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Friendly Dog Collars Review

11/07/2016

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When I originally started this blog, I intended to write to the occasional dog post, but I got side tracked and that didn’t really happen. With the launch of the new site, there’s no better time to start adding some dog related posts into the mix. Today, I want to share a special harness with you that has been very beneficial to both myself and my dogs. It is from Friendly Dog Collars, an Australian company, who run an online pet product store but also have various stockists.
Edit: Since publishing this post, Friendly Dog Collars have given me an affiliate link which you can use when buying anything from their store.

Friendly Dog Collars Nervous Coat and Harness Review - Polish and Paws
Pickles wearing the Nervous Coat – photo courtesy of Friendly Dog Collars

Friendly Dog Collars specialise in making “colour coded temperament awareness products” for dogs of all sizes. The products are designed to stop any incident before it could happen by warning the other dog owners that your dog has special needs. They have 10 product ranges to choose from which includes Friendly, No Dogs, Caution, Nervous, Blind Dog, Training, Adopt Me, Deaf Dog, Service Dog and Do Not Feed. Each range then includes various products that are all colour coded. So in the Friendly range, you will find harnesses, collars, jackets and leads all in the same green colour, with the word ‘Friendly’ easily visible on them. I found out about Friendly Dog Collars when I volunteered my dogs to do some marketing images for them. I am glad I volunteered the time to those photos as I found a product that I have been dedicated to ever since.

Friendly Dog Collars Do Not Feed Small Vest Harness and Medium Length Lead - Polish and Paws
Dee Dee in Do Not Feed Small Harness and Medium Do Not Feed Lead – photo courtesy of Friendly Dog Collars

The product that has made the biggest difference for me is the Nervous adjustable vest harness that I use on my dog Pickles. She has a deformed leg that is probably from abuse as a puppy, so she gets nervous in new situations with new people and dogs. The Nervous harness is always seen by any other owner in the vicinity and a lot of the time they ask why she’s nervous, or if they have a nervous dog themselves, they often ask for the purchasing details. People usually understand that the harness means that she needs a longer time to adjust to the situation and to give her some space to do so. I have had people ask if it makes people more likely to pat her and it doesn’t. It makes people far more likely to engage in a conversation with me about her, but people are far less likely to run up to her and overwhelm her, which happens a lot without the Nervous harness on. Big dog owners who often let their dogs bound up to mine, and therefore freak Pickles out, also take notice of the harness. There are always going to be some people who don’t understand, and they’re usually the ones with big dogs who bound up to mine who are cowering, but overall, the harness makes a huge difference. I have been meaning to buy the accompanying Nervous lead for her too, but I haven’t got around to doing that yet. Our time away from home is now much easier for her to deal with, sure she still gets nervous and wants to snuggle into me for protection, but with the harness, we have been able to avoid any big incident that would take time and lots of confidence building to get over.

Friendly Dog Collars Do Not Feed Small Vest Harness and Short Lead - Polish and Paws
Dee Dee in small Do Not Feed Vest Harness with Short Lead – photo courtesy of Friendly Dog Collars

The other products I own are from the Friendly line. I have both the adjustable vest harness and the standard/medium length lead (120cm/4ft). Kobi uses both of these products as he is the nicest dog I have ever known, but he sometimes makes sounds when he is overly excited. The Friendly vest just reassures people who don’t know dog body language that he is in fact just being friendly. It doesn’t have the same impact as the Nervous harness does, as people approach Kobi just as much with it on, but that’s fine because he loves the interaction. It has allowed owners with other friendly dogs to approach us without worrying about what sort of temperament Kobi has, so he has had a lot more interactions with happy, friendly dogs like himself.

Friendly Dog Collars vest harness and lead review and discount code - Polish and Paws
Kobi wearing the medium Friendly Vest Harness and standard length lead

If there is any particular item in the range that I would tell everyone to get, it is the harnesses. Every small dog should be wearing a harness anyway, to ensure that there is no excess pressure put on their trachea, and this is a great one to buy. I own Puppia, Dogue, Rufus & Coco and eBay harness, all in the same style. Other than the eBay one, they are all good quality and reliable harnesses, they just differ in what they are made of, with some being soft mesh, some being canvas and others being padded. The Friendly Dog Collars ones are made of polypropylene webbing “for maximum durability” but I can’t see any big difference between them and the other brands. The reason why you should get the Friendly Dog Collars ones is because of the message telling other owners about your dog’s temperament or special needs. There is a harness in a different style that will fit big dogs, and have the same benefits when it comes to letting other owners know about your dog.

