Watkins Cleaning Wipes

A few years back I bought a pack of 2 large containers of Lysol wipes at Costco. Those suckers lasted forever! I use them regularly, for quick wipe-ups in the kitchen and to immediately de-germ stuff I bring home from the thrift store (particularly kids’ toys). When faced with replacing the Lysol wipes, I hit a wall when searching in stores. The only alternatives seemed to be Green Works – owned by Clorox, no thank you!

So I went to the web and of course my fave site well.ca had a solution for me. J.R. Watkins’ All Purpose Wipes are exactly what I needed. So much… nicer… than Lysol too. As in, not full of chemicals! They are a new staple at my house! They are such a go-to item for fast/convenient cleaning. Let me know if you find any others!

Product: J.R. Watkins All Purpose Wipes in Lemon ($6.49) or Aloe & Green Tea ($6.49), 35 wipes per container. I had the lemon scent and it isn’t strong at all. Nice.

Where to Buy: at well.ca here.

J.R. Watkins All Purpose cleaning wipes

Photo credit: well.ca

Preserve Razors & Replacement Blades

Your razor probably isn’t one of the items that comes to mind easily when you think about going cruelty-free. It’s been a whole year and a half for my household, and I was still using my Gillette Venus. Recently I posted a list of some of the worst offenders in animal testing, and Gillette is on it. So, I figured it was about time to switch, as I don’t want to keep buying blades from them. I don’t want ANY of my money going to a company like that.

The only real alternative I have been able to find (recommended by Beagle Freedom Project) is called Preserve. The easiest way to find one in Canada is to order it from well.ca here. It comes with 2 triple blades, and they sell replacement packs. Aside from being cruelty-free, the Preserve razor handle is made of 100% recycled plastic, and is itself recyclable, which I think is awesome!

In my photo you can compare it to my pink Venus and older purple Gillette razor. Now, I used it once and it did the job just fine. The blades are great. But… as you can tell from the photo, the Preserve handle is pretty small. Skinnier than the Venus, I found it hard to hold onto… and I have small hands. Although it works well, I don’t really find it to be very user-friendly, if that makes sense. Also, on well.ca the image is green. I was sent a dark grey version. Not that it matters… but now I wish I had added a note to send me a girly colour! Yes, I’m being silly. I don’t know the range of colours available (their site just says “Assorted Colours”) but their functionality is lacking since you don’t get to pick.

Solution: My Venus is headed to the trash. My older purple sparkly Gillette razor just happens to take the Preserve blades perfectly (they hook in at each side). My mom bought this for me about 14 years ago, so it has sentimental value (I know, weird, right?). It is a “sunk cost” as my sister the accountant would say, meaning Gillette got their money for it that many years ago, so I don’t see a problem with continuing to use it if I buy the Preserve blades for it.

Product: Preserve Razor with 2 blades, $8.29 at well.ca, Pack of 4 triple-blade replacement cartridges, $8.99 at well.ca

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L to R: Gillette Venus, Preserve, Gillette (older model)

 

OxyLift part 2 – Eye & Neck Cream

Like a lot of us, I’ve found that as I’ve gotten older, I can’t get away with a lack of sleep like I could in my 20s. I am a person who needs at least a full 8 hours to look and feel my best… preferably 10… ha ha.

So. How often does that happen? As a full-time working mom, pretty much never! I get one day a week where I get to sleep in (my husband and I take turns on the weekend) and more often than not, there is some reason I need to get up anyway. So I have tried multiple products to try to hide dark circles under my eyes. If an eye cream will help hide or prevent wrinkles as well, bonus!

OxyLift’s eye and neck cream definitely lives up to its description. It tames the bags and brightens my overall tired eye area. Luckily I don’t have too many wrinkles to worry about yet, but it can also be used to fill in lines like crows feet, and lines above your lips. I have been using it on my neck as well as a preventative measure; as the neck is one spot products generally don’t target, but that suffers greatly from aging!

I love that this cream isn’t greasy, absorbs quickly and believe me, a little goes a long way. It will last you a long time (their website says at least 6 months!). It does have a light scent that I think is lavender. But nothing artificial! And the best news – right now it’s on sale!

Product: OxyLift Eye & Neck Cream, $44.95 / 50 mL.

