Cruelty-Free Hand Soaps

There are two “home” things that always make me excited for the season to change, and with the passing of yet another Ground Hog’s Day (Here in the U.S.) I thought it’d be a great time to invite spring into my home. The two “home” things I LOVE more than anything are:

  1. Candles
  2. Hand Soap

So, I don’t have any new cf candles at the moment, I’m on a hunt. If you have any to recommend leave a comment below. I’m in dire need of new scents/companies that are cf!

This means that I have some new hand soaps that I love! ❤

I recently ran out of my YesTo hand soaps, (which were amazing! I’ll do a review about those soon) and I wanted to try another brand. While I was shopping at Target the other day, I stumbled across the Seventh Generation selection. I’m currently into anything that is citrus scented. This is mostly because I’ve been sick and the idea of clean citrus makes me feel a little better.

I bought two on this trip. One for our master bathroom and another for the kitchen.

They’re both 12fl oz.; The orange colored one is Mandarin, Orange, and Grapefruit scented. Its great! Not overpowering at all, such a light and fresh scent. The blue one is more anti-bacterial (but not harsh and stripping) and has a lemon grass & tea tree scent. I’ve been LOVING tea tree scents since I purchased the BodyShop face wash so this makes me very happy 😀 This is also a nice and light scent, not too overwhelming.

So far, I’d recommend this soap (in these two scents at least). It leaves a nice, clean feeling without being drying. It also lathers extremely well, which I love because it actually looks like its cleaning better. They were both only $3 USD at my local target. I think thats a great price for a more natural and good quality hand soap.

I hope you found this helpful! Are there any hand soaps that you just LOVE? Oh, and do you have any cf candles recommendations?

Speak to you soon,

-Dianna ❤

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Whisker Wednesday: RIP Oliver

OliverThis post is difficult for me to write and has to do with a personal/emotional topic. I just ask that everyone reading this post takes the time to consider that all decisions that were made regarding our family pet were what we believed were best for him. Thank you in advance for this respect.

This past May my beautiful cat, named Oliver, was not feeling too well… We took him to a vet (not one that we had been to before because we recently moved) and they stated that he had probably gotten into something, like electrical wires, that he wasn’t suppose to have been eating. They didn’t take his blood and they said they would call back the next business day with results from other tests. We never heard back from them.

Frantically looking for another vet office, we found one that specializes in cats. We took him in, he was looking thinner and acting even stranger. They took blood and got back to us within 24hrs.

It wasn’t good.

Oliver was going through kidney failure and was in really bad shape. They told us our options and, in his case, the only logical (and in our opinion, ethical) thing to do was to euthanize poor sweet Oliver. This was the most devastating thing that had happened to one of my pets… He was only four years old. We had him for three of those four years, and I was away at my University for almost 80% of his time with us.

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There are three parts of his death that make me upset to even think about now.

The first being his age. He was still so young. My poor poor baby 😥

The second being that I had just moved into my first “official” apartment and was about to take him, and Velvet (my other cat that I spoke about here), back into my life. My mom was moving out of state and I chose this apartment almost entirely because of the screened patios that Oliver would have just LOVED… He only lived with me in this apartment for just under a month before this all happened.

The third being that the first Vet handled this situation HORRIBLY! I can’t even imagine the pain Oliver would have been through if we didn’t change vets… UGH!

Overall, Oliver was the first pet I felt a deep deep connection with and he was taken away just when we were going to be reunited.

Since his death I have gain a greater appreciation for my cat Velvet and for everyone I love in my life. It wasn’t until this happened that I honestly realized how short life can be and how much you need to spend time with those you love. Don’t waste your beautiful life on people and things that don’t fill you with as much love and happiness as you deserve.Oliver3

His passing also helped me get back on my CF journey. Oliver was a lucky cat who was greatly loved and respected. We respected him, his life and his pain.The thought that innocent animals are being tortured across the world every single day for the sake of beauty/lifestyle/etc. products and are denied the right to be placed in loving/nurturing and/or natural environments is disgusting. Every animal (including Humans) deserve respect and love.

I am happy for the time I had with Oliver. He really changed my life for the better and made me look at the world in a different way.

Rest easy my little smoosh ❤ We miss and love you everyday… even Velvet, who didn’t want you to know how much she needed you when you were still with us.

I’m sorry for such a heavy topic this Whisker Wednesday. Next week’s won’t be sad, I promise 🙂

Speak to you soon,

-Dianna ❤

Sample Review: Jasmine & Henna Fluff Eaze Hair Treatment

Hello everyone!

