Happy holidays to all you Easter bunnies out there!
With a site called I Love Bunny, it should come as no surprise that this is a time of year which I hold very dear.
Those chubby cheeks chomping away on hay and treats are enough to melt the coldest of hearts. That’s why this time every year, well-meaning families and friends go out and buy cute little bunnies for their loved ones for Easter.
What they might not realize is that having a bunny is essentially the same as becoming a parent overnight. Bunnies require a lot of time, attention and commitment. Many folks are simply not prepared for the commitment and end up abandoning their bunnies soon after Easter.
Our innocent furry friends, frightened and unable to fend for themselves, mostly perish on the roads.
That’s why I implore you and anyone you know, not to buy a bunny, adopt if you must, but only if you’re looking for a life companion that will always be there for you but at the same time will also always depend on you completely. A bunny is for life, not just for Easter.
And for those of you who want to do more to protect our furry friends, you can!
For the last few years I’ve been closely following the global efforts of certain beauty brands who have made significant efforts to use their positions to drive positive change. One such brand is The Body Shop.Animal testing harms up to 500,000 animals each year. That includes bunnies, dogs, hamsters and a whole host of other animals. The Body Shop with Cruelty Free International is calling on the UN to put an end to such practice.
After 20 years of campaigning, the European Union finally banned animal tested cosmetics and ingredients on 11th March 2013.
This was a landmark moment, but most other countries, including major Asian countries still have no laws banning animal testing.
With recent technological advances, alternatives to animal testing such as computer models, studies on human tissues, cell cultures or even volunteer studies, are proving to be cheaper, faster and often more effective, especially when you consider that with our differing biologies and physiologies, cosmetics and ingredients rarely affect humans in the same way they do animals.
So let’s work together and ban animal testing worldwide!
Show your support by signing this petition now – thebodyshop.com/ban-animal-testing
With all this in mind, let me share with you some of my current favourite The Body Shop products which are all made from only ethically sourced ingredients.
Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask ($32.90)
It’s estimated that by 2030, 60% of the worlds population will be living in urban areas and with such extreme urbanization, we can of course expect there to be lots more pollution.
Bad for the environment and on a more personal level, it’s very bad for your skin. But let’s not wait until 2030 before we start doing something about it.
This Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask can help to remove the pollution, oil, makeup and debris from your skin that unchecked could cause cellular damage, dryness, inflammation, pigmentation and premature aging.
Think of it as younger looking radiant skin in a tub!
The Body Shop’s Drops of Light Pure Healthy Brightening Range
Next up we have The Body Shop’s Drops of Light Brightening Essence Lotion (160ml – $32.90 and Eye Cream (15ml – $36.90).
The Essence is a refreshing lotion that quickly penetrates into the skin to deliver light hydration, enhance clarity, brightness and even skin tone.
This Drop of Light Brightening Eye Cream is great for a quick fix offering visibly brighter skin after just the first use.
Formulated with brightening Red Algae Extract harvested from the North Atlantic, rich in vitamin C, minerals and nutrients, with regular use, both products can help skin appear brighter and healthier, while skin texture is smoothed, refined and plumped with moisture.
Down To Earth Quad Eye Shadow ($36)
The Quad Eye shadow palette offers a wide range of neutral shades to highlight the natural beauty of all skin tones and eye colours.
Available in eight shades and three different finishes (true mattes, iridescent shimmer and eye-catching sparkles), if you have a few sets, you can swap out individual shades from the case to make sure you have your fave colours with you while the in-case mirror means you’ll always be ready to go.
The shades can be used dry for easy blending, or wet for more intense, vibrant colours and looks.
Vitamin E Gentle Cleansing Facial Wipes ($12.90)
Formulated with Vitamin E, wheatgerm oil and Community Trade Italian Olive Oil, these multi-purpose cleansing wipes are suitable for all skin types and can remove makeup, tone and moisturize simultaneously, making them your new best friend when you’re packing for your next trip.
I’m Wild About You
Some of you might remember a The Body Shop event I had the good fortune of attending in 2016. The event which was held in the run-up to Christmas, was lovingly called Jungle Bells (a spin on Jingle Bells gettit???) and I received this too cute to use personalized ‘Wild About You’ body butter.
The event was jungle themed and we were introduced to The Body Shop’s Bio-Bridges initiative to regenerate 75 million square meters of jungle and forests worldwide by 2020, making a commitment (and deadline) to protect forests from exploitation, poaching and unsustainable harvesting.
The Body Shop works to establish corridors to connect isolated habitats, joining healthy rainforests with deforested or degraded lands to restore ecosystems so endangered plants can regenerate and animals can breed and thrive again, what they have lovingly termed ‘Bio-Bridges’.
Every purchase of the 2016 body butter saw proceeds going to this initiative and now The Body Shop is back at it again with a brand new product! Woohoo!
Amazonian Saviour Multi-Purpose Balm ($16)
Featuring an exclusive design by renowned UK tattoo artist Saira Hunjan, the Amazonian Savior Multi-Purpose Balm is a multi-tasking wonder, suitable for nourishing severely dry skin, revitalizing the appearance of tattoos as well as improving the appearance of skin marks.
£1.30 (S$2.30) from every Amazonian SaviourTM Multi-Purpose Balm purchased will go towards building bio-bridges to help protect endangered species whilst enabling communities to live more sustainably.
The product is 100% organic, made from nine natural and ethically sourced ingredients (including Babbassu Oil from Brazil and Beeswax).
I’ve always been very impressed with The Body Shop’s unwavering commitment to giving back to the community and raising awareness about environmental issues.
Sourcing quality ingredients and accessories from expert producers around the world for 30 years, The Body Shop continues to support community trade by talking the talk and walking the walk, practicing ethically and working to enrich the communities and environment we all depend upon.
Kick The Bag!
Now before you go rushing down to your local The Body Shop store, hold it!
One last tip!
Bring your own bag! Every time you shop at The Body Shop and bring your own bag, The Body Shop will donate 10 cents to protecting wildlife through their Bio-Bridges initiative. No fret if you’ve forgotten, you can pick up one of The Body Shop’s own reusable bags and they’ll still donate 10 cents on your behalf.
So what do you say? If we all do our part, we can make a difference!
Are you with me??
Finally, have an egg-cellent and egg-citing Easter! We’ll speak again soon! Muuuuaaah!