Life Asks – Yves Rocher Tests?

Good afternoon,

From our series…
An email was sent to a Cosmetic Company called Yves Rocher.
I was curious to know if this brand in particular tests its products in animals…
North America Yves Rocher was the one I wrote carefully to.

I received a first email to let me know that the email was successfully sent… :


Greetings,

We have successfully received your e-mail. We are currently processing your request. You will be receiving a detailed e-mail shortly from our product expert.

We thank you for your patience and understanding.

Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Customer Service Department at our toll-free number: 1-800-321-3434 or by email at customer.services@yrnet.com. Our representatives are available from Monday to Friday from 8am to 11:30pm and Saturday from 8am to 8pm (Eastern standard time).

We thank you for your interest in Yves Rocher products.

Best Regards,

Lorna Lorenzi
Customer Service 
Yves Rocher North America
customer.services@yrnet.com
1-888-909-0771

Beauty Shop On line: http://www.yvesrocherusa.com

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Aproximately one day later in my Inbox:

Dear Sir/Madam,
We were very interested in your question concerning our position on using animals in testing beauty products and thank you for your enquiry. We hope we can enlighten and reassure you on this matter.
The Yves Rocher Brand entered the fight against using animals in testing beauty products at a very early stage.  The Brand suggested as early on as 1989 to replace the tests on animals for finished products with alternative methods. Yves Rocher encouraged other important players in the economy to follow suit. In 1992, the S.P.A. (Society for the protection of animals) awarded us the gold medal for our action towards animals. Our commitments enable us to work with One Voice which is the reference in France for the fight against animal suffering along with the protection of the environment. The One voice Label which recognizes products not tested on animals has been awarded to all our organically certified products. You can find the complete list of our labeled products on the One Voice site which is in the process of labeling the totality of our references: http://label.one-voice.fr/liste_produits/
In line with our commitment we openly admit that:
–              We never use or encourage animal testing whether it concerns our finished products or their ingredients.
–              We encourage research programs on alternative methods to testing on animals in order to promote and encourage their widespread use.  Our research for example, is concentrated on new methods for measuring allergies in vitro for natural ingredients.
–              Our Internal charter for the ingredients in our products is extremely strict: we refuse to use any raw materials of animal origin (except honey and bee’s wax). For example, we refuse to use a pigment frequently found in eyeshadows called cochineal coming from an insect with the same name which produces carmine acid to protect it from its predators and is used as a scarlet dye.
–              We refuse to develop plant extracts for our products which require testing on animals to ensure their safety. For example, last year we abandoned the development of an exclusive active which had been the subject of many years of research in our laboratories but required testing on animals in order to further its development.  As a result Yves Rocher chose to forego years of research and remain faithful to its commitments. 
–              We refuse to acquire raw materials from suppliers who have tested them on animals exclusively for beauty care products.
Yves Rocher sells certain products in China and we can assure you that they have not been tested on animals and never will be.
However, the Chinese authorities can decide, on their own, to test beauty products themselves before allowing them to be sold in their country.
Yves Rocher is present in China. Rather than avoiding the problem, the Brand has chosen to use its presence locally, to maintain contact with the Chinese authorities concerned.  Its objective is to make them aware of the problem of animal suffering and convince them of the reliability of alternative methods available on the market.
The situation in China is complex and open discussion is necessary to bring about change. It is an ongoing combat which we regret might take time to resolve in this traditional country.
Yves Rocher, Creator of Botanical Beauty, has been committed to the protection of Nature and Sustainable Development for more than 50 years.
We hope that this information has answered all your questions and we are at your disposal if you have any more concerns.
Marie-Michèle Plourde
Customer Service

I am still yearning to have knowledge 
and also to let you know their values and their mission.
We all deserve to have an honest answer.
God bless.

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Social – Self Esteem and POV’s

Dearest,

These are troubled times we are experiencing.
Therefore my goal is to help one another, whenever possible.
So, I picked Self Esteem.

There are three ways to see Self Esteem…
1 ) The way we see ourselves.

2 ) The way others see us.

3 ) The way we think that others see us.

Those three views on Self Esteem
Ought to collide with eachother at times.
Our self esteem starts to be formed at an early age.
Our parents are responsible shape that aspect while they are educating us

That shapes The way we see ourselves.

While we grow and watch our colleagues and parents.
Thus, we are facing and seeing The way others see us
(through their actions, sayings and opinions)

Lastly, we can have a third perception on self esteem :
The way we think that others see us,
and this one can be either right or very wrong.
(means that it can be distorted easily)

It is VERY IMPORTANT to take Self Esteem nearly at heart.
Otherwise, growing up with a poor self esteem can be devastating.
Likewise, growing up with a overly high self esteem can be troubling, too.


POV :
I grew up with a poor self esteem, I admit it.
The perception I had of the world and of my future was not bright
When one grows up with a poor self esteem, he or she can tend to isolate
Lose security and value in his or herself.

