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Animal Ingredients – What is Lactoferrin?

Animal Ingredients - What is Lactoferrin?

Lactoferrin is something that’s recently starting to show up in beauty products. It’s considered to be an antioxidant, which is why it’s included in some hair care and skin care products. When I first came across lactoferrin, it was in a hair pomade. Having never heard of it before, I decided to do some research into what exactly lactoferrin is.

What I found out is that lactoferrin is derived from secretory fluids. Medically, it is commonly used in treatments for osteoporosis, anemia and Hepatitis C.  Some people take it as a probiotic. It’s also found in human breast milk, where it helps the child build up their immune system while breast feeding. It typically comes from from milk, saliva, tears, nasal secretions and even excrement. Cows are the primary animal source of lactoferrin, though it’s the most common in these secretions from humans.

I’m not sure about you, but I don’t want any ingredient that comes from cow milk, saliva, nasal secretions, excrement or tears in my beauty products. I can’t think of anything sadder than saying that I get my great hair style with the help of some cow tears. Nor anything grosser than thinking that it may have come from excrement fluids.

When it comes to figuring out exactly what animal ingredients are, it can get downright confusing. That’s why I’ve decided to make quick and easy reference guides for animal ingredients that may be present in your health and beauty items. Some are easy to understand and pretty self explanatory, while others need a more detailed description. Each week, the goal is to help shed some light onto the details about one animal ingredient. Over time, this will create an in-depth and detailed guide.

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Lush Silky Underwear Dusting Powder Review

Lush Silky Underwear Dusting Powder Review

I had been eyeing the body powders in Lush for some time, but had never tried one. I can’t even remember the last time that I used a body powder. Between lotions and oils and everything in between, body powders seem to be this completley forgotten classic. When I was offered a chance to try this body powder, I had to give it a chance. After all, it’s one of Lush’s best selling items for a reason.

Lush’s Silky Underwear Dusting Powder is the first body powder that Lush released. It’s not only cruelty free, but is also vegan. With grated cocoa butter, this powder is incredibly moisturizing without being at all greasy.  It was actually a really nice change from heavy lotions. I can see it being perfect year round for this reason, but especially in the summer and warm fall days. It has a really subtle and natural jasmine smell. It’s not at all fake or overpowering.

It contains : Cornstarch (Zea mays), Kaolin, Fair Trade Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Magnesium Carbonate, Perfume, Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum officinale), Vetivert Oil (Vetiveria zizanoides), Linalool.

I truly enjoyed this body powder and will continue to use it and recommend it to others as well.  You can pick up Lush Silky Underwear Dusting Powder online or in Lush stores.

Have you tried Lush’s Silky Underwear dusting powder or any of their other body powders? Let me know how you liked them in the comments section!

Editor’s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration. Please note that all reviews are 100% honest and a product would not receive a favorable review unless it provided favorable results.

Images : Lush

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Benefit Cosmetics is Not Cruelty Free

Benefit Cosmetics is Not Cruelty Free

If there is a company with a public stance on animal testing more confusing than Benefit Cosmetics, I’ve yet to find it. It’s taken me over a year to find a stable and steady stance from this brand. When Logical Harmony first changed to being a vegan beauty blog, I received six different replies from Benefit about their stance on animal testing. Six! That was enough for me to assume that they were not a company I wanted to support, but until I had something stable, I wasn’t comfortable posting about them on Logical Harmony.

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Logical Harmony featured in The Seminole Scribe

Logical Harmony featured in The Seminole Scribe

A month or so ago, I was approached by a writer from The Seminole Scribe, a student newspaper for Seminole State College, to be interviewed for a piece about cruelty free beauty. I was not only extremely flattered, but also very excited at the chance to share my thoughts about both cruelty free and vegan beauty with others! The issue is now printed and is available to read online as well!

Thank you so much to Taryn for including me in this piece! I am very thankful to have had the chance to help spread the word about cruelty free and vegan beauty to others!

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Aveda is No Longer Cruelty Free

Aveda is No Longer Cruelty Free

Like all other Estee Lauder brands, Aveda is no longer cruelty free! The hair care brand used to have a firm stance against animal testing. Aveda, just like MAC, has long been considered a great options for vegan as they were free of animal testing and many products did not contain animal ingredients. However, like other Estee Lauder brands, this stance changed in order to sell Aveda products in countries where it is required by law.

From the Aveda Frequently Asked Questions

The Aveda Corporation is committed to the elimination of animal testing. We are equally committed to consumer health and safety, and bringing to market products that comply with applicable regulations in every country in which our products are sold.
We do not conduct animal testing on our products or ingredients, nor ask others to test on our behalf, except when required by law. We evaluate our finished products in clinical tests on volunteer panels.

From what I have been hearing, many are still finding Aveda products where the packaging states “cruelty free”. Unfortunately with this being an unregulated term, the company is still able to make this claim. Even the above statement is very confusing for those who aren’t used to the keywords that these companies use to say that they do, in fact, test on animals. This is why many people still believe that Aveda products are still cruelty free.

I find this extremely disappointing. Not only because Aveda was such a great resource for cruelty free and vegan hair care, but because they have done very little to let people know about the change in their animal testing policy. I think that we all hope Estee Lauder will let their formerly animal friendly brands eventually return to their cruelty free roots!