The Burnished Bee is a natural progression of Beauty and the Bee, a beauty blog which launched in Summer 2016.

With a broader focus, The Burnished Bee’s mission is to make ethical, sustainable choices and to reduce waste; to research ethical/slow fashion, to support local businesses/green initiatives and to promote an attitude of stewardship towards the environment and natural resources. As a Christian, it’s my view that God wants us to look after the resources He has given us, not to use and abuse them.
While the beauty element continues to research cruelty-free policies of cosmetics companies and review cruelty-free products, it has expanded to include DIY beauty, examining evidence for both natural and synthetic ingredients.

Creator – Amanda

Burnished= polished, brightened, enhanced or improved……

My aim for this blog is to share what I learn as I try to live more ethically; always asking questions and basing posts on reliable evidence.

As an animal-lover and soon to be pharmacist, I am against animal testing for medical research and drugs as much as for cosmetics. Although it will take much longer to end animal testing in medicine than in the cosmetics industry, I hope to write about the alternatives currently being developed and the scientists involved in reducing animal use in medical research.


What do I mean by living ethically?

Ethical seems to be one of those buzz words like sustainable, green and eco that can mean many things or nothing. To me, living ethically means living in a way that shows consideration towards other people, animals and the environment. Some simple examples: asking who made your clothes and where they were manufactured, buying a re-useable coffee cup or drinks bottle, choosing cosmetics and cleaning products that have not been tested on animals.

What do I mean by cruelty-free?

A cruelty-free company is one which does not test their products on animals at any point during production. The individual ingredients are also not tested on animals and no third party carries out animal testing on behalf of the company. Cruelty-free companies do not sell in countries which require animal testing by law (for example, China), either during production or as part of post-marketing surveillance. When I launched Beauty and the Bee last year, I was happy enough to buy products made by companies who were owned by a bigger company who isn’t cruelty-free (for example, Too Faced is classed as cruelty-free but their parent company Esteé Lauder is not). My stance on this has now changed, I do not buy products made by companies owned by parent companies who test on animals – my business knowledge concerning how company takeovers occur may be quite naive, but morally, I don’t want my money filtering through to the animal-testing parent company.

For me, a product does not have to be vegan to be classed as cruelty-free. I am happy to use products containing honey.

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