Monday, 23 May 2016

Boots / No.7 / SEVENTEEN etc - Animal Testing Policy

Good afternoon!

I often see in groups on Facebook etc, people insisting that No 7 / all Boots own brands are not cruelty free. I have always been advised by them that they are, so I asked them recently to confirm their policy for me in more detail, just to check. Here is their full response.

TL:DR - I think they are still ok!!

I should add, that Boots are now part of the Boots/Walgreens Alliance. So although this applies to Boots' own brands, I am not sure about Walgreens and from a quick google, I don't think Walgreens are cruelty free.

So if Parent/Sister companies bother you, then avoid. If not, here is the full statement.

Hello Sarah,
Thanks for contacting us about animal testing.

Boots and its subsidiary businesses do not test any products or ingredients on animals, and do not commission others to do so on our behalf. In fact in March 2013 it became illegal for any company to test cosmetic products or ingredients on animals in Europe.

The issue of animal testing on products and raw materials is one we take very seriously at Boots UK. For over 20 years our policy for cosmetics and toiletries has been that we do not carry out, or ask our suppliers to carry out on our behalf, animal testing on either ingredients or finished products and you can rest assured that we apply our policy rigorously.

Boots would like to see an end to all animal testing, and we fully supported the development of the ban on animal testing on ingredients that came into force in the European Union in 2013. The ban applies to all cosmetics products purchased from any store across the EU and completes the ban that started with finished products in 2004 and was extended to cover most types of ingredient testing in 2009. The 2013 law has completed the ban for all forms of animal testing for both products and ingredients and now ensures that all companies in our industry in Europe are now aligned with the same policy that Boots has had in place for over 20 years.

We would definitely like to see an end to all animal tests. We fully support the intentions of the BUAV and take a keen interest in the development and introduction of alternative forms of safety testing.

I do understand that you may be looking for some information on other brands that we stock. The ban in Europe applies to all Cosmetics and Toiletries brands and not just Boots brands. Unfortunately I’m afraid that we cannot speak on behalf of other brands and suggest that for reassurance you contact them to ask them directly. I do hope you find the information I have provided helpful and reassuring.

Please find below an FAQ that we have collated. This may be of interest to you and answer some more of the questions you may have. (NB: this is pretty much the questions I asked them in my email - Sal!)

1. Does your company test ingredients or/and finished products on animals? - Boots do not test ingredients or finished product on animals

2. Do you test ingredients or products on animals through a 3rd party? If your answer is no, how do you ensure that your manufacturers do not test? - Boots do not ask others to test on our behalf and we require that our suppliers and manufacturers comply with our animal testing policy

3. Do your manufacturers test ingredients or products on animals? - No

4. Are you owned or affiliated with any companies that test products or ingredients on animals? - No

5. Do you have a parent company? If so who are they? - Boots is part of Walgreens Boots Alliance

6. Do you/your parent company currently or have plans to market and sell your products in the Chinese market, which requires animal testing by law to sell in that country? - We have no plans to sell products in China specifically because they require animal testing.

Boots Customer Care.

I hope that this is useful to some out there with queries.

Have an awesome week
Sal xXx

Monday, 16 May 2016

Vegan mascaras you can buy on the high street!

I see this get asked a LOT across the vegan facebook groups I post in. So I decided to write to the cruelty free brands sold in Superdrug and Boots (that don't publish a vegan list or that I don't have one for) and ask them if any of their mascaras are vegan! And here are the results....

B. (Superdrug)
- All B. Makeup items are vegan!

Barry M
None. Barry M discontinued their only vegan mascaras :(

Beauty UK
I have emailed / messaged several times with no response received. I will update this page should I hear back.

Boots Own Brands:
None. After many confusing emails back and forward, they cannot guarantee any of their own brand mascaras are vegan as they don't 'conform to vegan society standards'. Also, more importantly, Boots, they CONTAIN BEESWAX! So erm yeah avoid.

- Rebel Eyes Mascara
- Volume Serum Mascara (New Feb 2017)
- My Favourite Mascara (New A/W 2017)

Lottie London
- #Lashgoals

Makeup Revolution
None. Revolution cannot guarantee any products are vegan.

M&S Autograph
- Fibre Lash Enhancing Mascara (marked vegan on website)

Update!! M&S has confirmed by email that the following are also vegan:
- High Definition Mascara
- Amplified Lashes Volumising Mascara
- Neverending Lashes Lengthening Mascara
- Aqua Proof Water Resistant Mascara
- Semi-Permanent Mascara

(woop woop, go M&S!!!)

- Some M&S stores also sell Pixi products and their Lash Booster Mascara is vegan.

(I know I'm cheating a bit with M&S as it's not a drugstore, but lots of high streets have them! A lot of the Rosie for Autograph collection is vegan but please note, the mascara has beeswax!)

Models Own
Their mascara contains beeswax.

None. MUA cannot guarantee any products are vegan.

None. Nyx cannot guarantee any products are vegan.

None. Sleek cannot guarantee any products are vegan.

Soap & Glory
- All 3 Thick & Fast mascaras are vegan according to their website (synthetic beeswax!)

Have I missed any? Leave me a comment so I can include them if so.

