Phoebe Dykstra supports the #BeCrueltyFree Campaign!

Phoebe Dykstra supports the #BeCrueltyFree Campaign!

TV’s Phoebe Dykstra Asks Politicians to Have a Heart for Animals, Ban Cosmetics Animal Testing

Star supports #BeCrueltyFree Canada campaign for World Animal Day

MONTREAL (01 Oct. 2014)—Phoebe Dykstra, social media personality and former MTV Canada host, has chosen the week of World Animal Day (Oct. 4) to urge Canada to ban cruel animal testing for cosmetics. Rabbits are commonly used in cosmetics tests during which they can have chemicals dripped in their eyes and spread on their delicate skin. Such testing is cruel and unnecessary, says Phoebe, who is giving her support to the #BeCrueltyFree Canada campaign, a partnership between Humane Society International and Animal Alliance of Canada.

To demonstrate her support, Phoebe took to Twitter and Instagram, posting a photo of herself wearing a #BeCrueltyFree t-shirt and bunny ears. She Tweeted “Canada! Be beautiful without hurting bunnies! Ban cosmetics animal testing #BeCrueltyFree”.

Phoebe said: “I’m a proud Canadian, but I’m not proud that it’s still legal in Canada to test on bunnies and other gentle creatures for cosmetics. Causing animals pain for the sake of a lip-liner or an eye-shadow can never be justified. And that’s why so many other countries around the world have banned the practice. I want Canada to be one of them, I want Canada to #BeCrueltyFree!”  

Thanks in large part to #BeCrueltyFree campaigning, animal testing for cosmetics is already banned across the European Union, Norway, Israel and India, and legislative bans have also been proposed in Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, Taiwan and the United States. But the practice remains legal in around 80 per cent of countries globally, including Canada.

Aviva Vetter, HSI’s #BeCrueltyFree Canada campaigner, said: “We’re thrilled to have Phoebe’s support for an end to cosmetics cruelty in Canada. She’s the perfect #BeCrueltyFree advocate – she loves make-up but not at the expense of animals. It’s so sad to think that in laboratories around the world and right here in Canada, animals can still suffer for our beauty despite the fact that it’s so easy to produce cosmetics without animal testing. So this World Animal Day #BeCrueltyFree is asking Canada’s politicians to have a heart for animals and ban cosmetics cruelty.”

Rabbits, guinea pigs, rats and mice all endure untold suffering for the beauty industry. Developed in the 1940s, skin and eye irritation tests involve holding rabbits in full body restraints so that chemicals can be applied to their eyes and skin. These tests are notoriously unreliable as well as extremely cruel, causing eye reddening, swelling, ulceration, even blindness, skin cracking and bleeding. Unlike humans, rabbits have no tear ducts so they can’t cry out the harmful substances.

Phoebe joins other celebrities including Ricky Gervais, Jenna Dewan Tatum and Leona Lewis who have spoken out against cosmetic animal testing on behalf of #BeCrueltyFree.

Say “no” to cruel cosmetics in Canada by signing the #BeCrueltyFree pledge here.

Be Cruelty-Free Canada is a partnership between Humane Society International/Canada and Animal Alliance of Canada, and is part of the largest campaign in the world to end cosmetics animal testing. Globally, #BeCrueltyFree is driving policy change across Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Russia, Taiwan and in the U.S. where the campaign is spearheaded by The Humane Society of the United States – on the Web at hsi.org/becrueltyfree.

Phoebe Dykstra supports the #BeCrueltyFree Campaign!

A note from Tashina of Logical Harmony – I was SO excited when Phoebe posted this on Instagram. I thought it was amazing that she was sharing her support for the #BeCrueltyFree campaign. As you may or may not remember, I was a part of a video campaign when this first launched. I was even more excited about this when I saw a comment Phoebe made on her Instagram photo! Thank you for supporting #BeCrueltyFree AND Logical Harmony, Phoebe!

Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Body Butter & Body Wash Set Review

Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Body Butter & Body Wash Set Review

This winter there are some amazing exclusive holiday sets being released by Pacifica. One of them is the Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Body Butter & Body Wash Set, which is an ULTA exclusive. This set pairs two great winter products in one of the most popular Pacifica scents together. When I was able to try this set, I couldn’t wait to see how it helped my skin adjust to the changing seasons.

Claims: “The perfect combination of two of amazing products in our signature Tuscan Blood Orange fragrance: our sulfate-free lathering body wash and incredibly hydrating body butter with natural beneficials that love your skin.

