Lulu Blossom Bombs Away Bath Bomb Powder Review

Lulu Blossom Bombs Away Bath Bomb Powder Review

Bath bombs are one of my great indulgences. There is just something so relaxing about a good soak with ingredients in the tub that are beneficial to your skin and can make the process even more relaxing. When Lulu Blossom sent me their Bombs Away Bath Bomb Powder to review, I was really curious to try it out. I have used  a lot of bath bombs, but never a bath bomb powder before.  Lulu Blossom is a cruelty free line with a lot of vegan options.

Claims:Bath Bomb Powder is a treat every man, woman, and child should experience. It smells of Rustic Amber and bold Parisian Lavender combined with Black Myrrh, Tonka Beans , and a hint of Egyptian Musk. It nourishes the skin and is just plain fun for the tub.

Ingredients:  Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride (sea salt), Fragrance, Mica

Pros: Cruelty free and vegan formula. Sulfate-free. Very soothing formula. Light and relaxing scent. Light color. Dissolves completely in the water. Comes with a scoop for easy use. Easy to close and store container.

Cons: Because it’s baking soda based, this formula may be a little drying for some skin types. That being said, it’s nothing a good moisturizer won’t fix!

The Verdict: I really enjoyed this bath bomb powder! It had all the perks of other bath bombs, without any of the mess that they sometimes come with. The scent was really soothing and relaxing, but not at all overpowering. I used the Bombs Away Bath Bomb Powder in hopes that it would help soothe my sore muscles after a hard workout day and it definitely did the trick. I would suggest this product to other bath addicts as it’s a great addition to any soak in the tub.

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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.

Watermelon & Lemon Smoothie Recipe

Watermelon & Lemon Smoothie Recipe

As the weather is getting warmer, I have had crazy cravings for watermelon. One of my friends told me about a de-bloating juice she had with her family that was from Dr. Oz. I gave the original recipe a try and, as always, modified it a bit to fit my own tastes. It’s so refreshing!

What you will need to make a Watermelon & Lemon Smoothie:

  • The juice of 2 lemons, about 2 tablespoons
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 cups watermelon, chopped
  • 1 cup cucumber, peeled and sliced
  • One 1-inch piece of ginger

How to make a Watermelon & Lemon Smoothie:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. I use my Vitamix for this and it blends perfectly on the low speed setting. If you are using a regular blender, you may need to add an additional 1/4 cup of water.
  2. Enjoy!

If you try this recipe, please let me know. I love getting comments on the recipe posts and please tag Logical Harmony on Instagram or Twitter if you share a picture.

This recipe is based off of Lea Michele’s Debloating Juice from Dr. Oz.

Milani and Jordana Are No Longer Cruelty Free

Milani and Jordana Are No Longer Cruelty Free

After receiving a few reader inquiries about Milani and Jordana, I decided to check in with the brands on their animal testing stance. Both drugstore brands are very well known and very popular because they have a large range of products at great prices. Milani is owned by Jordana. It has been a couple of months since I have done so and brands can change their stance quickly. Sadly, Milani and Jordana can no longer be considered cruelty free.

What has changed is that they now use ingredients that have been tested on animals. Despite their statement that these ingredients were tested on animals to comply with local laws and regulations, there are many cosmetic ingredients that do not need to be tested on animals. The large list of cruelty free brands shows that animal testing for any reason is unnecessary. Both Milani and Jordana have now been listed as Brand to Avoid on this list.

Below is the email that I received from their customer service department.

Hello,

All Milani finished cosmetic products and formulations have not been subjected to Animal Testing or Re-testing for Cosmetic purposes by or on behalf of Jordana/Milani Cosmetics.

Animal testing for Cosmetic purposes-any animal test or retest carried out on a primarily developed for use in the cosmetics industry or on a material primarily developed for use outside the cosmetic industry where the test is for a cosmetics purpose to provide cosmetic safety or efficacy data or in undertaken for positive listing in EU, for example as a preservative. 

 All animal testing performed with ingredients were done to fulfill the requirements in one or more of the legislations listed below:

  • Chemical legislation and Dangerous Substances Directive 67/548/EEC
  • Dangerous Preparations Directive 1999/45/EC
  • Regulation EC No. 1233/2009 (Chapter V, Article 18) (formerly Cosmetics Directive 76/768/EEC)
  • Existing Chemicals Regulation (EEC) No 793/73
  • Risk Assessment Regulation (EEC) 1488/94 as currently in force, and  Technical Guidance Documents
  • The term Animal is as defined by the 1986 Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act UK.

However, an ingredient may have been subjected to be tested on animals (if it is deemed inevitable or no other alternative method has been validated) by the ingredient manufacturers to comply with environmental regulations/safety efficacy such as TSCA, CEPA, ELINCS, EINECS, REACH, NICNAS, SCCP, etc.

Since the animal testing was done to comply with regional laws and regulations, the brands can still be sold in the EU despite their ban on animal testing. Please read What Does the EU Ban on Animal Testing Mean for Brands Selling Where Testing is Required by Law to learn more. In addition, REACH is a law within the EU that requires animal testing on ingredients used for household items. A lot of these ingredients are also used in cosmetics.

It is very sad that the brands have made this change. Hopefully they will reconsider this change and find new ingredient suppliers that do not test on animals.