OxyLift Eye & Neck Cream

OxyLift part 1 – Dead Sea Facial Polish

I was recently sent a couple of products for review from OxyLift, and have decided it would be easier to talk about them in two different posts.

OxyLift products use natural ingredients, which I love to hear. The first item I tried is the Dead Sea Facial Polish. I have to admit, I’m generally not a huge fan of facial scrubs. However, I have to say that this one pleasantly surprised me. I have sensitive skin, and find most scrubs to be pretty harsh and drying. My skin is often tight and red after using one.

I noticed right away that this “polish” has beads like any scrub, but they are smaller and not as hard, if that makes sense. It didn’t feel like I was rubbing sand on my face, is what I mean! The scent is light and nice – it smells like the Dead Sea… although I don’t know how I would know that.

After rinsing it off, my skin definitely felt nice – bright and clean, yet hydrated. I followed up with my routine nightly moisturizer, but I didn’t feel like I needed to. I find it interesting that this product is to be used on the neck, hands and cleavage area as well, for its anti-aging benefits. Interesting! I am definitely going to keep using it 2-3 times a week and consider myself a convert!

Product: OxyLift Dead Sea Facial Polish, $24.95/80 g.

OxyLift Dead Sea Facial Polish

The Good, the Bad… and Now for the UGLY

Generally I try to highlight the good companies on this blog, suggesting wonderful cruelty-free products to help those looking to change. Today, Beagle Freedom Project supplied this list of some of the WORST OFFENDERS for animal testing. I am publishing it to help everyone recognize the brands they might still have in their homes. This one list can be a very handy reference for beginners wanting to know which products they need to replace. This is a great start!

THE WORST OFFENDERS OF ANIMAL TESTING:

Products from Proctor & Gamble:
Ace, Always, Ariel –laundry detergent, Bold, Bounce, Bounty
Braun, Cascade, Charmin, CoverGirl, Crest/Oral B, Dash
Dawn/Fairy, Dolce & Gabbana, Downy/Lenor, Duracell
Eukanuba, Febreeze/ Ambi Pur, Fixodent, Fusion, Gain
Gilette, Head & Shoulders, Herbal Essences, Hugo Boss
Iams, Luvs, Mach3, Max Factor, Mister Clean, Olay, Old Spice
Oral-B, Pampers, Pantene, Prestobarba/Blue, Prilosec, Puffs
Rejoice/Pert, Safeguard, Secret, SK-II, Swiffer, Tampax, Tide
Venus, Vicks, Wella.

Products from Colgate-Palmolive:
Afta Lotion, Anthony longlife soap, Anbesol, Ajax,
Axionic Chips, Cold Power, Colgate, Crystal White Octagon
Dermassage, Dynamo, Elmex, Fab, Fabuloso, Fresh Start, Hill’s, Irish Spring, Kolynos, Mennen, Meridol, Murphy Oil Soap, Palmolive, Sanex, Softsoap, Speed Stick, Suavitel
Teen Spirit, Tender Care Soap, Tom’s of Maine, Ultra Brite

Products from Johnson & Johnson:
Acuvue, Actified, Ambi, Aveeno, Bactidol, Band-Aid, Benadryl, Benecol, Bengay, Benylin, Bonamine, Caladryl
Calpol, Calcough, Calprofen, Calgel, Calrub, Carefree
Clean & Clear, Coach, Coach Professional, Coach Sport
Codral, Combantrin, Compeed, Conceptrol, Cortaid, Cortef
Delfen, Desitin, Dolormin, E.P.T., Efferdent, Euthymol,
First-Aid, Gynol, Healthy Woman, Imodium, Johnson’s Baby
Johnson & Johnson Red Cross, Jontex, K-Y, Lactaid, Listerine
Listermint, Lubriderm, Luden’s, Meds, Micatin, Monistat
Micralax, Migraleve, Modess, Motrin, Motrin Children, Myadec, Mylanta, Nasalcrom, Neko, Neosporin, Neutrogena
Nicoderm, Nicorette, Nizoral, Nu-Gauze, O.B., One Touch
Pediacare, Penaten, Pepcid, Pepcid AC, Polysporin, Ponstan
Priligy, Provin, Quantrel, REACH, Reactine, Regaine, Rembrandt, Remicade, RoC, Rogaine, Rolaids, Shower to Shower, Simply Sleep, Simponi, Sinutab, Splenda, Stayfree
Steri-Pad, Stim-u-dent, Sudacare, Sudafed, Tucks Pad
Tylenol, Tylenol Baby, Tyenol Children, Ultracet, Vania
Visine, Zyrtec

