• Cruelty-Free,  DIY Beauty,  DIY Projects,  Self-Care

    10 Pretty DIY Soaps

    Natural soap making is one of the hottest DIY trends for gifts, yourself, or even for sale at local art walks and farmers markets. Check out these 10 cool tutorials for making your own. Warning: your house may smell fantastic afterwards.  Seascape Soaps These beautiful pour and swirl bar soaps are absolutely fantastic. The scrubby layer at the bottom is perfect for exfoliating hands. Get the full tutorial from The Soap Queen. Rosemary Mint If you are looking for something to awaken your senses, this Rosemary Mint soap bar is perfect for you. Get the full tutorial from Garden Therapy. Gradient Soap Bars How cool are these? Perfect to go…

  • Cruelty-Free,  DIY Beauty,  DIY Projects,  Self-Care

    DIY Seaweed Face Mask

    If the beautiful emerald color of this face mask doesn’t pull you in, the benefits to using this homemade mask will. This recipe includes 2 types of seaweed  Fucus vesiculosus and chlorella. The types of seaweed used are essential because not all nutrients can be absorbed by the skin. Prime example is collagen, applied directly to the skin collagen is ineffective, but these algae are absorbed through transdermal contact and support your own natural collagen production when applied to skin.  INGREDIENTS 1/2 teaspoon kelp powder 1/2 teaspoon chlorella 1 tablespoon coconut oil 1 drop vitamin E essential oil Blend the kelp powder, chlorella and vitamin E together to make a paste…

  • Cruelty-Free,  DIY Beauty,  DIY Projects,  Self-Care

    DIY Citrus Toner

    The best way to make sure your beauty products are cruelty-free is to make them yourself. As a Florida native, I cannot get enough of citrus. With just a few ingredients, this aromatic spritz will revive your skin on a hot summer day. Store it in the refrigerator for preservation and a cool spritz on a hot day.  Vitamin C protects your skin from the effects of aging. Essential for collagen production and maintenance, Vitamin C is also a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals in the skin. SUPPLIES Peel of 1 organic orange or lemon 1 tablespoon witch hazel Heat Safe Jar + Lid 1 cup boiling water Strainer Spray Bottle 20 Minutes…

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    Animal Testing Rehabilitation

    Even in the United States, cruel methods of animal testing are used for preliminary trials of many products we use on our bodies. In the fiscal year ending in 2005, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported a total of 1,177,566 primates, dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and other species used for research. The breakdown by species was: 66,610 dogs, 57,531 primates, 58,598 pigs, 245,786 rabbits, 22,921 cats, 176,988 hamsters, 32,260 sheep, 64,146 other farm animals, 221,286 guinea pigs and 231,440 other animals. It seems shocking that such a barbaric practice is happening to the same animals which are in our homes and farms which we often have companion relationships with. Even the…

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    Vegan Fashion

    With mass-production low-cost stores like TopShop and Zara offering cruelty-free fashion alongside trusted brands like Vans, it is easier than ever to get clothing made without any harm coming to animals. One obvious material that is widely available is cotton and more frequently than ever synthetic leathers look, smell, and feel like the real thing.  5 common animal products to look for in apparel: Down Feathers (used in coats and parkas) Furs Leather Silk Wool Not only are these products harmful to animals, they are harmful to the environment as well due to the chemical processes used to clean and prepare the materials for use. The following are boutique brands…

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    Cruelty Free Home Decor

    Avoiding leather and suede, are obvious choices when choosing to design vegan in your home. There are vegan alternatives to leather couches by using synthetics which look and feel just like real leather. Secondary to leather you obviously want to avoid goose down. Goose down is commonly used in pillows and comforters. While it may seem like a stretch that using feathers is cruel, each feather has its own blood supply and nerve ending. That means each time a feather is plucked from a goose, it feels it. Every. Single. One. and they ARE plucked alive (because a dead goose can’t produce more feathers). Yikes. Less obvious animal products are wool and…

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    Go Cruelty-Free

    The Basics Being vegan and/or cruelty-free extends beyond your diet and into every aspect of your life. Obviously, the cruel treatment animals recieve at factory farms is an easy reason to go vegan. But being vegan in your everyday life can be a bit more difficult so we have created these guides for living a cruelty-free life. Products made from animal by-products such as leather and down are no brainers, but there are a few other sneaky elements that creep their way into your life. From your cosmetics and medication to your clothes and home decor, companies are really slick at using animal products (because they are readily accessible, traditional,…

  • Cruelty-Free,  Self-Care

    Cruelty Free Cosmetics

    Although animal testing is not required in the United States, some companies still choose to do so. The progressive companies below use products with a long history of human level safety to avoid animal testing (20,000+ to give you an idea). By purchasing their products you are voting with your money to say that you don’t want any part of animal testing.  I don’t know about you, but personally, I’d rather pay for the peace of mind that no animals were uncomfortable in the making of my lipstick. If you are looking for more information on action being taken to create a more humane world, check out Humane Society International’s…

  • Cruelty-Free,  DIY Beauty,  DIY Projects,  Self-Care

    DIY Beauty Products

    Natural beauty products are one of the hottest DIY trends for gifts, yourself, or even for sale at local art walks and farmers markets. These 5 tutorials should get you started off right with your own at home spa style branding. Peppermint Spa Trio This set of two scrubs and a soak are perfect for baby showers, Christmas, and bridesmaids alike. The refreshing peppermint aroma will relax and revive your spirit. Get the full tutorial from PopSugar.com. Rose Clay Face Mask Clay face masks are great for drawing out impurities from the skin. This rose scented one is easy to make and beautiful to boot. Get the full tutorial from…