App Happy: Sustainable Shopping Guides for your iPhone

I have been a huge fan of Apple for many, many moons and have had several Macs over the years. When the iPhone was introduced, I thought it was the most brilliant idea ever. I love my iPhone. It makes transferring and transporting information on my Mac laptop super-easy, plus I love apps. I don’t have a million of them, but the ones I have, I use all the time.

So you can imagine how happy I was to learn that Herban Lifestyle is included in three different apps geared toward green shoppers: Find GreenCruelty-Free, and Organic Spa Magazine’s Skin Care Guide. Plus they are all free.

Find Green is GenGreenLife‘s guide to local green shopping sources. The GenGreenLife website is a wonderful source for green news headlines, job listings, and events, as well as tips for living a sustainable life. Companies listed on GenGreenLife have the option of being rated in terms of their environmentally and socially conscious practices. The ratings, from bronze to gold, are given based on each company’s environmental leadership, resource conservation, human capital, purchasing decisions, daily operations and overall sustainability practices. Herban Lifestyle has been awarded the GenGreenLife gold seal.

Cruelty-Free is published by the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ (CCIC) Leaping Bunny Program. It lists over 200 U.S. and Canadian cosmetic, personal care and household product companies that do not test ingredients, formulations, or finished products on animals. And you can search by companies or by products, making cruelty-free shopping easy. Herban Lifestyle is honored to be amongst those certified companies.

Organic Spa Magazine’s Skin Care Guide provides a searchable list of the leading natural and organic beauty companies. This guide is published by Organic Spa Magazine, which is dedicated to helping people combine spa and wellness lifestyles with a sustainable and organic lifestyle. The magazine offers information and resources on how to lead a more balanced life and how to incorporate spa wisdom into your daily activities. Herban Lifestyle was listed in the July 2010 issue of Organic Spa Magazine, as well as in the Skin Care Guide app.

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Cosmetics Without Cruelty

lbThe following is a guest blog post by Julia Guarino.

I’ve always been an animal lover. As a (rather precocious) five-year-old, I made the connection between the cute fuzzy animals I loved and the food I was eating, and promptly announced I was becoming a vegetarian. Now in my 20’s, I not only continue to maintain a meat-free diet, but I attempt to be animal-friendly in my choice of any product.

Even for those who are not as animal-crazy as I, however, animal testing is acknowledged as an unnecessary step for bath and body products, simply because testing of most ingredients has already been done. As the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics Leaping Bunny cruelty-free standard ‘s website states: “Neither the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) nor the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission requires animal testing for cosmetics or household products, respectively. There are sufficient existing safety data as well as in vitro alternatives to make animal testing for these products obsolete.”

Companies who chose to abide by the Leaping Bunny cruelty-free standard, pledge not to test on animals or commission new animal testing for any of their products. On April 20, 2009 Herban Lifestyle was approved for inclusion in the Leaping Bunny Program and was added to the list of approved companies. Leaping Bunny certified companies can be found in the Compassionate Shopping Guide found at and the updated versions of all guides used by the member groups forming the Coalition for Consumer  Information on Cosmetics (CCIC).