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Are you looking for recommendations or interested in the latest Leaping Bunny certified products? This blog is for you.  We review Leaping Bunny certified products, ranging from beauty, personal care, and household products, and provide you with the necessary information to help you make informed purchases.

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May 31, 2016

Hair may undergo the most abuse out of every part of the typical beauty routine. Due to the sun, over-cleansing, product build-up, and heat styling, it is no wonder so many individuals struggle with dry, frizzy hair. Just like our skin, it is incredibly important to infuse hair with proper calming, hydrating properties. While deep conditioners can help to maintain hair's natural equilibrium, a great mask is a great addition to make sure hair is completely revitalized.

St.Tropica's Organic Coconut Hot Oil Hair Mask is 100% organic, natural, vegan, and made with easy to recognize ingredients. Its base is organic virgin coconut oil and infused with biotin, horsetail, alma, hibiscus, green tea, and coconut butter. The formula is activated by heating in the microwave in 10 second increments. Once the desired temperature is reached, simply apply and massage until it is evenly distributed throughout the hair. I was able to use the entire packet on my medium to long hair. The mask is recommended to stay on for at least 20 minutes and can even be used overnight. I wrapped my hair in plastic wrap and left the product on for about three hours. Afterwards, I shampooed my hair three times (on the directions it suggests cleansing twice) and then conditioned. The result was soft, voluminous, heathy looking hair. Although I cannot comment on the claims that it helps stimulate hair growth, as I've only used one treatment, it did lock in moisture and eliminate frizz without weighing my hair down. It also smells like a delicious coconuty dessert.

May 24, 2016

Acure Organics is known for their expansive collection of personal care products. This company is a one stop shop when searching for effective hair care, skin care, and body care. One of the amazing things about Acure's line is its variety of products pertaining to individual needs. For example, an individual searching for a face scrub has several options to choose from, dependent on their specific skin type. 

Acure's Pore Minimizing Scrub is a gentle, yet effective exfoliant for the face. Its mild exfoliation works for all skin types, especially sensitive and problematic skin. Formulated with Moroccan Rhassoul Clay, this ingredient is rich in silica, magnesium, potassium, and calcium, and helps to remove impurities and unblock pores. The scrub is reddish in color, with a fragrant scent, reflecting its natural ingredients. Additional ingredients include aloe vera juice, chlorella extract, acai fruit extract, and olive oil. This scrub massages into the skin with a slight foaming, creamy texture, which is effective in uniformly covering the entire face. Its gentle exfoliants do not hurt and leave the skin feeling refreshed. It's the perfect facial scrub to use on a consistent basis for a mild, yet effective exfoliation.

May 17, 2016

A well-known and accepted issue when searching for all-natural laundry care is finding a product that effectively cleans and whitens clothes without the use of bleach. For the longest time, I would give into stains that were seemingly impossible to remove from my garments. It can be quite frustrating when an effective stain remover is missing from the all-natural products realm.

Molly's Suds is a company that prides itself in providing safe and effective laundry products for both people and the planet. The brand has curated an array of products including laundry powder, cloth diaper powder, all sport laundry wash, and dog shampoo. Additionally, they carry an Oxygen Whitener which promises to aid in a variety of situations including a long soak, carpet cleaning, wash booster, and toilet cleaner. The powder contains only four ingredients: sodium percarbonate, sodium carbonate, citric acid, and pure lemon essential oil. The essential oil lends itself to a wonderful, clean lemon scent. 

I used the Oxygen Whitener both as a laundry booster and long soak. As the laundry booster, there was no distinguishable change in my clothes, except the fresh scent. However, the long soak worked miracles on my heavily soiled sweatshirt which was covered in black, sooty paw prints from my dog and had already gone through several cycles in the washer. I soaked the garment in a large bowl of hot water with the Oxygen Booster and periodically used my hands to squeeze the mixture through the fabric. After soaking the sweatshirt overnight, I was both relieved and excited to find my sweatshirt was squeeky clean. If you are in the need of an all-natural laundry product that helps eliminate hard water minerals and difficult stains, soaking your beloved garments Molly's Suds Oxygen Whitener is a great option. 

May 10, 2016

One universal goal in the beauty community is to achieve luscious, voluminous eyelashes and brows. This ideal can be difficult to obtain when applying eye makeup on a daily basis which can cause the hair to become brittle and break more easily. With an array of products on the market, and many that contain chemicals, finding an all-natural, cruelty-free lash rejuvenator can be rather difficult.

I Am Selfcare Skincare provides high-quality, all-natural skincare with accompanying positive affirmations. Not only do the products make your skin look radiant, but you feel good on the inside from reading the messages. One such product, I Am Voluptuous, is the brand's lash and brow rejuvenator and comes with the statement "I am sensual, generous, prolific, and abundant." The packaging instantly provides positivity and brightens the mood. The product itself comes in a tube with a rollerball, which makes daily application clean and simple. The rejuvenator is full of natural, high-potency ingredients, which promotes thicker, fuller brows, and longer, thicker lashes. Ingredients include sea kelp, an abundance of plant extracts and oils, and beneficial acids. After applying this product to my lashes and brows every night, they feel much more nourished and healthy. Additionally, my eyebrows have grown noticably thicker in a few areas which used to be sparce. Since my eyelashes are fairly short and have endured the application of growth impeding products over the years, seeing lengthening results may take a bit longer in that area. Overall, this product is a wonderful addition to any beauty routine, whether it be minimal or high maintenance. It helps rehab your brows and lashes after a long day of being covered in cosmetics or simply a way to show that part of your face a little extra TLC.

May 03, 2016

Crystal Deodorant was one of the first brands that made their name in the all-natural, cruelty-free deodorant community. The original formation, which is still available, is a salt crystal rock which is utilized by lightly wetting and applying to the underarms. Overtime, Crystal has branched out to include roll-on and spray formulas.

One of their newer lines is the Crystal Essence Roll-On formula. While the original formula is unscented, Essence comes in a variety of fresh fragrances including pomegranate, chamomile and green tea, lavender and white tea, and the newest scent, vanilla jasmine. The formula glides on the skin and leaves a lightly fragrant layer of salt crystals, which protect against natural odor. It leaves the skin soft and smooth with freshness that lasts all day. The scents are very versatile and appeal to a wide variety of individuals. The vanilla green tea has a summery scent with a zest similar to that of lime, while pomegranate is sweet and fruity. Crystal is a wonderful company to look into for all-natural, vegan, and cruelty-free deodorant.