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  1. bluesuedeshoe
    April 27, 2016 @ 6:15 pm

    Well said, my dear. Amen. About time we develop a conscience about what our purchases do to the less fortunate.


  2. Lauri
    April 27, 2016 @ 6:44 pm

    EO Products from San Raphael, CA sells cruelty free, non-GMO health & beauty products. Check out their website! LOVE their products! I discovered them at a B&B in Sedona, AZ in ’13 and have been using them since.


  3. Diana
    April 27, 2016 @ 8:04 pm

    I’m crying about the Beagles. Love you still though, and a hug to Elvis. Mwah, Di


  4. Genevieve
    April 27, 2016 @ 9:46 pm

    Amen! Thank you for using your voice to speak out against cruelty (and mediocre home furnishings).


  5. Kim
    April 27, 2016 @ 10:56 pm

    Since my diagnosis of celiac disease a year ago, we’ve been educating ourselves on what I need to avoid ingesting. But recently we learned that what our bodies ABSORB is also important. I had no idea we absorb about 60% of what we put on our skin — this includes shampoo, deodorant, moisturizer, lotion… None of us would knowingly smear insecticide on our bodies, but how many take time to not only read the ingredient list but decipher it!


  6. Traci
    April 27, 2016 @ 11:41 pm

    Love this post, I’m a new fan, you’re awesome!


  7. Valerie Cronin
    April 28, 2016 @ 12:18 am

    Check out Shaklee too. My grandma started selling their products in the 70’s & my family has continued to use them ever since. Shaklee was green before it was even a thing. And no animal testing either if I’m not mistaken.


  8. Deborah
    April 28, 2016 @ 12:30 am

    Thank you for stepping up on your soapbox!
    The world is better for your GFT appreciation and kindness….


  9. Lisa W.
    April 28, 2016 @ 1:05 am

    What a GREAT post ….. fun , exciting , funny , informative and adorable ( the Elvis part. ) Thanks for talking about cruelty free products as well ! It’s so important !


  10. Rose
    April 28, 2016 @ 2:11 am

    Your house has way-y-y-y more panache than that house, it is so sterile that it hurts my eyes and I can’t imagine living in it. The only thing I really liked was that outdoor rooftop terrace and I couldn’t afford the cleaning lady to maintain the thing, but then again if I had the $3.5 mil to buy the thing then maybe I could.


    • Kiki
      April 28, 2016 @ 4:49 am

      totally agree – the terrace had my attention too. I couldn’t care for the rest however.


  11. Kiki
    April 28, 2016 @ 4:48 am

    dearest Victoria: Two questions (re the house):
    Why look at houses that far out of your budget, is it to gather inspiration? (You don’t need that – you’re inspirational enough…)
    Did you see that only one 1yr ago it was last sold for less than half the price? There must be reasons…

    re your ‘recommendations’: I am proud of you and think you’re doing the readers of your blog in (at least the) USA a huge service – in fact I’m quite shocked to read how many of the comments show an ignorance of ‘what is going in our products’ (everywhere). On Tuesday I got together with 3 girlfriends and we had a discussion on this subject. Sadly, in F (and those gfs are seriously informed about it – contrary to most French) it is quite difficult to always find ways and means to live in harmony with nature. There is much work to be done. So, THANK YOU for your great inspiration and help you’re providing. Love you even more, if that’s possible.


  12. Yvonne Angus
    April 28, 2016 @ 7:23 am

    I have laughed over your comments of the gaudy, not GIANT, un-fancy things in the Savannah house, smiled at the cameo appearance of Elvis, cried over the sad animal pictures and been amazed at my own ignorance of animal testing on more of the products I use than I care to mention. I have commented on comments. Now I commend you for trying to make our world a safer place to live by educating as many people as care to learn. Thank you for taking the time to do all of this awesome research.

    Now, I am off to sign the petitions and check out some of the other links. Love you, love your blog.


  13. Shyla
    April 28, 2016 @ 7:59 am

    You might try EarthTurns as a resource for Dr. Bonner’s (many sizes and varieties) and lots of other products (vitamins, food, even pet products):

    For skin care and cosmetics, I’ve used Paula’s Choice for years–I have very sensitive skin, and none of her products irritate me (and if you’re an Ebates member, you get 5% for Paula’s Choice–I love Ebates):


  14. Karyn
    April 28, 2016 @ 9:25 am

    Thank you so much for bringing this to peoples attention!! One person CAN make a difference- kudo’s to you. Keep up the great work. 🙂


  15. Leah
    April 28, 2016 @ 1:29 pm

    Those poor beagles are so helpless…and just look at the expression in their eyes…absolutely HEARTBREAKING…


  16. Deb Lindsley
    April 28, 2016 @ 2:40 pm

    Great posts! I loved each and every one. I also read The Big Mansion and will be keeping an eye out for the other books you enjoy. It seems we share the same tastes in reading. HGTV used to be one of my favorite TV stations, but I rarely watch many shows any longer, being burnt out on rich folk redoes not even within the realm of possibility for poor little me. Do you ever get physically ill seeing or reading about this type of home decor? Sometimes it makes me so sick I have to lay off social media for a while. It’s kind of like those beauty magazines presenting a woman of perfection you can never be. Like you, I enjoy sumptuousness, and beauty is art in any form, but over the years I find myself increasingly satisfied in seeing what other people have or had without having to own it. I’m not saying I don’t spend some of my hard-earned money on frivolous bits of beauty, LOL, but I make an effort to stay moderate because my need for beauty will never be moderate. Fortunately beauty can be felt and seen on a daily basis at little cost. Thanks for the blog on brands testing on animals. I’ve pretty much gone herbal in cleaning and beauty products, but my hubby who does the shopping forgets. I’m going to send him a link to your blog and hope something sinks in.


  17. Gail D.
    April 28, 2016 @ 3:06 pm

    I could NOT agree with you more, Victoria! I went no-poo a couple of years ago and use only cider vinegar to wash my hair and face. I don’t use deodorant and nobody has complained yet. I am constantly investigating and finding home-made products to use as I want to get rid of as many toxins as I possibly can. I also have a HUGE objection to testing on animals, and I thank you for citing those companies who still do. I will endeavor to cut them completely out of my home and life. Here’s to a toxin-free life for all! Maybe we’ll even be able to put a couple of the vampires out of business!


  18. Lynne Hoover
    April 28, 2016 @ 6:07 pm

    THANK YOU for this post. I will shop accordingly!!


  19. Lynne Hoover
    April 28, 2016 @ 6:09 pm

    And, those house pictures, so bland and generic. What were they thinking?


  20. Bobbles
    April 29, 2016 @ 4:14 am

    Thank you for writing this. I always try to buy cruelty free but this really made me stop and think.

    Also, some years ago I redesigned my kitchen, it was a true work of art when it was done! My builder was so pleased he snapped a few pics and soon I had a request to photograph it for a magazine. Naturally I said yes!! My kitchen was all that was wise and wonderful! It deserved the attention! The photographer and dresser showed up, took all my whatnots out and replaced them with their whatnots. My cookbooks were too used so they replaced them with shiny new ones. AND THEN they sprayed all my counters and floors with WD40! They said it gave them a special shine that showed nicely in photos. But really what it did was take me WEEKS to get it all out of the tile and grout and it smelled like WD40 for weeks! I looked at the pics above and thought “Hrumph, WD40!”


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