This has a lot going for it in terms of being an antioxidant-rich, water-basedrepairing serum for all skin types. However, their decision to include essential oils (none of which are “therapeutic”) for fragrance puts your skin at risk for irritation. Lavender oil, in particular, can cause skin cell death and enhance oxidative damage when skin is exposed to air (which, let’s face it, is all the time). This product also contains the preservative methylisothiazolinone, which is contraindicated for use in leave-on products due to its sensitizing potential. So close, but we cannot state strongly enough how non-essential so-called “essential” oils are for your skin. They can be great for your nose and well-being, but you can enjoy their aromatherapeutic benefits without putting your skin at risk of irritation.
Active forms of vitamin C and CoQ10 combined with green tea extract and anit-oxidant vitamins neutralize sun and environmental damage and promote youthful skin. Nature's own premium Rosa Rubiginosa and Tamanu repair and promote cellular regeneration while powerful plant humectants replenish vital moisture to smooth and soften your skin. premium, aroma-therapeutic essential oils tone and balance. Triple-rich plant emollients soothe and protect. Benefits all skin types.
Purified Water, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice (Organic), Polysorbate 60, Cetearyl Alcohol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid, Panthenol, Squalane (Vegetable Source), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil (Organic), Tocopherol Acetate, Glyceryl Monolaurate, Lemon Bioflavonoids, Melatonin, Tocopherols, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Oil (Organic), Borago Officinalis Oil (Organic), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract, Linum Usitatissimum (Flax) Seed Oil (Organic), Soy Lecithin, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter, Allantoin, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Oil, Super Oxide Dismutase, Arnica Montana (Arnica) Extract (Organic), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract (Organic), Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extract (Organic), Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Extract (Organic), Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Amodimethicone, Xanthan Gum, Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense) Oil, Citrus Aurantium (Neroli) Oil (Organic), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil (Organic), Citrus Aurantium (Sweet Orange) Oil (Organic), 21% Organic Content
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.