ATZEN Skin Care 

Company: ATZEN Skin Care

“ATZEN offers the ideal combination of safe, natural, and high performance ingredients. Our products will transform skin conditions to bring balance, health and radiance to your face and body while slowing the aging process, controlling acne conditions, and repairing sun damaged skin. ATZEN products are user friendly, gender neutral, most have no fragrance, and take just minutes to use morning and night.”

Products: 

BALANCE Gentle Exfoliating Scrub (50 ml/1.7 oz – $50.00 USD)

Review:

This BALANCE Gentle Exfoliating Scrub is fragrance-free and contains smooth jojoba eco-beads for gentle exfoliation. Some of the natural ingredients include Kaolin, Organic Olive, Organic Sunflower, and Organic Green Tea Extract. When massaged into the skin, this product leaves your face feeling fresh, clean, and smooth without feeling dry or irritated. With just a few uses, it has improved the tone and texture of my skin. This product is Step 1 of ATZEN Skin Care’s  “Balance: Age Reverse Safely” Spa Facial System, which makes sense since it removes all dead skin cells, oil, make up, and debris, making the skin ready to absorb additional products.

The Bottom Line

This product is pricey but it is made of high-quality organic ingredients and it gets the job done. The tone and texture of my skin have improved, and I would definitely be interested in trying Step 2 of this skin care system. I appreciate the fact that eco-beads are used instead of plastic. More companies need to make this switch! If you aren’t familiar with the detrimental effects of microbeads on environment/oceans, please look into it! It’s shocking! Have you tried any products from ATZEN Skin Care? If so, I recommend that you give them a try! Let me know how you like them!

Thank you, ATZEN Skin Care, for sending me this product to review!


Apothepurity Product Reviews & Discount Code

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Company: Apothepurity

“Apothepurity is an eco-conscious apothecary + body care company located just North of Nashville, TN.

We wholeheartedly believe that organic plants and herbs have the ability to heal and effectively nourish our skin even better than their conventional counterparts. We believe in the power of nature.

Our goal is to help people thrive by providing them with the purest plant based products that are carefully handcrafted in small batches with the finest organic + wild harvested ingredients we could find.”

Products:

Germs Be Gone Natural Hand Sanitizer + Yoga Mat Cleaner (2 oz. – $11.99 USD)

Citrus Dream Body Mist (4 oz  – $16.99 USD)

Stress Be Gone Roll-On Aromatherapy Relief Oil (0.35 oz  – $11.99 USD)

Keep Me Fresh Natural Deodorant (4 oz jar – $16.99 USD)

Reviews:

I don’t know about you, but I use A LOT of hand sanitizer. Studies have shown that store bought brands contain ingredients that are NOT good for you! Ugh! The Germs Be Gone Natural Hand Sanitizer + Yoga Mat Cleaner is a natural germ killer that contains Witch Hazel and essential oils of Tea Tree, Clove, Cinnamon, Lemon, Rosemary, and Eucalyptus. I absolutely LOVE the scent of this product… It has subtle notes of all of the essential oils listed above to create a truly unique fragrance blend! I like to throw this bottle into my bag and use it throughout the day. Of course, I can’t see if it is actually killing germs, but my hands do feel clean after using it. This product is also a yoga mat sanitizer. I have been needing a reason to start doing yoga again, and this just might be it!

The Citrus Dream Body Mist is a delicious blend of Sweet Orange and Tangerine essential oils blended with Ylang Ylang and Vanilla. It’s fresh and fruity and the sweet notes of vanilla make this the perfect summertime scent! It is not overpowering in the slightest bit, it just gives you a light fragrance that can be reapplied throughout the day to lift your spirits and smell fabulous!

The Stress Be Gone Roll-On Aromatherapy Relief Oil comes in a convenient roller ball that you can take anywhere! This stress fighting blend of scents includes essential oils of Organic Lavender, Organic Blood Orange, Organic Ylang Ylang, Organic Patchouli, Organic Bergamot, and Organic Grapefruit. When you roll this product on, your senses are instantly calmed by the soothing floral notes and uplifted by the bright citrus oils. If you’re new to aromatherapy, this product would be a great place to start since lavender has been used to help people relax since forever! *** The white dots are actually covering teeth marks that my dog Bubbles wanted to contribute! She stole the bottle as I was taking pictures of the other products! Teeth marks are not included when you buy this item!