Update: Milani is now stating that this information was incorrect and that the team member who was providing it to consumers was doing so in error. However, I cannot get a full and consistent statement from the brand. I will be sure to keep everyone updated.

Another Update: Milani has now added a new FAQ statement about animal testing to their website. “Milani Cosmetics is opposed to any kind of animal cruelty. We are firmly committed to the belief that animal cruelty has no place in the development of effective products. Our suppliers, manufacturers, and outside partners understand Milani’s company philosophy, and we have their confirmation that they do not test our products or formulations on animals.” This statement is inconsistent with the several statements they have been posting in response to consumers in Facebook. It also only addresses products and formulations, when the original issue was the ingredients used and neither the products or the formulations.

Beautisol Self-Tanning Mousse Review

Beautisol Self-Tanning Mousse Review

One of my favorite self-tanning products out there has just been released in a new larger size! I first discovered Beautisol several years ago when I was invited to a beauty event in San Francisco. Created by the Self-Tanning Queen herself, Sinead Norenius, who always has flawless bronzed skin, I was immediately intrigued by the brand. They are cruelty-free and all products are also vegan. iFabbo sent me a bottle of the new 8 ounce size Self-Tanning Mousse from Beautisol for review. The timing was perfect as it’s starting to get warmer outside.

Claims:A lightweight, quick drying self-tanning mousse for all skin colors and skin types which produces a natural looking tan.

Ingredients:  Water (Aqua) Dihydroxyacetone, Ethoxydiglycol, Caramel, Glycerin, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium PCA, Betaine, Sorbitol, Glycine, Alanine, Proline, Serine, Threonine, Arginine, Lysine, Glutamic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Fragrance (Parfum) Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Yellow 6 (CI 15985) Red 40 (CI 16035) Green 5 (CI 61570)

Pros: Cruelty free and vegan formula. Very easy to apply. The formula is tinted to provide instant color and to help you see where you may have missed. Comes with an application mitt to prevent your hands from absorbing too much product. Paraben-free. Moisturizing formula.

Cons: The formula may dry quickly for some – just remember to take your time with the application process.

The Verdict: Any long-time reader of Logical Harmony knows that I love this self-tanning mousse! It’s one of the best self-tanning products out there. It gives me a very natural color in minutes that deepens over time. The color is very natural and never orange. If you’re new to self-tanning, Beautisol also has several extremely helpful videos on their website to help explain the process and give application tips.

As a special bonus for Logical Harmony readers, use the discount code BBLOGGER for 15% off your purchase of the Beautisol Self Tanning Mousse (valid until 08/15/2014).

You can stay up to date with Beautisol on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

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.

Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Review by Amber Sperling of PlantBuilt

Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Review by Amber Sperling of PlantBuilt

Recently the PlantBuilt Vegan Muscle team approached me about the opportunity to create a post for Logical Harmony and to help spread the word about their current fundraising campaign. PlantBuilt is a team of vegan athletes who spread awarenress about veganism. They also raise money for animal sanctuaries and vegan outreach.

They are currently running a fundraising campaign that will help arrange their 2014 meet-up, help with their operating costs, and donate even more money to help animals. In fact, 40% of what is raised will be donated to help animals. As a vegan who is also into fitness, I thought this was an important campaign to share with the readers of Logical Harmony.


 

I have baby fine, thin brittle hair that likes to break off and never grow. When my hair stylist noticed my thinning hair pattern, she recommended I use a product called Nioxin. It was $20/bottle but it showed great results regarding hair growth. Let’s just say it felt great to have luxurious locks of hair, but my bank account was hurting from buying this product every month. I found out the tingle sensation in the hair care products which was resulting in hair growth was none other than peppermint oil! Peppermint oil stimulates the scalp. The tingly sensation causes blood flow to the scalp and is comparable to a massage for your head. The increased blood flow to the scalp causes your hair to grow faster. Peppermint oil also helps stabilize oil glands in the hair. Thus, if you have an oily or dry scalp, it will even it out. So I began adding a dab of peppermint oil to my standard shampoo and conditioner to rejuvenate my scalp, and save my money.

Last year, I made my first venture to Trader Joe’s. It was then I discovered their amazing Tea Tree Tingle shampoo and conditioner. The product is cruelty-free and comparable to the $40 worth of Nioxin Products I was purchasing monthly. I prefer to use this shampoo and conditioner, because its salon-quality at a fraction of the price. For $6 I can purchase a 16 fl oz. bottle of shampoo & conditioner. The product has certified organic botanicals including peppermint and tea tree. Another selling point is the product contains no laurel sulfates, which are known to strip your hair of its natural oils. I swear by this product, it has the organic ingredients, it’s cruelty free, and it’s only $3. Having paid $20/ bottle for a similar product, finding this was a gold mine!

Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Review by Amber Sperling of PlantBuilt

I hope you enjoyed reading about my favorite cruelty-free hair products. My name is Amber Sperling, I am a vegan crossfitter and PlantBuilt team member. PlantBuilt is currently raising funds for our 30+ team members to come together from around the US to compete at the Naturally Fit Games, this summer in Austin, Tx. Our goal is to raise awareness about veganism, and crush myths that you can’t build muscle on a plant-based diet. Of the funds raised through our Indiegogo, we will be donating 40% to animal sanctuaries. Please help us reach our funding goal by donating or sharing this link: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/plantbuilt-vegan-muscle-team.

Fundraiser ends June 30th, 2014