Friday, November 24, 2017

A Guide to Cruelty Free Household Brands

Today's post is a new cruelty free shopping guide! This list includes laundry, cleaning, and home fragrance brands available in the UK. In the peach boxes are animal-friendly, cruelty free brands and in the black boxes are brands that still test on animals! 

These Beauty Brands Still Test on Animals!

Although it's 2017 and most companies have come to realise that we don't like animal testing, a fair few number of beauty brands are still putting profits before paws. This our list of companies that still test on animals right now, so that you know which ones to avoid.

Girl Against The Clones Brand Review + Discount Code!

Last week I was really lucky to receive some lovely products from vegan brand Girl Against The Clones. The brand is all about eco-friendliness and quirky design, with a range of stationary, greeting cards and cute t-shirts. Hear our opinion on the brand and also a discount surprise!

How Can L’Oréal Make Misleading Claims About Being Cruelty Free?

I think it's time L'Oréal puts the welfare of animals over profits, and stops purposefully issuing anti-animal testing statements. I hope that the action taken by the FDA will encourage L'Oréal to be more truthful in the future and that they will stop violating legal loopholes, but I wish for nothing more than the end of cruel, unjustified treatment of animals that has already caused so much pain and suffering.

Why Skinny Shaming Can Be Just as Toxic as Fat Shaming

I was recently at a party where a live band played a cover of All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor after introducing it “one for the ladies”. My boyfriend and I simultaneously rolled our eyes, but looking around me at women laughing and dancing, I wondered whether I was being needlessly offended. I have realised that skinny shaming can be just as bad as fat shaming - as all body shaming. It makes women feel just as isolated and lonely. It makes women feel just as unhappy and unsatisfied with their body. All bodies deserve love and self care.

Is The Body Shop Cruelty Free After Being Sold to Natura Cosméticos?

Natura Cosméticos has recently made a deal with L'Oréal to purchase The Body Shop, but how does this afffect cruelty free status of the brand? Natura is a Brazilian manufacturer of beauty products, skin care, hair care, perfumes and more.  It is currently the largest cosmetic producer in Brazil, and it is a founding member of the Union for Ethical BioTrade - but is it against animal testing?

WooBamboo! Eco-Friendly Bamboo Toothbrush Review

I have been looking for a bamboo toothbrush for a while and I recently picked one up from the Maidstone Vegan Festival. The one I picked up is by the brand WooBamboo! and it is described as dentist approved and Mother Nature recommended. So lets grab our favourite cruelty free toothpastes and get brushing!

Maidstone Vegan Festival | Summer 2017

This Saturday my boyfriend and I visited the Maidstone Vegan Festival as it is local to us and we were really interested to see what was going on. Outside, there was live music and hot street style food, as well as soft serve vegan ice-cream. There were so many different stands! There was an area to try vegan cheeses, milks and more, and there were so many different charities and companies present. It was a very busy day, the turn out was really big! I was surprised to see so many local people embracing veganism.

Corkor Vegan Wallet and Vegan Coin Wallet Review

Earlier this week, we here at Friendly and Free were lucky enough to receive two vegan wallets from Portuguese brand Corkor. Corkor create handmade bags and wallets from cork, as a natural, cruelty free alternative to leather. Searching for a high quality, non-leather men's wallet is not an easy feat, and Corkor has filled a big gap in men's vegan friendly accessories, with price tags that aren't totally inaccessible. 

The Complete Guide to Cruelty Free Beauty Brands | UK

This is the complete guide to buying cruelty free in the UK. Please note I have not included any cruelty free brands on this list whose parent companies test on animals. You can find out where the products are available from, and you can click on the brand name to take you straight to the website!

Understanding Animal Testing Logos | Cruelty Free 101

There are quite a few cruelty free logos and signs that we see on beauty products nowadays, but how do we know which ones we can trust and which ones we can't? There are three main logos that can be seen globally across a range of products. These include the logos of Leaping Bunny, Caring Consumer, and CCF (Choose Cruelty Free) all of which are discussed in this post!

How to Keep Your Dog Cool During Summer

Here in the UK, we are currently having a heatwave! As the weather fluctuates from cold and rainy to scorching temperatures from week to week, us British cannot always manage to deal with what's going on and just freak out. One thing we can absolutely not get bamboozled by is keeping our dogs happy, safe, and cool, during summer when temperatures are hotting up.

