CLOSED: Win Fabulous Cruelty-Free Hair Products From biOrganics

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In case you missed it, we’ve just seen a momentous step forward for the campaign against animal testing in Europe, with the new EU ban on cosmetics testing coming into force. To celebrate, we have seven sets of luxurious cruelty-free shampoo and conditioner to give away, courtesy of biOrganics, an ethical company that makes compassion towards animals a priority. biOrganics quite rightly believes that no animal should suffer for the sake of beauty, and it refused to test on animals long before not testing became a legal requirement. What’s more, its professional (and completely vegan) products will leave you with beautiful, healthy and totally show-off-able hair! The competition has now closed, but thank you for all your great comments!


  • Samantha commented on April 4, 2013 at 11:40 am

    I have gone poo-less (without shampoo) for two years. Its still a learning process but my hair is in better condition. Living in a hard water area makes it difficult though and it does sometimes need some help

  • Gillian Young commented on April 4, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    go au-naturel

  • Gemma commented on April 4, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Remember that products can contain ingredients that have previously been tested on animals – look for the BUAV leaping bunny logo! Brands such as Lush are also great as many of their products are organic and smell AMAZING, as well as being cruelty free :)

  • Karen Backway commented on April 4, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Homemade facial scrubs, suitable for all skin types, 100g ground almonds, 100g cornflower, 100g grated pure vegetable soap. Mix the ingredients in a blender then add the following and blend again Geranium 2 drops, Lemon 2 drops, Hyssop 1 drop. Store dry and use a small amount mixed with water in your hand to wash your face. Rinse well, lovely xx

  • Jasmine Fox commented on April 4, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    The best beauty tips I have are really simple. Eat well, love and smile!

  • Candy commented on April 4, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Buying organic fruit and veg to keep healthy. If i want to wear cosmetics i make sure they have the bunny logo ( not tested on animals) on the back.

  • Naomi Fitzgerald commented on April 4, 2013 at 1:07 pm


    I have been searching for a suitable, cruelty free, and animal ingredient free product for some time, not only for myself, but for my dogs and horse, too. It is very difficult to locate, unfortunately not many products offer both choices. However I am delighted to read about your products, I will be purchasing them in the future.

  • Maria Wilby commented on April 4, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Using chemical infested products on hair or skin always has side effects for me. Using products that are natural with plenty of clean water is not only beneficial for me but for the Earth and all those who along the way involved in its production. Then there are the animals who are NOT harmed and the sea that stays clean when we rinse the product away…why would you not use natural beauty products!

  • Angela Nanni commented on April 4, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    not so much to celebrate, a new law called REACH could soon mandate all ingredients not previously tested to undergo animal testing, meaning we will not have cruelty-free options anymore… :((–we-have-until-2018-to-save-up-to-54-million-animals-from-being-poisoned-and-killed.html

  • Anna Pancakova commented on April 4, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    I find it very difficult to take care of my hair in a hard water area, my hair is really damaged now, but I try to make natural hair masks for moisturizing my hair. I also recently bought Tara Smith vegan hair care shampoo and conditioner and I am very pleased with it. For a skin care I didn’t use anything special, for example I remove my eye make up with olive oil. But recently my face skin is very problematic, mainly acne, so I bought a face wash from Jason, and every 3 days I make a homemade yeast face mask with lemon juice or fruit mask (higher in fruit acids) to support removal of dead skin cells. It also has rejuvenating effect on skin :)

  • Lauren Dillon commented on April 4, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Always buy products with the official leaping bunny logo (and watch out for fakes). Also go for products that are vegan friendly! Or just go natural and don’t use any beauty products at all ;)

  • ELEANOR TURRINGTON commented on April 4, 2013 at 1:13 pm


  • Krystie Hamilton commented on April 4, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    I’ve switched all my products to organic natural ingredients, it does cost a bit more, but its definitely worth it! Also, i try not to wash my hair more than once a week and i never wear makeup anymore. Being natural is the way forward! I’ve started to make my own cleaning products from orange peel as well as using natural, flouride free toothpaste. Less is better and sometimes you just have to leave your body to do the work.

