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Vegan Cuts Leaping Bunny Fresh Start Kit Review

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Vegan Cuts and Leaping Bunny have teamed up to release a limited-edition beauty box! The Vegan Cuts and Leaping Bunny Fresh Start Kit features only Leaping Bunny approved brands. Many people are familiar with Leaping Bunny because they are one of the best authorities when it comes to finding out if a brand is truly cruelty free or not. When Leaping Bunny asked me if I wanted to receive it again, I was very interested to see what goodies it would contain.

Included in my Vegan Cuts and Leaping Bunny Fresh Start Kit was the following items:

  • Alba Botanica ACNEdote Clean ‘n Treat Towelettes – I current have some other Alba Botanica face wipes and really enjoy them. Their towelettes do a wonderful job of removing makeup and leave my face feeling very clean. The ACNEdote towelettes were a bit drying for my skin type, but they still worked very well. A package of 10 towelettes was included in this box.
  • Aubrey Organics EveryDay Basics Moisturizer – This was a great moisturizer that I could see working well for all skin types. It absorbed quickly and did not leave my skin feeling greasy or too dry. It had a soothing and subtle lavender scent. A deluxe 1.7 ounce sample size was included in the box.
  • Crazy Rumors Plum Apricot Bunny Balm – I received a tube of this lip balm in a box from Vegan Cuts last year and love it, so I was very excited to get another. Crazy Rumors lip balms are so moisturizing and do not leave shine on your lips. This scent is really unique and fun. A full size 1 ounce tube was included in the box.
  • Desert Essence Hand and Body Lotion in Island Mango – I have purchased this same lotion in other scents and really enjoy it. It does a great job of hydrating, the scents are natural, and I like that you can close the tube to keep the product fresh. The Island Mango scent was delicious and fresh, not at all artificial or sweet. A full size 8 ounce tube was included in the box.
  • JASÖN Antiplaque Toothpaste in PowerSmile Antiplaque & Whitening – This is a toothpaste that I have actually purchased several times on my own before receiving this box. I think it’s one of the better natural, cruelty free, and vegan toothpaste options out there. It makes my mouth feel really clean and has a vibrant mint taste I was happy to receive a back-up tube to have on hand. A deluxe 3 ounce sample size was included in the box.
  • Montagne Jeunesse Cucumber Peel Off Face Masque – To be honest, I have not used this mask and I probably will not. When I read over the ingredient list I was a little shocked at what was included – lots of ingredients I could not pronounce or identify. There are so many amazing and natural face masks out there that I can no longer bring myself to use one that appears to be so full of chemicals. A single use .3 ounce packet was included in the box.
  • Preserve Toothbrush – Because Preserve is one of the few cruelty free toothbrushes available, I have been using one for years. I’m always happy when a staple item of mine appears in any subscription box and this was no exception. A single toothbrush was included in the box.
  • hello Breath Spray in Mojito Mint – This spray tasted very unnatural. I will probably keep it in my purse because I like to always have mints or something similar. But I don’t see myself reaching for it often. I do like the size of the container. I remember when breath sprays used to come in thin, narrow tubes that were very easy to loose in your purse. This size is perfect and the bright green color helps you find it quickly. A full size .24 ounce spray bottle was included in the box.
  • Wellinhand Action Remedies Tangerine Vanilla Astringent Toner – This is another product that I have not yet used. I have combination skin that leans towards dry. Because of this, I am worried that this toner may be a bit too drying for my skin type. A full size 6 ounce spray bottle was included in the box.

The Leaping Bunny Fresh Start Kit contains several full size items and is currently on sale for $27.95. This is actually a really great value! There are multiple items in the box that I have previously purchased on my own and have enjoyed. It you have problematic skin, the skin care items in this box would make it an even better value for you.

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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.

Beauty & Cosmetics, Product Reviews, Skin Care

Vegan Cuts Be Cruelty-Free Beauty Box Review

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When the Be Cruelty-Free Box from Vegan Cuts first came out, I was so amazed at the selection of products that it contained! Vegan Cuts put this box together with the Humane Society of the United States to help celebrate their Be Cruelty-Free campaign. I was lucky enough to actually take part in a Be Cruelty-Free video campaign that was put together by Humane Society International. I was really happy to see that campaign and one of my favorite online vegan shops collaborating! When Vegan Cuts offered to send me a box for review, I could not wait to try it!

