If I mentioned the skin care line St. Ives, chances are you’ve not only heard of them but you’ve probably purchased several of their products over the years. Heck, in my early twenties (I’m talkin’ WAY back!) they were affordable, worked well and seemed like a line I could feel good about using. Well that was then…. and as of spring 2011, St. Ives has been secretly testing on animals behind customer’s backs! What gives? I mean, now that I know this information, I can’t very well go back to supporting a company that tortures animals, lies to their customers AND uses toxic ingredients.
So what do you do? Research! I had been using their green tea face scrub for years, a lot finer than their better known apricot scrub, being far less abrasive and with a pleasant smell. However, I was now scrub-less and on new a mission.
If I may be so bold as to claim, Mission Accomplished!
If you aren’t familiar with Acure Organics, holy smokes you should be! I bought their Brilliantly Brightening Facial Scrub and I LOVE it! Sea kelp, lemon peel and French green clay top the list of natural ingredients! 100% Vegan! Paraben free, sulfate free, phthalate free, mineral oil free, petrolatum free, silicone free and cruelty-free. Now that is something I can definitely be on board with!
But wait…..how does it work you ask? One word: AMAZEBALLS! It smells fantastic! It’s a dark sea kelp green and a wee bit thicker than that other companies so you don’t have to use as much, which is clearly yet another bonus. Only thing, I am somewhat of an impulse shopper…. I wanted to try it ASAP and paid a much higher price at a health food market than if I had had more will power and waited the whole two days it took for Amazon Prime to deliver. Oh and the news just keeps getting better and better, your new and improved cruelty-free scrub is only a couple bucks more than that other stuff! Under $8…. and you use less! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! No animals were harmed here AND you get a far superior product you can feel good about from a company that cares. Winning!
I will be slowly updating everything I use, no more cruel and dirty purchases for this girl! More on that, as it develops.