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Phewww! It’s very, very hot! Too much for me to go out during the day. I've been heading down to the beach for a SUP and swim in the evening. I get 15 minutes of sun before it disappears behind a mountain at which point the beach completely empties and I have it all to myself! Wonderful!
During the day I have my blinds down and my fans on, even my cats who are still only 2 years old and bundles of energy are spending their days relaxing in bushes or laying out on the tile floors. The basement is a little cooler so I might need to transfer my home office down there!
Luckily, Italy is used to hot summers and the infrastructure to cope with the heat. I remember past summers in London which were unusually hot and the public transport was unbearable! Good luck to everyone who needs to get around for work!
I’ve been making the most of my time inside and have written a few articles for the next Global Makeup Awards magazine which will be coming out on July 21 along with the announcement of winners from the 2022 Global Green Beauty Awards!
We have had over 400 entries for these awards which really shows the commitment from the beauty industry towards environmentally friendly products and business practices! Speaking of which, look out for the articles in the magazine which cover waterless products and zero-waste practices.
Previous winners at these immensely popular, and important, awards include:-
BEST ZERO WASTE BEAUTY PRODUCT GOLD WINNER - Molton Brown Coastal Cypress & Sea Fennel Refillable Glass Bottle
BEST 'GREEN' SHOWER PRODUCT GOLD WINNER -
REN Skincare Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium Anti-Fatigue Body Wash
BEST PLASTIC FREE BEAUTY PRODUCT GOLD WINNER FFS BEAUTY -Pink Clay Shampoo Bar
BEST CLEAN BEAUTY PRODUCT GOLD WINNER -
Orpheus Resurrection Bio-Luminous Dewy Essence
Three Warriors Face Tan Aqua Mist
Molton Brown has an excellent reputation for top-quality products, service and customer satisfaction. It’s simply marvellous to see it continuing to innovate and to swiftly adapt to changing customer requirements. Their Gold in the Best No-waste Product category really demonstrates that they don’t rely on their reputation to sell products but are at the forefront of new practices.
Meanwhile, REN SKINCARE took several awards including BEST 'GREEN' SHOWER PRODUCT GOLD WINNER for their Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium Anti-Fatigue Body Wash. Definitely look out for these guys at this year’s awards!
Watch out for the full list of winners this Thursday! We can’t wait to show you all the new ideas and fantastic progress that has been made over the past 12 months. These awards are not only fun to do but also extremely rewarding. We love the friendly competition between top brands, all doing everything they can to provide eco-friendly products in the most sustainable way, without sacrificing quality.
So, be sure to join us for the announcement of winners this Thursday! Its going to be huge! We can’t wait!
Ciao for now!
Vegan? Cruelty free? We look into what is behind the words for the beauty industry
The 2020 Global Green Beauty awards is aimed at beauty brands who are trying to bring out more green beauty lines or clean beauty lines. The idea is to educate and to move towards a more eco conscious direction for beauty brands and to celebrate those brands which are already greener and cleaner.
There are many ways to be green and clean, for example being plastic free, zero waste, natural, organic, vegan and cruelty free. But being one doesn't necessary mean you are the other. So in today's blog post we thought we would go through some environmental and ecological terminology as it isn't always that clear. It is one thing when you're in the supermarket picking up organic eggs, but another thing when you are browsing for the latest beauty products.
What is Vegan beauty?
Vegan beauty products by definition contain no animal products or animal derivatives. That means, no lanolin, no beeswax, no honey, no collagen, no gelatin for example.
Vegan cosmetics does not necessarily therefore mean it is not tested on animals. The term purely means it contains no animal products or derivatives. Saying that, many many ethical brands try to tick all the boxes and they will often be both vegan and cruelty free beauty products. However, saying it is Vegan is not enough to ensure it is cruelty free, it also needs to state that too in order to be certain it is. Often this is written on the packaging, or on the website, otherwise you can check with the manufacturer directly.
What are cruelty free beauty products?
Ok, so for a brand to be cruelty free, it needs to not test the products on animals at any stage.
That sounds easy, so where does the gray area begin?
Often companies say they are 'required by law' to test on animals. This is more often than not for global brands where in some countries it is necessary to test on animals for the product to be able to be sold there. That means, those companies are not cruelty free, as at some stage (to sell the products in some countries) they have to test on animals, even if it is through a third party.
So is my cruelty free product vegan?
As we said above, being cruelty free does not equate to the product being vegan. This is as though no animals may have been tested on, the product may still contain a product like honey, and therefore not be considered as vegan as the ingredients include animal derivatives.
That's quite a lot of information when looking at vegan and cruelty free cosmetics brands, but we hope that cleared up some questions for you for when you are next browsing for your next beauty purchase.
We celebrate all brands that are making efforts to support the environment, whether in its ingredients, ethics, testing or more. Slowly slowly, we are all becoming more aware about the environment and our impact on it, as well as its impact on us. We look forward to sharing the winners showcase with you for the 2020 Global Green Beauty Awards on the 10th August when we announce the winners in the Global Makeup Magazine. This awards is for all brands who have products which are in some way, ethical, green and of course clean.
Have a great day,
The Global Makeup Awards team xx
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Read more about the great brands who win the Global Makeup Awards and Global Green Beauty Awards. Mostly written by Dan in Lake Garda, Italy!
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