Included in the Be Cruelty-Free Box are several full size products and several large sample sizes. The items included are:

  • Crazy Rumors – Leaping Bunny Lip Balm
  • Dr. Bronner’s – Liquid Castile Soap
  • Schmidt’s – Cedarwood & Juniper Deodorant
  • Beauty Without Cruelty – Moisture Plus Shampoo
  • Aubrey Organics – Natural Sun SPF 45
  • Blissoma – Awake Morning Firming Facial Moisture
  • Biao Beauty – Rejuvenating Mask
  • The HSUS – Cosmetics Bag with Leaping Bunny Shopping Guide and Pledge Card

I was seriously amazed by all the goodies in this box. Vegan Cuts and HSUS really outdid themselves! There are cruelty free and vegan items for every aspect of your beauty routine.

My favorites from the box are the lip balm, soap, and deodorant. Crazy Rumors makes some of the best vegan lip balms I have tried. Their formula is really moisturizing without being heavy, and it’s not too shiny. This fruity flavor is delicious! You can use Dr. Bronner’s for everything. From hand soap to washing make-up brushes, for your laundry, and even as dish soap. I just bought a bottle of the rose liquid soap, but love the original peppermint scent  too. This deodorant from Schmidt’s has previously been reviewed on Logical Harmony, and I mentioned Schmidt’s as a great product in my article for Vegan Health & Fitness Magazine. This is such a great scent and I love that I now have a back-up tub.

I can’t wait to start incorporating all of the products into my hair and skin care routines so that I can review each product individually.

The Be Cruelty-Free Box is a great combination of products and perfect for anyone who is new to cruelty-free living or just wants some new items to try. The retail value of all the items inside comes to over $100. At $39 (plus shipping) this box is an amazing deal!

Did you pick up the Be Cruelty-Free Box from Vegan Cuts? What were your favorite items?

Beauty & Cosmetics, Hair Care, Lifestyle, Nail Care, Product Reviews, Recipes, Skin Care

Animal Testing Could Soon be Required by Law in the United States

Animal Testing Could Soon be Required by Law in the United States

Currently, the United States does not require animal testing for cosmetics and beauty products. Brands are able to be completely cruelty free all the way down to ingredient suppliers without any worry. As a vegan consumer, this is something that I love. Being able to trust so many brands to be free of animal testing and ingredients is an amazing thing! Sadly, this may be changing.

Leaping Bunny notified me last week about a potential change in policy. It’s taken me a while to get the news up because, to be honest, I simply did not want to believe that such a huge step backwards could even be considered. Thinking about what it means for the beauty industry, so many businesses, and so many individuals (both consumers and animals) is heartbreaking to say the least. With so many countries around the world taking steps in the right direction on this, how could the U.S. even consider something that is such a step back?

Animal testing aside, the costs to businesses would be very high if this Act goes into effect. It would likely put many independent and small brands out of business. With so many cruelty free and vegan brands emerging all the time, this would be a major hit to many small business owners.

The Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 (SCPCPA) is a legislation that is intended to overhaul the way that cosmetic products are regulated in the U.S.

Recently published research shows that up to 11.5 million animals would be required to test and retest finished products and ingredients for safety, reversing a decades-long decline in animal testing for cosmetics. Altex recently published an online first summary of the Safety Evaluations Under the Proposed US Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013: Animal Use and Cost Estimates. 

The proposed Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 calls for a new evaluation program for cosmetic ingredients in the US, with the new assessments initially dependent on expanded animal testing. This paper considers possible testing scenarios under the proposed Act and estimates the number of test animals and cost under each scenario. It focuses on the impact for the first 10 years of testing, the period of greatest impact on animals and costs. The analysis suggests the first 10 years of testing under the Act could evaluate, at most, about 50% of ingredients used in cosmetics. Testing during this period would cost about $ 1.7-$ 9 billion and 1-11.5 million animals. By test year 10, alternative, high-throughput test methods under development are expected to be available, replacing animal testing and allowing rapid evaluation of all ingredients. Given the high cost in dollars and animal lives of the first 10 years for only about half of ingredients, a better choice may be to accelerate development of high-throughput methods. This would allow evaluation of 100% of cosmetic ingredients before year 10 at lower cost and without animal testing.

The rationale for the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 (SCPCPA) is not clearly stated in the act.

While it appears that the ultimate goal is to create better alternatives to animal testing, this is simply a massive step in the wrong direction. It is also in direct contradiction to major leaps forward in the past year such as the bans on animal testing in the EU, India, Israel, and Brazil. Even China, where animal testing is currently required by law, may be adjusting their stance later this year.

