a number of reasons. Many of
our customers are cancer survivors, and literally can not use anything
else. It’s a big responsibility to deliver quality products that are
safe for these people to use, so we take it very seriously.

 

Thank you so much Gourmet Body Treats.  Again, we are so excited to have you join Cruelty Free Consumer.com…. another fantastic addition!

 

Be watching our social media pages for the GBT giveaway next week and details on how to enter!  I personally can’t wait to get my hands on their Brown Sugar Coffee Scrub!

 

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Jules

 

A Girl’s Gotta Spa! “Our Story”.

23 Jun
The newest brand to be offered at Cruelty Free Consumer.com

The newest brand to be offered at Cruelty Free Consumer.com

 

Hello today!  Welcome to our Monday Guest Blog/Giveaway once again!  This is our 3rd official “Installment”…(We need a better word… writers block)… please throw us a suggestion!

This week our focus is on a newly discovered company and I’m in love!  The products offered by “A Girl’s Gotta Spa!”are absolutely amazing just as Shannon had told us!  We love her story and being a mom myself…. I can certainly relate!

Below is Shannon’s story from A Girl’s Gotta Spa!…

The concept of A Girl’s Gotta Spa! began 9 years ago this October.
I was 31 years old at the time and a mother of 3 sons (with another to be the apple of my eye in the not so distant future.) I had recently left working in the mental health field, which was both rewarding and taxing, and moved from the suburbs of Philadelphia to the rural surroundings of the Pocono Mountains. The idea of taking time for myself was not a foreign concept; however it is typically quite a dichotomy. On the one hand you have people telling you that you need some me time, “Take some time for yourself,” they’d say, “You deserve it.” Then, on the other hand, you have people asking you and accusing you of being selfish for doing so.

I believe you deserve to be pampered.

A Girl’s Gotta Spa! ® was built on the belief that your personal well-being should be a priority. A Girl’s Gotta Spa! is a call to action, whether you are young or old, regardless of ethnicity or creed, working in the corporate world or busy raising the next generation of responsible leaders, you deserve to treat yourself daily.
I truly believe this and whether you are worn and withered from your career, your children, your spouse, your friendships, your finances and any other circumstance in your life (the good and the bad), I want you to believe it too.

Pamper: To indulge with every intention, comfort and kindness.

A Girl’s Gotta Spa! bath and body line is one that is natural and cruelty free. Nowhere in our mission is there room for animal cruelty of any kind. We’re proud to now be among a prestigious list of beauty companies who also hold this same value with our Leaping Bunny certification.

  • A Girl’s Gotta Spa! is free of sulfates, formaldehyde, petrochemicals, synthetic colors and fragrances. Our Energizing Citrus Body Wash and Energizing Citrus Body Lotion are both vegan. Crafted in small batches, the purity and quality of the ingredients will be an elucidation to your dry skin care woes and satiate your senses.
  • Energizing Citrus is an invigorating mix of pink grapefruit, lemon, lime and orange. The fragrance is not overwhelming, but more subtle in the sense that you can clearly distinguish each essential oil as you apply the products. The Body Wash will leave your skin hydrated and silky smooth, while the Body Lotion will leave skin looking and feeling soft and healthy.

So I encourage you, take time for yourself today. Know that you are worth it. Know that you deserve to be pampered.

 

Thank you Shannon, we are so thrilled to be associated with you and your brand!

Next week, you will have the chance to win these 2 products to pamper yourself!  Be watching via Facebook, Twitter and this blog for details as to how to enter!

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You can win this!

 

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Jules

 

6 SUN SAVVY TIPS FOR BEAUTIFUL SKIN

9 Jun

 

Time to enjoy summer.... Compliments of CFC'S Featured Company, Andalou Naturals

Time to enjoy summer…. Compliments of CFC’S Featured Company, Andalou Naturals

 

It’s summertime and with it comes a million ways to be outdoors… yea!  Our good friend Stacey Kelly-Egide, founder & CEO of Andalou Naturals Fruit Stem Cell Science has provided 6 fantastic tips to keep and maintain beautiful skin during the summer months (all year, actually!)

 

Tip #1 – Love the Shade
It’s important to limit direct sun exposure, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM, when the sun’s rays are strongest. Even on an overcast day, up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can penetrate through cloud cover. For best protection and comfort it’s best to stay in the shade.

Tip #2 – Undercover Agent
Wear clothes that protect your body. If you plan on being outside on a sunny day, cover as much of your body as possible. Wear a hat. Consider using an umbrella for instant shade. And don’t forget to protect your eyes with quality sunglasses that offer maximum UV protection.

