It’s not often I have a facial. In addition to being on a strict budget, I can barely find the time to floss these days — let alone the time to luxuriate in a much-needed exfoliation.
So you can imagine how elated I was to find a gift certificate I was given last Hanukah for a facial at Erbe, a spa (and skin-care line) that uses essential oil nutrients as the base of all their products, which, incidentally, are 100% cruelty-free. The ingredients are all organic, and the recycled brochure clearly states that there is no animal testing. There are no animal products used, either (obviously, or I wouldn’t have been given a gift certificate for a facial there).
As is made evident in today’s New York Times article, “Now, the Cosmetics Jar Matters, Too,” featuring Girlie Girl Army‘s vegan vixen, Chloe Jo Davis, cruelty free products are all the rage. From the NYT:
“LET’S face it, I’m a green drag queen who uses a lot of beauty products and loves them,” said Chloe Jo Davis, who blogs about environmental and vegan issues. “No offense, but we don’t want to look like stinky hippies. In my bathroom, I want products that are good for me, good for the earth, that will make me look glam. And, the product, too, has to look good.” Meet the new eco-beauty enthusiasts, who demand that everything from their hair gel to their nail polish be earth friendly, not just on the inside but outside, too.
Animal-friendly businesses like Erbe are saving animals, one exfoliated face at a time — and they’re giving the earth a long, sweet hug while they’re at it.