Friendly Dog Collars Small Nervous Harness and Jacket review - Polish and Paws
Pickles showing her nervous face, in a small Nervous Jacket – photo courtesy of Friendly Dog Collars

If someone knows dog body language then they can see that Kobi is being friendly and Pickles is being nervous but it’s a good reminder to people, and gives Pickles a barrier that she doesn’t have otherwise. When I did the photoshoot originally, they didn’t have a size that fitted Bonsai our Chihuahua, but I have seen that they do stock an XS in the vest harness that would probably be his size. Unfortunately, I can’t figure out which harness would be appropriate for him as his personality is entirely dependant on his mood. He really needs a harness that changes between the words devil and angel in a split second – but I think that is probably needed by most Chihuahuas.

Friendly Dog Collars Small Caution Jacket - Polish and Paws
Bonsai in the small Caution Jacket – photo courtesy of Friendly Dog Collars

The sizing off all products is on the Friendly Dog Collars website, so it is easy to measure your dog and find the right size, but you can also go to a stockist if you want to check the fit before you buy. The products are very durable and the wording is embroidered on them, so you won’t have issues with the wording rubbing off over time. The company seems to have put a lot of thought into the products they make, and I am certainly a fan. I have sent a huge amount of customers their way because I know the difference that a harness with the word ‘Nervous’ on it can make for a dog that needs some extra time or space in public. The company has information on their website about expanding into the USA, so American’s may be able to get their hands on these soon too. Do you like the idea of products that let other owners know about the temperament of your dog?

Love, Alinta

4 Comments

  • Caroline 30/07/2016 at 4:24 pm

    Love these. As someone who has an anxious dog who doesn’t like strangers very much these are such a good idea.

    • Alinta McMurdo 30/07/2016 at 9:34 pm

      I know, I’m so glad someone actually made them. It makes such a big difference for Pickles 🙂

  • Michelle Morchella 17/10/2016 at 7:06 am

    I think this is a great idea especially for the dogs wih some “problems” like being nervous. I really love this whole concept. 🙂
    May I ask what breeds your dogs are? I was always cat lover, but lately I’ve been thinking about “walking mate”. 🙂 And because it would be my first dog, I would like to learn littl bit more about dog breeds l so I can find the perfect soulmate. Thank you so much for reply. 🙂

    • Alinta McMurdo 17/10/2016 at 11:19 pm

      I think it’s an awesome concept too, so glad someone came up with it!
      My dogs are all mixed – tends to be that way with rescues, in saying that, I have had plenty of pure bred fosters too. You can tell there is some dachshund in Pickles because she’s such a pig with food and she can be stubborn (typical dachshund traits) and you can tell Bonsai is mostly Chihuahua as he is completely loopy, but the breed characteristics don’t impact them much when compared to their personalities. Every dog has such a different and unique personality – Bonsai is so different to his two litter mates, so I personally won’t ever adopt based on breed as I have found personality to be a better way of determining compatibility 🙂