Products from Church & Dwight:
Aim Toothpaste, Answer, Arm & Hammer
Arm & Hammer Spinbrush, Arrid, Auro-Dri, Cameo
Carter’s Laxative, Close-up, Delicare, First Response
Gentle Naturals, Kaboom, Lady’s choice, Mentadent, Nair
Nice’n Fluffy, Orajel, Orange Glo, OxiClean, Parsons
Pearl Drops, Pepsodent, Rain Drops, Rigident, RUB A535
Scrub Free, Sedomy Lite, SnoBol, Trojan Condoms,
Xtra laundry detergent

Last-Minute Gift

I found these while on the search for a small teacher gift at my local Rexall store the other day and thought I would share. I was initially going with gift cards, but I checked out the vast selection and they all seemed to be for $25 or $50… for 2 teachers that’s getting too expensive for me.

I was delighted to find these little sets at $13.99 each by a new branch of Cake Beauty called “be Delectable”. I will admit, I am a sucker for any product that smells like baking – yum! They also sold each of these products individually in larger sizes; body lotion, hair & body mist, and body wash.

Check out the product line (including all of the great scents!) here.

Happy holiday shopping!

Product: Cake Beauty “be Delectable” gift set, $13.99. Free of parabens and other nasty things. Made in Canada!

Where to Buy: Rexall / Pharma Plus and I’m sure at other Cake Beauty retailers.

Cake Beauty be Delectable gift sets

Brown Mascara

Okay, I am specifically highlighting where to buy cruelty-free BROWN mascara as you can buy black mascara from pretty much any of the great makeup companies that I’ve mentioned in the past and in my brand list. Brown is another story, though.

Being a fair redhead, I find black mascara a bit too harsh for everyday use. Trying to find brown seemed impossible until I finally realized I only have to go to my local Shoppers Drug Mart (with beauty boutique, even a mini version like mine) as Gosh Cosmetics makes a few different mascaras that come in brown! Yay!

The day I went they only had one in stock in brown (hmmm is it popular?) which is called Amazing Length’n Build. And. I. Love. It! Right from the first time it went on flawlessly, really lengthening my lashes, and it doesn’t make raccoon eyes throughout the day! (I seem to have that problem with SO many mascaras… do I look down too much? I don’t know what it is.) I’m so excited that it is easily available and not too pricey ($13). Score!

Product: GOSH Amazing Length’n Build Mascara in Dark Brown, $13.

Where to Buy: Your local Shoppers Drug Mart with Beauty Boutique. Find locations at shoppersdrugmart.ca. Doesn’t get much easier than that!

GOSH Amazing Length Build Mascara Brown

Cruelty-Free Brand List Up

Well, I haven’t posted in awhile but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been working on the site! Look up in the bar that shows all of the pages and you’ll see I’ve added a list of Cruelty-Free Companies and those in the grey zone.

This will always be a work in progress. I’m trying to only list companies that are easily accessible to Canadians. Please feel free to suggest additions and I will get on it right away!
This blog tends to get most of its traffic from google searches, people trying to find out if a certain brand is cruelty-free, so I hope having this list will help out. I want to make it as easy as possible for consumers to find great companies they can feel good about buying from.

Happy shopping!

Herbal Glo 2-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner

My husband uses a 2-in-1 shampoo + conditioner to save time in his showers. After all this time, he has continued to buy bad products (for shame!) so I forced his hand by finding this and putting it in his shower caddy. I’ve been using it on occasion too when I’m feeling lazy (or this past week when I was sick and let my hair go for way too long).

The packaging mentions that it is great for after sports etc. for a good clean, and my feeling after using it is that this is true. I have a feeling that it might dry my hair out if I used it regularly. My hair did feel very clean after… as if it did a great job at removing any products and not leaving any residue.

Product: Herbal Glo “Clean and Condition” Shampoo + Conditioner, $11.99 per 350 mL bottle.

Where to buy: Here at well.ca or elsewhere online. Not sure where to find this in brick & mortar stores.

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