Tip #3 – Serious about Sunscreen
Use a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher every day. SPF (Sun Protection Factor) estimates the time a sunscreen can protect the skin from sunburn. To protect your skin from damage caused by UVA and UVB sunlight, a ‘Broad Spectrum’ sunscreen is required. Dermatologists most often recommend a daily SPF 30 that includes UVA & UVB protection ingredients, like Zinc Oxide, to best guard against skin damage caused by sun exposure.

Tip #4 – Defend the Skin You’re In
Sun exposure is the primary cause of premature aging caused by weakened and damaged cells, described as free radicals. To help defend your skin against damaging free-radical cells and the signs of premature aging, including fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation, we recommend an antioxidant-rich sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher.

Tip #5 – Renew, Repair, Regenerate!
Antioxidants are nature’s secret weapon against premature aging caused by sun damage. Antioxidants effectively neutralize free radicals by donating one of their own electrons to mend and stabilize the weakened, damaged cells. These stable antioxidant nutrients act as scavengers, helping to prevent and reverse cellular tissue damage.
Tip #6 – Skin Saving Ingredients
Fruit Stem Cells: Increase the longevity of skin’s own stem cells, defending against key aging factors, including UV, oxidative, and environmental stress, while regenerating at the cellular level to counteract the visible signs of aging.

Superfruit Anti-oxidants: Help neutralize free radicals, support cell turnover, increase collagen and elastin, and strengthen dermal immunity. Look for skin care super heroes including: Açai Berry, Aronia Berry, Bearberry, Bilberry, Black Elderberry, Goji Berry, Rosehips, and Sea Buckthorn Berry

Certified Organic Aloe Vera: Rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids and proteins, Aloe vera soothes inflammation, oxygenates and hydrates, while advancing the dermal delivery and absorption of essential nutrients.
Guest Post by Stacey Kelly-Egide, founder & CEO Andalou Naturals® Fruit Stem Cell Science® skin care and hair care. From farm to bottle and botany to beauty, Stacey believes what goes on our body, goes in our body. Andalou Naturals is the first beauty brand 100% Non-GMO Project verified, and is passionately committed to a meaningful, world-wide policy of No Animal Testing.
Andalou Naturals + Inspired Beauty + True Kindness + Mindful Action.

And below…. a giveaway teaser…. be watching our Facebook page next week (Monday) as we announce The CFC and Andalou Naturals Summer Give-Away!

 

Included….will be Andalou Naturals Top Selling Sun Care
Ultra Sheer Daily Defense SPF 18
Skin Perfecting BB Tinted SPF 30
Oil Control BB Un-Tinted SPF 30
DIY Booster SPF 30 Facial Serum
A $75 Value!

Andalou

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Jules

 

Guest Blog from BULLDOG SKINCARE FOR MEN, and info on upcoming FREE GIVEAWAY!

28 May
A favorite Cruelty Free Men's Skincare Line

Featured Giveaway!   Bulldog Skincare for Men!

 

It’s here!  We are ready!  We are officially introducing The CFC Blog/Giveaway series!!!

We thank Bulldog Skincare for Men as our Kick-off Company… and it’s just in time for Father’s Day!!!

Here at Cruelty Free Consumer.com, we have been working very hard to collaborate with some of our favorite cruelty free brands so that we can speed up the introduction process and bring new brands to you!  Yes…. we will feature a Cruelty Free Brand on our blog and then the following Monday give the details for how to enter and win the products from our featured company! Be watching CFC’s social media as well.

A bit of background…..In the fall, we worked with The Living Clay Company to organize a conversation via guest blog which then lead to a giveaway.  The concept was well received  with many people learning about a “new” to them Cruelty Free Brand!  Our winner was thrilled with her gift she received from Living Clay!  *** No catch here****our mission in doing this series…. (we are calling it that because  we plan to introduce a CF Brand at least every other week!) is to introduce more people to all of the amazing products and brands offered on the market from beauty lines, baby products, pet and home goods (cleaners to candles etc!).

 

On to our Highlighted Company… BULLDOG  SKINCARE FOR MEN!

Thank you to Angela Acquaye for her contribution with the Blog and the Giveaway!

British brand Bulldog Skincare For Men makes award winning skincare products that are purpose-built for men, using natural ingredients that really work. Bulldog launched in the US in 2010 and has expanded its ethical line to 12 products in just three years.

The brand was born in 2006, out of the frustration that there were no natural options available for switched-on men who wanted to reduce the number of man-made chemicals in their bathrooms. Bulldog is now available in 13 countries and over 10,000 stores worldwide.