I will of course update this list as and when I learn about any reformulations or new vegan mascara options - so feel free to bookmark this page for your records :)

Let me know if you want another post about vegan mascara options including non-high street brands and I'll get to work!

Sal xXx

Last updated August 2017

Friday, 13 May 2016

Friday Favourites - Food Edition

It's Friday! Woop woop.

I've decided to do a cheeky Friday favourites post: Food edition!

Follow Your Heart Blue Cheese Dressing
I LOVE this stuff! It reminds me of the dressing I used to smother over a bowl of sweetcorn and kidney beans at the Harvester when I was a kid. In fact, if I even find myself going there (it's rare, not very vegan friendly!) then I take a little pot of this with me for the salad!

Today I had some on a very boring pasta salad that I bought in Tesco, which made it totally awesome instead!

This salad is only marked vegetarian so I quadruple checked ingredients and couldn't see any sneaky honey or anything! Been caught out like that before.

Livi's Kitchen Raw Millionaire Bites
Ever since an awesome raw brownie in Southsea, I've been a little obsessed with finding awesome raw puds and I found these last week in a local health food shop. They are not as sweet or junky as a regular millionaire's shortbread, obviously, but they are a very nice sweet treat and still pretty healthy!

Dried Mango
Who am I? What have I become? I honestly thing this tastes like gummy sweets! Such a good mid afternoon snack at work!

Wheaty Hemp Spacebars
I love these; whenever I find them stocked somewhere I grab a big stash that never lasts that long. Amazingly I still have 2 of these in the fridge that I bought a week ago!

Apro Go On Yoghurts
Have you tried these yet guys? Cuz you have too. Best vegan yoghurts I have ever had and I'm particularly obsessed with the passion fruit flavour.

Also, they are called Go On. Which just reminds me of this wonderful woman! **

Shameless plug time.... have you guys seen my latest youtube vid? It's a what I ate in a day from a couple of weeks ago and you can view it HERE.

Have an awesome weekend everyone!

Sal xXx

** FECK OFF CUP! bahahaha I Sometimes forget how awesome Father Ted was!

Monday, 9 May 2016

GOSH - Some recent purchases

Recently I have bought a few new items from GOSH; it's no secret that I am a huge fan of this brand... affordable, vegan friendly and awesome! What more could you want?

So I thought I'd tell you a bit about what I've bought lately and what I think of them so far!

I was super excited to see on the updated vegan list that GOSH sent me recently that they now have two vegan mascaras. So of course I had to try both.
So far I think they're both awesome but I'm thinking I might do a comparison video - what do you guys think? Would that help you make a decision on which one to buy?

Firstly, the Boombastic XXL Swirl Volume Mascara.  UPDATE JUN 2017 - THIS MASCARA IS NO LONGER VEGAN! This is great for drama and volume, as the name would suggest. The wand is pretty huge so if you're messy (like me), have the cotton buds on hand for clean ups!

Rebel Eyes Mascara has a much smaller, plasticy, curved wand which I LOVE. Great for everyday use but it still gives great length and separation. I find it easier to lower lashes with this one, I generally use a fan brush for lower lashes if I'm using the other one.

Primer Plus: Hydration
I'm not 100% sure if primers really make my makeup stay on any longer, but this one feels nice and as I'm applying, it does seem to make my pores look a little less obvious. So there's that! 

Foundation Drops
I've used these in a couple of videos and I think they're great. I either add them to a tinted moisturiser for a bit more coverage or use them alone and they work great both ways. My skin is super dry and they do not make it any worse. 

Lumi Drops
These are nice mixed into foundation or used as a cream highlight - a very subtle one! If (like me) you're more of a disco ball kinda gal, then you might want to layer a powder highlighter over it. But for a more subtle look, these are nice. 

Lip Oil
Hmmm, not sure what I feel about this yet. Is lip oil a new trend? I've seen Barry M have come out with one, that I probably need to try for comparison. To me it feels just like a lipgloss and it's very moisturising on the lips. No colour shows up but it feels nice and I reach for it quite a lot on workday mornings, when I generally don't bother with lipstick! 

So that's what I have got recently from GOSH.

Don't forget, if you want to know what GOSH products are vegan, check out my post listing vegan items HERE.

Have an awesome week.
Sal xXx

All products were purchased with my own money / all opinions are my own!

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Hungry Horse Pubs - Vegan Options

The Hungry Horse you say? Doesn't look very vegan friendly I know but it does have an option... a curry! We went there with friends at the weekend and I was pleasantly surprised. The curry was tasty and the portions were kind of huge!

The naan bread and yogurt sauce that come with it are not vegan so ask for the curry without (or give them to your fiance if he wants them, like I did!), all the other bits are though. You could probably ask them to swap the naan for another poppadom or bhaji but I was pretty full without doing that!

This curry is not spicy at all in my opinion, so even for those who don't like spicy food, I think you'll do OK with it.

They also have quite a few vegan side dishes, if you wanted to cobble something together. The allergen menu lists vegan items and can be found HERE. (I didn't link to the exact link as it's bound to change regularly!)

There's no vegan puds - but I was way too full for that anyway.

So here's the pics.

Have an awesome week everyone!
Sal xXx