Veg Consumer

March 22, 2010

LIDO Skincare

Filed under: Body — Tags: , , , , — vegconsumer @ 9:42 am

Thanks to @Jentekk on Twitter for making us aware of this new Canadian-owned skincare products company which carries eco-friendly products.

From their website:

skincare Canada
“At LIDO Skin Care, we are proud of every ingredient that goes into our product and we run our business in ways that have the least impact on the planet.

Our Ingredients

100% Natural
Fully biodegradable
Plant based
Vegan friendly
Proudly Made in Canada!
*We source local, organic, fair-trade, sustainably – farmed (biodynamic) ingredients as much as possible.”

February 25, 2010

Avoid: Dove Soap

Filed under: Body — Tags: , , , — vegconsumer @ 10:31 am

Sigh. I am quite disappointed in Dove, after the years I spent revering their Real Beauty project. I called Dove in early February 2010 to ask about their “Cool Moisture Beauty Bar” (picture attached below). I was curious about the glycerine source, and was told that since the glycerine “all goes into a big melting pot”, there is no way to determine whether it is animal or plant derived. They said it depends on “what is available in the market at that time” – animal or plant derived glycerin. So there’s no way of knowing for sure. Isn’t that annoying?

I tried doing some more research and found two other websites:

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Is_Dove_soap_vegetarian
http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/showthread.php?76400-Dove-soap

I just e-mailed them today and will post again with their response. This is the same response Crest gave me 1-2 years ago. Unilever is also notorious for animal testing, but almost every famous company conducts animal testing. They twist their words around to make it seem as though they don’t (e.g. the particular product you are buying the store is not testing on animals) – obviously the exact bottle of shampoo being used was not tested on animals, it’s a packaged bottle. All of these big conglomerates conduct animal testing, which is why I wonder whether home-made soaps or hand-made soaps (e.g. “Lush”) are safer.

February 24, 2010

Herbacin Kamille Hand Cream

Filed under: Body — Tags: , , , — vegconsumer @ 8:58 pm

I was glad to see that Herbacin Kamille Hand Cream (and all other Herbacin products) are free of animal products, animal by-products, and gluten. Yes! Finally a lotion that is safe for vegetarians and vegans.

The only downside is that it has alcohol in it. I retrieved this information about two years ago (2008) by e-mailing Herbacin and checked their website FAQ which still maintains that it is safe for vegetarians. http://www.herbacincanada.com/index.php?show=faq

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