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Alternatives to Animal Testing: More Cruelty-Free Recipes

| 1/18/2011 10:48:20 AM

L.HoltThe current market offers thousands of cosmetics companies to choose from, but there’s more than simple utility and comfort to consider as you determine which organizations’ products you’ll purchase. Some products contain toxic bispheonl-A (BPA), some are made of entirely synthetic ingredients or contain compounds that may unbalance the chemical composition of your skin, resulting in irritation and breakouts. Some companies test on animals, subjecting rabbits, rats and dogs to painful and sometimes deadly Lethal Dosage and Draize tests.

We’re urging our readers to avoid companies that continue to use these toxic materials or that test on animals. If you want to see whether a product you regularly buy is cruelty-free, check the Leaping Bunny, AAVS or Humane Society websites (and be sure to check out any larger company that owns the product too). If neither the original company nor its affiliates appear on the Leaping Bunny list or any of the others that maintain lists of the “good guys,” it’s likely that the company does test on animals. Companies that continue to test on animals (as of this blog’s writing) include many that I, at least, never realized were so wide-spread: Unilever (Dove, Lever, Axe, Suave); Colgate-Palmolive (SoftSoap, Hills Pet Nuitrition); Proctor and Gamble (about half the toiletry products in my house seem to be part of P&G through subsidiary companies); Church and Dwight (includes Arm and Hammer); Clorox; L’Oreal (Garnier, Giorgio Armani, Maybelline, Lancome); S.C. Johnson (Glade, OFF!, Ziploc, Windex); and Johnson and Johnson (Clean & Clear, Listerine, Aveeno).

One option for avoiding these issues altogether is to make your own products, and we have many recipes to get you started. For a list of refreshing scrubs and cleansers, see this post. Today I’ll round out this series with lotions, lip gloss recipes and other useful homemade products.

Make your own lotion and lip balm with these simple recipes.
Photo by Angela Mabray/Courtesy

Lotions: Restore moisture to your dry hands this winter with lotions that hint of your favorite summer herbs.
• Rose Geranium Lotion
• Smooth-Skin Treatment
• Hand Mask 

For Your Lips: Keep your lips moist, soft and healthy through the dry winter and hot summer with these homemade stains and balms.
• Beet Root Stain 
• Orange Mint Lip Balm
• Beeswax Lip Balm 
• Honey Lip Balm 
• Sun Lip Balm 

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