  • Andrea commented on April 4, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    I try to make as much of my own cosmetics at home as I can. Even vegan, cruelty-free products can still contain a lot of parabens, which means that even if they are good for animals, they are not necessarily good for you! I use almond oil or argan oil to moisturize everywhere (including my hair) and hemp oil soap is also great for washing myself, and it is also a good household stain remover.

  • Lynn Unsworth commented on April 4, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    My beauty tip is to live a vegan and compassionate life, not to harm any living creature and to live in harmony with nature and the planet. Then your inner beauty will shine through.

  • Sarah Dryden commented on April 4, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I only buy own brand cleaning products from The Co-op as they are BUAV approved, also use Aveda shampoo & conditioner – expensive but so worth it!

    • julie commented on April 5, 2013 at 12:40 am

      I buy cleaning products from co op and beauty products from Lush ! Also an excelent exfoliant is olive oil and salt/sugar, a great face mask is oatmeal and honey!

  • Serena commented on April 4, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I have opted for products which are respectful towards animals, the environment, and my body. No animal testing, no sls, no parabens, no harmful chemicals, no pegs and bottles/pots easy to recycle or reuse. I’ve also started to use 100% natural products which are often not expensive and real allies to beauty. Some examples: a few drops of tea tree oil are a great remedy against dandruff and spots, apple vinegar gives a great lustre to hair, almond oil helps with stretch marks, dry hair, and it’s a great addition to a homemade make-up remover which is really easy to prepare at almost no price. Make a cup of chamomile and let it cool. Use 3/4 of the chamomile to fill a small bottle and add 1/4 of almond oil. Add a few drops of rose oil (if your skin is dry) or lavender oil (if it’s combination/greasy) and shake well. You can keep the make-up remover for two weeks in the fridge always shaking before using. It’s great for your skin and gentle with your eyes (and removes smokey makeup perfectly :)).

  • Helen Swanwick-Thorpe commented on April 4, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    When selecting beauty products simply close your eyes for a moment and imagine you are a little bunny rabbit. Then choose a lovely product that has never hurt you or any of your furry friends – and that promises it never will x

  • Lolo Woold commented on April 4, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Superdrug, who are bunny-friendly (BUAV-approved) do a huge range of very cheap products, including items like dry shampoo and peroxide hair-lightener than are hard to get from other cruelty-free brands. And no, I don’t work for ‘em, just a fan!

  • Linda Kinsey commented on April 4, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    My body is a temple ( Well a bit ancient & crumbling ha ha) But i have never used products tested on animals The Body Shop hair and body stuff is my normal buy .Also am carefull to check out products that say cruelty free ( The whole production of the product must NOT have been tested on animals , not just the end product )

  • Miriam commented on April 4, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    I usually use lush solid shampoo bars and the Superdrug own brand anti dandruff shampoo, which is quite good. It would be lovely to win, because if it is really good, I could try and convince my vegan hairdresser to try it. He is reluctant to swap from disgusting (slaughter-by-product) Schwarzkopf products to cruelty free, because he says the products are not as good. Fingers crossed. :)

  • Marjorie commented on April 4, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Woohoo! What a wonderful competition. I’m leaving one comment about my beauty tips: Being a vegetarian, I don’t eat meat or fish. It helps a lot. But even if I try to reduce milk, I still consume some. And my skin doesn’t like it!
    So everyday I use Lush products: Fresh Farmacy is the best I have found. No more ugly spots and beautiful skin everyday!

    Nevertheless I’m planning to stop milk in a couple of years, when I will leave my parents’ home!

  • Andrea Dutton commented on April 4, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    I use my food cupboard quite a bit. Sliced potatoes, cucumber and tea bags are great for the eyes. Oats or avocados are my favourite facemasks and I use olive oil quite a bit too….No sting! No cruelty!….and it’s just regular stuff you usually have in.