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    I promised the wedding vendor details and then forgot to follow through, so here they are. 
Photography @rick_liston 
Venue including food  @yarravalleyestate 
Hair and makeup artist @nicolegroch_hairmakeup 
Celebrant @ceremonieswithsarah 
Flowers @lilacandthecat 
Cake @katscakesmelbourne 
Rings @ethicaljewelleryaustralia 
Dress @madilanebridal 
Dress boutique @luvbridal 
Dress alterations @seamworks.au 
Prop hire @twilightglamping 
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    I promised the wedding vendor details and then forgot to follow through, so here they are. 
Photography @rick_liston 
Venue including food  @yarravalleyestate 
Hair and makeup artist @nicolegroch_hairmakeup 
Celebrant @ceremonieswithsarah 
Flowers @lilacandthecat 
Cake @katscakesmelbourne 
Rings @ethicaljewelleryaustralia 
Dress @madilanebridal 
Dress boutique @luvbridal 
Dress alterations @seamworks.au 
Prop hire @twilightglamping 
If you know me, you’ll know I tried to make my wedding as ethical as possible. I think just about everything but the dress was ethical or sustainable in some way. My hmua, #NicoleGroch is so talented and she only uses cruelty free and vegan products. The venue, #YarraValleyEstate, is sustainably focused, they have solar panels, are carbon neutral and were happy to go along with all my sustainable ideas. All our food was vegan and vegetarian, we were going to do just vegan but I compromised and did the mix to stop family getting upset (but that happened anyway so I should have just gone with vegan). Our veg cake from #katscakesmelbourne had vegan and gluten free cupcakes with it so everyone could enjoy some cake. The flowers were from the sustainable florist #lilacandthecat who uses local blooms and no plastic/cellophane/floral foam etc. The rings from #ethicaljewelleryaustralia are made with lab diamonds and recycled platinum. As you can see, the photos were amazing. #RickListon is a local to the Yarra valley and is truly amazing at what he does. Continued in comments …
    I promised the wedding vendor details and then forgot to follow through, so here they are. 
Photography @rick_liston 
Venue including food  @yarravalleyestate 
Hair and makeup artist @nicolegroch_hairmakeup 
Celebrant @ceremonieswithsarah 
Flowers @lilacandthecat 
Cake @katscakesmelbourne 
Rings @ethicaljewelleryaustralia 
Dress @madilanebridal 
Dress boutique @luvbridal 
Dress alterations @seamworks.au 
Prop hire @twilightglamping 
If you know me, you’ll know I tried to make my wedding as ethical as possible. I think just about everything but the dress was ethical or sustainable in some way. My hmua, #NicoleGroch is so talented and she only uses cruelty free and vegan products. The venue, #YarraValleyEstate, is sustainably focused, they have solar panels, are carbon neutral and were happy to go along with all my sustainable ideas. All our food was vegan and vegetarian, we were going to do just vegan but I compromised and did the mix to stop family getting upset (but that happened anyway so I should have just gone with vegan). Our veg cake from #katscakesmelbourne had vegan and gluten free cupcakes with it so everyone could enjoy some cake. The flowers were from the sustainable florist #lilacandthecat who uses local blooms and no plastic/cellophane/floral foam etc. The rings from #ethicaljewelleryaustralia are made with lab diamonds and recycled platinum. As you can see, the photos were amazing. #RickListon is a local to the Yarra valley and is truly amazing at what he does. Continued in comments …
    I promised the wedding vendor details and then forgot to follow through, so here they are. 
Photography @rick_liston 
Venue including food  @yarravalleyestate 
Hair and makeup artist @nicolegroch_hairmakeup 
Celebrant @ceremonieswithsarah 
Flowers @lilacandthecat 
Cake @katscakesmelbourne 
Rings @ethicaljewelleryaustralia 
Dress @madilanebridal 
Dress boutique @luvbridal 
Dress alterations @seamworks.au 
Prop hire @twilightglamping 
If you know me, you’ll know I tried to make my wedding as ethical as possible. I think just about everything but the dress was ethical or sustainable in some way. My hmua, #NicoleGroch is so talented and she only uses cruelty free and vegan products. The venue, #YarraValleyEstate, is sustainably focused, they have solar panels, are carbon neutral and were happy to go along with all my sustainable ideas. All our food was vegan and vegetarian, we were going to do just vegan but I compromised and did the mix to stop family getting upset (but that happened anyway so I should have just gone with vegan). Our veg cake from #katscakesmelbourne had vegan and gluten free cupcakes with it so everyone could enjoy some cake. The flowers were from the sustainable florist #lilacandthecat who uses local blooms and no plastic/cellophane/floral foam etc. The rings from #ethicaljewelleryaustralia are made with lab diamonds and recycled platinum. As you can see, the photos were amazing. #RickListon is a local to the Yarra valley and is truly amazing at what he does. Continued in comments …
    I promised the wedding vendor details and then forgot to follow through, so here they are. 
Photography @rick_liston 
Venue including food  @yarravalleyestate 
Hair and makeup artist @nicolegroch_hairmakeup 
Celebrant @ceremonieswithsarah 
Flowers @lilacandthecat 
Cake @katscakesmelbourne 
Rings @ethicaljewelleryaustralia 
Dress @madilanebridal 
Dress boutique @luvbridal 
Dress alterations @seamworks.au 
Prop hire @twilightglamping 
If you know me, you’ll know I tried to make my wedding as ethical as possible. I think just about everything but the dress was ethical or sustainable in some way. My hmua, #NicoleGroch is so talented and she only uses cruelty free and vegan products. The venue, #YarraValleyEstate, is sustainably focused, they have solar panels, are carbon neutral and were happy to go along with all my sustainable ideas. All our food was vegan and vegetarian, we were going to do just vegan but I compromised and did the mix to stop family getting upset (but that happened anyway so I should have just gone with vegan). Our veg cake from #katscakesmelbourne had vegan and gluten free cupcakes with it so everyone could enjoy some cake. The flowers were from the sustainable florist #lilacandthecat who uses local blooms and no plastic/cellophane/floral foam etc. The rings from #ethicaljewelleryaustralia are made with lab diamonds and recycled platinum. As you can see, the photos were amazing. #RickListon is a local to the Yarra valley and is truly amazing at what he does. Continued in comments …