Body Butter Ingredients:  Aqua (Purified), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut Source), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin (Vegetable Source), Glyceryl Stearate (Vegetable Source), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Stearic Acid (Vegetable Source), Stearyl Alcohol (Vegetable Source), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Allantoin, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter, Hyaluronic Acid, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum (Vegetable Source), Algin (Algae Source), Riboflavin (Plant Source), Mangifera Indica (Mango) Butter, Rosa Rugosa (Rose) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota (Carrot) Seed Oil, Aleuritus Moluccana (Kukui) Nut Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Flax) Seed Oil, Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E), Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B), Parfum (Pacifica’s Own Fragrance Blend with Natural and Essential Oils), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol and Ethylhexylglycerin (Plant Source)

Body Wash Ingredients:  Aqua (purified water), sodium methyl-2-sulfolaurate (coconut source), disodium 2-sulfolaurate (coconut source), sodium lauryl sulfoacetate (coconut source), cocamidopropyl betaine (coconut source), aloe barbadensis leaf juice, polysorbate-20, glycol monostearate (vegetable source), glycerin (vegetable source), hydrolyzed soy protein, chamomile extract, calendula extract, tea extract, grape seed extract, pomegranate seed extract, cucumber extract, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, ethyl hexyl glycerin (vegetable source preservative), parfum (Pacifica’s own fragrance blend with natural and essential oils)

Pros: Cruelty free and vegan formula. Free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oils, propylene glycol, petroleum and peanut oil. Recyclable packaging. Natural scent that lasts a long time. Moisturizing formula. Lots of lather from the body wash. Very creamy and thick body butter consistency.

Cons: There are not really any. I had not smelled the Tuscan Blood Orange scent before, so I was expecting something a little fresher and not sweet. It smelled great though and this wasn’t a negative, just unexpected.

The Verdict: I have to say that I really enjoyed this set. I had heard a lot about the Tuscan Blood Orange scent but had never tried it before. It was a sweeter citrus scent, but I really liked it. When I paired the body wash with the body butter, the scent lasted a really long time but was not overpowering or artificial smelling. The body wash produced a lot of lather and my skin felt soft afterwards, not at all dry. The body butter is a thick consistency that absorbed quickly. My skin felt moisturized for hours after use.

Overall, I think that this is a great set. It’s exclusive to ULTA and retails for $20.00. I think that’s a great deal for two high quality items. Especially when you would pay $25.00 if you buy them separately. The Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange scent is one that will appeal to most people. This makes it a great gift option for someone else, or for yourself.

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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.

Photos by Justin M.G. Mendez

Bath & Body Works is No Longer Cruelty Free

Bath & Body Works is No Longer Cruelty Free

Sadly, another brand has recently changed their stance on animal testing. Bath & Body Works has long been known as a cruelty free brand with lots of vegan options. Sadly, they now test on animals when it is required by local and regional laws.

I first began to suspect that something was up when I emailed the brand about a month ago to check-in on their status. I received a confirmation email stating that I would get a response in 24-48 hours, but never received any follow up communication. Today Logical Harmony reader Jennifer (@beautifullyvgn on Twitter), forwarded me an email that she received from the brand that stated that they test on animals as required by law.

As always, I like to get information directly from the brands themselves. I immediately emailed the brand, Tweeted at them asking if they had changed their animal testing stance, and posted on their Facebook wall asking them to confirm or deny that they were now testing on animals as required by law. I also checked the brands FAQ page, which stated, “We believe all living creatures deserve respect and would never think of testing any of our products on animals. Likewise, we don’t ask anyone who may be helping us develop or make our products to conduct these kinds of tests on our behalf.

My tweet was ignored by the brand. My Facebook wall post was deleted and I was banned from posting on their page. I did, however, receive an email response.

Dear Tashina,

Thank you for your email regarding our Animal Testing policy. We are happy to assist with your inquiry.

L Brands policy prohibits the testing of our branded products, formulations and ingredients on animals except in rare cases when required by government regulations. Through our involvement in the Institute For In Vitro Sciences, we are supporting research to develop additional non-animal alternative methods which we believe will ultimately result in the elimination of animal testing worldwide.

Thank you for your interest in BathandBodyWorks.com, Tashina.

Bath & Body Works has now been moved to a Brand to Avoid on the Cruelty Free & Vegan Brand List here on Logical Harmony. I am very sad that the brand has decided to make this change.

Another formerly cruelty free Limited brand, Victoria’s Secret, also changed their stance on animal testing this year. Limited also owns the brands Henri Bendel and La Senza. Both of these brands are now also stating that they test on animals as required by law and are also being added to the Brands to Avoid list here on Logical Harmony.

Please note: At this time PETA still lists Bath & Body Works, Henri Bendel, and La Senza as being cruelty free. I am not sure how often PETA checks with brands. The brands are not listed as cruelty free by Leaping Bunny. Logical Harmony curates the brands list without the use of 3rd party information and by speaking to the brands directly.

Update on October 16, 2014: After a call with a representative of Bath & Body Works, I have more information about the required by law testing stance of the brand. They will remain on the list of brands to avoid here at Logical Harmony. You can read more information in the post – An Update on Bath & Body Works and Animal Testing.

