October 2019 - Falling for all that is Cruelty-Free

Falling for all that is Cruelty-Free

Dear Compassionate Consumer,

The leaves are changing, there is a chill in the air, and we are fully embracing autumn’s arrival. If you are like us, you cannot get enough of pumpkin everything. Program Manager, Kim Paschen, shares her latest and greatest pumpkin-infused products from Leaping Bunny certified companies below.

This month, though not related to pumpkins, but fabulous in its own right, we spotlight Eva NYC, a haircare company that offers professional quality products at affordable prices. We have been loving their products and are happy to review a handful of our favorites below. We also shout out our most recently certified brands and interview skincare brand, Azure Kosmetics. Be sure to check out exclusive promos from Anove and Return to Eden Skincare at the end.

For the animals,

Caitlin McGrother
Leaping Bunny Program Administrator

Pumpkin Lovin

It’s my favorite time of year; the air gets cooler, leaves change color, and everything is coming up pumpkin! Pumpkins, besides smelling amazing and being absolutely delicious to eat, are also amazing for the skin. They are full of fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids, which help increase cell turnover, resulting in brighter, smoother skin, as well as many natural anti-aging and anti-inflammatory compounds. Here are some of my absolute favorite cruelty-free pumpkin products I am currently using:

Savor Beauty’s Pumpkin Seed Serum // Brightening Beauty Oil

This is my new go-to serum I slather on my face before going to bed. It’s incredibly nutrient-dense; loaded with zinc and Vitamin E from the pumpkin seed plus omega acids and antioxidants. The formula absorbs quickly and is totally suitable for oily skin. The result is a smoother, glowing complexion. And, of course, the pumpkin-vanilla aroma is an added bonus.

Wondergloss’s Pumpkin Latte Masque

If you are looking for a luscious mask that both smells amazing and does wonders for your skin, check out this longtime favorite. I like to indulge about once a week with it. It literally smells like pumpkin pie and once it’s on my face, a most delightful warm sensation spreads everywhere. That’s the fabulous glycolic acids working their magic! My skin feels fabulous afterwards: clean, renewed, and gently exfoliated!

Grow Fragrance Ginger Pumpkin Air + Fabric Freshener

I am obsessed with this air spray from Grow Fragrance. It’s like having pumpkin pie without the calories. I spray it all over the house. Every single ingredient on the label is non-toxic and plant-derived; I feel totally safe using it around my toddler and my kitties. This fragrance is seasonal though, so you'd better stock up now!

Product Corner:


We were super excited to connect with Leaping Bunny certified brand Eva NYC at this year’s Cosmoprof North America. Check out their amazing New York City-themed booth below. Since the conference, we have gotten to try some of their products, and full disclosure: we are obsessed. It’s hard to pick which ones are our favorites, but we’ll try.

freshen up dry shampoo and forget me knot dry conditioner

There are times when you can’t fit in a shower or are just too lazy to wash/dry/style your hair. That’s what these beauties are for! The freshen up shampoo helps tame unruly tresses and hides any oily sheen, all without the typical powdery residue you get from most dry shampoos. And the conditioner is so great for frizzy, dry hair. Both also smell amazing! - Kim

satin dream leave-in cream

I am typically averse to leave in conditioners because they tend to be heavy and greasy. But, this product really is a dream. As with all Eva NYC products, it smells amazing. The formula is light and helps saturate my hair with needed moisture without weighing it down. My hair is left feeling super soft, shiny, and still has volume! - Caitlin

surf’s up texture spray

You know how fab your hair looks after a day at the beach? The volume is incredible. And the waves! Now you can take the beach home in a bottle. Spray a bit of this product on and your hair will transform into a textured, volumized version of its former self. It is also great for messy do’s and the scent is indescribably delicious. - Kim

magic mane 10-in-1 primer

If you are like me, blow drying your hair is among your least favorite weekly tasks. This 10-in-1 primer makes the process a little easier and less tedious. From the application of it, with the super fun mister, to the scent (I’m obsessed), this potion definitely helps to reduce my naturally dry hair’s frizziness. Additionally, it provides much needed protection against thermal damage from heat styling, of which I am guilty! But, to be honest, perhaps my favorite aspect of this product is that it noticeably cuts down blow drying time. It may actually be magic. - Caitlin

kween glitter spray

If you are looking to have fun with your hair, this product will get the party on. It’s a super light spray made from tiny flecks of glitter that creates a fun, magical shimmer to your tresses. It doesn’t gunk up your hair and it washes out after one shampoo. - Kim

New Companies

We are leaping into autumn with tons of amazing companies that recently made the commitment to being cruelty-free! Check out the list below to learn more about the brands we have recently added to our list of certified companies and, as always, you can check out our Online Shopping Guide for a complete list of Leaping Bunny cruelty-free companies.

Korean-inspired skincare that is formulated with vegan, high-quality ingredients and available at an affordable price.

Berlin Skin
Skincare inspired by the founder’s German grandmother’s age-old advice: keep it simple and don’t strip the skin of its natural oils.

