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• In-vitro techniques involving donated
human tissue or cell cultures using
donated human corneas from eye banks,
or synthetic or reconstructed human skin
• Using human volunteers
• Computer modelling and maths simulation
programs, for example to predict a
chemical's toxicity or irritancy and its likely
interaction with other compounds, based
on what's known already about substances
with a similar structure.
"Third party certification is what to look
for when shopping for cruelty-free cosmetics
"There are several independent third
parties that certify products as having not
been tested on animals, including Choose
Cruelty Free, the Leaping Bunny and PETA.
"These organisations compile lists of
companies that sign statutory declarations
promising they do not test nor allow others
to test on their behalf any products or
ingredients on animals.
"They do not certify companies that sell
their products in markets like China, where
animal testing is required.
"However, it's important to note that in
some cases even companies that abstain
from the Chinese market may be penalised
by the certifiers on the basis of their parent
company's stance on animal testing.
"Avoid products with 'new' or 'improved'
ingredients if you can't establish that they
haven't been tested on animals."
SPA+CLINIC spoke to some pur veyors of
products who are passionate about anti-cruelty.
"At Lycogel we believe that beauty and
health are one and the same," says Caroline
Johns, a spokesperson for the "conceal while
you heal" makeup brand.
"When people buy Lycogel, they're not
just getting long-lasting coverage, they're
also making an investment in the longterm
condition of their skin.
"For this reason, at Lycogel we ensure
that no animal- sourced materials are used
in any of our products.
"Instead, we developed the revolutionary
LYCO-Complex which contains a carefully
balanced set of 12 active ingredients that
work together to deliver oxygen, moisture
and nutrients to the skin.
The high quality active ingredients in
all Lycogel products include antioxidants,
hyaluronic acid as well as plant extracts
such as Centella Asiatica (aka "Tiger
Grass"), barley, sandalwood and bark
extracts, as well as squalene which is
produced from olives.
"Lycogel products were originally
developed to be used by doctors
immediately after most cosmetic procedures
to camouflage the signs of inter vention,
enabling patients to resume their normal
activities in the shortest possible time. For
this reason, the 12 active ingredients in the
LYCO Complex are formulated specifically
to counteract heat sensation, swelling and
to camouflage any bruising or redness while
providing skin with soothing relief.
"Our products are hypoallergenic and
suited for even the most sensitive skin
conditions. They can even be applied
to heavily irritated skin or after a skin
treatment, surgery or burn wounds -- and
will support the healing of skin.
"However, the benefits of this unique
formula have also made Lycogel a product
that is perfect to use as everyday makeup,
with active ingredients delivering skincare
benefits for all types of skin conditions
including acne, pigmentation, sensitive skin,
rosacea or for anti-ageing."
When NSW Central Coast mum of five
Cher Donaldson, 35, found herself
spending more than she felt comfortable
with on makeup that fit her values
(natural, cruelty-free etc), what to do but
create her own range!
There's an old proverb that "necessity is
the mother of invention", and in Cher's case
that was literally the story behind her cult
mineral makeup brand, Alluring Minerals,
launched in 2013.
Passionate about all things natural
to promote good health, Cher made
sure Alluring Minerals products are full
of goodies and no nasties, financially
accessible and suit all ages and skin types -
and cruelty free.
The quality, textures and colours are
sublime, as team SPA+CLINIC can attest
"I researched and researched, focusing
solely on suppliers with the same ethos as
me - all-natural, cruelty-free cosmetics,
using only the highest quality ingredients,"
"My aim was to be able to give all women
who love makeup and skincare access to
natural, organic, high quality cosmetics at
an accessible price.
"We're also very passionate about
raising awareness around cruelty free
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