Bulldog products are body-friendly and don’t contain controversial man-made chemicals such as parabens, sodium laureth sulfate, artificial colors, or synthetic fragrances. Instead, all Bulldog products are loaded with essential oils and other amazing natural ingredients to deliver superb skincare results.

Bulldog products are never tested on animals and never include ingredients derived from animal sources. The brand is approved as ‘Cruelty Free’ and was rated as the top brand in the UK across both male and female skincare categories in the Ethical Company Organization’s 2012 Good Shopping Guide. Bulldog can be found nationwide in or at CRUELTY FREE CONSUMER.com!

This month Bulldog is urging American men to enhance their natural skincare regimes with the launch of three new specialist products available online at meetthebulldog.com.  As always, these products are purpose built for men using world-class natural ingredients, all delivered with a witty dose of personality on the back of each pack.

The three new Bulldog products are:

Bulldog Original Body Lotion – Packed with 8 essential oils, cocoa butter, aloe vera and avocado oil to help nourish and rehydrate the skin.

Bulldog Sensitive Face Wash – Specifically formulated for sensitive skin with 2 essentials and green tea to gently cleanse your face of dirt and debris.

Bulldog Original Eye Roll-On – Packed with avocado oil and Brazilian ginseng extract to reduce the appearance of dark circles, puffiness and fine lines.

 

Again, thank you Bulldog for your contribution.  Now that we’ve got the information…. let’s get to the giveaway!

WIN: Bulldog Skincare For Men ‘Full Kit and Caboodle’ Set worth $49.99

This Full Kit and Caboodle set consists of a great selection of the Bulldog Original line in one easy-to-use package.

Bulldog Original Shower Gel

Bulldog Original Shave Gel

Bulldog Original Face Wash

Bulldog Original Face Scrub

Bulldog Original After Shave Balm

Bulldog Original Moisturizer.

Be watching next Monday on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for more info on how to enter to win.  We will be choosing a winner in time to receive this amazing gift before Father’s Day!

 

(Next post….. Are all Cruelty Free Products expensive?!)

In the meantime, Cruelty Free Consumer wants to help with shipping costs, so we have provided the following codes to be used when purchasing products at Cruelty Free Consumer.com

USE THESE CODES WHEN CHECKING OUT AT http://www.crueltyfreeconsumer.com:

FREE SHIP with orders over $50

3.95SHIP on orders under $50.

Enjoy the day and please do your part so the animals can enjoy theirs!

Jules

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Oppose the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Act’

23 Feb

This post is important.  I am posting this now because I want to make sure that if you didn’t catch it before… you see it now.  You need to be aware of this NOW.

If you love and care about the welfare of animals… you must read this and take action!

I have taken, well, borrowed, the below emails from 2 very strong and passionate women whom I respect.

Jen Mathews, of My Beauty Bunny….

“I don’t do these types of emails often. This is really important to me, or I wouldn’t bother you with it. Animal testing may soon be required in the US if the Safe Cosmetics Act passes. We have to stop it. Pls sign and share! It literally takes two seconds. Thank you!

I just signed the petition “Congress: Stop the potential for the U.S. to require animal testing that would occur if the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 (SCPCPA) is passed.” and wanted to see if you could help by adding your name.

Our goal is to reach 1,500 signatures and we need more support. You can read more and sign the petition here:

https://www.change.org/petitions/congress-stop-the-potential-for-the-u-s-to-require-animal-testing-that-would-occur-if-the-safe-cosmetics-and-personal-care-products-act-of-2013-scpcpa-is-passed?recruiter=3265659

Jen Mathews, Chief Bunny
My Beauty Bunny/Top Tier Media

From Moxie

Moxie Reviews™ has posted a new item, ‘Oppose the Safe Cosmetics and Personal
Care Act’

Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Act
As a cruelty free beauty blogger, it may seem like terrible advice to give
readers, but I strongly urge you to oppose the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care
Products Act! This is an online link where you can read this in its entirety,
but I wanted to sum up what […]

You may view the latest post at
http://moxiereviews.com/2014/01/29/safe-cosmetics-and-personal-care-act/

This blog is not typical… but please take a minute to read… it’s just so important.  I also feel it was best to reference these 2 women as well.  I value their opinions tremendously!

please sign here…https://www.change.org/petitions/congress-stop-the-potential-for-the-u-s-to-require-animal-testing-that-would-occur-if-the-safe-cosmetics-and-personal-care-products-act-of-2013-scpcpa-is-passed?recruiter=3265659.

Enjoy the day and please do your part so the animals can enjoy their day.

Jules

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