In the jungle of cosmetics…

Beauty, beauty, beauty – everyone wants it, people even go under the knife for it. But most people keep to cosmetics and makeup that they hope will help with their problems like wrinkles, blemishes, dry skin, red marks, scars – you name it, there is a cream for everything.

The companies selling cosmetics promise me a cure, in the shop they confront me with products that they insist is the only solution to my problem that actually can be quite annoying, looking at it from a narrow perspective. I really need a shampoo that cures my itchy scalp!

But commit yourself to buy only cruelty free, “not tested on animals” products, and that will also narrow your selection quite a lot. I find, that mostly when I ask a salesman if a product is tested on animals, they say that it is not, that they stopped with the tests.  But don’t trust the salesman and don’t let them trick you into buying their products! Animalia has a list of cosmetics that are certified crueltyfree, but it is only in Finnish. You can also look out for the leaping bunny logo.

Recently I have started to use products that are natural.  There is a huge selection of theese kind of products nowadays. In the shop Ruohonjuuri  you can find a lot but you can also find them in bigger stores. They are NOT 100 % organic but they contain less syntetical ingrediens that can be harmful for you and the environment. There are a lot of  different ecocertifications. BDIH and ECOCERT are the biggest in Europe.  Their logos are easy to find and you can read about their values online.

It’s difficult to be a consumer, isn’t it?  That’s what I had on my mind today.

Malena

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8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Tina on May 2, 2011 at 21:12

    I actually checked the Animalia make-up list for the first time now. Until now I always spent hours in the stores searching for the labels (like Leaping Bunny) and asking usually stunned salespeople for information on cruelty-free products. Most salespeople I have asked didn’t know at all what I was speaking about… Anyways, glad to see some products I use on the Animalia list: I have Crazy Rumors lip balm, Kingfisher toothpaste, Paul Mitchell shampoo and many Yves Rocher things 🙂

  2. Posted by Melissa on May 3, 2011 at 21:19

    It IS hard to be a consumer! I am so happy that there are organizations like Animalia and others who are compiling lists to make our purchasing decisions easier. Thanks for sharing this list!

    Peta.org also has a good list, although not all the brands are relevant in Finland. And remember that animal testing is not the only thing to watch out for. Some companies that do not test on animals still use animal-derived substances in their products (lipstick, for example, seems to be quite difficult to manufacture without bee’s wax). Peta also has a really good list of terms to watch out for in terms of animal-derived substances (http://www.peta.org/living/vegetarian-living/animal-ingredient-guide.aspx).

    For now, it seems like the more I learn, the harder it gets to be a cruelty-free consumer! But I think things are acutally getting better all the time. 🙂

  3. For those of you in Helsinki, have any of you noticed how both Stockmann and Sokos have recently dedicated swaths of their beauty sections to “Luonnonkosmetiikka” or natural cosmetics? This is awesome stuff!

    Around the time of the Stockmann launch, their customer loyalty magazine had a few healthy recipes, including one for motherless milk pancakes. (No, they didn’t actually call it motherless! Now that would’ve really been sumthin’!) When I see the country’s biggest retailers do this kind of stuff, I have to agree with Melissa: things are certainly getting better all the time!

  4. By the way, what have you girls (and any guys lurking here! don’t be shy :-D) found to be the hardest product to replace with an animal-friendly version, especially in Finland?

    I’d have to say shaving cream!

  5. Posted by Tina on May 10, 2011 at 06:42

    I have trouble finding good toothpaste. I bought Kingfisher’s toothpaste, but I don’t really like it, because it doesn’t foam enough – I want my toothpaste to foam 🙂 Any tips?

  6. Posted by chesterfierce on May 10, 2011 at 09:32

    As I recall Stockmann has toothpaste from Melvita, Lavera, Logona, Weleda… However, all those brands are more expensive than good ol’ Kingfisher… So not sure this is helpful <:-|
    Anybody know of shaving cream brands that you can get here? I've had to mail order Aubrey Organics' cream from the UK… Under normal circumstances I'd get my legs waxed but waxing costs you an arm and a leg (lolz, see what I did there? heh) here in Helsinki 😀

  7. Posted by Cecilia on May 19, 2011 at 09:29

    I used a very good shaving cream called “Kiss my Face – Moisture Shave Lavender Shea” (link: http://www.kissmyface.com/moistshavepages/moistshavepage.html) – in there, are other options too 😀
    It is really good, cause my skin is super sensitive. And I don’t need to use much of it if spreading it with a bit of water.
    I recommend! But my husband found this one from an american website, so, I don’t think it’s possible to find this one in regular shops in Finland. Days ago I visited Heluna Fashion and saw that they have some shaving creams or something, but I didn’t try myself.

    I have had problems finding a good toothpaste too, I have tried those mentioned above and didn’t like at all either.
    Other thing that I didn’t find in a good price and enough quantity in the package is “wash powder” (don’t know how to say in english, but it’s that powder we use to wash clothes). I shall try to buy from net, if in net I can find a good one and with fair price, I think.

    Another problem are the razor blades. Anyone who uses a good razor blade that is not by Gillette? 🙂

  8. Posted by chesterfierce on May 20, 2011 at 12:13

    I think Peta sell some ‘kind’ razor blades on their website, but that would mean ordering from the US, I’m afraid…

    Cecilia, I love Kiss My Face, too! 🙂 And Aubrey Organics… There’s an endless range of vegan/animal friendly stuff, including shaving creams – if you shop online. I would like to find this stuff locally if at all possible – otherwise I will just stock up when I travel…

    I will have to see at Heluna – believe it or not, I have never visited the store!

    BTW, Tina: If you don’t like non-foamy toothpaste, do not, I repeat, DO NOT spend any money on Dr Hauschka’s Saltwater Sensitive Toothpaste. I bought it and not only does it not foam (which I don’t mind), but it is literally SALT WATER. Like brushing with a mouthful of salt – yikes!

    I know, that’s what it said on the bottle so I should’ve expected it, right? 🙂 But it is SO salty that I’m actually a bit scared to brush my teeth now. In its defense, I have to say that it does leave your mouth feeling really good.

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