A look into beauty, that doesn't harm our furry friends
While my husband and I were searching for our apartment in Seattle, we stayed at the Executive Pacific Hotel in the downtown area. We’ve never been there before, and everything was rather pleasant. The bed was big, the room spacious, and we didn’t hear a peep from our neighbors. What really knocked me outta my socks though were the bathroom toiletries. It’s definitely become a force of habit now to read labels, in hopes of seeing ‘not tested on animals’ or the cruelty free logos. However while I’m traveling, I kind of feel like it’s a hopeless cause. Yet lo’ and behold, the cruelty free logo was there! The first thought that came to mind was ‘this can’t be a small brand, to afford using the logo.‘. I did a little digging, and found out Pharmacopia is a brand from Canada that started out around 1999, when the creator started making soaps and whatnot from her garden. I love hearing how a company grows, it’s amazing where hard work and time will get you!
All the toiletries in the hotel were from Pharmacopia, which included facial soap, body soap, shampoo, conditioner, and even a shower cap (yes, I love these, perfect if you’re not trying to wash your hair everyday). The scent was the same throughout all of them, Verbena. I never realized what Verbena smells like- everything smelled very fresh and clean, just like the garden the creator must of first started out from. The shampoo and conditioner were very reminiscent of Lush’s conditioner, Veganese. A very thin texture, but the results left my hair very clean feeling and super shiny. Both soap bars were very mild, which is a plus for me because my skin usually dries out from bar soaps. This didn’t make the product giving up on building a good lather though, thank goodness.
I wish more hotels that were eco conscious would look to more natural brands like Pharmacopia. Or maybe I should look at it from the other way around, where I wish Pharmacopia would pursue more eco friendly hotels in stocking up with their products. I’ve definitely been turned on to a few brands from what I’ve used in hotels. Now, with a cruelty free brand in the running, I just hope to see more brands like this on future vacations. What do you guys think- do you bring your own toiletries, or just use whatever is available while traveling?