Ethical Fashion Part 2: The Big Winners and Losers in Australian and NZ Fashion

Fashion’s most and least ethical brands – 2018 edition 

According to Baptist World Aid Australia, here are a list of fashion’s most ethical brands and least ethical brands. There are a lot of parameters in which to judge a brand as being ethical. For the purpose of this article, an ethical fashion brand is defined and graded according to the systems and processes they…

Product review: My Organic's Goji Miracle Mask

Product review: My Organic’s Goji Miracle Mask

I was a bit dubious when I first tried this product because I had never heard of this brand. Although a winning product feature was that it wasn't tested on animals and was made from all organic ingredients.  This is yet another hair calming and soothing balm. It can be used in place of a…

Product review: Natio's makeup range

Product review: Natio’s makeup range

About Natio  Natio is an Australian brand of cosmetics that is available in department stores and chemists in Australia and New Zealand. Underpinning their brand is a philosophy about creating make up and skincare that's kind to the environment and uses only plant-derived, vegan ingredients. Also most importantly for me, is that they do not…

Product review: Palmer's Shea Formula Curl Cream

Product review: Palmer’s Shea Formula Curl Cream

Yet another great cruelty-free product, this one is far superior to its non-cruelty free competitors. I have tried many hair oils and frizz calming serums in the past but none actually do what they claim and stop my head from looking like a poodle that just walked out of a hurricane.  If you have frizzy,…

Vintage textile: A treasure trove of fashion

Vintage textile: A treasure trove of online fashion from days of yore

Are you a fan of period clothing of the like seen on Downton Abbey, Poldark, Harlots and so on? I am and I'm not ashamed to admit that. Although the sublime beauty of these forms of clothing hides the fact of how uncomfortable women were, in their corsets and itchy lace and canvas constructions. Still…

Product Review: Natural Instinct Skincare Range

Product Review: Natural Instinct Skincare Range

I came upon the Natural Instinct range via the new Chemist Warehouse which opened up in St Lukes Auckland. Chemist Warehouse is a gigantic Australian supermarket style chemist like Boots or Superdrug in the UK, they stock a lot of variety in makeup and skincare brands. One of the major bugbears and annoyances I've found…

Cruelty Free Product Review: Dream Cream

Cruelty Free Product Review: Dream Cream

As you well know, I am obsessed with trying out organic skin care from New Zealand and Australia. In the past I have reviewed Warbotanicals, Dermalab and other brands. I always review skincare that I actually like and I haven’t been paid for this post at all, it’s not sponsored. I came across Dream Cream…

Cruelty Free Product Review: Warbotanicals

Cruelty Free Product Review: Warbotanicals

Warbotanicals is a community skin care range that was created 14 years ago by partners in work and love Donna Fowler and her partner Richard. Beginning with one shop in Warburton, Victoria, the range has expanded and is now a thriving online business with the range travelling to farmers markets throughout Victoria, Australia. Donna uses her…

Ethical Fashion Part 2: The Big Winners and Losers in Australian and NZ Fashion

Ethical Fashion Part 2: The Big Winners and Losers in Australian and NZ Fashion

In Part 1, we discussed the exceptional documentary about the fashion industry The True Cost, and also the catastrophe at Rana Plaza which killed 1,100 workers in a sweat shop in Bangladesh. In this part, we will analyse the report which exposes brands for their ethical or unethical practices. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdLf4fihP78 I will most definitely be…

Ethical Fashion Part 1: The Definitive 2015 Report

Ethical Fashion Part 1: The Definitive 2015 Report

What is the true cost of the clothes we wear? This is a question posed in the much-needed expose documentary about fashion and textile production in the Third World - True Cost, watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaGp5_Sfbss Watching this documentary about fast fashion, it got me thinking about where I source my clothing from. I…

Two products that I would not recommend from Lush

Two Products From Lush That Are Less Than Great

Although there are a couple of real winners from Lush, (which I have mentioned in my previous post ere are also a few products that leave much to be desired. In the spirit of honesty and keeping my product reviews balanced, here are a couple of products that I have not really been at all…

Seven Products from Lush That Will Convert You To The Cult (Of Lush)

Seven Products from Lush That Will Convert You To The Cult (Of Lush)

As you probably already know, I am obsessed with Lush. Although for good reason, it does exactly what it claims on the tin. Which is completely refreshing given the amount of bullshit that's touted by cosmetic companies, all trying to make a buck out of crappy products. For a change, with Lush, what they say…

Product Review: Nellie Tier's Hydrating Mask

Cruelty Free Product Review: Nellie Tier’s Hydrating Mask

This is not a sponsored post - It's yet another skin care product review of a terrific body lotion by New Zealand organic skincare range, Nellie Tier. The botanical extracts in the Anar and Palmarosa Hydrating Mask are really soothing and cooling and tend to leave your skin feel refreshed. This sort of moisturiser is…

Product Review: The Charity Pot (How to Gush About Lush)

Cruelty Free Product Review: The Charity Pot (How to Gush About Lush)

Let me start off by saying - this is not a sponsored post. This is me wanting to gush about Lush and their superb Charity Pot body lotion. As promised I am going to write about ethical, cruelty free products. This one really takes the cake. Compared to other vibrantly coloured and perfumed products in…

Creatures of the forest on ETSY: I dare you to leave your bankcard alone!

Creatures of the forest on ETSY: I dare you to leave your bankcard alone!

ETSY is the best place to buy handmade and ethical gifts that are made with love. I have bought many things in the past from here and they always go down a treat with recipients. Here are some inspired by woodland animals. Plush Fox Pillow by Laura Frisk Cute as a button and pretty cheap, there…

Cruelty Free Product Review: Dermalab's Super Hydrating Moisturiser

Cruelty Free Product Review: Dermalab’s Super Hydrating Moisturiser

Dermalab is a Kiwi-made, Kiwi-owned skincare range that's aimed at the budget end of the market. It has simple and unassuming branding that's pleasing to the eye and functional but not fancy. Simple, straight-forward branding informs the user that they have found a simple 1-2-3-4-5 routine that works for pretty much all skin types including…

Welcome to Ethical & Cruelty Free Products

The Three Step Guide to Buying Cruelty Free

Firstly, The Dodgy List  Although many brands do test on animals or use animal-based ingredients (ie. non-vegan) ingredients, they get around this with some amazing marketing spin. As an self-described spin-doctor for brands myself, I still find this sort of deception repulsive.  Here's some confusing and vague words to watch out for on product packaging:…

Welcome to Ethical & Cruelty Free Products

Welcome to Ethical & Cruelty Free Products

In this new section of my blog, I will review high quality, ethical and cruelty free products that are not tested on animals. Also, I will try and review vegan cosmetics products and those produced from recycled or upcycled materials. I am talking about mostly cosmetics and skin care products, but also ethical fashion, shoes…