Shocked to visit the Dollarama in my hometown of Exeter, ON (home of the white squirrel!) (I’m here visiting for a few days) and find Delon brand eye makeup remover BACK IN STOCK! Woo hoo! It used to be known as PUR(e) but was always listed as being made by Delon. Looks like it went missing while undergoing new branding/packaging. It remains $2.50 a bottle. I didn’t really need any at the moment, but after lamenting the loss of this from shelves, I bought one anyway just in case! Happy shopping!
It’s been awhile since I gushed about Dollarama! I was at my local store the other day buying treats and I walked down the soap/cosmetic aisle to do my usual check to see if they have restocked their eye makeup remover (negative – sigh) and glance at all of the products. They haven’t been in my good books lately as I haven’t been able to find as many Delon-branded items. (If you’re new to the site, Delon is a lab in Montreal that makes some products specifically for Dollarama, and they are all labelled cruelty-free.)
For liquid soap, I have been buying all kinds; Method, Bath & Body Works, it depends. In a perfect world, I would buy everything natural and environmentally friendly, but right now, my current freelance gig is coming to an end, and my next one has yet to come along (yup, I have a REAL job, sadly) so money is definitely factoring into my household purchasing decisions more.
I almost didn’t bother looking at this soap refill bottle as I figured it was another made in China product common to Dollarama these days. Imagine my surprise when I turned it around to see the Delon stamp and familiar cruelty-free bunny logo. Yay! For only $2.50, this is a steal. For comparison, I saw the same size Method refill (1L) ON SALE at Target for $5.99. I picked up the Raspberry scent for now, but they also had Cucumber and Mango in stock. Awesome!
Product: Juicy Raspberry Hand Soap refill container by DELON, 1L container, $2.50.
Why I Love It: It’s made in CANADA (woo hoo!), it’s cruelty-free, it smells great, and it’s cheap!
Where to Buy: Dollarama stores across Canada.
Did my headline draw you in? Well, this IS an announcement and it IS exciting, I think. Last week I was honoured to get a call from the Canadian division of Humane Society International, asking if I would like to collaborate with them on their mission to end animal testing in Canada.
HSI is a body working for legislative change to ban cosmetic animal testing within our borders. Of course I jumped at the chance to be able to help in any small way with this campaign. According to polls, 88% of Canadians feel that testing new cosmetic products on animals isn’t worth the pain and suffering that test subjects endure. So why is nothing happening to our laws to catch them up to how we think and feel about animal testing? The government needs to be pushed to make changes.
Here’s hoping that by this time next year no animals will have to suffer in Canadian laboratories for cosmetic product testing.
Just a quick note as I haven’t been posting here too often. Please “like” my Facebook page as I am much more active there. I haven’t been trying out too many new brands lately but am still very active in researching companies! And thanks to a lot of reader in put, my list of cruelty-free brands available to Canadians has grown substantially! I’m hoping to categorize this page better soon so you can tell which companies do what. Check it out and especially consider all of the great Canadian companies on the list.
Also – this weekend, July 19, for anyone in the GTA, I will be helping out at the Big on Beagles charity table at the AMAZING Bahr’s Saddlery anniversary sale. Come out and enjoy the BBQ; all proceeds will be going to this wonderful charity! Plus, you can meet and greet some of the adorable beagles rescued by BOB. If you know any horsey people, this is the best sale I have ever seen – crazy deals to be had all weekend.
At the end of January, my family got a little bit bigger – we took in our second rescue beagle, Laura-Bell. Named after a famous Kentuckian, she came from a rural Kentucky shelter, dumped at 10 years old after being deemed no longer useful as a breeder. She came with some health issues, including heart worm, but everything is taken care of and now she is doing great! At half the size of my other dog, Bailey, this little girl is just 18 lbs and so sweet. She was scared of everything at first – she was kept in an outdoor kennel so had never known a real home with real love. Kids especially frightened her, but now she cuddles up to my son on the couch and gives me kisses on the nose! We have just fallen in love with her. Bailey… tolerates her. ha! Which is good enough for now.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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