Hi everybody! I’ve been AWOL lately, I’m sorry. You know that little thing called “life”? But you know what gets me back in action?
The fight against ANIMAL TESTING!!!
I am so excited to bring you the fourth installment of my “Don’t Be Cruel” series. Today I’ll be sharing with you Beauty Without Cruelty.
It’s right there in the name folks — without cruelty. Think it fits? Darn tootin’ it does! According to their website, BWC was founded in 1963 by an animal welfare organization in England called BWC Charitable Trust. Cruelty-free is at their very core. It goes without saying that their products are not tested on animals and do not contain any animal ingredients.
Disclaimer: I was provided with free product samples to review. I have not been otherwise compensated for this review and the opinions stated here are completely my own.
I’ve been gradually making my way through my beauty products, replacing products that are tested on animals with products that are cruelty-free. I’ve reviewed skin care, shaving products, and makeup. Meanwhile, I had a bottle of Head & Shoulders in the shower that was whispering to me at every shower, you are a hypocrite! I don’t have dandruff, but I believe in the importance of a healthy scalp. So if you have dandruff, you may need a more intense solution. What I was looking for is something that makes my scalp tingle and makes my hair grow strong and shiny, without subjecting innocent animals to confinement and pain.
Folks, I have to be honest here. I may never use another shampoo again. (Okay that’s a tiny lie because I do believe in switching up shampoos every couple months, but this will absolutely stay in the rotation.) The smell… oh my my, the smell… rosemary, mint, and tea tree… the smell is absolutely divine. It is the BEST way to start the day! The shampoo lathers nice, rinses clean, and smells so good. LOVE it.
Next up is the Rosemary Mint Tea Tree Conditioner.
Like the shampoo, this conditioner smells heavenly. The conditioner is light and rinses quickly. I have pretty dry hair prone to frizziness (or perhaps it’s just this Virginia humidity!) so with conditioner, I usually try to pick something aimed at dry hair. I see that BWC offers a “Moisture Plus” conditioner, and I’m planning to try that next.
They also make the Revitalize Leave-In Conditioner which is supposed to protect hair from “the elements” (as my Grandmother called it), as well as protect from styling damage. My hair doesn’t have the luxury of seeing a blow dryer very often, let alone a flat iron, but I know many people use those so thought I’d mention this product, too. If your hair is anything like mine, you’ll try anything to keep the frizz and flyaways under control.
Lastly, BWC sent me fragrance-free lotion. Now, I know some of you (Becca, I’m looking at you) are not a fan of fragrance free products. I know, it’s totally boring. But some of us have skin allergies and prefer fragrance free products in order to avoid slathering hydrocortisone on our entire bodies for a week. It’s actually tough to find fragrance-free lotion that is cruelty-free. Most natural companies like to put natural fragrances and essential oils in their products, but guess what, we skin allergy people don’t like those either. Fragrance-free lotion is also good for people who like to wear perfume.
Please, folks, try to stick to just one scented item in your routine. Thank you. Signed, everyone you sit next to on the bus, everyone who works in your office, the people who ride with you in the elevator, and your family.
I absolutely love this lotion. It’s the closest thing to my favorite-lotion-which-shall-remain-nameless-because-they-test-on-animals that I have ever found. The consistency is not thick and creamy (but they do have an extra rich lotion if that’s your thing) nor is it so thin that it just feels like smearing water on your skin. It’s perfect. And best of all, no smell!!!
The best thing about BWC is I can purchase the products at Whole Foods, which means I can hide it in the grocery cart and pay for it with the grocery budget. Woo!
Would you like to try BWC products? Well, one lucky reader will win a full-sized Rosemary Mint Tea Tree Shampoo, Rosemary Mint Tea Tree Conditioner, and Fragrance-Free Lotion, courtesy of Beauty Without Cruelty.
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