Bliss Botanicals
Luxurious, high-quality skincare that is handcrafted in small batches and made without sulfates, parabens, or heavy fragrances.

Eco-friendly, luxurious personal care products with an emphasis on the eyebrows.

Campo Beauty
Female owned essential oils company with products both to diffuse in your living space and as a roll-on for application on skin.

House cleaning redefined with shatter-resistant, stylish glass bottles to be reused with paper-enclosed liquid refills, as well as tablets for laundry and dishwasher.

Codex Beauty
Entirely organic, plant-based skincare that is also tested according to biotechnology practices.

Creation Skin
Skincare formulated with high quality, ethically sourced ingredients.

DANI Naturals
Woman-owned bath and body products made with 100% vegetable oil bases and essential oils.

Dollcake Skincare
Luxurious skincare created with playful colors and fun fragrances including black raspberry vanilla, chocolate mousse, cotton candy, pumpkin spice, and watermelon.

Hallowed Ground Essentials
Personal care products that are handcrafted in small batches, and contain herbs, essential oils, and certified organic ingredients.

Organic, vegan, non-synthetic skincare.

Nail care company with a line of gel manicure nail wraps.

Olfactory NYC
Modern fragrances made with high quality and sustainable ingredients with the ability to customize scents for customers.

Olivida Soap Company
Organic olive oil soap made with simple ingredients.

O’o Hawaii
Skincare created by an integrative nutrition expert and made with superfoods, crystals, and plant actives.

Sage Hill Bath & Apothecary
Woman-owned bath and body company based in Washington State and handcrafted in small batches using simple ingredients inspired by nature.

Savor Beauty
Beauty and skincare brand that incorporates Korean beauty rituals and made with certified organic, plant-based ingredients.


This month, we are excited to interview Sarah Klar Director of Product Development for Azure. We were lucky enough to meet Sarah and the Azure team over the summer, both at CosmoProf NA and Indie Beauty Expo NYC, and were blown away by both their passion and friendliness. Read our interview with Sarah below to learn more about the company’s mission, its most popular products, and what makes Azure different.

What was the inspiration behind the creation of Azure?
Inspired by the clarity of water, we are dedicated to transparency, to skincare without compromise, and to formulas made with quality, integrity, sustainability and accessibility in mind. We are a brand that aims to make luxury a part of your everyday routine, and we want to be your choice no matter your lifestyle; at every step we’re earning that trust. We follow the latest science in skincare and developed our products through the latest clean beauty standards. We manufacture exactingly in the best Korean facilities. And, we deliver solutions you’ll love.

What is your favorite Azure product and why?
I personally love our day and night creams, especially the Hemp ones, as I’m currently using this collection as my daily regimen. I naturally have dry skin, and most other products out there either don’t do enough to fix this, or they leave an oil residue, especially in warmer weather.

What is your most popular product?
This depends on several factors, the latest trend, the age of the customers, and what retail stores they are getting the products from. At the moment I think it would be our eye serums, as treatments that help solve under eye bags and fatigue are incredibly popular. Key ingredient wise, our 24K Gold and Hemp Eye Serums are about tied for the top spot.

What has been the most rewarding part of creating Azure?
Making natural, clean, cruelty free, luxury beauty much more accessible to so many more people would be one. And, of course, the reaction we get from customers, both new and old, either once they’ve tried the products or after an extended period of use. These to us are the most rewarding parts of creating this brand as it shows us that we’re truly making a difference to so many people.

All of your products smell so good! Is fragrance an important part of product formulation?
We’re glad you noticed. While our focus is on developing products that are SAFE, natural, vegan, and hypoallergenic, we also place major emphasis on making your beauty routine a beautiful experience. In order to achieve this, fragrance is very important. So yes, we put a lot of thought into giving our formulations very good essences, while being careful not to make them overpowering.

If you could describe Azure in three words, what words would you choose?

Why is being Leaping Bunny certified important to Azure?
At Azure, we believe in kindness—towards ourselves, our skin and the environment—and that includes making sure that everything we make is free of cruelty or any form of animal testing. This is a standard that’s important to the kind of company we are. We also understand how important this issue is to our customers and potential customers. So what better way to spread the word and guarantee this standard, than by being Leaping Bunny Certified. Leaping Bunny is the gold standard in this space—and we go for gold!

What is something unique about Azure that others may not know?
One would be hard pressed to find another skincare brand that offers so many key attributes including Cruelty-Free, Natural, Vegan, Clean Beauty, high quality Korean made products in prestige packaging, featuring the key ingredients YOU want—all at incredibly accessible prices. We bring the best elements of beauty from its usual exclusive place, to be inclusive like no other brand. That’s something we work very hard to achieve and we are deeply proud of it.

Where can consumers find Azure products?
Products can be found on our website: azurekosmetics.com. They can also be found at retailers such as Sally Beauty, QVC, Harmon/Bed Bath & Beyond, Francesca’s, Nordstrom Rack, Neiman Marcus Last Call and other leading accessible retailers.

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