  • Annie Gwillym Walker commented on April 4, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Sadly I am not one of those whose sweat doesn’t smell!
    I like to alternate between using a mineral, Crystal-type deodorant and a roll-on, currently, Toms of Maine
    I have sensitive skin and other makes can give me a really sore, itchy rash.

    Great news re testing.

  • Julie commented on April 4, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Live, love, laugh and go cruelty free!

  • Steph commented on April 4, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    I live off Lush products, research is vital when making sure products aren’t tested on animals, it’s fesible and easy to not use products untested on animals and products that are tested on animal should be stated. I’d love to try this biorganic!!

  • Kerry Griffiths commented on April 4, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Stick with natural products wherever possible, and ALWAYS look for the leaping rabbit logo!
    I love coconut, evening primrose and argan oil for skin, hair and nails. I make my own lush body scrub with shea butter and brown sugar, and as a curly-haired girly I cut out shampoo a LONG time ago (I still use conditioner but go for sulfate- and cruelty-free brands such as Creation’s Garden, or Body Shop)- so if I win, just the conditioner for me please! ;)
    For other skincare, shower stuff etc Superdrug’s own-brand products are to die for- cheap, smell amazing and totally effective. My fave is the Vitamin E range.

  • claire commented on April 4, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    A really good way to try and influence policy and practice and to ensure more cosmetics companies stop testing on animals (and/or stop using suppliers that do) is to take part in online surveys such as those hosted by companies like Boots but also the market research companies like YouGov, Ipsos, e-rewards etc. as these often want feedback on why you do/don’t use particular cosmetic products and this is a direct way to get your message to the manufacturers – either stop testing on animals & get BUAV approval or I will not buy your product! As a bonus many of these survey companies also reward you for taking part which means more money to spend on lovely leaping bunny products!

  • Catherine Robertson commented on April 4, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    My tip has to be to go into Superdrug as they are are easily accessible on the high street and they clearly label which of their products are vegan (and a huge amount of their own brand products are) :-)

  • Debbie Reeves commented on April 4, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Having joined PETA I have been studying the cruelty free list and throwing out all cosmetics and bathroom products like a trooper in my disgust that multi national companies still feel the need to abuse and torture animals in this day and age for the sake of ‘beauty’…..I am slowly replacing all goods with non animal tested products, I am wiping out use of supermarkets for organic farmed products and really changing my life in the hope that it may save of few beautiful animals :-(
    Please do the same everyone and lets all make a difference to all the defenceless animals who cannot tell us how scared and in pain they are………….

  • Sue Davidson commented on April 4, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    It’s really difficult trying to find hair products that you can be sure are cruelty free and always have been! It’s a breath of fresh air to know that there is a product available that can be trusted like those from biOrganics!

  • sarah mcdonald commented on April 4, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    The best beauty tip is to drink lots of water! Not only does it plump out wrinkles it can help enormously with energy levels!!!

  • Lynda Humphrey commented on April 4, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    I use raw sesame oil on my scalp before shampooing to control dandruff as its a natural anti fungal also leaves hair shiny.

  • Mandy Haines commented on April 4, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    ‘I cant think of anything more ‘beautiful’ than knowing all the cosmetic and beauty products have been made with no ‘ugly abuse’ of animals,…….

  • Terri Bell commented on April 4, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    The BUAV Bunny is a must! also, fresh natural products are always best! I noticed a lady mentioned lush and im also a huge fan! Paul Mitchell products are great for hair and fully support animal rights. If a company sells anything in China (I google to check before I buy) then I would never purchase any beauty products as all products must be animal tested over there…. Also, I think gut instinct works well when buying beauty products, if its not clearly labelled or doesnt look or feel right, find another brand! xx

  • Veritia commented on April 4, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    I have only recently become super aware of animal testing in cosmetics etc. Since then i made a ban in my house for all products tested on animals or containing animal products and have made aware to many of my friends and family which use these products that they test on animals!!i must say…it feels really good to be one of the good guys!!!!:)

  • shelley commented on April 4, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Due to being on a very tight budget i simply cannot afford to buy all that i wish to buy and it being cruelty free. After doing some digging and research i found lots of inexpensive, natural and cruelty free beauty tips.

