Although the movement for ethical make up and body products has been around for a long time, it was probably Anita Roddick’s Body Shop that really publicised cruelty-free beauty treatments.
The Body Shop brought to high streets around the UK the concept of beauty products – whether blusher and lipstick or shower gel and body lotion – that had been produced without cruel testings on animals. By the time the Body Shop rolled out, most people were aware that animals had been subjected to horrible laboratory tests such as having shampoo squirted into their eyes, being made to inhale cigarette smoke all day round, or having products injected into them. All the while, many animals were chained up.
‘Not tested on animals'soon became a label that ethical consumers wanted to read on their make up and other beauty products, but even that does not mean that animal sources are not used. For vegans and other people who do not want any products derived from animals, the label has to read ‘suitable for vegetarians/vegans’.
Sometimes you can be horrified to find that your favourite pampering products do not meet this criterion, so for the real vegans amongst us, here are some top vegetarian recipes for home beauty treatments.
First of all, there are the old classics, applying slices of cucumber or cold, used teabags to your eyes. Lie back, close your eyes, and place the piece of your choice upon your closed eyelids. Both cucumber and cold teabags are cooling and relaxing, and will help get rid of any swelling.
For the face as a whole, there is nothing like a mask made of the mashed flesh of papaya, also known as pawpaw, mixed with a couple of drops of an essential oil that is good for the skin, such as rosemary or tea tree. Leave the messy gloop on while in the bath, then rinse off for a beautiful, smooth face.
This mixture can be put into ice cube trays and frozen, then one cube can be taken out before a bath to be readied for your treatment.
Veggies or not, there is no reason why you can’t have top quality home treatments.
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