A few weeks ago I was approached by a lovely lady called Laura from the company Forever Living. She had read my blog, and told me all about the ethical and cruelty-free company she was working for and thought that I might be interested in the products they sell. I hadn’t heard of them before, so I decided to do my research. (I really don’t like to use products I know have been tested on animals, or sell in china, or are owned by a company (BodyShop I’m looking at you) who test on animals. I also don’t like items unless they are ethical – but, I guess if you follow my blog you already know this!) It was great to find out that Forever Living are not only cruelty free, but also run their own ethical charity too!
About Forever Living
Forever Living was founded in 1978 in Scottsdale, Arizona, Forever Living Products is the largest grower, manufacturer and distributor of Aloe Vera products in the world.’ They ‘pledge to not use animal testing on our raw ingredients, finished products or at any point during the product development and manufacturing process. Forever is committed to not using animal testing and has been certified by the Leaping Bunny Program as ‘cruelty-free’ because it has met the strict criteria of Leaping Bunny’s Corporate Standard of Compassion for Animals. Forever continues to work with foreign governments to find alternative solutions to provide the data that they require without the use of animal testing.
The company also helps to support children in third world countries stating that:
‘Children are our future, and Forever Giving specifically focuses on making a difference throughout the world by providing funds, facilities, and education to help fight against poverty, hunger, and the lack of medical services available for children. The foundation also supports relief efforts in response to natural disasters in areas where Forever Living Products, LLC., business owners operate, and in our donor communities. Forever Giving prides itself on providing transparency, so you can feel confident donating to our foundation, knowing that 100% of the funds will reach those in need.’
What I tried
I decided after having a long chat with Laura, (who was super helpful and knew so much about the products, which to be honest was a really refreshing surprise) that I should give the Aloe-Jojoba Shampoo and Conditioner a try! I also decided that I should try the aloe moisturising lotion too as I get extremely dry skin at the moment.
As soon as I opened the bottle I could smell what I can only describe as marzipan! I know that sounds so weird, it’s aloe… how on earth did I get Marzipan? Well, all I can think of is the aloe and jojoba mix together to create some beautiful smell, but it’s what came to my mind as soon as I lathered it into my hair. It foamed up and made my hair felt instantly clean, after I washed it out my hair did feel a little bit dry, and I don’t think I would have been comfortable trying to brush it straight away… So it was quite nice to know that I had conditioner to use too.
This smelt a bit like chemicals to me which was a bit of a shame, as I would have liked it to be the same smell as the shampoo…as that was glorious! It states on the website that it is infused with lavender, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the smell in all honesty which was a real shame as that is quite often the selling point for 90% of people! None the less, I used it anyway and I have to say it was really nice in my hands and easy to apply to my hair, it was soft and got rid of the dryness that the shampoo brought out (I guess completely cleaning my hair). The conditioner works really with the shampoo and you really do need to use it afterwards in order to get the full feeling of ‘clean’ and soft that you want from your products.
For me the products were actually really nice, they feel as if they are well made, that they are from a high quality company and my hair spent the entire day being silky soft and feeling amazing. It was literally so soft and so fresh looking, that I noticed the difference – and I’m honestly not just saying that. I rate myself on being 100% honest about products I blog about whether they are sent to me or not – and these are for sure ones that I genuinely like! My main feedback about these (and you might actually disagree) is that the scent of them should be the same. Otherwise, they were great products and I would most certainly recommend them to my friends.
Because of this, I have decided that this is a company I am proud to support, and would probably by from again in the future.