Sunday, May 18, 2008

All I Want is a Good Moisturizer...

... that isn't tested on puppies. Is that too much for a girl to ask?

I went to Target tonight in search one one thing: a new facial moisturizer. (I'm not saying the Mary Kay tinted moisturizer I've been using this week is the cause of this horrible texture on my right cheek and forehead that only I can tell a difference in, but I figured I'd try a new moisturizer in a sort trial-and-error and thanks to Dr. Mom's advice.)

Here are my requirements:

  • oil-free (non-comedogenic)
  • light, not too heavy
  • sunscreen included is a plus, but not a deal-breaker if it's missing
  • not tested on animals
  • not too expensive (nothing over the $15 range)

Utter. Shopping. Failure. (Tear.)

So I'm googling... but while I'm at it... does anyone use one they'd suggest that meets my simple requirements?

(For the record, I did find some "choices" that were clearly marked as organic -another plus- and very much so not tested on animals, but upon inspecting the ingredients... were full of oils. Natural and good for you, I'm sure, but my skin will blemish up with any added oils. No thank you.)

May 22, 2008 Update: After doing some research and talking shop with some of the girls... here is an update on some of my skin-care findings. (Click to the comments to read the updates!)

June 12, 2008 Update: I have a "thing" about graphic layout on webpages... so since I'm getting lots of great feedback about this article, I'm going to include any new info in the comments so this post doesn't get too long!


  1. From Bobbi Brown:"Dear Ms. Jeffries,

    Thank you for your interest in Bobbi Brown, an Estee Lauder Companies brand.

    The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. is committed to the elimination of animal testing. We are equally committed to consumer health and safety, and bringing to market products that comply with applicable regulations in every country in which our products are sold. We do not conduct animal testing on our products or ingredients, nor ask others to test on our behalf, except when required by law. We evaluate our finished products in clinical tests on volunteer panels. Estée Lauder fully supports the development and global acceptance of non-animal testing alternatives. To this end, the Company works extensively with the industry at large and the global scientific community to research and fund these alternatives. Please view our products online at

    We trust that the above addresses your concern. We hope you will look to Bobbi Brown for all your essential beauty needs.

    Again, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and concerns.


    Sabigi Willie
    Response Representative
    Global Consumer Communications"Being the savvy-shopper I am, I know that being "committed" doesn't mean that they've stopped using animal testing all together. I respect that they're trying to move away from it, but if they really wanted to... they would just stop.I'll look for other alternatives when I can :-)

  2. From Bare Minerals:"Dear Lisa,

    Thank you for contacting Bare Escentuals.

    Please feel at ease with using Bare Escentuals products. We do not test any products on animals. We also do not work with any manufacturers that do animal testing.
    We hope this is helpful, but please do not hesitate to contact us with any additional questions you may have via email or by phone at 1-888-795-4747 during our business hours Monday through Saturday 5 AM to 9 PM, Sunday 7 AM to 4 PM Pacific Time.

    Customer satisfaction is Bare Escentuals #1 priority; we appreciate you taking the time to contact us.

    Warmest Regards,
    Bare Escentuals Beauty Associate
    Phone: 1.888.795.4747"

  3. From "Jen Trend" - my fabulous local Arbonne girl (who can be found at Buckhead's Ladies Night Martini & Makeover parties dishing out all sorts of great advice and fabulous products) - here's the scoop on her product offerings:You have yourself some good requirements for skincare. Let’s see what we can do . . .All our products are oil-free. When it comes to ingredients we use the best and make sure they are not occlusive, which means it does not clog pores. If you look on most packages of moisturizers you will find that over 90% of the stuff out there has mineral oil (sometimes called something else) which is occlusive and will clog pores.We do not test on animals and we do not us animal by-products. Many companies use filler which is made of animal leftovers. Ick! We do not do this. Also there are many ingredients that are animal by-products that we aren’t aware of. Lanolin is sheep sweat!Texture – we have many to choose from. Some have SPF, some do not.Price – We also have many different price points. For all that you are looking for – quality ingredients with sunscreen – you are going to pay more. But think about what you are getting.Suggestions: I use a moisturizer in the Intelligence line. It is a little thick and does not have SPF but is less expensive - $38.50 for a tube that lasts me between 4-6 months (no kidding – you only need a little!) Intelligence Moisturizer
    The other is in the anti-aging line. It’s lighter in texture and has SPF 8. It’s more expensive, $49.50, but also lasts at least 5 months. RE9 Day Cream

  4. From a inquiry sent to Dr. Hauschka's customer service department (I read online from a fan that they were cruelty-free, so I wanted to confirm):Dear Lisa,
    Thank you for your recent inquiry. Dr.Hauschka Skin Care opposes animal testing. We do not perform animal testing nor do we use ingredients that have been tested on animals. Dr.Hauschka Skin Care products comply with guidelines regarding animal testing set forth by both PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) and the BDIH (German Federation of Natural Products Manufacturers). Details on these guidelines may be accessed online at: and If you have any further questions please feel free to call us at the number below. Thank you.Kindly,
    Customer Service Department
    Dr.Hauschka Skin Care, Inc.
    20 Industrial Drive East
    South Deerfield, MA 01373
    800-247-9907 Direct Order Line
    413-397-1480 Fax

  5. And from Lisa S., a girl-to-girl recommendation of an eye cream that makes any hungover morning (or... afternoon) more beautiful:Random FYI for you- I got this new Bioelements eye cream, and although I should look like I have a hangover, I don't. I have serious circle problems, and this has kicked it. One of my friends rolled up in my car at 8:30, and I got in to take him to his car, and was like "Wow, I look awake".I'm checking into BioElement's practices regarding animals, and if they can pass that test, I'm tracking down my local distributor ASAP! I'll be sure to update when I hear back!