I’m sure you have heard about all of the health issues associated with everyday deodorants. Parabens have been linked to cancer and aluminum has been associated with Alzheimer’s. Needless to say, if you haven’t already it’s time to ditch your mass produced deodorant!  The Keep Me Fresh Natural Deodorant is made of all natural ingredients to keep you feeling and smelling fresh as a daisy! Arrowroot Powder, Baking Soda, Bentonite Clay, and Activated Charcoal work together to help your pits release toxins while keeping them dry (although this is not an antiperspirant), and essential oils of Lavender, Tea Tree, and Grapefruit leave you smelling bomb.com! It is important to remember that sweating is NATURAL and HEALTHY! Typical deodorants clog up your pores and don’t allow you to release toxins, in simple terms, they are not good for you! Please make the switch to a natural deodorant like this one!

The Bottom Line

Apothepurity makes pure products that are vegan and cruelty-free. The packaging is fantastic and the formulations are effective and gentle. I will absolutely keep these products in my skincare and hygiene routine, and look forward to trying more products from this brand. Head on over to Apothepurity and try out some of their wonderful products! Let me know what you think! Use code “VTH20” for 20% off of your order!

Thank you, Apothepurity, for sending me these products to review!

The Humane Cosmetics Act Re-Introduced to End Animal Testing In the U.S. – WorldAnimalNews.com

PLEASE sign the Care 2 Petition to support The Humane Cosmetics Act! Speak up for animals!

– Article from WorldAnimalNews.com

Representative Martha McSally (R-AZ) was joined by Representative Don Beyer (D-VA) earlier this week to re-introduce legislation designed to phase out and ultimately end the practice of testing the safety of cosmetics on animals in the United States.

The Humane Cosmetics Act would prohibit the selling or transporting of any cosmetics in interstate commerce if any component of the final product was developed or manufactured using animal testing, explained a Press Release that was issued on June 6th.

Care 2 is among those leading the charge for this bill, which unfortunately did not pass out of committee in the 113th and 114th Congress, to gain momentum in the 115th Congress.
The organization further explained that despite the fact that animal testing is not required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the Product Safety Commission in the United States, many companies continue this inhuman and unnecessary practice.

More concerning, Care 2 stated that some products that are labeled as “not tested on animals” or “cruelty-free” may, at the ingredient level or at certain stages of development, have been tested on animals by other companies; making it even more confusing and frustrating for people who are trying to make compassionate choices.

While the exact number of animals who have been subjected to this abhorrent treatment is unknown because the Animal Welfare Act does not require that all laboratory animals used in the U.S. be reported, it is sadly estimated to be in the millions.

PETA

“The cruelty animals are subjected to during cosmetics testing is unacceptable; from lethal dose tests to irritation and force-feeding tests. Not only are these tests inhumane, but modern technology makes them unnecessary and overly expensive,” said Representative McSally. “The cosmetics industry is already using alternative cutting edge testing methods that are safer, cheaper, and don’t hurt animals. It’s time the United States join the ranks of over 30 other countries in the developed world to stand against this vile practice. The inhumane treatment of animals serves no place in our society.”

The European Union, Israel, Norway, Switzerland, and India are among the countries that have already implemented bans on animal testing and the sale of animal-tested cosmetics.

“Congress should permanently end the painful and unnecessary process of testing cosmetics on animals in this country,” stated Representative Beyer. “The cosmetics industry already has safer, more cost effective methods of testing that do not harm animals. American companies face no economic risk from this legislation, which would also show moral leadership.”

Currently, according to the release, 700 cosmetic brands in North America abstain from testing products or ingredients on animals, and instead use other affordable, proven methods of testing and innovate with thousands of ingredients already proven safe for human use.

The legislation has been endorsed by 195 companies in the cosmetic industry, and the Humane Cosmetics Act is supported strongly by Republican and Democrat co-sponsors.
TAKE ACTION!

Please show your support by signing and sharing the Care 2 petition urging Congress to pass the Humane Cosmetics Act.

To find cruelty-free personal care products and cosmetics that have been certified by the Leaping Bunny program, visit Cruelty Free International.

To donate directly to the non-profit organization’s efforts to end animal experiments worldwide please click Here!

Help us continue to bring you the latest breaking animal news from around the world and consider making a Donation Here! http://www.peace4animals.net/donate

NATURALPANDA Product Reviews


Company: NATURALPANDA

“We turn raw, natural ingredients into nourishing skincare products – free of any chemical dyes, additives or perfumes. Every product is carefully curated with simple ingredients that are meant to be healthy, holistic and pure.”

“A portion of your purchase will be donated to the World Wild Life Fund to help save the pandas!”

Products: 

Honeysuckle Body Butter (6 oz. – $19.06)

Wild Rose Face Cream  (2.7 fl. oz. –  $19.83)

Unscented Eye Cream (1 oz., – $9.53)

Reviews: 

Honeysuckle Body Butter 


“This body butter is lightly scented with honeysuckle essential oil. It’s richer and thicker in consistency and works great for treating rough or dry skin. It’s made with raw + natural ingredients that have beneficial properties for your skin. Together, the ingredients will create a protective barrier & help retain the moisture within your skin, without leaving an oily residue. Due to it’s thicker consistency, a little bit of product will go a long way!”