I did a LUSH/Sephora haul last week and have tried all of the products now 😀

In the haul I mentioned that I got a sample of the Jasmine & Henna Fluff hair treatment. My hair is VERY dry and processed by years of bleach and dye. When the LUSH employees told me I needed to buy this hair treatment I went to grab it… until I  saw that it was $23.95 USD… for 7.8 oz…. ahhhh!

So, as I said, I got a sample:
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Before I go into the review I wanted to include the video LUSH has on their website regarding the product, to give you a better understanding of what it claims to do and how to use it:

Source: Jasmine & Henna Fluff Eaze Hair Treatment | Hair Treatments | LUSH Cosmetics

Applying a cream to dry hair is a new thing for me, which felt so gross… My hair got all tangled and I ended up with knots. The smell is VERY potent and gave me an instant headache. I didn’t realize how strong the scent was until I took it out of the sample pot.

Because of all this, I had low hopes for the treatment, which was actually great since I didn’t want to spend  that much money on such a small amount of product. I left it in my hair for about 15-20 minutes and then took my migraine-ridden head to the shower. And I thought nothing of the product after I washed it out with my shampoo and conditioner except for the scent that lingered on my hands and hair for a couple of hours. If you don’t have a sensitive nose/head then maybe this will be your favorite scent. It’s very strong but it’s also very natural and deep. It has a slightly sweet, earthy… I’m SOO bad at describing scents. haha I would have loved the scent if it wasn’t so strong.

The next day, however, I changed my mind completely. I have never had my hair feel so soft. My frizz was gone, my hair wasn’t weighted down like most softnening treatments , and the once-sickly scent was now soft and earthy. The softness lasted a few washes but my hair is VERY damaged at he ends. In my opinion, it is worth the pain that it caused my head for a few hours.

Do I recommend: 100% Yes!

Pros: Made my hair SO soft, no longer frizzy, and feel light & healthy

Cons: Price, scent (when applying), it only lasted 2-3 washes (on my VERY damaged hair)

I will wait to buy a full pot of this, but I will make this a staple in my monthly hair care routine. I can’t use it too often, my bank account would hate me for it! lol

I hope you all enjoyed this review, some more reviews of my latest purchases will be coming your way shortly!

Speak to you soon,

-Dianna ❤

Whisker Wednesday: My little pup

Hello again!

It’s Whisker Wednesday. Do you know what that is?? No? OH NO! You must go read last week’s first Whisker Wednesday post here to find out!!! Go ahead… I’ll wait a little bit..

I would like to now re-introduce you to my 5 month old puppy named Dobby.

I already had a post about him, but I wanted to elaborate a little… I also want an excuse to show more pictures. He really is adorable ❤

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AHHH look at that face… and those paws ❤ ❤ ❤

Yes, he is named after Dobby, the house-elf from the Harry Potter series. He loves to steal socks (which I promptly take away… but he is a free elf I promise!), bark, eat, go for long walks on the beach… I’m assuming, and to cuddle on our very beige couch.

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He is a Miami Heat basketball fan (or at least my boyfriend is and he bought him a MH collar), he hates squirrels, loves to lick water off my legs after a shower, is a fanatic for ice cubes, and is growing so quickly it is making me so sad. 😥

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My boyfriend and I rescued Dobby this summer in Tennessee. He’s part hound (SOOOO VAUGE) and Lab. He’s a mutt and we love him so much. Puppies are a lot of work, but right when I think I can’t handle him anymore he comes and cuddles. I’m in puppy heaven and I don’t want him to grow up yet!

Have a great rest of your week! I’ll have a new post for you all on Friday 😀

Speak to you soon,

-Dianna ❤

The Body Shop Spree: Skincare Haul

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Hello everyone 😀

I spoke about The Body Shop issue I had last week… Here it is again, if you missed it.

But my online order came yesterday. YAY 😀

I have been having more acne issues than usual and have heard good things about The Body Shop’s tea tree assortment. They currently are having a great buy three get three sale (that makes it a BTGT… not as catchy… oh well lol). They’re also having a buy two get one free sale! 😀

I will be doing a review of what I think of these products once I’ve used them for a bit and can give a well rounded, honest review. Until then, here is a more in-depth look at my purchases:

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Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash – $13.00 USD

I have actually tried this facial wash before, but I was trying another face regimen (which didn’t work) and then I lost the bottle.. whoops… Well, here’s to second chances! Tea tree oil is drying for my skin, but not too drying, which will hopefully help with my acne.

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Aloe Vera Calming Toner – $14.00 USD

I knew that having ALL tea tree products would be entirely too drying for my skin, so I thought a hint of aloe would be soothing. I have never had great feelings towards a toner before, so let’s hope this one turns out well.