    Massaging olive oil into your face then placing a hot steaming cloth over your face removes make and even stubborn mascara. Also leaves my face feeling hydrated.

    I use diluted apple cider vinegar as a toner, then use coconut oil as a moisteriser.

    I also rub half a lemon on my face to control blackheads. Or olive oil and baking soda as a face scrub and a way to reduce large pores.

    I use a mixture of baking soda, arrowroot , coconut oil and essential oil as a natural deoderant and a mixture of coconut oil , crushed calcium tablets, baking soda and ground cinnamon as a effective toothpaste and also rub banana skin on my teeth to whiten them.

    Mashed avacado and oatmeal make a great face mask

    Its amazing what you can achieve and do with things so commonly found in your kitchen all natural and cheap too :)

  • Ann commented on April 4, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Lets just pray,that if these products are animal free,lets prey that in the near future people will sit back and only buy these products we have to help these poor creature who are all torture in such horrid ways( All Animals ) we can all listen and watch these terrible things going on ,but we have to help some way.And to educate the young.

  • Caroline Jackson commented on April 4, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Living a happy vegan lifestyle is the best way to fabulous skin, me and my bunnies think so anyway !

  • aggie commented on April 4, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    I’ve been only using cruelty free beauty products as well as cleaning products for quite some time. its hard to get good and not to expensive shampoo&conditioner so I would be over the moon if I won it :D my favorite brands are: superdrug , m&s for beauty and cleaning products, gosh for make up, dry shampoo from lush and co-op for cleaning products. Dont have to give up looking and smelling pretty and spending bilions of pounds ;)

  • ELIZABETH WILLIAMS commented on April 4, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Speak Up! Companies pester you for feedback on a daily basis, especially the big brands like Tesco, Boots etc. Tell them how you feel about them stocking goods you do not want to buy because of animal testing. The more people speak up the more they will listen.

  • Di Lamont commented on April 4, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    My faves:

    Original source shower gel (apart from the honey one) – vegan, cruelty free, smells like something I want to eat for dessert and almost always on sale!

    Barry M/The Body Shop for make up – particularly Barry M eyeliner ‘marker pen’ – it looks like an enormous crayon and it’s super easy to smudge for dark, smokey eyes.

    LUSH is gorgeous and an amazing campaigning organisation. A true pleasure to see on the high streets.

    Superdrug Vitamin E skin care collection is cheap, cheerful and always carries the reassuring leaping bunny. It has that delicious smell of summer holidays and is light enough for my temperamental skin.

    Being cruelty free every day reminds me of who I am and what I work for!

  • Lindsey Lamb commented on April 4, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Living a cruelty free life is essential and I have recently made the jump to veganism. I’m loving it. Love lush.

  • Robert commented on April 4, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    My tip is… GO VEGAN! Since going vegan I have a clean complexion and an even cleaner conscience!

  • ABBY CASTLETON commented on April 4, 2013 at 4:08 pm


  • Jane Hunt commented on April 4, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    I always try to use cruelty free beauty products. There is a far better range now than when I first started thirty years ago. :-)

  • Geena Kelly commented on April 4, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    I use products free from lanolin (grease from sheeps wool – ew) and it makes shampoo and conditioner so much lighter without it! I have such thick hair, and lanolin-free products are super lightweight. My favourite is “Veganese” from Lush.

    I also dumped all of the beauty products I had from companies that were on PETA’s blacklist and made everyone in my house do the same.

