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Better Life guest blog. (Yes… from abc’s Shark Tank!)

11 Aug

Please welcome a new addition to the CFC family…. introducing Better Life… yes, as in the company that was featured on abc’s Shark Tank!

You'll be "Simply Floored!" when you try awesome products!

You’ll be “Simply Floored!” when you try these awesome products!

When Tim Barklage and Kevin Tibbs set out to start a new line of safe and effective household cleaning products, they were committed to doing things the right way. From start to finish they wanted to create products that had the cleaning power of conventional cleaners, but were responsibly and sustainably sourced, cruelty-free, and in the end safe for people, pets, and the planet. And Better Life has stayed true to that commitment.

What this means, is that Better Life goes beyond the usual Cruelty-Free standards and redefines Cruelty-Free to meet our own higher standards. Not only are Better Life’s products NEVER tested on animals, they go a step further, the finished products are safe and biodegradable so they won’t harm the pets in your home, or the fish in the streams, or the bees in the air. THAT is what Cruelty-Free means to Better Life. From manufacturing to counter top, our products do not harm animals or their natural environments.

In addition to this commitment, Better Life is also a sponsor and donor to animal and wildlife rescue organizations. Just recently, Better Life donated over $5,000 worth of safe, non toxic Spin-Credible natural laundry detergent to the Wildlife Rescue in Missouri. This will ensure that all the endless loads of towels and blankets that are used to rehabilitate injured wildlife will get exceptionally clean and leave no residues that can be especially harmful to small animals’ respiratory systems.

Now you can clean out your bird’s cage with what-EVER! all-purpose cleaner and know that you can rest easy that your avian friend won’t be harmed by fumes. You can use Simply Floored! to clean the kitchen floor that Fido just washed with his tongue and not worry about the toxic cocktail he just licked up. You can use Dish It Out to wash your dishes on a camping trip and sleep easy in your tent knowing that the waterways were left as clean and sparkling as your dishes. Better Life makes products that are better for you, animals, and Mother Nature from start to finish. There is a better way… BETTER LIFE!

what-EVER! Natural All-Purpose Cleaner in Clary Sage & Citrus or Scent Free.

what-EVER! Natural All-Purpose Cleaner in Clary Sage & Citrus or Scent Free.

 

Thank you Tim and Kevin and the Team at Better Life for your guest blog contribution!   Cruelty Free Consumer is so impressed with the products you have created and how you view the earth and our animal companions that we share this planet with.  We love using your products and are always recommending them!

Be watching our Facebook page for your chance to win a gift from Better Life! (This week we are giving away skincare from Bello Moi!)

A video is coming as well this week in which we can’t wait to see the work you have done at the Wildlife Rescue.

 

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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

 

“everyone” has a story … including Scot and his buddy Barney of EO Products

29 Jul

Barney EO 1 We’re back from vacation and back to guest blogs and weekly giveaways and announcing a few winners from the last couple of weeks so… for our first order of business…. Scot Mills of EO Products and the everyone Brand makes his contribution as our CFC weekly guest blogger!  Go Scot….

