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By Reisa Mary Stone. If you’re learning Animal Communication, your connection will increase as you let your love for animals radiate outward. Animals express their gratitude to me for acting on behalf of their safety and comfort.
One of the ways we can do this, is to be mindful of which products we purchase. Many cosmetics and household products are cruelly tested on animals.
25 years ago, I had a prestigious position with Elizabeth Arden. I left due to animal testing, then had a difficult time finding cruelty-free products. I switched my loyalty to The Body Shop and am appalled that they’ve been acquired by L’Oreal, one of the most prolific animal testers.
Happily, today we have so many more products to choose from, many of them high quality and fun to use.
Below I’ve listed products I’ve tried that aren’t tested on animals.
Package wording can be tricky. I determined
1). whether the company generally doesn’t test on animals, not just on the specific product; and 2). that none of the ingredients were individually sent to an independent lab for testing.
Avalon Organics. Hair products beautifully scented with lavender & citrus. Can be found at London Drugs. The shampoo makes nice bubble bath, too.
Balea. This lovely line of hair & skin products is at Shoppers Drug Mart. Low priced.
Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap. I began using this as a “baby hippie” in the ’70′s! A concentrated liquid soap that comes in peppermint, lavender, almond & citrus. It can be used for everything from brushing your teeth to bathing your pet. Even seems to work as a flea bath. No toxic or environmentally harmful ingredients or practices, either, & a crazy fun label. I love this company.
Freeman. Yummy papaya, coconut & lime hair & skin products. A grapefruit gel facial scrub with just the right amount of “grit.”
HennaPlus hair colour is ammonia-free & has henna, but will not fade like henna. Really nice product, gives even better coverage than any of the animal-tested drugstore brands. Found at Pharmasave. The manufacturer (Frenchtop) sources ingredients from companies that have not animal tested for 5 years. It can be done, people!
Method. Terrific dishwasher detergent tabs and cleaning products.
Martha Stewart. Ms. Stewart not only manufactures a full line of quality cleaning products, she speaks out against animal cruelty.
Nature Clean household products even come in unscented. I love their bleach, which is concentrated hydrogen peroxide. This means it doesn’t harm the environment, either. H2O2 breaks down into water.
Paul Mitchell hair colour & products. Very high quality. If you get your hair coloured in a salon, look for one that uses PM. London Drugs carries their products, too.
Baking soda & vinegar cleans almost anything. I use 1/2 cup of soda in my rinse cycle as fabric softener, & it works great! I clear clogged drains with this mix, too. Pour in a cup of soda, then a cup of vinegar. Leave it to foam for 30 minutes, then rinse.
Olive oil soap. A bar is $1-$2 in Greek delis. Not the perfumed stuff with additives, the square green bar that’s pure olive oil. Can satisfy all your hair & skin cleansing needs. Gives an extra glow to your hair.
Surprisingly, Not Cruelty-free
Avon didn’t animal test for years, but has moved its manufacturing to China, where testing is mandatory.
A similar move is happening with several cosmetics companies, so be cautious.
Burt’s Bees, which used to have some of my favourite products, has been purchased by Clorox. Cruel & extensive testing.
GreenWorks, I’m seriously disappointed. Such a “green” buildup, only to find it’s also owned by Clorox.
Boo to Mary Kay.
Revlon is dodgy in its requests by auditors such as Leaping Bunny to verify 100% cruelty-free status.
The animals say, Thank you for thinking of us when you shop!
Reisa Mary Stone is a professional Animal Communicator and singer. She fund raises for animal rescue with her performances.
She studied with German dog trainer Otto Prockert and Charles “Chuck” Eisenmann of The Littlest Hobo fame; men who demonstrated that animal understanding and accomplishment has no limits.Reisa’s love and understanding of animals is that of genuine kinship. She has joyfully lived and worked with all species regarded as pets, and some that aren’t.
She leash trains cats, rescues spiders and has been known to move furniture to accomodate a foster bunny’s desire to play tag. As a shelter volunteer, Reisa used her communication skills to “speed teach” dogs tricks in order to make them more adoptable.
Reisa has shown dogs in conformation and obedience, and taught her Labrador to answer the phone with, “Herrrro, how rrrrrrrrr ya?”
She is the creator of the Love & Light for Easter Bunnies & Chicks Event, and has lectured in the University of British Columbia’s History department on the relationship between women and Nature.
For more info on Reisa please visit her website