When it comes to our skincare, most of us think about the pharmacy brands we see advertised most often on television. You know. Those cheap brands sold on pharmacy shelves making claims to firm your skin, reduce wrinkles, and provide a deep clean like no other. What those brands are not telling you, however, is that you’re likely using a product tested on animals and filled with chemicals that cause hormone disruption. Do I have your attention yet? I sure hope so.
Let me start with some basic information about animal testing and skincare/beauty products. It is a widely common practice done by a large number of brands, and you’ll be shocked when you learn just how many practice this horrific act of torture. If you purchase Aveeno, you’re supporting Johnson & Johnson, a company largely known for its animal testing practices. Dove is owned by Unilever, another brand that tests on animals. Olay products are owned by Proctor & Gamble, another popular company sold at drugstores. Think animal testing is only limited to drugstores? Think again. Estee Lauder, Clinique, SK II, Bobbi Brown, Algenist, Avon, Axe, Bioderma, Biore, and the famous Bath and Body Works all test on animals, and those are just a few! Imagine having a product poured into your eyes to test its effectiveness. Your hair is singed off by an imbalance of a product. You’re tortured, tormented, and eventually put to sleep once you’re no longer of use. Imagine you’ve just been a victim of animal testing, a cruel practice that truly doesn’t need to be done to ensure a product is safe. This link by Lush is a visual portrayal of what animal testing would look like on a human, and it’s quite disturbing. If you want a comprehensive list of brands to use and brands to avoid, I encourage you to check out this blog by Logical Harmony, a vegan blogger and YouTuber with a passion for animals and a cruelty free lifestyle. Her site is one of, if not the best, for up-to-date information on products and brands.
If you ever look at an ingredient list on a product, you should be able to identify each and every product. If you can’t, don’t buy it. I learned a great deal from a book called “No More Dirty Looks” and was astounded at the chemicals I was putting on my face and body every day. Sulfates (surfactants, detergents, and emulsifiers in beauty products), parabens (preservatives), and fragrance (any combination of chemicals to provide a particular scent) are likely in your beauty products and are very capable of disrupting your body’s natural balance. Did you know there are no federal regulations on beauty products? Anything can be labeled “natural” and get away with it? That’s why it is so important to read labels and know what you’re putting on your body. Manufacturers, by law, do not even have to release what chemicals have been used to make the rose, orange, or woodsy scent you love so much. There are so many things I could say, but I’ve already written enough about something that wasn’t the point of this post. I will put some links below where you can learn more information.
I want to tell you about Meadow Muffin Gardens, a small Pennsylvania business created by my mother about seven years ago. She was diagnosed with Lupus at age 21 and has worked on finding natural beauty solutions ever since. Out of that search came Meadow Muffin Gardens, a product line encompassing nature, essential oils, and a love of beauty within. I am biased because she’s my mother, but I can truly say she makes incredible products right in our kitchen at home. She has links on Facebook, Etsy, Zibbet, and Shopify, all under the name Meadow Muffin Gardens, as well as Pinterest and Instagram pages where you can follow her. Her username is chezstace on Instagram, and if you want to see photos of cute doggies, silly kitties, and some of her products, go check it out. She also has a blog (meadowmuffingardens.blogpost.com) where she blogs a few times a week about everything ranging from her garden to health to her family. She’s a lovely writer, for sure. Her products are all natural, free of animal testing, and consist of ingredients that are wholesome and good for your skin. I will put photos of a few of my favorite products below.
I have been using this face wash since I was in high school. It’s gentle enough for daily use and doesn’t strip the skin of its natural moisture.
My favorite toner of all time.
A beautiful night lotion that provides long-term moisture and smells divine.
The perfect face mask for those days you need a treatment, but don’t want to do a full clay mask that can be too drying on your skin.
I do use other brands on my face and body, but these four staples are always in my rotation. I swear by them for helping me continue to look young (being only 5’1″ helps too ;)). Plus, isn’t my mother beautiful? Go check out her wonderful business today! 🙂