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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.

The Leaping Bunny Program set the gold standard for certifying companies cruelty-free and free of animal testing.  We work closely with brands to help make shopping for animal-friendly products accessible and trustworthy.  Check out the shopping guide for our ever expanding list of cruelty-free companies.  The power is in the consumer and we hope to provide you with the tools to shop cruelty-free.

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Cruelty-Free Product Reviews

January 17, 2020

 

At Sanjeevita, we are committed to harnessing the power of clean and green ingredients to create a range of sustainable skincare products, which are certified cruelty-free and vegan. Here’s an in-depth view into our process:

 

Our Cruelty Free Promise: A Commitment to Non-Animal Testing

Over the last two decades, advances in laboratory testing technologies have led to the development of sophisticated non-animal test methods to assess the safety of cosmetic chemicals and products. Choosing these cruelty-free methods of testing offers a host of advantages including: more reliable translation of test data to humans, generation of quantitative and reproducible data, ability to rank test ingredients, and shorter test durations. 

 

Our cruelty-free promise is a commitment to source ingredients only from vendors who certify that ingredients supplied to Sanjeevita are not tested on live animals to support cosmetic applications. Further, our vendors are committed to implementing the use of test methods that are free from any animal derived tissues. We also do not test our cosmetic products on live animals or animal derived tissues.

 

As you’ll see listed below, our vendors have used a number of different test methods to assess the safety of the cosmetic ingredients used in our products. In general, these non-animal test methods can be classified into three sub-categories: 

  1. Tests on human volunteers: tests conducted on small areas of skin and response is observed. For example, a Repeat Insult Test Patch is used on human volunteers to check for potential dermal irritation or allergic contact sensitization
  2. Computer models and comparator testing: models based on Quantitative Structure Activity Relationship (QSAR) are used to estimate the effect of new chemicals based on previously available data on existing chemicals. A comparator testing approach is also useful to assess safety of an ingredient based on information available for ingredients with similar chemical structure and biological response.
  3. In-vitro tests: tests conducted using live cells or test kits containing materials (e.g. proteins, dye) that respond to test samples (i.e. testing to measure for skin or eye irritation)

The key ingredients qualified for use in our patent pending deodorizing foot cleanser have been tested using methods such as, Repeat Insult Patch Test on human volunteers to check potential for dermal irritation and allergic contact sensitization and in-vitro tests to assess dermal and eye irritation. Our cruelty-free foot cleanser is gentle on dry skin yet tough on cleansing environmental pollutants and tough on fighting foot malodors.

 

 

Creating a Vegan Product Line: Going Beyond Cruelty-Free

Most consumers can easily identify animal derived ingredients like honey, milk, natural beeswax, lanolin etc. that are traditionally used in natural skin care products. However, not so obvious animal derived ingredients and by-products used to formulate a large number of cosmetics include ingredients such as, collagen, squalene, colors, fatty alcohols, fatty acids, lecithin, glycerin, mono- and diglycerides, gelatin, silk, silk by-products etc.

 

Our commitment at Sanjeevita to choosing clean + green cosmetic ingredients means we choose not to make use of animal derived ingredients and by-products. We source ingredients from vendors who certify them to be free from animal derived materials. The lecithin, waxes, glycerin etc. that are used in our cosmetics primarily come from renewable plant-based materials.

 

The biocompatible grade of ECOCERT certified lecithin used in our soothing foot balm comes from non-GMO certified soybeans. To help relieve dry and dehydrated skin, our certified cruelty-free and vegan foot balm is a perfect alternative to petroleum, beeswax, and lanolin based creams and ointments. Our patent pending deodorizing foot cleanser is also free of animal derived ingredients and the key ingredients qualified for use in this product are tested using aforementioned cruelty-free test methods. This foot odor neutralizing saponin cleanser is gentle on dry skin and effective in cleaning body oils and environmental pollutants.

 

Written by Vaishali Ketkar and Gargi Ketkar
Illustrated by Amanda Tracy 

January 16, 2020

We are obsessed with EVA NYC's Magic Mane 10-in-1 shampoo and conditioner. Both the shampoo and conditioner are super hydrating (not stripping or drying at all!) while also cleansing. It helps to smooth, strengthen, and moisturize, which is exceptionally important during these cold months where everything tends to get extremely dry and brittle. Additionally, these professional quality formulas are super affordable at only $12 each. Check out the entire Magic Mane collection here.

December 02, 2019

A Joy Forever makes the most delicious vegan lip balms (yes, please, Marshmallow Creme and Pancakes with Maple Syrup!) with so many different flavors. Additionally, the handcrafted bath bars are absolutely next level in their scent. We were extremely tempted to taste the Cinnamon Apple one because it smelled sooo good. Be sure to check out the entire line here for some super yummy bath and body products here.

November 14, 2019

 

If you are looking for luxurious, high quality skincare at an affordable cost, look no further than Azure Kosmetics. You will be amazed at how quickly their products integrate into your daily skin regimen. The Rose & Collagen eye serum is smooth and hydrating, and helps to soften fine lines and wrinkles. Although it contains rose hip oil, it does not have a rose scent, but the fragrance is indeed very luxurious. The Hemp & Argan nourishing facial oil highlights two extremely beneficial oils to hydrate and repair the skin. It is the perfect accompaniment to the eye serum as part of your nighttime skincare routine. Once again, it smells so lovely. Lastly, the Rose & Retinol ultra-hydrating sleep mask is such an amazing way to treat yourself during the week when your skin needs an extra infusion of hydration. The product is very silky and light, and absorbs beautifully into the skin. Although this product is described as a mask, it doubles as a night cream because you leave in on over night. As per all Azure products, the light fragrance is incredible.

Be sure to check them out and find the right products and regimen that fits your needs here

November 07, 2019

Booda Organics makes the most moisturizing, luscious, and completely natural lip balm. Not only are we obsessed with the new flavors (especially creamy cocoa), but the new biodegradable paper packaging is both adorable and eco-friendly. Check out these amazing lip balmsand prepared to become obsessed here.

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