I've "blogged" before, but it was on a different site. I will endeavor one day to bring some of that data here for your educational enjoyment. If you'd like to read some of it now, here's the link:
Aside from blogging, setting up websites, running a spa, and generally "horsing around", I also read a lot from the web, mainly spa forums where I keep in touch with my peers and learn what's going on outside my treatment room.
Well, today I read a post that really bothered me. It is about an activity that I thought we had moved away from, but apparently the skin care industry is still at it:
The list is a LONG one, those companies who are still testing cosmetics on laboratory animals (even thought there are better methods) .
BOTOX is one of the worst. If it wasn't bad enough to put a NEUROTOXIN in your FACE, this is how they test it's "saftey": every batch is tested on huge groups of mice to find the "average lethal dose" or the dose where exactly 50% live and 50% die, and that dosage becomes the standardized "unit" for that particular batch. The mice that do not die immediately will die slowly in 2-3 days of progressive asphyxiation from paralyzed lung muscles (remember, it takes 2-3 days to kick in). The testing is referred to as LD50 (Lethal Dose 50%) and is the only FDA approved method to standardize dosage for a biological product like Botox ... even though researchers have proposed non-animal tests that may actually be MORE effective.
It is so frustrating reading this.
SO ... here is my sales pitch ... Vanities Spa NEVER allows a product through our doors that has been tested on animals (except humans!). I can't believe I have to say that - shouldn't it be the norm NOT to abuse animals? Rest assured that all Vantastic Skin products are CRUELTY-FREE (and always will be). Another reason to choose us!
Throw out your L'Oreal and your Oil of Olay and choose Vantastic Skin!
Here is a PARTIAL (no-shopping) list:
Head & Shoulders
Johnson & Johnson
Most commercial deodorants and cleaning products also conduct animal testing.
*If you are looking for an all-natural deodorant (not antiperspirant) a company called "Thai Crystal Deodorant Stones" works amazingly well, with no negative side effects. I find them at Whole Foods, but I'm sure they are hiding in other stores, as well.
They have a convenient roll-on and a spray that I can personally recommend.
BOYCOTT where you can, and CHOOSE kindness instead of CRUELTY.