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  1. Antonella
    April 29, 2016 @ 9:04 am

    Yay for lovely Elvis!!! And thanks for the infos on animal testing. So sad but important to share. On a lighter note, I assume you already know about the series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries?! Setting and costumes are stunning and she’s adorable. I think you’d love her 🙂


  2. Sarah
    April 29, 2016 @ 11:08 am

    Thank you for the reminder, Victoria. This is another area I had not thought about and have spent the last two days reading more to try to understand how it is possible that animal testing is still used. I got my boyfriend on board and we’re switching over to better brands as we finish off household cleaners and personal care products.


  3. Penny
    April 29, 2016 @ 5:49 pm

    Thank you!
    You are the only one that has posted this corporate ownership thing.
    I will heed and stop buying !


  4. Rachael
    April 29, 2016 @ 5:55 pm

    Thank you, thank you for this post. I am embarassed to say that I did not know that Seventh Generation made a powder. I have put it and the lotion on my wish list for when I run out of everything I have currently!

    And, although I do not share your penchance for GFT, I do relate to your rambling turn of phrase and tendency for mile exageration. Every time I read, I laugh. Thank you for the brightness you bring to the internet! Keep it up!


  5. Stephanie
    April 29, 2016 @ 5:58 pm

    Thanks for this post! You inspired me to call and email my representative to support The Humane Cosmetics Act and then post about it on facebook. Those poor beagles! It makes me nauseous now that I know what happens! I will definitely only shop for cruelty-free products from now on. Thanks again!


  6. Jutta
    April 29, 2016 @ 8:30 pm

    That is actually rather nice for 3.5 mio… in our area you will get a shack for this amount in probably an area with potential.
    And don’t get too upset about chemicals, everything comes down to chemistry, I mean even “all natural” products do contain chemicals. Plants produce quite potent chemicals and even though I make my own soap from plant oils and sodiumhydroxide, these are still chemicals if you want so: triglycerides and fatty acids (oil)! Our bodies work because of chemicals, we need chemicals to feed us! Does the source really matter, if the substance is the same in terms of functionality? In terms of sustainability it matters for sure… I just try to cut down unnecessary additions or substitutes that are good for texture or smells but without any other purpose, which includes not buying any processed foods and making stuff like soap and shampoo from olive oil myself…


  7. Christine
    April 30, 2016 @ 10:55 am

    Hi Victoria,
    I may be repeating someone else’s comment, but I’m not going to read all of your 100+ responses (congratulations on your blogging success!).
    There is a website for the Environmental Working Group ( They have a fabulous rating system for household products and personal care items, including makeup, that identifies any potentially harmful ingredients. They just released an app that allows you to scan an item with your phone while you’re shopping to get the lowdown before you buy.
    I hope you find this helpful,


  8. Kirstin
    May 1, 2016 @ 10:59 pm

    There are so many incorrect statements above, I can’t even. Please do more research to educate yourself. There are plenty of laws governing animal research, even more than there are for human research. Please refer to the Animal Welfare Act and Animal Welfare Regulations. Animal testing by cosmetics companies is most certainly NOT funded by tax dollars. Rodents make up 95% of the species population for work with animals, NOT beagles. Beagles for Freedom and the Humane Society of the US (which is different from your local humane societies) are for-profit agencies that profit through propaganda and suckers giving donations. There is a difference (to me) between cosmetic testing and work with animals in a biomedical setting to find cures and treatments, but your statements above are mixing those up. Please see, Americans for Medical Progress, USDA/APHIS webpages for more information.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      May 2, 2016 @ 10:36 am

      The Humane Society (HSUS) is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization… they are approved by any number of agencies, AND they receive high ratings as being ethical and effective when evaluated by third-party organizations.

      I do not know how to reply to your certainty stating the opposite?

      I can only assume that you’ve read something from “Center for Consumer Freedom” (CCF) or similar? ***PLEASE GOOGLE THEM!!*** before taking their propaganda at face value!!!! CCF is founded by Washington lobbyist Richard Berman and his firm Berman & Co… an industry front for corporate interests.

      These groups focus their attacks on organizations that promote food safety, public health, or animal welfare… Do a tiny bit of googling and you’ll see that they’ve focused campaigns against everyone from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (those radicals!) to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention.


