It’s Kind To Be Cruelty Free
As regular readers know by now, I’m a big fan of eco chic gift ideas (albeit, I’ve thrown the odd leather gift at ya). You’ll also know I eat a mostly vegan diet, so I can genuinely say, today’s gift list has a special place in my heart. I’ve done some sniffing around and found three wonderful cruelty-free lines I’d love to introduce to you as great gift ideas. What is cruelty-free you ask? It’s a broad term encompassing no testing on animals on any way, shape or form. Some of the horror stories out there – like forcing animals to inhale chemicals, rub them into their shaved skin, or even pump them into their stomachs – are enough to make anyone want to take a second look at what’s in their shopping bag. The bonus, however, is that these all happen to be amazing products as well. So without further ado:
Kiss My Face Sunscreen – $11.95 – $19.99
The entire line of Kiss My Face products boasts all natural, plant-based ingredients with names you’ll actually recognize – from sunflower oil and green tea, to chamomile and hydresia, a core ingredient in all of KMF’s suncare goodies that makes it easier to rub in and absorb for maximum sun protection. Available in kid-friendly formulas, sport sprays, and even lip balm, toss one of these into a goodie bag with a bright towel and a pair of UV protection sunglasses for a cool hostess or houseguest gift over a long weekend beach stay.
Blyth & May The Best Papa Shaving Kit – $81
Dudes can get in on the act of being cruelty-free with this shaving kit from indie Canadian skincare shop, Blyth & May. Including organic shaving oil, vegan shave cream, natural aftershave, and essential oil enriched body lotion, this manly kit both soothes the skin and smells amazing. Bonus points for coming in a way cute rustic gift box for easy gift-giving. Consider it for Father’s Day 2013, or as a birthday or Christmas gift in-between for your dad, hubby, or brother.
Nena by Ookeana Natural Oceanic Clay Facial Masks – $46 each
Another Canadian offering, this time from the depths of our pristine oceans. The natural oceanic clay harvested off the coast of BC is extremely potent, but also retrieved with the utmost care and respect for the environment where it rests. In fact, Ooakena is the only company that has permission to extract their star ingredient, a mineral-rich, virtually untouched clay that leaves your skin feeling revitalized and beaming thanks to its exfoliating and slightly more mysterious skin-brightening powers. Best of all, it comes in a half-dozen varieties to accomplish different tasks – from therapeutic lavender-infused to moisture-drenched avocado.
Lily Cole Cruelty-Free Makeup @ The Body Shop – $3+
Uber adorable British supermodel Lily Cole has recently teamed up with The Body Shop to be their first ever Global Brand Advocate. You may be thinking – isn’t that just another term for spokesperson? But when you’re dealing with a trailblazing company like The Body Shop, Advocate seems far more appropriate. Not only is The Body Shop a world leader in cruelty-free products amongst the biggest brands in the world, they’re also admired by the smaller indie companies and fervent activists alike – including Miss Cole herself. As part of their collaboration, The Body Shop has launched a new, hot-selling, limited edition cosmetics collection that’s extremely upfront about what it’s free from – stuff you probably never even imagined would end up on your face, I might add. That means no bug shells (used for colour), no fish scales or shellfish (used for shimmer), and no animal hairs (used in brushes) for a 100% polished look that also speaks to a greater awareness of just what it is you’re using to get pretty.
The Lily Cole Cruelty-Free Makeup collection includes a huge range of products that certainly don’t exchange style for (quality) substance. Get glowing with the light-diffusing Pearl Radiance Primer ($22) or the iridescent Shadow Cubes ($22), and finish off your look with eye-popping violet liquid liner ($15), lip-smacking glosses in tropical shades like Go Pink and Go Wild ($5), and the way-cool Lip & Cheek Domes ($10) that contain a creamy gel formula that works wonders for lips & cheeks in equal measure – and is great to throw into an evening bag. The entire line is available in-stores and online while supplies last so hop to it for some wonderful birthday gifts for your girlfriends, or even start stocking up on holiday stocking stuffers with some of these affordable, yet amazingly world-conscious products.
If you’d like to try ‘em out for yourself, you may be in luck. The Canadian Gift Guide and The Body Shop are giving away a Lily Cole Cruelty-Free Makeup gift basket valued at $100 to one soon-to-be-extra-pretty winner. To enter:
1) Leave a comment by August 27th on which Lily Cole Cruelty-Free Makeup product you’d most like to try. It can be something mentioned in this post, or something from The Body Shop website (or something you spot in stores!)
2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around August 28th to select the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.
3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.
4) Bonus Entry: I’m sure a bunch of you do already, but I’m going to tell you to definitely check out The Body Shop on Facebook and Twitter. If you like and / or follow them, drop your handle(s) in the comments so I can credit you with up to two bonus entries. If you tweet about this contest (just once) and tag both me @cdngiftguide and @TheBodyShopCA, plus leave a link in the comments. you’ll earn a third bonus entry, so spread the word!