Alternatives to Animal Testing: Homemade (Cruelty-Free) Beauty Recipes

| 1/4/2011 4:57:11 PM

L.HoltLast week I wrote about the problem of animal testing in the cosmetics industry. The practice is neither required by FDA regulations, nor terribly useful for determining human reactions to a given product, and new alternative tests continue to be developed to eliminate any basis for using animals to test products. Some of the biggest and most pervasive companies, such as Proctor & Gamble (Clariol, Cover Girl, Max factor, Oral-B, Pantene, Crest, Oil of Olay etc.) and Johnson & Johnson (Aveeno, Clean and Clear, Listerine, Neutrogena etc.), use animal testing; and their products can be hard to avoid, especially in your beauty routine.

Fortunately, the market is full of companies that are certified cruelty-free, and if you’re feeling creative you can make some products yourself!

You can easily make herbal scrubs and cleasers at home.
Photo by Nate Long/Courtesy

For most homemade products, the recipes are relatively simple. Whether you’re looking for skin care, facial cleansers, lotions or lip balms, it’s easy to add your favorite herbs and essential oils for a product that is completely natural and exactly personal. You can also use these recipes to make healthy herbal gifts. Today, I want to focus on skin care, especially scrubs and cleansers.

Two natural sources for skin health are chocolate and honey, and we have several recipes that use each. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate (at least 35 percent cocoa), helps skin through a heavy dose of antioxidants that protects your skin’s elasticity and prevents damage by free radicals. Chocolate also helps moisturize and smooth skin, and can decrease sun sensitivity. Click here for chocolate-based recipes.

Honey naturally attracts and retains moisture and can help both your skin and hair retain flexibility and softness. Its antioxidant and antimicrobial qualities help your skin heal over blemishes, acne, scrapes and burns. Check out our honey-based recipes.