September 2015

Dear Compassionate Consumer,

The weather is cooling, school is back in session, and fall is officially here. What better time than now for a little cruelty-free quiz?

Myth or fact: If a product says "cruelty-free" or has a bunny on the packaging, it has not been tested on animals. Myth! The designation "cruelty-free," "not tested on animals," or the image of a bunny on a label may only refer to the finished product not being tested. However, nowadays, most animal testing occurs at the ingredient level. The Leaping Bunny certification ensures that no animal testing is done in any phase of product development by the company, laboratories, or ingredient suppliers. Luckily, shopping cruelty-free has never been easier with the help of the Compassionate Shopping Guide and free apps on iTunes and Google Play.

Moving along with our scholastic theme, read below for Back to School Essentials to make for a great year. Additionally, we introduce Leaping Bunny's newest certified companies, and interview the skincare company Thesis.


For the animals,

Caitlin McGrother
Leaping Bunny Program Administrator

Back to School Essentials

With school back in full force, it's important to keep those everyday essentials handy. The following Leaping Bunny certified products work wonders and leave your conscience at ease, knowing you are shopping cruelty-free.

Arbonne Exfoliating New Cell Scrub
This gentle exfoliator helps your skin achieve that effortless glow. Added bonus: the scent is super fresh and will help invigorate you after a late night study session.

SpaRitual Hand Salve
This hand lotion works true miracles on dry, cracked skin. Apply a thin layer throughout the day for nourishment and protection benefits. Additionally, this salve works great when applied before bed in order to effectively repair skin that has been overexposed to the sun, cold, and conventional hand cleansers.

Hurraw! Vanilla Bean Lip Balm
There is nothing more lip quenching than this buttery balm after a day spent in dry, stuffy classrooms. The vanilla bean scent is delicious and will quickly become your go-to lip balm

Meow Meow Tweet Baking Soda Free Deodorant Cream
There are many natural deodorants on the market, but this one really works. Formulated without baking soda for individuals with sensitive skin, this product will leave you fresh and odor-free through long days.
Booda Organics Booda Butter Daily Moisturizer
This body butter is super smooth, creamy, and melts right into your skin. Not only does it sooth and nourish, it also has a luscious cocoa aroma.
Alba Botanica Revitalizing Green Tea Broad Spectrum SPF 45
Even though the weather is getting cooler, it is still vital to keep your skin protected from the sun. This moisturizing sunscreen provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and contains aloe vera, green tea, and palm kernel oil to nourish the skin.

Welcome, New Companies!

Leaping Bunny is grateful for the continuous support of companies as they make the commitment to being cruelty-free. Check out our recently certified companies below and make sure to show them some love by clicking on their link.

chirp cosmetics company
Handmade color cosmetics made in small batches without the use of parabens, fragrance, formaldehyde, or gluten.

Diane Higgins Skin Care
High quality skin care line created by one of New York City's premier facialists.

Hair care products to achieve the perfect blowout.

Portland, Oregon based company specializing in organic and natural health and beauty products.

Fit Organic
Premium performing cleaning products using only safe, naturally derived ingredients.

Gilchrist & Soams
Luxurious and innovative spa, bath, and body products.

Kula to Ku'au Maui
Natural skin care inspired by Maui's beauty and healing energy of organic botanicals.

Little Wildflowers
Handmade body products made with nature in mind.

Moonlily Wellness
Bath and personal care products centered around natural wellness and self care.

Norvell Skin Solutions
Self tanning products formulated with a proprietary blend of natural ingredients to optimize, build, and extend sunless tanning results.

Thirteen Thieves
An all-natural, organic, and vegan friendly beard care line for the distinguished gentleman.

A natural perfume company inspired by nature.

Wild Beauty Skincare
Handcrafted, artisanal, cruelty-free skin care made with your most authentic beauty in mind.

Wildly American Soap Co.
Handcrafted soap processed to retain the healthful benefits of the organic ingredients.

Innovative line of cosmeceutical and skin care products.

Zyderma HS
Skin care line dedicated to treating skin disorders, such as acne and eczema, without the use of harsh ingredients.

Thesis Beauty

This month we speak with Julia Teren of Thesis Beauty. We are excited to share this company's story with you, as we are huge fans of their all-natural skincare products.

  1. Why did you decide to name your company Thesis?
    Thesis is our proposition to the world as how beauty products should be: all in one organic, vegan, eco-friendly, effective, beautifully packaged, and affordable. As beauty purists, we think all of that is equally important. We are also adding more ingredients that are fair trade and focusing on the ones that are raw, cold-pressed and premium quality.
  2. What is the inspiration behind the creation of Thesis?
    Helping people to embark on the path of detoxification and lead healthier lifestyles by making organic skincare products within reach. If one can't afford to comfortably repurchase organic products, then change won't happen.
  3. Are all of your products vegan?
    Yes, our products are 100% vegan. Our products contain botanical ingredients, and pure minerals that have been around for thousands of years used medicinally and in food preparation.


  1. What is your favorite Thesis product and why?
    We started with facial products, and many of them are still the original formulas. My favorites are the ones for dry skin as I used to combat dry skin issues for quite a long time. The beauty of these products is that they take care of the issues effectively without a single synthetic ingredient, preservative or fillers, like water. And they last a long time too, so the value is tremendous.
  2. Are you launching any new products in the near future?
    We have plans for introducing several new products in the near future. We encourage everyone to stay tuned by signing up for our newsletter.
  3. Why is being Leaping Bunny certified important to you?
    It's important to us that people recognize our effort in being a 100% vegan brand from inception; we don't even use beeswax (which, by the way, would make it a lot easier for us as a manufacturer). We also support the mission of Leaping Bunny to end animal testing, and having these certifications seals our commitment towards this very important mission.
  4. Is there anything unique about the company you want to share?
    Run by a family of vegetarians, we feature over 50 truly pure, vegan, and eco-friendly beauty products that are affordable everyday luxuries. We proudly make all products in the U.S. from ingredients that are organic, natural, raw, cold pressed, undiluted which is their most nourishing, healing state—with no synthetics, fillers, or water.

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