Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Beauty Without Cruelty

A new beauty product line on the shelf means a must try in my book. We're not talking blush or lipstick, but conditioner and face lotion. BWC, Beauty Without Cruelty is the brand. Not everything from them is gluten free, but they do have a nice tab on their website that lists out the gluten free options. I have been trying out their leave in conditioner for about the last month and I really like it. I'm more used to a spray leave in, versus a cream, which is what this one is, but if your hair is in need of extra conditioning, this seems to work well.

I use it about every three or four days; after I towel dry, I evenly disburse about a finger tip's worth throughout my whole head. I use a flat iron on a regular basis, and noticed a big difference with my bangs being less frizzy since I started using this stuff. Just be careful to not use too much or your hair will get overly stiff when it dries.

I've also been using their daily face lotion with SPF 15. I like that it doesn't really have a scent to it; not even basic lotion smell really. It's a thick cream and a little can go a ways, but don't overly rub it in, or it will peel a little. It's almost like you need to let it cool or set. For about $12 a bottle, I think it's a nice medium between cheap, bad for your skin lotions, and more high end cosmetic brands. I will certainly by the leave in conditioner again but I'm still on the fence with the face lotion.

Leave in Conditioner Ingredients:
Botanical infusion (rosemary, chamomile, sage, horsetail, nettle, lavender), certified organic aloe vera gel, cetearyl alcohol (from coconut oil),cetereth-twenty (from coconut oil), panthenol (vitamin B factor), soy protein, allantoin, jojoba oil, biotin (vitamin B factor), organic aroma-therapeutic essential oils of Ylang Ylang and Lavender, citric acid (from citrus fruit), sodium benzoate, ethyl hexyl glycerin, potassium sorbate, vitamin C (ascorbic acid).

Face Lotion Ingredients: Active: Octinoxate 7.5% and Oxybenzone 6.0% Inactive: purified water, glycerin, helianthus annuus (sunflower) oil*, Aloe barbadensis (aloe) leaf juice*, glyceryl stearate, ethyl hexyl palmitate, stearic acid, dimethicone, glyceryl monolaurate, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, cetearyl alcohol, tocopherol acetate, tocopherols, Macrocystis pyrifera (kelp) extract, squalane**, allantoin, panthenol, Anthemis nobilis (chamomile) extract*, Calendula officinalis (calendula) extract*, hyaluronic acid, sodium carbomer, Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, Lavandula hybrida (lavandin) extract*, Arnica montana (arnica) extract*, Camellia sinensis (white tea) extract*, Rosa canina (rose hip) oil*, Linum usitatissimum (flax) seed oil*, Borago officinalis (borage) seed oil*, lecithin, Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, phenoxyethanol, ethyl hexyl glycerin, benzyl alcohol. 30% Organiz Content *organic ingredients NOP certified by one of BSC, QAI, OTCO or CCOF. **Vegetable Source.


Shea Butter said...

This is my first purchase of BWC products, their hair spray. It is made up of botanical extracts of lavender, ginseng, cucumber and rosemary, along with panthenol (vitamin B factor), butyl ester of pvm/ma copolymer (thickener and hair fixative), and vitamin E. The gentle recipe of this product holds the hair well without stripping away the natural oils. Your hair does not become dry like it might with some other hair sprays. The plant products and the aloe vera create body and shine. The fragrance is a pleasant somewhat earthy floral without being over powering.

mare said...

I am THRILLED to see BWC back!!! It was my favorite personal product and cosmetic company in the 80s.