And all the rest came along (can be read in other posts), as you know.
But those least positive points are not
What I want to teach or bring highlight upon.

The bottom line is to pay attention to these situations
For your loved one’s sake and health!


A bruised self esteem can give place for other problems such as…
– Anxiety
– Lack of Security
– Depression
– Eating Disorders
– For one to become a bully or bullied.
– Other health disorders and mental illness
– Self Injury
– Suicidal thoughts.
– Risk of Suicide.

We have to let our children and teens know the rights and wrongs
Know tolerance, acceptance and other essencial values
Such as sharing, and be aware of causes.

Why ?
Because our children will be adults in the future
They will be the adults of the FUTURE.
And I (as you probably not as well) do not wish that
Our grown ups become sick or imitate our mistakes.
Due to watching us neglecting them…
No, we can not allow that to happen!

Speaking of that…here is a video on the matter.

NOTE : We need to care for our beloveds
Each and every day.
Even if we are too stressed or upset to attend them.
Let him/her know that you are there.

I read a really interesting email some days ago from a friend.
I no longer have it in my inbox, but it was about being there.

It was a beautiful history about a father and a young son.His parents weren’t able to be there for him :His mother and father were working until late to sustain their house and pay their bills.

They could barely see eachother : He was early at schoolAnd his parents would return late from work, By that time the child would be sleepingTo attend another day of school on the following day.

So…his father had an idea.

Late at night when he arrived home from work,

He would make a tiny noose in his son’s bedsheets

and kiss his forehead, every night.

That way, the child would know that his father was there.

Bottom line : 
On this tiny history,
The noose would represent a tiny but meaningful gesture of being there
And a sign of connection between both.

We do not need a lot of words, 
We need (big or small) actions
That come out from the heart, with kindness and love, instead.

POV : 
To heal broken / bruised self esteem
It takes time…specially if you still
do not know what was the cause.
So… I will demonstrate some steps here

(I have been through this journey already 
and still am following some of these steps)

1ST STEP : IDENTIFY
In this cases we have to look back to find the cause
Sometimes, seeking for help can be/is advised.

(For example : 
A psychologist/councelor or hypnotherapy)

We can name it «the root» problem,
Because we are talking about the possible cause or causes
(Can be multiple) that led to self esteem problems.

2ND STEP : RECOGNIZE / TAKE ACTION
Linked with step number one it is really important
And it is a great victory recognizing and be willing to improve
Let no one take that precious victory away from you
You are doing an effort to be a better person.

NOTE : It can be the other way around too…

1ST STEP : RECOGNIZE / TAKE ACTION 

2ND STEP : IDENTIFY

3TH STEP : BE PATIENT.
By rushing everything, we will not be attaining better results
Or quicker results. For an effective treatment to happen changes must occur.
Bad habits must be broken!
Waiting is actually PART of the process!

POV : 
In my therapy I was rushing and negleting
My well being and my goals. It had done me no good.
Due to economical reasons, I have found myself abandoning treatment
Specially when I was maybe needing it the most.

(For more information you can check
Relationships – Expectations)

But it was solved by searching for other solutions/alternatives
Eventually the place where I was receiving treatment
I had no longer to pay, because it was decided to be like so.

What I want to explain with this…
You do not have to live like that.
I know that you are a wonderful human being
And the faster you go seek help
You will for sure feel the benefits, eventually.

4TH STEP : Writing out or Speak it out.
It definately helps a lot. I might post the complete POV of some times of crisis
I will think about it , for the time being.
As far as I concern, I agree on this point to speak out to someone you trust
Specially, a loved one who you feel that you can talk freely, openly
Without thinking if you are bothering or not.

From experience , I speak with my mother.
Difficult times brought us closer and our daughter/mother relationship stronger.
So , out of a difficult situation, I can see and now sense improvement.
Not everything is dark, dim and other similar names .

I am satisfied with this because previously, 
All that I could see was darkness, like a dark cloud in front of me.

That has changed now and that cloud has dissapeared.
I wish from the bottom of my heart that you are able to improve too
And find your path.

NOTE : I do not mind sharing my personal story or my journey.
Reason ? I want to help out the best I can.
I want you to know that you are not alone on this.
I want you to know that there is a light, there is a hope, there is a way.


World – Universal Peace


Greetings, my readers and friends

A little different from usual, but for this day
I decided to shout out to causes, 
One in particular…

Universal Peace !


There is a movement called Universal Peace Flag.

It is meant for PEACE, BALANCE, EQUILITY, JOY
and for communities, cities and countries to become aware
of what we have in common  :


The WISH to be whole

For LOVE, KINDNESS and HELP to be part

ONENESS. 


We can achieve great goals and aim for our dreams
We must keep in mind that we are part of something huge
And , more than anyone, we can make a diference.

