Ok, I admit that when it comes to taking off my make up at the end of the night, I’m not as vigilant about it as I should be. So I prefer something that can get the job done without too much of a struggle, and of course I don’t want to use a product unless it’s cruelty free. At the same time, I have sensitive skin, so I try not to use stuff that’s too oily or harsh or I’m going to end up with a face crisis. Unable to find anything that fits all these requirements, for a while I’ve just been doing the best I can when washing my face at night.

Philosophy just release me

Enter Philosophy Just Release Me Eye Makeup Remover. My BFF Lisa introduced me to this product after she had a make up situation where she literally had make up on her face that wouldn’t come off. A clerk at Sephora recommended it to her and she found it worked really well, but at the same time wasn’t as harsh as most make up removers. I was intrigued.

So when I was in need of a make up remover myself, I popped over to Sephora and had a look at the ingredients of just release me. As far as I could tell, there were no animal ingredients in it. Just to be sure (and because I still wasn’t sure whether or not it was tested on animals), I figured I’d do a little Googling, and I was pleasantly surprised to find the answer was on the company’s website (for once). Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while know that companies that don’t specify their products cruelty free, or who are secretive about their ingredients and their animal testing status really grind my gears.

This is what the Philosophy website has to say regarding animal testing and ingredients:

does philosophy test on animals?

we absolutely do not conduct animal testing with philosophy products. we are fully committed to using alternatives to animal testing to ensure the safety of our products.

are any philosophy products derived from animals?

for your reference, our product development team has confirmed that the only philosophy products containing ingredients derived from animals are as follows: pure grace shower cream (contains hydrolyzed milk protein), amazing grace shampoo, bath & shower gel (contains hydrolyzed milk protein) and kiss me lip balms (contain lanolin). all other philosophy products contain ingredients that are of botanical or synthetic origin.

Having used the product for the past few months I can say that, though slightly awkward to apply, works really well and hasn’t irritated my skin a bit. Maybe I’m just a klutz though. At $20 a bottle, it’s slightly pricy, but a bottle lasts for quite a while.

So there you have it dudes and dudettes, my favourite cruelty free make up remover so far!

Looking for a discount? Check out some Philosophy verified coupon codes here.

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Review for Yuffie Soaps

October 12, 2011

Yuffie Soaps

I stumbled upon Yuffie Soaps on Etsy when I ran out of Vitamin C serum and foaming face wash. It is a fairly new store, created in May 2011. I wasn’t crazy about the price I paid for the last bottles of serum I bought, so when I searched Etsy this time I arranged the results by price (low to high). I was also hoping to buy them both from one shop instead of two different shops like I usually have to. Yuffie Soaps was the cheapest on the whole site, and had both products, so I decided to explore further.

Additionally, the company’s name is the same as the only awesome thing to come out of the worst Final Fantasy game ever, so I won’t lie, that also influenced my decision to buy from them.

Yuffie from Final Fantasy VII

Oh yeah, I went there

The good thing about Yuffie Soaps is that everything in the shop EXCEPT for a few bars of soap is vegan – and the stuff that’s not vegan is clearly labeled. I only ordered what I needed – Vitamin C serum and facial wash. When I got my order, she also sent me a sample of under-eye cream. The sample was vegan of course, like all the other facial products in the shop, but it included ingredients as well. I HATE when I receive a sample from a company and I can’t tell if it’s vegan or not because they didn’t include a label or ingredients!

Yuffie Soaps Bottles

The Products

I was surprised at how much product I received. The face cleanser is especially big considering how cheap it was!

The big thing I was pleasantly surprised about Yuffie Soaps was that the products included directions for use – well, except the facial soap, but that’s pretty easy to figure out. Including directions on products seems like a no-brainer, since all of the big skin care companies display directions on their bottles. However, most indie companies don’t bother to include directions on their products at all – in fact, Yuffie Soaps is the first indie beauty company I’ve purchased from that actually bothered to put directions on the products themselves and not just on the website.

As a relative newcomer to the wild world of skin care, I’ve many times purchased a product without knowing how to use it. When I first started using facial toner, I bought it from another Etsy store, and the bottle had no directions for use. So I used to just rub it all over my face with my bare hands. Then a friend gently let me know that you’re supposed to dab it on with a cotton ball. Whoops!

In the case of the Vitamin C serum, it advised gently rubbing it in an upwards motion, which I had no idea to do, but makes perfect sense! The sample of eye cream included similar directions for use which, needless to say, I found extremely helpful.

The facial wash is BLACK! I’m not sure if that’s intentional or just due to the ingredients but I thought it was pretty cool.

I liked that the product was liquid-y instead of viscous because it comes out of the bottle a lot easier. No squeezing required. It made my face feel fresh and clean, so it does the job. It’s gentle and feels good on my face, definitely a lot better than the stuff from ASDA I’ve been using lately.

The vitamin C serum smells good and as far as I can tell, works fine. My skin feels good when I wear it, and I only need to apply a little.

I’m not sure I can comment on the complete effectiveness of the eye lotion since I sleep so much that I don’t usually have to worry about bags under my eyes. I used it as a moisture boost around my eyes and it works great for that!


Overall, I’m SO happy that I found Yuffie Soaps and I can’t wait to check out some of the other products they have available. There’s tons of other things that I’m DYING to try in the shop! As the company is still new, I can’t wait to see what products they release next. If they also sold vegan sunscreen, retinol, and vegan moisturiser cuz then I could buy everything in one place! And if they made a soap inspired by Yuffie, I guess that would be kind of cool too. ;)

Yuffie gif from Final Fantasy VII

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Good news everyone!

May 27, 2011

I’M BACK! Hello, loves of my life. I have just returned from a three week venture to my homeland (the USA). Also, I moved to London. Fabulous things are happening everywhere in the blogosphere and in real life! I can’t wait to share everything with you! • Ok, so. First of all, the world didn’t […]

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Serious business!

March 27, 2011

Some news to be aware of: Follow my blog with bloglovin! Vegan Beauty Review! First of all… I’m pleased to say I was recently a guest blogger at Vegan Beauty Review! Check out my article on vegan eyeshadow primer here! Second of all, my Cruelty Free Make Up Guide and my previous post about hair […]

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How I Tamed My Curly Hair Pt 2 – Cruelty Free Hair Care!

March 20, 2011

This is Part 2 of my curly hair guide, and it contains advice on what products to use and which brands are cruelty free. I hope it can be helpful to people with straight hair who are just looking for quality cruelty free hair care as well, as most of the brands listed have products […]

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How I tamed my curly hair & how you can too – Part One!

March 8, 2011

Like perhaps a lot people, I grew up thinking my curly hair was some kind of curse placed on me for the sole purpose of making my life miserable (or something similar). It used to be a source of major drama, trauma, and general depression. Whenever I talked about wanting silky smooth hair, I was […]

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