I have heard a lot of glowing reports about Nude Skincare from a variety of beauty editors and journalists. I have read many articles about their founders, one of whom is Ali Hewson aka Mrs Bono who also co-founded the eco luxury fashion label Edun. Her keen eye as a businesswoman has never been a barrier to her environmental activism- in fact, it has only enhanced it.
Nude skincare was founded on the belief that scientific advances and natural, organic beauty do not have to be mutually exclusive. They have been at the forefront of using alternative methods to animal testing, such as in vitro testing. Their products boast natural ingredients such as omega oils, plant and seed extracts, fruit kernels and leaf waxes.
I have written about how much my skin loves jojoba oil before and this exfoliator by The Jojoba Company is easily the best exfoliate I have ever tried. Hands down. Big claim, I know, but nothing works as beautifully as this product to rid my skin of any flaky, dryness while also providing a burst of hydration.
Silk proteins, sometimes referred to as hydrolysed silk proteins, are used as an additive in skin and hair care products due to its moisture preservation characteristics. It creates a protective barrier and that ‘silky’ feeling to lotions, body washes, soaps, moisturisers, cleansers, shampoos, conditioners, mascaras, lipsticks and hair styling products.
Carmine, also called cochineal, is a red colored pigment that is commonly found in lipsticks, eyeshadows, blush, bronzers and sometimes illuminaters and highlighters. Also referred to as Crimson Lake, Natural Red 4 or E120, carmine is sourced from the Cochinal beetle.
Cochinal beetles are native to South America and Mexico and live as parasites on cactus plants. The red pigment is found in the shells of the female insects and in order to extract it, thousands of insects are collected and placed into bags in order and killed by either being immersed in hot water or boiled in steam or gas ovens. They are then crushed and boiled in a sodium carbonate or ammonia solution to obtain the red acidic pigment left behind.. Yes, your favourite shade of red lipstick is manufactured with the body of a creepy, crawly little bug.
The title of this post is pretty gruesome- animal fat and tissue and blood and bones and hoofs and horns and feathers and organs all being an ingredient in your skincare, make up, shampoos and body care products. Your conditioner has cow hoof in it and your eye shadow has animal tissues & fat.
People are become aware of the cruelty involved with slaughterhouses. Meatfree is a common word, think of all the meat free Monday type campaigns. Avoiding meat is no longer unusual. The reality of eating meat- the routine slaughter of animals raised by the meat industry, the pollution to the environment, the unsuitability the plight & stress of the abboitor workers. No one thinks about the parts of the animal that are left over, useless for human consumption. The skeleton and the hooves or the feathers and the organs. What happens to all that…stuff?