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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 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!

 

REMEMBER…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

 

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!

 

REMEMBER…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

 

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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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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Jewelry, Tea and Cruelty Free!

18 Nov

jewelry tea cruelty freeHello Day!

If you didn’t happen to catch my FB or  Twitter post on Friday, I announced that I will be having my FIRST Cruelty Free Party on Tuesday.  I’m pretty excited to share with my circle of friends and their friends what Cruelty Free Consumer is all about. (Yes, I asked to tag along or rather invited myself to join in on the party my neighbors are hosting.  “South Hill Designs – Lockets with Louise”  and “Steeped” Tea will be featured!  Everyone loves a reason to gather , right so I thought why not!  anyways…

People ask all of the time what I do and what exactly is Cruelty Free Consumer.com, so here is my chance to not just talk about it…  but actually have people see and sample  some of the brands we sell.  We’ll have samples and testers and products available for purchase!  More specifically, we’ll have 18 Cruelty Free Brands on hand and 0ver 60 products on Tuesday for purchase.

*In addition to sharing the Cruelty Free Consumer story, we will make a donation to the local pet food bank based on sales from the evening.*

I believe so passionately about what we are creating through this company and the changes we hope to make and contribute back … for the animals.

I am also optimistic that once people learn how they can make conscientious purchase decisions they will continue doing so .  I also think that once consumers know how easy it is to locate these products and the range of what is offered… we will see  a positive impact for animals.

At last… (almost!) … it’s important to address 2 misconceptions…. 1. Not all cruelty free products are expensive  AND 2. The number of options that are available for anything beauty, anything baby, anything home and pet is  incredible!  Cruelty Free Consumer  sells over 30 Cruetly Free Brands and HUNDREDS of PRODUCTS!

OK,  now lastly….Customized Cruelty Free Consumer gift baskets!  We offer them and will create something special and unique for you!

What can we help you put together for the special people in your life?!  Email  us so we can get started on your customized gifts!

Some ideas… “mom-to-be”, “mom and baby”, “pet parent”, “holiday stress buster basket”, “teacher”, “caregiver’ etc!… Maybe even mom-to-be’s First Christmas (Holiday), mom and baby’s first Holiday… you get the picture!

Enjoy the Day!

info@crueltyfreeconsumer.com

Julie

a pinch of this and pinch of that…

28 Oct
"Look Mom! I made it for you!  It's pink!"

“Look Mom! I made it for you! It’s pink!”

All I can say is…I’m glad that cruelty free products aren’t expensive… or don’t have to be…..

My four year old daughter reminded me of that just over the weekend.  Yep…My darling mixed all of my scrubs in the shower.

This real life story happened early Sunday morning and made me happy for that!  She said “Look mom!  It’s pink!”  As I see her little hand coming out of the shower holding something…. “I made it for you… It’s your favorite color!”

Whew…. Never expected that first thing in the morning!

I thought oh no…. She couldn’t have…. No, please, don’t tell me….yep… She mixed my products!  My lovebug was so excited to show me her creation ….I just had to smile and laugh to myself.  I want her to be kind and thoughtful… and in her mind, was she ever!… She was so proud of herself and talked about it all day!

She had concocted a mixture of , Giovanni Mint Lemonade Cooling Salt Scrub, Body Shops Mango Scrub, Bulldog Shave Cream, and several others!
Wow! I’m just glad not all of my stuff was in there!

But, as I have been thinking about blogging and things to write about….. I have to give a lot of credit to a very imaginative, very fun and very energetic girl, my daughter, who has given me great and real “material!”

Thanks for the inspiration, “Maggie”!

So, the point after all of this…. Cruelty free products do not have to be expensive! There is a misconception that being a Cruelty Free Consumer and only using products that have not been tested on animals means spending extra money.  THAT IS NOT THE CASE.
Cruelty Free Consumer sells over 30 brands and there are over 500+ brands certified by Leaping Bunny…. Thousands of choices exist from inexpensive to higher end. It’s up to you what products work best.

Just like wine… You can get a great find at a great price!

Thanks to my daughter, too, for her contribution with yet another story!   Now  I know, that in addition to being a cruelty free consumer….. I might be…. well, I am…A cruelty free mama too!

What products do you love at various price points and, of course,… Why? Let us know!

Don’t forget  that now through November 2nd, log on to our Facebook page (Cruelty Free Consumer) for a chance to win Living Clays’ Starter Kit! ($40 value!)

Enjoy the day!

Next Cruelty Free Brand to be added

20 Mar JK-Blog-Banner[1]

I want to hear about your favorite Cruelty Free product and tell me why!  What Leaping Bunny certified brand do you want us to add next to Cruelty Free Consumer.com?  To date, Leaping Bunny has certified over 444 companies! We want to be the place you can purchase any of these brands and we are working hard to make that happen!  Coming soon…By Valenti Organics and Bulldog Natural Skincare! Contact me.  Receive 25% off next order.

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