“Why Cruelty Free EO?
I have to say that while I love the fact that EO products are clean, luxurious and effective, it is as much due to my best friend Barney that I am as enthusiastic about this company as I am.
Let me explain: Barney is a 10lb Toy Fox Terrier. He came from the Marin County CA SPCA, where my wife and I found him amongst a horde of Chihuahuas, which the Humane Society folks had mistaken him for. He looked very out of place amongst their yapping enthusiasm, and his demeanor was one of “I’ll come to the front of the cage if I really have to, but as tired as I am of these roommates and their non-stop yapping, I still don’t want to be led on either!” We really felt that he needed a better place to live.
Long story short, we ended up adopting him, and there is no possible way for either my wife or I to regret it – Barney is the best!
However, when he was turned into the SPCA close to a year earlier, Barney had been found in Novato, Ca, with his little knees so badly out of alignment that he had to drag his hind-quarters around, and he had little or no use of his legs due to his genetic deformity. He had also been abused, and it appeared that he had been born into an environment in which he was not well liked or cared for, and he had been abandoned to wander the streets. Kids had been mean to him (we can tell by his reaction to most kids), and he was very skittish and submissive after all he’d been through.
The SPCA was good enough to pay for the surgery to fix his knees, and he spent about 6 months rehabilitating in San Quentin Prison with their Prisoner Care program; and by the time we found him and brought him to his new home, he was a bit wobbly, but up and around, and beginning to find his confidence as well.
Now here’s the thing which I can’t figure out: Barney is the sweetest, most loving and affectionate little best friend anyone could ever want. He looks at you with those soulful brown eyes, and his little tail wags hello, and it is impossible not to want to scratch his head and tell him how happy he makes you.
Did I mention he says “Orp!” when he yawns?
So how in the world could anyone have been mean to him? How could that have been possible?
Unfortunately, there are those in this world who do not understand that our four-legged friends deserve a pain-free existence; including some manufactures of health and beauty aids, who feel that torturing a defenseless bunny is a fantastic way to find out if a product is safe for humans!
This is but one of the many reasons that EO is a favorite in the industry: A Cruelty Free, Gluten Free, Non GMO Zero-Waste B Corporation, which makes some of the most luxurious, effective, all natural and botanical products available. We use only the finest essential oil blends and food-based elements to generate aromas – NEVER any laboratory generated, overpowering and lingering fragrances; only real, clean plant-based elements – and all manufactured right here in the Marin County – never outsourced/never tested on animals – good for you, good for our furry friends, good for our environment….enjoy!”

 

Scot, what an amazing story in so many different ways!  Thank you for sharing with us and reminding us how good people can be!

EO 2014

(Giveaway this week from Le Savonnier marseillais.  we will be featuring thier Product of the Year!) Be watching Facebook later today!

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Jules

 

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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Jules

 

Naturally Fun Products…A lip treat unlike any other…. Crazy Rumors!

7 Jul
crazy rumors july 2014

Lip Balms!

 

Crazy Rumors…. Is one of the first companies we started working with in 2011! We are so happy to be partnered with this amazing brand…. they are fun and offer a fantastic product… (As it says in their tagline… naturally fun products!)

Fun for my girls too as they are always wanting to try the latest “Flavor’ … the biggest challenge is teaching a 2.5 year old not to roll it (the lip balm) all the way up!  Oh… the lessons!!!!

So yes…Crazy Rumors is our featured company this week! Learn about them and what they do for the animals as well! You’ll find them at Crueltyfreeconsumer.com. They also have received tons of national media & press coverage!

Here we go! Thanks to Edie for her story contribution below to our blog!!!
“Crazy Rumors was a concept my husband Brian and I came up with while hanging out in a local coffee/tea house what seemed like ages ago (2003). We loved the look and feel it evoked, and thought how much fun it would be to take these elements and incorporate them into an awesome product! That was the birth of our first babies (before the kitties) Perk and Brew – our coffee and tea flavored lip balms!

Did you know before making our first batch of balms, we experimented with soap making. It was a bit messy, but the Tangerine Oatmeal soap was just awesome!
Maybe we’ll try it again one day! :)

The love of our packaging, branding and design, and of course formulation and flavoring is why our customers keep coming back for more! Our products are unique by incorporating fun and fresh into the natural realm. Today, we have grown from 12 flavors to over 40! Some of our awesomely unique flavors include: Sweet Thai Tea, Red Velvet Cake and even a vegan Honey (we call Bee My Honey) We even have a beautiful line of Hawaiian inspired line of lip colors! Our high quality, super moisturizing ingredients make our products fabulous. We only use the best of the best plant based all natural, non – GMO and vegan ingredients. We’ve had the same customers carry our products since day one, and we’re super proud of it!

Thanks for checking us out! (Smooches! Edie & Brian)”

Edie, Brian thank you again for your partnership! We are so thrilled to be able to offer the Crazy Rumors brand to our Cruelty Free Consumers!

Oh by the way… since we know all of you are following us… you can probably assume what comes next… YES!  A  Crazy Rumors giveaway!  Watch next week for details!

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

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!

a-girls-gotta-spa-energizing-citrus

You can win this!

 

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

 

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

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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

Intro to Leaping Bunny. Why YOU need to know them: recognize their logo. PART 1.