What can you do about the SCPCPA act? As a consumer, it’s important to remember that you hold a lot of power in your hands. Your voice is incredibly strong and it’s important to use it! Here are some ways in which you can use your voice on this issue:

  • Write to your state Congress and Senate representatives. Let them know your thoughts on the issue, that you oppose this act, and hope they will as well. I was unable to find out who would be voting on this issue, but this is your best bet.
  • Oppose the issue on Open Congress. Thank you to Logical Harmony reader Monica for letting me know about this one! You can find the bill on Open Congress and directly send your rep a letter about opposing the bill. Find the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 (SCPCPA) here – http://bit.ly/LBARrO
  • Sign the petition started by Logical Harmony on Change.org. This just takes a couple of minutes and can have a big impact if a lot of signatures are received. You can find the petition here – http://chn.ge/1dsKmk0
  • Let cruelty free brands know that you support them. This can be done in two ways – supporting them with your words (let them know how much you appreciate their stance on animal testing) and supporting them with your dollars. By only purchasing items that are not tested on animals (and free of animal ingredients!) you are doing your part to show where you want your hard earned money to be spent. The costs to businesses would be very high if this Act goes into effect. It would likely put many independent and small brands out of business. Please don’t let that happen!
  • Support organizations that are fighting to spread the message about cruelty free living! Follow these organizations on social networks and share their updates with your readers. They often set up social media and letter writing campaigns – take part in these!
  • Support your favorite cruelty free and vegan blogs! These blogs are an easy way to find out about brands to support, but it’s also a great community to connect with. Doing what you can to spread the word about how important it is to use cruelty free options will impact things in a major way. Especially if you start sharing posts with your friends who do not currently buy cruelty free items and get them to start supporting a cruelty free lifestyle.
  • Share this post! Help spread awareness and education by Pinning, Tweeting, emailing, and sharing on Facebook. Here’s a tweet that you can easily copy & paste: Animal Testing Could Soon be Required by Law in the United States. Please don’t let this happen! http://bit.ly/1lBKOq1 via @LogicalHarmony 
  • Share the Leaping Bunny post about this act! Leaping Bunny created a quick and easy to understand breakdown, which can be found here – http://bit.ly/1ayCjr5. Share this on Twitter, Facebook, and email it to people you know.

Leaping Bunny has issued a press release about this topic, which is located below. They also have a great list of quick facts about the Act, which can be found here – http://bit.ly/1ayCjr5. I echo Leaping Bunny’s concerns and am honored that they gave me a heads up on this story so that I could share it with readers here. Leaping Bunny is an organization that I trust, and I appreciate that they have the interest of animals at the core of their values.

Study Finds Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act will result in an increase in animal testing

January 27, 2014

PHILADELPHIA—The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC), which operates the Leaping Bunny Program in the U.S. and Canada, has serious concerns about the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 (SCPCPA), H.R. 1385, legislation intended to overhaul the way cosmetic products are regulated in the United States. Recently published research shows that up to 11.5 million animals would be required to test and retest finished products and ingredients for safety, reversing a decades-long decline in animal testing for cosmetics.

The article, “Safety Evaluations Under the Proposed US Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013: Animal Use and Cost Estimates,” published on January 24, 2014 in ALTEX, a peer-reviewed scientific journal, calculated that passage of the SCPCPA will result in a minimum of one million animals being used in new required testing and will cost companies between $1.7-$9 billion to perform these tests, a dramatic increase over current testing costs and numbers of animals used.

Co-author of the article Jean Knight states, “In reading the Act, I was surprised to see that it would increase animal testing of cosmetics, since this is counter to the worldwide trend to reduce animal testing. The Act’s language can’t be easily understood unless you have some background in toxicology, so this impact was flying under the radar. Many Leaping Bunny certified companies were actually supporting the Act, unaware of the implications for animal testing. The article hopefully brings this information onto the radar so that people can make informed decisions.”

Sue Leary, Chair of the CCIC states, “The authors of this article have done a great service in demonstrating that SCPCPA is a regressive bill. There has been a decisive move in recent years away from cruel and unnecessary animal testing but this bill reverses that. It’s hard to imagine why legislators would want to increase animal testing for things like lipstick and shampoo. Consumers certainly don’t want this and companies don’t either.”