    For my lips I make my own sugar scrub! All you need is some sugar, edible oil (like olive oil) Jojoba oil if you have it (lots of vitamin E) and an essential oil like peppermint or spearmint. It keeps my lips so smooth and its homemade so I know exactly whats in it!

    Nothing is more beautiful than caring and compassion! :)

  • Cynthia Powell commented on April 4, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    The best beauty tips of all are simple; eat a good vegan diet, get enough fresh air, exercise and sleep and don’t drink too much alcohol. Beauty is more than skin-deep – compassion is the key. Don’t exploit or harm other creatures.

  • bethany penzer commented on April 4, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    I was over the moon when I found out that the EU had finally passed the ban for cosmetic animal testing. I felt over joyed knowing that the ban would save thousands of animals from tragic deaths in laboratories across the globe as any products outside Europe not to be sold on our shelves. After all, animal rights are human rights!

  • Dorota commented on April 4, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Coconut oil should be in every bathroom! You can use it not only as a body lotion, but make up remover as well. And it leaves your face smelling yummy :)

  • Deborah Naish commented on April 4, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Being beautiful inside and out is the answer. I’ve recently adopted a vegan lifestyle. My hair and my skin look and feel so much healthier. I have more energy and feel good about not contributing in any way to animal cruelty. I have been using Beauty Without Cruelty products for some time and i highly recommend their aloe vera soap. You can buy these products from Oxfam where you will also help a very worthwhile charity. Lush Karma range of toiletries are lovely too…amazing smell!

  • Carla Rodbard commented on April 4, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    I have suffered with acne since I was pre-teens, and now at 25 I still have to be careful about which make up and skin care products I use. I used to find it all a hassle and would be lazy about looking after my skin, even after years of bullying and expensive medication. But in the last couple of years, and even more so since going vegetarian and avoiding anything that is from animal testing companies, I really enjoy having a routine. I currently love cleanser, moisturiser and shampoo from Lush, as well as Superdrug own-brand cleansers and Neal’s Yard Remedies moisturiser and hand cream – NYR are organic, they took a while to find but a lot of their products are vegan friendly too.

  • Nicky R commented on April 4, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    look for products and foods with as few ingredients as possible. I use extra virgin coconut oil as a body scrub (with sugar) or moisturiser, or hair treatment. I also use Trilogy rosehip oil as a moisturiser (an added bonus is the tomato seed oil in it which gives a tiny hint of colour) I also use borage oil to moisturise and in food as borage flowers are supposed to ‘induce euphoria’ :-) I have been a vegetarian for 21 years and I eat lots of organic veg and a small amount of organic fruit. People always think I’m younger than my age because I have few wrinkles and look healthy. My best tip is – vote with your feet! Don’t stand for cruelty!

  • Angela Jacobs commented on April 4, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    I have been using Shea Butter, raw available online, for years as my body butter. Just mix a tee spoon size amount with an equal amount of aloe vera and rub them together, voila, your perfect butter with moisture!!

  • Marianne Mattinson commented on April 4, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    It’s all about what you put in; if you eat lovely fresh fruity fragrant things, then you’ll be lovely and fresh. If you think gentle sweet thoughts, then you’ll have a sweet gentle expression. Everyone tells me I have great skin and I look really young and I’ve only ever used cruelty free plant based products.

  • Patsy commented on April 4, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Live a healthy happy Life. Follow a vegetarian diet, eat organic when you can – grow your own if you can, even in flower borders or in pots. They taste much better too.
    Use natural organic products, cruelty free of course, checked on PETA list. Neals Yard Organic is the only company I know that is truly Organic and contains no chemicals at all.
    Exercise, fresh air and most important – SMILE and be positive in life. :)

  • Sara Kjær commented on April 4, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Make the beauty glow from the inside out! Personally, the only beauty product I use is an organic and cruelty-free shampoo, otherwise I just make sure to get plenty of water, eat a varied diet with lots of fruit and greens, exercise on a daily basis and be as happy and positive as possible. That makes both my mood, personality and body look great.