11 Feb
Cruelty Free Consumer makes shopping for LB certified cruelty free products easy

Cruelty Free Consumer makes shopping for Leaping Bunny certified cruelty free products easy

Think that scrumptious smelling shampoo you’re using is cruelty-free? Maybe it is. Or maybe some unfortunate rabbit had to sit in a restraint for hours while a substance was dripped in its eye to see what happens. It’s actually pretty hard for conscientious consumers to make heads or tails of all the ‘no animal testing’ labels on products (i.e. is it just the final product or its ingredients too?), especially since there are no federal guidelines in place to assess the validity of these claims.

That’s where Leaping Bunny comes in.  This cruelty-free certification program provides the best assurance that a product is free from any new animal testing. What does that mean exactly? Well, in reality, most substances (even water!) have been tested on animals in the past, so the Leaping Bunny Program requires companies and all of their ingredient suppliers to sign statements of assurance promising that no new animal testing is conducted or commissioned on any ingredients, formulations, or finished products. Leaping Bunny goes one step further and also requires companies to be open to independent audits to make sure they are in compliance with their strict rules.

So who makes up this Leaping Bunny Program? Well, Leaping Bunny a.k.a. the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC) is actually comprised of eight animal protection organizations including the Humane Society of the United States, the Doris Day Animal League, and the American Anti-Vivisection Society. When confusion about cruelty-free labeling became rampant in the 1990’s, the CCIC formed and worked together to develop their Standard. CCIC partnered with the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments to develop an internationally recognized Leaping Bunny Logo to represent companies meeting this high standard.

To date, the program has certified more than 500 personal care and household products companies including The Body Shop, Burt’s Bees, Seventh Generation, Method, Molton Brown, and Mrs. Meyers. They publish and distribute their Compassionate Shopping Guide, available both as a wallet-size insert and a free iPhone/Android app that lists all of their cruelty-free companies. Plus, they regularly work with these companies to offer their supporters great discounts and freebies on their Facebook  and Twitter  pages.

Until cruelty-free labeling guidelines exist, the Leaping Bunny Program provides the best assurance that the aforementioned shampoo truly is cruelty-free. So next time you’re in search of personal care or household products that are free of animal testing, look for the Leaping Bunny!

Guest post by Kim Paschen, Communications Manager of the Leaping Bunny Program, which has been connecting compassionate consumers with cruelty-free companies since 1996.

Guest Blogger from Andalou Naturals joins CFC (Cruelty Free Consumer) to talk about The Non-GMO Project

6 Feb

Non-GMO from botany to beauty

What are GMOs? GMOs, “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial, and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.* Basically, it creates entirely new species that have never existed on the planet before, species that we do not have the science nor history to fully understand. GMOs are prevalent in many common crops used for animal and human consumption including Alfalfa, Canola, Corn, Cotton, Papaya, Soy, Sugar Beets, Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash.
Your right to know. Over the past several years, consumers have started demanding the right to know what’s in their food. In the United States, there are major campaigns underway focused on GMO labeling policies, and many states have assembly bills before their legislatures. Polls show that over 80% of Americans support mandatory labeling of GMOs, and in support of this, just this past March, Whole Foods Market announced that by 2018, all products in Whole Foods US and Canadian stores must be labeled to indicate whether they contain genetically modified organisms. After all, doesn’t it make sense to know what’s in the products we use and consume every day by reading an accurate and truthful label?

How to avoid GMOs? Unfortunately, even though polls consistently show that a significant majority of Americans want to know if the products they’re purchasing contain GMOs, there is an absence of mandatory labeling across the US, and in some cases misinformation about higher grocery costs if labeling is required. The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization created to give consumers the informed choice they deserve. They offer North America’s only third party verification for products produced according to rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance. Look for the Non-GMO Project Verified Seal for GMO avoidance.

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Why Non-GMO for Personal Care? Crops grown for personal care products and food are from the same farm. Whether topically applied and absorbed through the skin or ingested directly as food, products containing GMOs should be labeled just the same. After all, shouldn’t it be the consumer’s right to choose if they want products containing GMOs or not?

Guest Post by Stacey Kelly Egide, who founded 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 to achieve 100% Non-GMO Project verification, and is passionately committed to a meaningful, world-wide policy of No Animal Testing.
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