CCIC believes the passage of this act is the wrong approach, and the United States should instead harmonize its cosmetics laws with those of the European Union, Israel, and India, which prohibit the use of animals to test cosmetics and their component ingredients while ensuring consumer safety.

The Leaping Bunny Program offers the most up-to-date list of companies that have committed to no new animal testing throughout their manufacturing process, from ingredients to finished products. The Leaping Bunny Logo is consistently ranked by third parties as the cruelty-free logo that can be trusted the most.

For a one-page summary, click here http://leapingbunny.org/SafeCosmeticsAct.php and to read the article in its entirety, visit the ALTEX website: http://www.altex.ch/Online- first.95.html.Since 1996, the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC) has been connecting compassionate consumers with cruelty-free companies. The CCIC is made up of the following organizations: American Anti- Vivisection Society; Animal Alliance of Canada; Beauty Without Cruelty, USA; Doris Day Animal League; Humane Society of Canada; The Humane Society of the United States; and the New England Anti-Vivisection Society. CCIC’s international partner is the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments. For more information, contact the CCIC at (888) 546-2242 or admin@leapingbunny.org.

As always, you can expect updates from Logical Harmony to be posted as they become available.

Hair Care

WEN Hair and Body Care by Chaz Dean is now Leaping Bunny Approved!

WEN Hair and Body Care by Chaz Dean is now Leaping Bunny Approved!

One of the most recent Leaping Bunny approved brands is WEN by Chaz Dean. This hair and body care company is now certified as being completely cruelty free. They also have a lot of vegan options. The press release from Leaping Bunny to announce the certification can be found below.

WEN® hair and body care by Chaz Dean

recognized by the coalition for consumer information on cosmetics for cruelty-free practices

Chaz Dean’s All-Natural Haircare Line Approved For the CCIC’s Leaping Bunny Program

(PHILADELPHIA, PA.) August 1, 2013 —WEN® Hair and Body Care by Chaz Dean, the sales record-breaking line founded by renowned celebrity hairstylist Chaz Dean, has been approved by The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ (CCIC) for the organization’s Leaping Bunny Program, a distinction that recognizes companies for their cruelty-free practices.  The all-natural, holistic haircare brand will now join over 500 companies that have already committed to eliminating all new animal testing from their products.

Chaz Dean, a true pioneer of the green movement, has been a longtime and dedicated advocate for engaging compassionate, cruelty-free, ethical practices to shape his brand and company operations. 

“It is an honor to be recognized by the CCIC for a cause that I hold so dear to me,” stated Dean.  “As a devout animal lover myself, it is my heartfelt belief that ethical testing and practices should be a cornerstone of every company’s philosophy, and I am proud to be counted among the ranks of over 500 companies in the Leaping Bunny Program who share my commitment to advocating the compassionate treatment of animals.”

The CCIC’s Leaping Bunny Program administers a cruelty-free standard and the internationally recognized Leaping Bunny Logo for companies producing cosmetic, personal care, and household products in the United States and Canada. The Leaping Bunny Program provides the best assurance that no new animal testing is used in any phase of product development by the company, its laboratories, or suppliers.

“We are very happy to add WEN® Hair and Body Care by Chaz Dean to our list of cruelty-free companies,” states CCIC Communications Manager, Kim Paschen.  “By joining the Leaping Bunny Program, WEN® has taken a clear stance against animal testing.  We look forward to working with Chaz and his team to get the word out about his great products and the importance of cruelty-free shopping.”

Companies certified through the Leaping Bunny Program make a voluntary pledge to clear animal testing from all stages of product development. The company’s ingredient suppliers make the same pledge and the result is a product guaranteed to be 100 percent free of new animal testing. All Leaping Bunny companies must be open to independent audits, and commitments are renewed on an annual basis.

Since 1996, the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics has been connecting compassionate consumers with cruelty-free companies. The CCIC is made up of the following organizations: American Anti-Vivisection Society; Animal Alliance of Canada; Beauty Without Cruelty, USA; Doris Day Animal League; Humane Society of Canada; The Humane Society of the United States; and the New England Anti-Vivisection Society. CCIC’s international partner is the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments.

For more information about the company and/or to purchase all WEN® Hair and Body Care by Chaz Dean products, please visit www.chazdean.com.

Leaping Bunny is the most thorough cruelty free certification program out there. They verify not just the brand, but require that the brand provide documentation from their ingredient suppliers as well.