  • catherine commented on April 5, 2013 at 1:34 am

    I live very simply as i find alot of cruelty free products expensive for my current ecconomic lifestyle .I dont let that stop me though i research alot in to alternative ways like essential oils ,or other homemade creams etc i make .i would love to try these products though as i want my daughter to know what she should be aiming to use on her own skin etc,and for me its just not possible for me to indulge me or her.:))

  • Hash commented on April 5, 2013 at 7:12 am

    When buying cruelty free i always check the parent company. Aveda is owned by Estée Lauder, The Body Shop is owned by L’Oreal and Liz Earle is owned by Avon. I only buy products from brands without horrific parent companies to avoid funding cruelty.

    • Laura Canfield commented on April 5, 2013 at 9:11 am

      Couldn’t agree with you more, Hash.

      I use Twitter to ask the companies direct about their policies, which is great when you receive a reply. I received responses from some big companies with disappointing outcomes but at least they replied, but Tesco and M&S have been very helpful. I just wish those companies that don’t test would say so on their packaging to save us having to do the research, which would also raise awareness that products obviously are tested on animals and alternatives are out there.

      Tesco claim that this is “too confusing” for their customers but I don’t see how that can be – everyone can read “Not tested on animals” and knows what a V stands for!

      I also seek advice from my online cruelty-free boffins @veggiegirl2011 and @Alexgladwinx whenever I have a question about a product or brand. They’re always happy to help :)

  • Helen Coupe commented on April 5, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    I look for the ‘leaping bunny’ logo on products as I started to get disillusioned by ambiguous statements on products like ‘against animal testing’ or ‘we research into alternatives to animal testing’ – it was unclear if the product or its ingredients had truly not been tested on.
    I particularly like Co-op products as, not only do they have cruelty free household products as well as toiletries, but they put the Leaping Bunny logo on the FRONT of their items! They are proud of their status and it saves time constantly picking up and putting down products elsewhere to find the label hidden on the back!

  • Sean Ashley commented on April 7, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Sorry this is quite a short answer, but I just shop at Lush.

  • Jenny Wright commented on April 7, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    I use Coconut Oil for everything. My hands, body and face. I melt coconut extra virgin coconut oil in my hands for a body oil. It’s great for healing splits on your hands. For a hair conditioner you can do the same and leave it on your hair for 30 minutes to an hour and then shampoo out. It makes your scalp feel nice and hair soft and supple.

    For inflamed skin I grow my own Calendula and fill a jam jar up with the flowers and pour over extra virgin olive oil. Put the lid on and leave on a sunny window sill for 2 weeks for the magical properties to infuse into the oil. This oil is great for eczema and sensitive skin.

    For an exfoliator I mix oats and either Coconut oil or Olive oil together.

    Henna and Coffee mixed together makes a lovely colour hair dye and tones down the orange a bit.

  • Eloise Heal commented on April 8, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    I suffer immensely with my teenage acne, and have made a conscious effort to use products not tested on animals. If a product is tested on animals, I will make a point of boycotting the brand completely, and getting my friends to join me in doing so. This goes for other companies too, but beauty products especially due to the horrific images I have seen of animals who have been tested on in the past. I try not to use too much make up, so it’s mainly hair and face cleanliness products, but sometimes those can be the products most often tested on poor, defenceless animals.
    I also use home remedies, such as ground coffee and olive oil to rub into cellulite areas to tighten my skin with the caffeine. Another home remedy I use is a honey and oat face mask, as manuka honey is an antiseptic and antihistamine (it used to be used to heal corrosive skin disease) and oats are nourishing and will rid you of any dead skin cells – all without any cruelty.