    I promised the wedding vendor details and then forgot to follow through, so here they are. 
Photography @rick_liston 
Venue including food  @yarravalleyestate 
Hair and makeup artist @nicolegroch_hairmakeup 
Celebrant @ceremonieswithsarah 
Flowers @lilacandthecat 
Cake @katscakesmelbourne 
Rings @ethicaljewelleryaustralia 
Dress @madilanebridal 
Dress boutique @luvbridal 
Dress alterations @seamworks.au 
Prop hire @twilightglamping 
If you know me, you’ll know I tried to make my wedding as ethical as possible. I think just about everything but the dress was ethical or sustainable in some way. My hmua, #NicoleGroch is so talented and she only uses cruelty free and vegan products. The venue, #YarraValleyEstate, is sustainably focused, they have solar panels, are carbon neutral and were happy to go along with all my sustainable ideas. All our food was vegan and vegetarian, we were going to do just vegan but I compromised and did the mix to stop family getting upset (but that happened anyway so I should have just gone with vegan). Our veg cake from #katscakesmelbourne had vegan and gluten free cupcakes with it so everyone could enjoy some cake. The flowers were from the sustainable florist #lilacandthecat who uses local blooms and no plastic/cellophane/floral foam etc. The rings from #ethicaljewelleryaustralia are made with lab diamonds and recycled platinum. As you can see, the photos were amazing. #RickListon is a local to the Yarra valley and is truly amazing at what he does. Continued in comments …
    I promised the wedding vendor details and then forgot to follow through, so here they are. Photography @rick_liston Venue including food @yarravalleyestate Hair and makeup artist @nicolegroch_hairmakeup Celebrant @ceremonieswithsarah Flowers @lilacandthecat Cake @katscakesmelbourne Rings @ethicaljewelleryaustralia Dress @madilanebridal Dress boutique @luvbridal Dress alterations @seamworks.au Prop hire @twilightglamping If you know me, you’ll know I tried to make my wedding as ethical as possible. I think just about everything but the dress was ethical or sustainable in some way. My hmua, #NicoleGroch is so talented and she only uses cruelty free and vegan products. The venue, #YarraValleyEstate, is sustainably focused, they have solar panels, are carbon neutral and were happy to go along with all my sustainable ideas. All our food was vegan and vegetarian, we were going to do just vegan but I compromised and did the mix to stop family getting upset (but that happened anyway so I should have just gone with vegan). Our veg cake from #katscakesmelbourne had vegan and gluten free cupcakes with it so everyone could enjoy some cake. The flowers were from the sustainable florist #lilacandthecat who uses local blooms and no plastic/cellophane/floral foam etc. The rings from #ethicaljewelleryaustralia are made with lab diamonds and recycled platinum. As you can see, the photos were amazing. #RickListon is a local to the Yarra valley and is truly amazing at what he does. Continued in comments …
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Anyway, now that I have told you the realities of the situation (because it would feel like a lie if I didn’t include that), I can tell you that we had a small covid safe wedding with those closest to us. We got to celebrate our love and see our families which we haven’t been able to do for the past 2 years. The day was so relaxed and I had such a wonderful time. And because it was so small, those there completely understood how necessary the covid protocols were that we had in place. 
Since then, I’ve been back home in isolation again. Trying to wait out the virus so I don’t become another casualty. But I’m glad that I got to celebrate this milestone in my life, especially because it meant seeing loved ones. 
And obviously because it’s me, I tried to make my wedding as ethical as possible so I’ll post some of that info in another post but I have to give credit to our wonderful photographer @rick_liston. If you need a Yarra Valley photographer check him out, he’s amazing. 
#weddingday #lovealinta
    I have been MIA for a while, but that’s because I have some news … I got married on the 22/02/2022. When I was a kid I always knew I wanted children myself, but I never thought I would get married. To be fair, I’m still not a big fan of weddings as a lot of the traditions are steeped in misogyny and the oppression of women, but I changed/cut out some of the parts that made me the most uncomfortable. In another world I would happily continue living the rest of my life with my partner and not get married, but we unfortunately live in a world where having a husband makes getting appropriate health care easier. I do plan on continuing to fight the sexism and ableism of the health care system, but sometimes I need a break, and having a husband will make that easier for me. Anyway, now that I have told you the realities of the situation (because it would feel like a lie if I didn’t include that), I can tell you that we had a small covid safe wedding with those closest to us. We got to celebrate our love and see our families which we haven’t been able to do for the past 2 years. The day was so relaxed and I had such a wonderful time. And because it was so small, those there completely understood how necessary the covid protocols were that we had in place. Since then, I’ve been back home in isolation again. Trying to wait out the virus so I don’t become another casualty. But I’m glad that I got to celebrate this milestone in my life, especially because it meant seeing loved ones. And obviously because it’s me, I tried to make my wedding as ethical as possible so I’ll post some of that info in another post but I have to give credit to our wonderful photographer @rick_liston. If you need a Yarra Valley photographer check him out, he’s amazing. #weddingday #lovealinta
    2 months ago
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    Reminder - we don’t celebrate genocide around here. It is horrendous that there is a public holiday to celebrate the colonization of Australia. Australia Day needs to be abolished. If you don’t understand why, please read all the detailed information that has been put online for free by many amazing Indigenous creators. Show up for them and support them. I also recommend listening to the Frontier War Stories podcast so that you hear some real stories. 