Pressed Juicery JUICE Book Launch

Pressed Juicery JUICE Book Launch

If you live in a metropolitan area in America, odds are that you have heard of Pressed Juicery. If you have ever had a juice from Pressed Juicery, odds are that you are now a regular customer. Their storefronts and website offer a large variety of fresh, cold-pressed juices to please every palette. From the green juice lover to the person who just wants their chocolatey almond milk. At some locations, you can even order soft serve made with their juices, called FREEZE.

A couple of weeks ago I was able to attend a talk and book signing of the brand new book JUICE: Recipes for Juicing, Cleansing, and Living Well. Two of the founders of Pressed Juicery – Hayden Slater and Carly de Castro took the time to share their thoughts on the book and talk about juice. This talk was sponsored by Diesel, a bookstore and held at the Marin Countrymart Farmer’s Market. It was a lovely setting for the event.

Pressed Juicery JUICE Book Launch

At the event we were able to sample a variety of the top-selling juices from Pressed Juicery. My personal favorites are Greens 1 (kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, cucumber, & celery) and Greens 3 (kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, cucumber, celery, apple, lemon, & ginger). Though I have to admit the sample of Citrus 2 (pineapple, apple, lemon, & mint) was amazing!

Pressed Juicery JUICE Book Launch

Pictured above are founders Hayden Slater and Carly de Castro sharing why they decided to publish JUICE: Recipes for Juicing, Cleansing, and Living Well. They wanted to make juicing more accessible to people everywhere. A lot of people are interested in the items from Pressed Juicery, but do not live near a location or just want to make the items at home. I think it’s wonderful that they decided to create this book to further share the juice experience.

Pressed Juicery JUICE Book Launch

Written by the three founders (Hayden, Carly, and Hedi Gores), JUICE: Recipes for Juicing, Cleansing, and Living Well is a great guide for anyone interested in juicing. They share juicing tips, thoughts on the various kinds of juicers available, and the benefits of juicing. It includes classic Pressed Juicery juices as well as lots of new varieties. There are even recipes to help make sure that you are able to use the pulp leftover after juicing.

Pressed Juicery JUICE Book Launch

Of course, I had to bring home my own copy of JUICE: Recipes for Juicing, Cleansing, and Living Well. I’m very excited to select a new juicer with the help of their expert tips and use the recipes to add juicing as a part of my daily routine.

Pressed Juicery JUICE Book Launch

Of course, with a Pressed Juicery location nearby I had to stop after the book talk and signing. This seasonal juice is only around for a limited time and sounded too good to pass up. It was so delicious!

I’m very excited about the release of the book JUICE: Recipes for Juicing, Cleansing, and Living Well. I think it’s amazing that the team behind Pressed Juicery wants to bring the health benefits of juicing to everyone. It’s a mission that I can definitely support.

Are you a fan of juicing? What are your favorite recipes?

Photos by Justin M.G. Mendez.

Lush Self Preserving Dream Cream Review

Lush Self Preserving Dream Cream Review

Lush recently relaunched three classic products as a part of their new Self Preserving line. It took them 97 tries to get the new Lush Self Preserving Dream Cream ready for sale. Much of the water had to be removed and, in it’s place, Lush added natural preservatives that do an effective job of moisturizing your skin.

Claims: “Dream Cream contains every ingredient nature makes for soothing sore skin! One of our proudest achievements, we love this lotion because it makes people happy. The calming blend of oat milk, lavender and chamomile goes to work soothing sensitive skin. Olive oil and cocoa butter are incredibly effective for dry or chapped skin, and are especially gentle for even the most sensitive skin.. Plus, this formula has been expertly rebalanced, so there’s no need for us to add any synthetic preservatives– it’s completely self-preserving!”

Ingredients: Oat Milk (Avena sativa), Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Olea europaea), Rose Water (Rosa centifolia), Glycerine, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao), Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Organic Rose Absolute (Rosa Damascena), Chamomile Blue Oil (Matricaria Chamomilla), Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia), Lavender Oil (Lavandula augustifolia), Cetearyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Tincture of Benzoin (Styrax benzoin), Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool

Pros: Cruelty free and vegan formula. Reusable and recyclable packaging. Very hydrating. Very thick and creamy formula. Subtle and natural scent. Works great on hands and body.

Cons: Absolutely none. The new Self Preserving Dream Cream is amazing!

The Verdict: I honestly fell head-over-heels for the new Self Preserving Dream Cream while using it! It’s one of the best moisturizers that I have ever used.The scent is very subtle lavender and cocoa butter combination and will easily blend in with any fragrance you are wearing. If you don’t wear fragrance, it’s subtle enough that it will not even be noticeable. I love that it’s been reformulated to be self preserving and not need any preservatives added to it. The formula is very concentrated and very effective. About a tablespoon of Dream Cream is all I need to moisturize my entire body. It’s so moisturizing that you won’t need to apply another moisturizer for the rest of the day. This is one of those moisturizers where once you use it, you will have a hard time going back to other moisturizers.

Not only would I suggest this product to others, but I already plan to purchase it once I run out of this tub. It’s amazing stuff!

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