  • Sparro Kennedy commented on April 8, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    1. Cleanse face with the inside of orange peels (leaves skin soft with a beautiful glow)
    2. Brush teeth with Baking Soda (#bestwhitenerever)
    3. Moisterize with coconut oil (if you wear coconut oil and tan, you will have the most beautiful even tone ever
    4. Dye hair with Henna (not only does the henna give you luxurious body, and soft hair, your dye job gets better with age!)
    5. Use body oil instead of deodorant ( smells better, lasts longer, less chemicals and does not leave marks on clothes, if you let it dry)
    6. Aloe Vera is great hair gel
    7. Charcoal pencils make amazing eyeliner (#betterthanmac)
    8. Apply tea tree oil to mosquito bites to get ride if redness and swelling (ironically enough, mosquitoes hate tea tree oil)
    9. Chunks of cement make great pumice stones
    10. Face masks made of mud redeem the clarity your skin may lack

  • Victoria commented on April 9, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    One of the things people often forget is that most commercial hair dyes not only contain irritants and toxic substances but are also involved in horrific animal testing regimes – products like Logona and Its Pure Organics use natural ingredients that are not animal tested , as these often aren’t available in department stores/Boots I use or One to avoid is

  • Alice commented on April 10, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    I have been making the switch from nasty mainstream products to cruelty-free veggie ones over the last few months, and have managed to replace almost everything!
    I have found that Naked does great shampoo, conditioner and other hair care products and Good Things is great for skin care.
    I buy face wipes and toothpaste at the supermarket, Co-op and Asda both label their products with a V and are against animal testing. I don’t know if all Sainsbury’s products are, but many have the leaping bunny symbol. Also, Co-op and Asda have their own (cheaper) range of household cleaning products that are good for the environment and animals, and they’re great!
    Lush is great for luxuries like face masks and yummy soap, and Dr Organic (I buy it in Holland and Barrett) does lovely lavender deodorant and argan oil.
    There are just a few areas that I haven’t got covered yet – I usually use Veet hair removal cream – is there a good swap for that?! And do beauty salons use cruelty-free wax, etc? I usually get my eyebrows waxed!
    I have triend Aveda and Body Shop make-up but I now know that they are not 100% safe choices. I tried make-up from Lush but I felt that it wasn’t a good consistency for my skin. Any tips for good make-up would really be appreciated!

  • Sophie armitage commented on April 12, 2013 at 9:24 am

    After been an animal lover all my life I have only recently decided to become a vegetarian and I feel so much better on the inside and on the out. My skin is more glowing and I feel like I should of done this a long time ago! I have just discovered an app on the iPhone which I love!! Called cruelty free… It tells you all the companies that do not do any form of animal testing on their products! From bath soaps, to baby care to make up to house hold cleaners! I’m obsessed already and looking through it all none of the leading brands we all know are part of this which has really opened my eyes! Obviously the Body shop is and that will always be my favourite body care store!

  • Carole S commented on April 14, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Beauty is in the simplest things – seeing it in nature is the start of seeing it in youself and others. Being happy in yourself is the best beauty advice and I would feel bad if I knew that animals had suffered to produce beauty products for me. I check that all beauty products are cruelty free and always give cruelty free gifts to friends and relatives with explanations of why they are better.
    The best skin lotions, shampoos and conditioners all have a natural base and are also cruelty free – beauty is being in harmony with nature, animals and yourself. Start small and save the world.

  • Nicky R commented on April 16, 2013 at 9:53 am

    just wanted to say some great comments on here, I’m learning a lot so thanks everyone! x

