Hourglass Cosmetics Is Cruelty-free

QUESTION ANSWER SOURCE
Do they test their products on animals? No Online statement (see below)
Do they use third party testing? No Online statement (see below)
Do they use ingredients tested on animals? No Online statement (see below)
Are they owned by a parent company who tests on animals? No Humanely Chic blog post (see below)
Are their products vegan (they contain no animal ingredients)? Some are Online statement (see below)
Do they sell in countries that require animal testing? No Online statement (see below)
Are they on Peta’s cruelty-free list? Yes Peta’s website
Are they certified by Leaping Bunny? No Not on Leaping Bunny’s Color Cosmetics list

I had a commenter recently ask about Hourglass Cosmetics so I decided to check to see what their policy was. I’ve never used their products so I had never looked into it. Here is what they state on the FAQ page on their website.


Animal Testing
As a cruelty-free brand, Hourglass does not incorporate animal testing into our development phase or at the production level. We do not provide authorization to any third parties to perform animal testing on our products. In addition, Hourglass does not retail within any country that requires animal testing.

Vegan
Many Hourglass products are produced without animal-derived ingredients. Please consult our on-line product descriptions or those on Hourglass packaging for the complete list of “free of” ingredients.

Additionally, I found this post on Humanely Chic in which Hourglass stated that they are a private company and are not affiliated with any other company that conducts animal testing.

Tips For Hosting A Housewarming Party

Housewarmings can take all different shapes and forms. Some people have formal sit-down dinners, some people have a backyard BBQ, some people just have people over for tea and cookies. It’s really up to you on what style you want and how much money you want to spend on it. Don’t feel like you need to have an elaborate shindig just because other people do. Small and simple is perfectly fine.

I’ve thrown quite a few parties and recently hosted housewarming party, and thought it would be fun to share some tips based on my experiences. I lean towards mid to large house parties, where there is a table full of snacks and drinks with lots of people dropping in and out throughout the night. The following tips are geared towards this style of party, but there are definitely although some are applicable to all.

PURPOSE
The point of the housewarming party is for people to see your house. Sure, it’s also to see your friends and family but your new home is going to the focal point of the party. This means that your guests will expect to get a tour and hear some entertaining stories about your new home. Remember that your place doesn’t have to be perfect. Everyone understands that you just moved in and it’s a work-in-progress so as long as it’s tidy, you’re good.

PRE-PARTY PREP

1. Get yourself ready at least 2 hours before the official start time
Do this even if everything isn’t ready yet because it is awkward to excuse yourself when guests arrive and you’re halfway done your makeup.

2. Get all the essential tasks completed by the official start time
Expect that someone will show up right at the doors open time so get all the essential tasks done by then. In Toronto (or at least all the parties I’ve been to in Toronto), it is assumed that you show up an hour after the start time unless you need to head out early. I’ve had times where I thought I’d have more time to prepare and someone showed up “on time” so I had to entertain them while getting ready, which was a bit tricky.

3. Keep extra toilet paper in your washrooms.
With the increased number of people using the facilities you will go through toilet paper quickly, so having more than you normally have on hand is a good for precaution.

4. Use the $2 table cloth from Dollarama
We have a beautiful dining table made from reclaimed wood which we leave uncovered normally. During a party with a lot of people and their many drinks, you do not want to worry about your table getting stained or warped from spills. Dollarama has a party section with a number of differently coloured $1 table cloths but for $2 you can get one with an embossed paper top with a plastic underlay.

DURING THE EVENT
1. Have a helper
You’ll be busy giving tours of the house and introducing guests to one another and it will be hard to do that along with answering the door, taking coats, replenishing snacks, taking photos etc. Ask a family member or friend to help you with these tasks. It would also be nice to get them a small gift as a thank you. Candles or their favourite treat (chocolate, tea, etc.) are a good way to go.

2. Have a help-yourself attitude with guests
I used to always want to do everything and had my feathers ruffled if a guest tried to help out (cleaning the dishes, tying up garbage bags, restocking food, etc.) because I interpreted it as an insult to my hosting skills. I had to just reconfigure my attitude to be thankful and accept that the person is genuinely trying to help and not insult me. Now I just tell people to help themselves to the fridge, pantry or whatever. Most people are respectful, and especially at a housewarming where you invite people you care about, they also care about you.

3. Keep extra towels on hand
You will have a spill. In fact, you will probably have multiple spills. Have a couple of towels in multiple locations around the party area so that people can clean up their mess.

I also recommend watching this great video with some great tips on hosting a dinner party.

theBalm Cosmetics Is Cruelty-free

QUESTION ANSWER SOURCE
Do they test their products on animals? No Email statement (see below)
Do they use third party testing? No Email statement (see below)
Do they use ingredients tested on animals? No Email statement (see below)
Are they owned by a parent company who tests on animals? No Email statement (see below)
Are their products vegan (they contain no animal ingredients)? No Email statement (see below)
Do they sell in countries that require animal testing? No Email statement (see below)
Are they on Peta’s cruelty-free list? No Not on Peta’s Companies That Do Not Test list
Are they certified by Leaping Bunny? No Not on Leaping Bunny’s Color Cosmetics list

TheBalm is a company whose products I’ve been using for years and had read that they were cruelty-free but I never got around to actually reaching out to them for a statement until now. Here is an email conversation I had with them on their animal testing policy.

PARTY DATE RESPONSE
Me Jan 18, 2015 Hi there,
I’d like to know if your products or ingredients are tested on animals by yourself or a third party. Also, do you sell in countries that require animal testing, such as China?
theBalm Jan 20, 2015 Hi Hotashi,

Thank you for your email! We do not test our products on animals, suppliers of raw materials used in our products certified that they have not been tested on animals since December 31, 1990 and our products have not been tested on animals. Our line of cosmetics is not considered a vegan line as some of our ingredients may have animal byproducts (such as bees wax or carmine) but do not contain any ruminant extracts or derivatives.

Distributors of theBalm Cosmetics from all over the world do not test our products on animals and we are not currently sold in China. Let me know if you have any further questions!

Me Jan 22, 2015 Thanks for getting back to me. Is theBalm owned by a company who tests on animals?
theBalm Jan 23, 2015 Nope, we are a private company :)