Lush Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub Review

Ocean Salt is a lovely face and body scrub, it's effective at removing dead skin and dirt, yet leaves your skin feeling super soft afterwards. It's suitable for all skin types and it smells lovely!

My Cruelty Free and Vegan Handbags

This post is dedicated to two very lovely handbags. I have lots of non-leather bags but these two are extra special as they are from companies who pride themselves on being cruelty free. Please consider supporting vegan cruelty free bags because the use of leather and exotic skins is completely unnecessary!

An Easy Guide to Going Vegetarian

It's that time of year again, National Vegetarian Week! (15-21 May 2017). Veggie week is run by the Vegetarian Society and encourages meat eaters to eat veggie in order to celebrate the week. I meet a lot of people who tell me that they would like to be vegetarian but they do not have the willpower, find it too overwhelming, or just can't give up eating meat. Therefore, I have compiled a handy guide outlining a few different ways to go vegetarian!

How to Shop Cruelty Free on a Budget

Whether you are on a budget, looking to save money or just love a bargain, I have put together a list of the best ways to save when buying cruelty free! High-end brands that are constantly promoted and have huge endorsement deals are often seen as the forefront of cruelty free beauty. Brands such as Kat Von D, Illamasqua, and Sugarpill for example are renowned for their quality, label and cruelty free status. However, this is not the only way to shop cruelty free in a way that is purse friendly.

How Veganism Helps The Environment | Happy Earth Day!

Today, 22nd April 2017, is Earth Day and I would like to say a very happy Earth Day to you! Earth Day is one of the biggest environmental movements in the world, taking place in 192 countries. The organisation has helped pass acts such as the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act. For one day a year, the movement means that everybody can focus on our home, Earth.

Our Alpaca Trekking Adventure in the Kent Downs

On Easter Sunday, my boyfriend and I went alpaca trekking! We trekked in the Kent Downs at Alpaca Annie, and lucking the rain kept off and the weather stayed nice throughout our visit. Alpacas are my absolute favourite animal and every time I see one, either in real life or not, frankly I scream. My 21st birthday was last month, and Jordan booked this as a secret surprise for me!

Who are FRAME? Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments

Frame is an acronym Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments, they are a research organisation who are dedicated to develop new and valid methods that will replace the need for laboratory animals.

How to Shop Cruelty Free on the British High Street and Supermarkets

Lots of shops on the Great British high street have launched cosmetic lines from Next to New Look. It's hard to know what's cruelty free and what isn't with so much on offer, but here is a handy list of well-known brands and there animal testing policies.

Donating My Hair to the Little Princess Trust

So last week I finally got a much needed haircut. I've been wanting to cut my hair short for a while and I thought just before my birthday would be as good time as any. Because I was cutting so much of my hair I decided to donate my hair to the Little Princess Trust, a charity that provides free wigs to children suffering from cancer, and alopecia, across the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Happy International Women’s Day 2017 | Fifteen Quotes to Celebrate

To celebrate International Womens Day we're sharing the best fifteen quotes about women from women, from Emma Watson to Frida Kahlo.

Friendly and Free is on Social Media!

Our Twitter page and Facebook page are a great place to find all our latest blog posts, as well as polls, videos, pictures, and a rich cruelty-free, animal friendly community.

What’s the deal with parent companies? Cruelty Free 101

Parent companies have long been an issue when it comes to buying cruelty free cosmetics. It refers to when a bigger company owns a smaller company. The problem is that some smaller companies that are against animal testing are owned by big companies that test on animals.

Dairy Milk Alternatives 101 | What’s what?

With so many alternative milks on the market today, it is difficult to know which is which. We have compiled this guide to provide information on alternative milks and which works best for which purpose.

Keeping Pets Calm During Firework Season

Firework season seems to grow longer and longer each year. This can be such a chaotic time for pet owners and many people don't realise how stressful fireworks are to our pets. They can also be very harmful to not only wildlife but our environment. Check out our list to help your lovely pets stay happy this firework season.

Mobile Apps To Go Cruelty Free With

Confused about what products are tested on animals? Here are a few of the best to help you go cruelty free when you're shopping.

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