  • RachelD commented on April 16, 2013 at 10:45 am

    * For a natural hair conditioning treatment – massage a small amount of olive oil from scalp/root to tip into damp hair. No need to rinse.
    * An excellent natural cleanser/toner – 1 part lemon juice to 3 parts water. Use a cotton pad or cloth to dab the skin. Leave for 5 minutes max, this gives the lemons time to cleanse the face and balances PH levels on the skin, then rinse with cold water. You may find your face starts itching if you leave it too long but don’t worry, this is due to it’s acidic properties, it won’t harm you but might irritate.
    * Try adding honey to the lemon and leave for 10-15 minutes before rinsing makes a soothing face mask. Or add avocado for a hair mask, particularly for highlighted hair. Ensure you rinse thoroughly :)
    * Coconut water can be applied neat to the face as an astringent.
    * I also use Forever Living Products propolis cream to improve skin tone and help with irritations or spots. Propolis is what bees line their hives with to keep them sterile and due to its antibacterial properties makes the inside of a hive safer than most operating theatres in hospitals! Totally natural and cruelty free with soothing aloe vera – I swear by it :)

  • Emma Kyne commented on April 16, 2013 at 11:28 am

    It’s amazing what a little research can produce in regards to natural beauty treatments & the best vegan make up to try! I’ve discovered how amazing rose hip oil is for wrinkles & sun spots, virgin coconut oil for blemishes , dry scalp & skin and fantastic apple cider vinegar for scalp problems & as a final rinse!
    I have discovered Inika cosmetics, they are fully vegan organic & fabulous, they’re mineral collections do a great job and the primer and liquid foundation are light and let your skin breathe & stay healthy too.
    To top it off we’ve started eating much more raw food and the difference in my skin is amazing! The delights of what you can create with raw food are outstanding a d so tasty & my teenage sons acne is more or less gone! Use the power of the web to find out what you can use from Mother Earth I guarantee its worth it!

  • Sarita Parmar commented on April 16, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    After washing your face in the evening, remove stubborn mascara using an ear bud dipped in almond oil. Use the dry side of the bud to sweep off the excess oil. Not only will the eye makeup glide right off to leave fresh naked eyes but you will have longer eyelashes in just weeks! If you have gaps in your eyebrows, brush some almond oil in the desired area of the gappy eyebrow and watch a beautiful growth again, in just weeks. This is a must try.

  • Anna commented on April 17, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    For my sensitive skin I use mostly homemade cosmetics, instead of chemical productions from drugstore. The effect is not so spectacular at once, but the patience will be paid back. The ingredients of natural cosmetics can be found in the kitchen. Shiny hair, skin as silk, isn’t it worth waiting?
    1. Against cellulite which we women all hate a mixture of coffee, salt with some soap used to massage belly, tights, and butt after shower and rinsed with water.
    2. For hair removal all over the body sugar paste from sugar, water and lemon juice. And for the eyebrows simply threadening.
    3. For removal dead cells: green tea, orange juice, lemon juice, grapefruit juice, papaya fruit boil together and when cooled down, and applied on the skin all over the body and left for 10 minutes. Then with help of LE KESSEL bath glove the dead cells can be removed more effectively during shower, well you will see as much skin as the snake leaves, but then the skin is like a silk.
    4. To remove the dead skin from mouth massage with sugar placed on the toothbrush.
    5. For cleaning the pores: warm a spoon of gelatine with milk and applied on face, wait a little bit but do not leave too dry and peel it off and the dirt, oil is removed.
    6. For irritated skin, e.g., after hair removal, either aloe vera juice or virgin olive oil.
    7. Virgin olive oil is also great for hair so they grow faster and stronger. It can be used as a mask at the ends of hair, and a little bit on the scalp, and then rinsed with shampoo without silicones.
    8. As an antiperspirant I use baking soda with a drop of water under the armpit. I do not sweat and no odor even during work out.
    9. To remove swelling from face in the morning, I use ice cubes made of green tea and a drop of grapefruit seed oil.
    10. For the spots aspirin mask: mix 3 uncoated tablet, honey, water and apply onto your face and exfoliate a little bit, leave for a while and rinse.

    All love to make my own cosmetics, apply them on the skin. This is my ritual and it makes me as though I am an alchemist making magical mixtures ;)

  • Beka Meyers commented on March 5, 2014 at 11:09 am

    I am now in the transition period to alternative lifestyle and should probably try those products too.

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