We can stand for a cause and help.

We can volunteer, share, donate, anything to help out.

Will you make part?


NOTE : 
I am currently representing my country 
As an Ambassador for Peace.
I am honored to make part of this movement and team!


Visit us at 


To learn and know more about this cause.

It is possible to contribute, shop or become an Ambassador for your Country.


You can also follow us on…



Blessings !

Life´s Advice – Less is More

Good morning !

Besides these recent quotes/statements…

«Giving up is NOT AN OPTION.» 

«Prepared for the worse,

But always hoping and fighting for the best.»

That I decided to transform into personal statements for my own life
I would to speak about another one :

  «Less is more.» 

It is … to one live with what he/she has got.

To not be greedy or carry jealousy towards another and their possessions.

This can be apliable to almost ANY area of our lives.
Self, Relationships, possessions/belongings….

We can start with belongings.
We tend to spend much money in the latest technologies, brands, jewelry…
As someone once said…and we need to ask ourselves (and others) this:


Do we need that much?
Do you need that much?

What can make us happy, afterall? 
So for today I saved this post for Less is more 
and some POV’s are to be expected.
BELONGINGS

a) Cleaning  
We can start off by separating different types of files.
By month (MM/) or year (YYYY/)
Then, by day (DD/).
You store them in a folder or recycle them,
In case they are no longer needed.

b) Saving 
You can save some files (by using an external disk or USB key) on the computer.
It is also a pratical solution
Since you can easily carry both around in a backpack or suitcase;

c) Choosing
Choose the main files and separate them by categories

Examples : 
Personal, Finances, Work, 
School/Course, Health, 
Extra, Other.

d) Old and New
See if your items are still usable and up to date.
Check if your clothes are still wearable or wore off.
See if you are still going to use them or not.
In case you don’t and if they are in good conditions,
You can give them away to charity or to someone who needs it
So they can give a new use to it.
And you can save room for new, useful items, to take place.

e) Make up 
You can label your make up with the date you opened it
So you know when you started to use and know when it expires.

(Actually this was originally Vanessa’s idea.
Visit her at : http://diariodeumabeautyjunkie.blogspot.com/
She has great posts and reviews)

f) Wearing Make up…

Less is more is meant for this case, too:
A bit of lipgloss, a natural, soft liquid foundation 
clear mascara and concealer (optional) are enough for a natural look.
The skin colour must be even.
Also, the concealer ought to be slightly lighter 
In case you wish to conceal dark circles.

” I am a simple girl
I usually wear make up to enhance qualities 
and to camuflage small flaws and (mostly) traces of tireness”
LESS IS MORE…
” Finally, it is important to find happiness in simples things and inside of us
It starts there. We have to find it.
And let it blossom.
Then we can trully show our essence
Give out the best in us, for us and others
And fully live life “.

Regards.

World – Lupus Awareness Day

It is a special day today.

Today, May 10th is the Worldwide Lupus Awareness Day.

In common with mental illness, this is a silent disease.

The actual cause is still not known.

(We need to find a CURE)

What is Lupus ?
Lupus is an chronic illness that can affect people of all ages, races and gender.
However, adult women are the highest number of pacient suffering from it.
(90% are women , between 15 and 40 years old).

It is considered an auto imune illness because the body does not have enough defenses to fight infections
and attacks itself. Lupus is not a contagious illness, but a chronic disease.


Useful Websites / Sources :
What I would like to challenge you
(And ask you too)
To wear a purple ribbon to help this cause
And the ones who are battling, every day.

NOTE : I am with you.
Some Symptoms

World – Women Rights

Good morning , my readers

After a while gone, I am back…

Before speaking and writing about other topics,
I decided to show you a rather interesting game/app on Facebook
That I saw (only a bit) yesterday afternoon.

The name of the game is Half The Sky Movement – The Game

It has a different approach on Women’s Rights.
Action is taken in India, where your character is a woman
and you have to make decisions on a daily basis.
Your decisions have influence through out the game itself.

The goal is to bring awareness not only about what I mentioned first,
but also about Education, Health and Human Rights.

I hope you like it, as much as I did.

Lastly, the link to the game Half The Sky Movement – The Game

Kind regards…

Happy Mother’s Day

Good evening,

It is a bit late here where I live,

But, better late than never, right?

I wouldn’t finish the day without posting this…

To every mother 
In each corner of the World
Young mothers until the one’s 
Who raised wise men and brave women

Know that you are loved and always will be.
And admired by your strength, unconditional love and kindness, you are
You are a wife, a mother, a grandmother, someone’s special daughter

Even if gone too soon
You will always be treasured and reminded for 
Your beauty inside and out!
For you matter the most.

And…a Mother is a special being
To be one is to have Bond of Love
And Protection for Eternity.


HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!! 
God bless you all.