      • Kirstin
        May 3, 2016 @ 11:21 pm

        People are. profiting. from those groups you mention. You should also continue to google to correct some of your statements above, especially about beagles being the “most popular animal used for animal testing.” That’s just plain false. I actually agree with you that animals should not be used for testing cosmetics or raw ingredients that have been tested previously. However, there continues to be a need for work with animals in finding cures and treatments, not just for humans, but for other animals too. My pets have benefited from this work, and I believe yours have too. Scientists that do this work, along with the animals themselves, are heroes. I just hope that all of us can educate ourselves about the needs, purpose, and conduct of this work, instead of blindly following propaganda put out by animal rights organizations.


        • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
          May 4, 2016 @ 11:20 am

          The Humane Society is an amazing organization. I’m not sure where you’re getting info otherwise, but my personal experience is that people arguing against them are familiar with the ad hominem attacks against HSUS, but not any specifics… I’m not saying that’s the case for you, but I’m not sure what you’re basing your statements on. (And I never linked to Beagle Freedom you referenced in your first comment, I don’t know anything about them!)

          You are right that I wrote “Beagles are the most popular breed” I should have said dog breed. And I agree that this is inaccurate cosmetically, but my post is not limited to cosmetics; chemicals in household items are plentiful and tested on more than rabbits. And finding an image that is not VIOLENTLY objectionable to readers but still conveys the misery of unnecessary animal testing is difficult!!

          Rabbits with no fur/bleeding skin/blinded with chemicals, or mice with grotesque tumors twice the size of their body would have been most “accurate.” But I was concerned that would be “too much,” or “a turn off,” and defeat my ultimate purpose of encouraging people to educate themselves about their own exposure, and also consider what we ask animals to endure… And I was not willing to just skip the imagery. There are no words to replicate the visual confrontation of our own emotions.

          I do appreciate your feedback, it will help me do a better job. I plan to write more about compassionate living, and I want to do it in a way that is effective and engaging and makes people WANT to learn more, rather than turn their face away because they are overwhelmed… AND I need to keep it short… and trying to condense ALL the things I want to say into a brief, concise, helpful, easily-consumed post, feels like a tightrope act!


  9. Christine Taylor
    May 2, 2016 @ 6:10 am

    Victoria – if you checked you will see that there are still some things in your chosen lotion that you really shouldn’t want in your body cream – there are suggestions at the bottom of the page of items that are rated healthier than the one you recommend. Just sayin . . .


  10. Deanna Rasbury
    May 4, 2016 @ 3:52 pm

    Rose: My Life in Service to Lady Astor by Rosina Harrison

    LOVED this book!


  11. KHM
    May 5, 2016 @ 11:45 am

    I love this post! Our family has been transitioning from the potentially toxic home and personal care products made by those companies for healthier options. I’m in love with Young Living products right now. My husband, who is a hard sell, loves their shower gel. I love their toothpaste and making my own homemade lotion from their other products. My 7 year old son loves their kids products. I use Country Save laundry detergent and it’s amazing. I learned about it when we were cloth diapering and it worked so well on soiled diapers that I knew it would be great on clothing.


  12. Michelle
    May 6, 2016 @ 9:41 pm

    You did good on your soapbox. I try to inform people I care about on this topic. Just today I was ranting at a fragrance commercial. For real why is it legal? It serves no legitimate purpose, and pollutes your home poisoning your family. If something smells, clean it or open a window.


  13. Grace
    May 6, 2016 @ 9:49 pm

    Mary Kay Cosmetics doesn’t test on animals. They stopped many, many years ago.


  14. Catherine W.
    May 16, 2016 @ 2:39 pm


  15. Bridget Boyle
    June 3, 2016 @ 9:51 am

    Thank you for sharing this very informative and sad reality. You always make me laugh but today you inspired me to call my congressman and for his support of the Humane Cosmetics Act. I used the link you provided for the humane society and e- mailed Congressman Trott as well.
    I shared this on facebook too.
    It is shocking what is allowed to happen in the USA all because of corporate greed and profit. I too am enraged about the toxins and the whole Big Pharma issue too.


  16. Jennifer G
    September 20, 2016 @ 2:30 am

    I use Charlie’s Soap laundry detergent and Kiss My Face olive oil soap – they’re both fantastic! The soap only has three ingredients – olive oil, salt, and water. Neither company tests on animals either! I also use these wool balls ( in the dryer instead of dryer sheets – they last forever and don’t leave any nasty tallow/wax/residue on your clothes.


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