This lists titanium dioxide as its sole active ingredient, which is good, but it’s disappointing that the SPF rating is below the benchmark 15. Other than thetiny amount of lavender extract, this is a very good daytime moisturizer for dry to very dry skin. It contains several beneficial plant oils and antioxidants, all in packaging to keep them stable. Had the SPF rating been 15 or greater, this would have earned a Best Product rating. As is, you’ll have to pair it with a reliable sunscreen to get sufficient daytime protection.
Protects, hydrates and restores your skin. Active anti-oxidants vitamin c and CoQ10 neutralize environmental damage and promote youthful-looking skin.
Titanium Dioxide (4%) Inactive Ingredients: Purified Water, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil (Organic), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice (Organic), Capric Caprylic Triglycerides, Myristyl Myristate, Cetyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Octyl Palmitate, Co Enyzme Q10, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract (Organic), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Extract (Organic), Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Extract (Organic), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract (Organic), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Allantoin, Panthenol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Persea Gratissima (Avacado) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Prunus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Ascorbic Acid, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Oil (Organic), Retinyl Palmitate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil (Organic), Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin
Beauty Without Cruelty, established in 1963, is a British import that began by selling makeup. At the time, they had a unique angle, in that they did not test their products on animals, and in 1963, most cosmetics companies did test their products on animals. But today, many companies can (and do) proudly boast that they do not test their products on animals, and, technically, that is true. However, despite the fact that these companies (including Beauty Without Cruelty) don't test their finished products on animals, the formulations they sell are based on ingredient research that was done primarily on animals. Sunscreens, vitamins, myriad plant extracts, and a vast range of other cosmetic ingredients have established their efficacy and safety based on recent or current animal testing. Although it is wonderful that companies like Beauty Without Cruelty do not test their products on animals, many of their formulations, just like those from every other cosmetics company in the industry, include ingredients whose effects are based on the results of animal research. Otherwise, how else would they know if their ingredients worked or if they were safe?
If Beauty Without Cruelty does excel in one area, it is that none of their ingredients are sourced from animals, which is somewhat unique in the industry and definitely a plus for vegans. However, it would be naïve to believe that any company can stay abreast of what is and isn't healthy for skin without the animal testing of the ingredients in their products. The companies may not be doing the testing, but someone is (or did), and this knowledge forms the basis for numerous new discoveries about what various ingredients can and cannot do for our skin.
Much like the rest of the cosmetics industry, Beauty Without Cruelty makes elaborate claims about the benefits of its plant extracts. And, as is also the case for many other cosmetics companies, they use plant extracts and essential oils that are both irritants and anti-irritants. For the most part their products are a mixed bag; there is one good sunscreen and some average cleansers, but many of their products are not recommended due to the presence of irritating fragrant oils. Beauty Without Cruelty is typically sold in health food stores, but also can be found in some drugstores. Their makeup line, once the driving force behind the brand, is difficult to find in the United States, and as such is not reviewed here.
For more information about Beauty Without Cruelty, call 800.824.6396 or visit www.beautywithoutcruelty.com.