Oh, and before anyone says anything about “tradition” - Aus day has only been celebrated on the 26th since 1994. Whereas in 1938 Indigenous Elders called for a day of mourning on the 26th of Jan. There is no tradition here, and there is no celebrating invasion, colonization, dispossession and genocide. Indigenous people continue to be oppressed, so please show up for them tomorrow (and every day). 

@nitv_au has a good round up of all events happening tomorrow. Because of case numbers, nothing in person is happening in Narrm (Melbourne) but there is an online dawn service starting at 5:15am being run by the Vic NAIDOC Committee. 
#alwayswasalwayswillbe #invasionday 

Image 1: Just a reminder we don’t celebrate genocide graphic by @sar.ra__ (check out her other artwork).
Image 2: stylized version of @aiatsis_ map - they sell hard copies of the original you can buy. 
Image 3: Frontier War sites by University of Newcastle.
    Reminder - we don’t celebrate genocide around here. It is horrendous that there is a public holiday to celebrate the colonization of Australia. Australia Day needs to be abolished. If you don’t understand why, please read all the detailed information that has been put online for free by many amazing Indigenous creators. Show up for them and support them. I also recommend listening to the Frontier War Stories podcast so that you hear some real stories. 

Oh, and before anyone says anything about “tradition” - Aus day has only been celebrated on the 26th since 1994. Whereas in 1938 Indigenous Elders called for a day of mourning on the 26th of Jan. There is no tradition here, and there is no celebrating invasion, colonization, dispossession and genocide. Indigenous people continue to be oppressed, so please show up for them tomorrow (and every day). 