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Tea Tree Oil – $10.00 USD

This acne spot treatment is one of The Body Shop’s best sellers and EVERYONE I spoke to raved about it… I guess I had to get it, then lol. You just use a Q-Tip to disperse a small amount of the oil onto any problem areas. I’m most excited about this one 🙂

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Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream – $17.50 USD

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Seaweed Clarifying Night Treatment – $21.00 USD

Of course, no face regimen is complete without moisturizer. I didn’t want anything too heavy or scented, because I have relatively sensitive skin and I break out when moisturizers just have too much in them. These seem to be light on fragrance 🙂 I got a day cream, which has mattifying properties to help with oil/shine, and a nightly treatment is a little heavier to help smooth skin while I sleep.

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Tea Tree Face Mask – $16.50 USD

Last, but not least, is the tea tree face mask. I LOVE masks and I needed a new one. Whenever I feel a bad breakout coming on, I’ll use this one, since it has tea tree oil. I hope it works 🙂

I hope you all enjoyed this haul, I’ll be doing reviews on all of the stuff I bought as soon as I can gather up an honest idea of how they work for me!

Speak to you soon,

-Dianna ❤

P.S. Does anyone else hate these little cardboard wormy things?? I used to not mind them, but with two animals they end up EVERYWHERE I turn! haha

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Whisker Wednesday: My beautiful cat!

Hello everyone 😀

I wanted to make a weekly post about my animals to bring a little bit of furry cuteness to the CFC page. Alliterations are my fave, so Whisker Wednesday it is ❤

This week I want to introduce you to my cat! Her name is Velvet.IMG_1681

She is a six-year-old, solid black, american short hair. Velvet is actually named after our Humane Society’s “Black Velvet Club” for black animals. As a lover of all animals I was confused as to why we were now part of a “club” because of our little black beauty.

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Once we were officially the pet parents of Velvet, the Humane Society provided us with a booklet on “club” information. They put together this “Black Velvet Club” because of the lack of black animal adoptions within our city. I cannot speak for the entire U.S. but in our town black cats were the most likely to be euthanized due to lack of adoption than any other color cats.

Also, black cats are the center of superstition (especially on Friday the 13th and Halloween). There have been cases of horrific brutalization of black cats on these holidays. Once again, I cannot speak for the rest of America (or the world for this matter) but it is something was happening near me and it was sincerely upsetting. I named her after the club because they were honorably trying to make sure that black cats were not euthanized at such high rates by reducing adoption fees, offering free vaccinations through kitten-hood, and many other amazing things.

We have since moved away from that city, but this issue is something that will follow my heart wherever I go. I cannot imagine not having my little black princess or choosing any other cat over her simply because of her fur color.There are plenty of articles to find supporting and denying the black cat issues, feel free to look into any of this information 🙂

I hope Velvet’s cute little face has made your day a little better ❤

I will be back later this week with another haul, stay tuned!

Speak to you soon,

-Dianna ❤

Small Mall Haul: Sephora and LUSH

Today I went to my local mall only to find out that The Body Shop was no longer there… Many words were said by me to the empty bay in the middle of the mall.

Once I got over this bad news I decided to go get my hands on some products I’ve been wanting for a while now. I had to place an online order of the products I wanted from The Body Shop, so I will make a post about those soon!

I went to Sephora and LUSH, these are the results:
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Born This Way Foundation – Medium to Full Coverage – $39 USD

I am so excited that I picked up Born This Way by Too Faced at Sephora. I’ve only heard rave reviews so far about this product. It is my first more expensive foundation I’ve ever owned. As soon as I use it I’ll be sure to let you guys know. I’m not sure I believe that this is my actual color though, I think it looks too dark… We’ll have to see. I just love the box and product packaging. It is really cute!

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LUSH’s Shampoo Bar – Montalbano – $9.95 USD

Then I walked three stores down to LUSH. I spent too much time in there and only bought two things. One was this shampoo bar. Its called Montalbano and smells like lemons. I LOVE lemons and shampoo bars. A match made in citrus clean heaven. I’ve never tried this product either so keep your eyes peeled for a review… pun totally intended.

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LUSH’s Bar Soap – Sexy Peel – $6.40 USD for 3.5oz

My absolute favorite soap in LUSH is Sexy Peel. I’m so happy that I was able to pick some of this up during my shopping trip. It also smells like lemon, hence the name. This scent always wakes me up when I take those early morning showers and after a long steamy shower the whole bathroom smells super clean. I can’t wait to use it tomorrow morning ❤

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These are two samples that I’m really looking forward to using. Happy Hippy is a citrus scented body wash and Jasmine + Henna is a hair treatment for dry/frizzy locks. I have NO idea how these will end up, but I will let you know as soon as I do.

I can’t wait to try all of these products and let you know how they work!

Speak to you soon 😀

-Dianna ❤