OMGosh. I never say that, but I don’t know how to communicate how excited I am about this stuff! This body butter is EVERYTHING I hoped it would be and more! The honey suckle scent is so spot-on I can’t even believe it. It’s sweet and floral and reminds me of the days that I spent in the backyard with my brother and sister hunting for honey suckles to pull apart and eat. You do not need to wear perfume when you use this body butter and I promise you will get a lot of “You smell good!” compliments like I did. This product melts quickly into your skin and does an excellent job hydrating even the driest skin thanks to shea butter as the main ingredient. My (formally) dry elbows give this a thumbs up!

Wild Rose Face Cream 


“This face cream is made with raw + natural ingredients that have beneficial properties for your skin. It’s lightly scented with a blend of rose geranium + ylang ylang essential oils, both which have additional properties for the skin. This light weight and cooling gel cream will provide hydration and moisture to the skin without leaving an oily residue.”

If you love floral scents, you will absolutely adore this face cream! It is thin and lightweight, yet really packs a punch in the moisture department! I have been using this moisturizer in the morning under my make up and my skin looks dewy and healthy.  I also have been using it at night and I always wake up to hydrated skin.

In my opinion, the best skin care products are those with the simplest and fewest ingredients. The ingredients in the Wild Rose Face Cream are aloe vera gel, apricot kernel oil, vitamin E, grapefruit seed extract and rose geranium and ylang ylang essential oils. I actually look forward to using this product, it’s that good!

Clear Unscented Eye Cream


“This eye cream is made with raw + natural ingredients that have beneficial properties for your skin. It provides enough hydration for the delicate skin around, and comes free of any essential oils. This light weight and cooling cream will provide the right amount of hydration and moisture to the skin without leaving an oily residue.”

A 2-ingredient eye cream? That’s exactly my style! Aloe vera and apricot kernel oil, that is all you will find in this Unscented Eye Cream! I use this in the morning under my makeup and it helps my concealer and/or foundation glide on smoothly and evenly. It prevents my undereyes from looking dry and it absorbs quickly. A little goes a long way, so this tiny container will last a long time!

The Bottom Line

I cannot say enough good things about NATURALPANDA! The products smells fantastic, work wonderfully, and the packaging is as cute as can be! To make it even better, Chandi, the owner, donates a portion of every purchase to the World Wild Life Fund to help save the pandas! How awesome is that? These products are simple, effective, and you help out pandas with every purchase. Its a WIN WIN WIN! Head on over to the NATURALPANDA Etsy page and check out all of her amazing products!

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Pure Stella Skin Care Review 

Company: Pure Stella Skin Care

 “Pure Stella Skin Care creates handcrafted products to nourish and protect your skin naturally. Our line of botanical and essential oil based products includes luxurious lotion sticks, moisturizing and cleansing oils, clarifying masks, and exfoliating scrubs to enlighten your skin. With no harsh chemicals and artificial fragrance, your skin will smile with Pure Stella.”

The products reviewed are vegan and cruelty free.

Products: 

Vanilla Latte Coffee Scrub (4 oz. bag, $20.00 USD)

Coffee Infused Eye Serum (1/3 oz., $14.00 USD)

Reviews:

Calling all coffee junkies… here’s a way to get your fix and help your skin at the same time!


I drink a vanilla latte almost everyday, so I just had to try the Vanilla Latte Coffee Scrub! Organic sugar makes this a great exfoliator to get rid of dead skin cells. The coffee almond oil leaves your skin smooth and moisturized. My favorite thing about this scrub is the smell! As you scrub away in a warm shower, the bathroom fills with a sweet delicious coffee scent. This scrub is truly any coffee addict’s dream!


The Coffee Infused Eye Serum comes in a convenient roller ball that easily glides the product onto your skin. It has a unique coffee/herbal scent and a thin consistency so it absorbs quickly. The coffee infused sweet almond oil, along with rose hip, jojoba, and hazelnut oil nourish the delicate skin around the eyes. After using this product, I noticed that my undereyes were moisturized and “perked up” due to the caffiene. I do not suffer from puffy eyes, so I can’t speak about this product’s tightening abilities, but I do feel like my eyes look more awake when I use this eye serum.

The Bottom Line

Pure Stella Skin Care creates naturally effective products that smell delicious and actually work… all without harming animals! What’s not to love? Turn your shower into the best smelling coffee shop around with the Vanilla Latte Coffee Scrub or add a little zip to your skin care routine with the Coffee Infused Eye Serum! Let me know how you like it!


Thank you, Pure Stella Skin Care, for providing me with these products to review!