06.15.2012
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Hydrating Facial Mask
Rating
2 fl. oz. for $12.95
Category:Skin Care > Facial Masks > Moisturizing/Firming Masks
Last Updated:06.15.2012
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This contains some excellent ingredients for making dry to very dry skin look and feel better. This is an option for a moisturizing mask, but there are better ones available that don’t risk irritation with fragrant oils. The amount of the fragrant oils (and the fact that masks are used only intermittently) is likely too small to be of much significance, but plenty of moisturizing masks omit them entirely, which is preferred.

Claims

Deeply moisturizes and replenishes your skin. Nature's own organic aloe vera and plant humectants restore, rebalance, and rehydrate your skin.

Ingredients

Purified Water, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Polysorbate-60, Cetearyl Alcohol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid, Panthenol, Squalane, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Tocopherol Acetate,  Glyceryl Monolaurate, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Oil, Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense) Oil, Citrus Aurantium (Neroli) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Highland Lavender) Oil, Citrus Aurantium (Sweet Orange) Oil, Lemon Bioflavonoids, Melatonin, Tocopherols, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Oil, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract, Linum Usitatissimum (Flax) Seed Oil, Soy Lecithin, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter, Allantoin, Superoxide Dismutase, Arnica Montana (Arnica) Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extract, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Extract, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Amodimethicone, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin. 21% Organic Content.

Brand Overview

Beauty Without Cruelty At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive; does not test on animals (but lots of cosmetics companies can claim that nowadays); provides complete ingredient lists for all products on their Web site; one sunscreen with titanium dioxide; uses many natural ingredients that benefit skin.

Weaknesses: Does not list ingredients according to FDA labeling requirements; inelegant eye makeup removers; one of the sunscreens lacks sufficient UVA protection; ineffective AHA product; no BHA product or products to manage acne; overuse of irritating essential (fragrant) oils; jar packaging for antioxidant-rich products.

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.

About the Experts

The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains the commitment that Paula Begoun, founder of Beautypedia and Paula's Choice Skincare made over 30 years ago-to help you find the best products possible for your skin. We do this by relentlessly pursuing and relying on published scientific research so you will have unbiased information on what works and what doesn't-and the sneaky ways you could be making your skin worse, not better!


The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same research, criteria, and objectivity, whether the product being reviewed is from Paula's Choice or another brand.

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