@nitv_au has a good round up of all events happening tomorrow. Because of case numbers, nothing in person is happening in Narrm (Melbourne) but there is an online dawn service starting at 5:15am being run by the Vic NAIDOC Committee. 
#alwayswasalwayswillbe #invasionday 

Image 1: Just a reminder we don’t celebrate genocide graphic by @sar.ra__ (check out her other artwork).
Image 2: stylized version of @aiatsis_ map - they sell hard copies of the original you can buy. 
Image 3: Frontier War sites by University of Newcastle.
    Reminder - we don’t celebrate genocide around here. It is horrendous that there is a public holiday to celebrate the colonization of Australia. Australia Day needs to be abolished. If you don’t understand why, please read all the detailed information that has been put online for free by many amazing Indigenous creators. Show up for them and support them. I also recommend listening to the Frontier War Stories podcast so that you hear some real stories. 

Oh, and before anyone says anything about “tradition” - Aus day has only been celebrated on the 26th since 1994. Whereas in 1938 Indigenous Elders called for a day of mourning on the 26th of Jan. There is no tradition here, and there is no celebrating invasion, colonization, dispossession and genocide. Indigenous people continue to be oppressed, so please show up for them tomorrow (and every day). 

@nitv_au has a good round up of all events happening tomorrow. Because of case numbers, nothing in person is happening in Narrm (Melbourne) but there is an online dawn service starting at 5:15am being run by the Vic NAIDOC Committee. 
#alwayswasalwayswillbe #invasionday 

Image 1: Just a reminder we don’t celebrate genocide graphic by @sar.ra__ (check out her other artwork).
Image 2: stylized version of @aiatsis_ map - they sell hard copies of the original you can buy. 
Image 3: Frontier War sites by University of Newcastle.
    Reminder - we don’t celebrate genocide around here. It is horrendous that there is a public holiday to celebrate the colonization of Australia. Australia Day needs to be abolished. If you don’t understand why, please read all the detailed information that has been put online for free by many amazing Indigenous creators. Show up for them and support them. I also recommend listening to the Frontier War Stories podcast so that you hear some real stories. Oh, and before anyone says anything about “tradition” - Aus day has only been celebrated on the 26th since 1994. Whereas in 1938 Indigenous Elders called for a day of mourning on the 26th of Jan. There is no tradition here, and there is no celebrating invasion, colonization, dispossession and genocide. Indigenous people continue to be oppressed, so please show up for them tomorrow (and every day). @nitv_au has a good round up of all events happening tomorrow. Because of case numbers, nothing in person is happening in Narrm (Melbourne) but there is an online dawn service starting at 5:15am being run by the Vic NAIDOC Committee. #alwayswasalwayswillbe #invasionday Image 1: Just a reminder we don’t celebrate genocide graphic by @sar.ra__ (check out her other artwork). Image 2: stylized version of @aiatsis_ map - they sell hard copies of the original you can buy. Image 3: Frontier War sites by University of Newcastle.
    4 months ago
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    Ultraviolette recently released their Dream Screen skin tint. As I’ve explained previously, sunscreen is very important to me. Skin cancer is prominent in my family and I’m even fairer than the my other family members. I can get burnt within minutes of being in the sun, so I am always wearing sunscreen (and avoiding the sun) to try and prevent future skin cancer. The reason why this interested me is because it’s SPF 50 and it has a sheer dewy finish. I typically wear a bb/cc cream with SPF, but I always have to add so much white to it, making the SPF negligible. I can however actually wear Dream Screen in shade V1 without adding white, which is awesome. I use my Supreme Screen underneath, and then layer Dream Screen on top and they work well together. It’s important to remember to wear a base layer of sunscreen, as you’re unlikely to put enough of a tinted product on to get the labeled SPF coverage. The finish is a bit too dewy for me, so I use a little bit of translucent powder over the top, and then I’m good to go. The packaging is interesting. It’s a squeeze tube which makes it easy to use, but probably very hard to recycle. Dream Screen comes in 11 shades and is vegan. Ultraviolette is cruelty free but I really want to see them Leaping Bunny certified. I’ve got all of their sunscreens so I can post swatches of them, or do a video showing application if that interests anyone. Whatever helps you to wear more sunscreen, I’m willing to do 😬 
Photo description - beige ultraviolette bottle laying in plain black background with ultraviolette products surrounding it. 
@ultravioletteau #ultravioletteau #lovealinta
    Ultraviolette recently released their Dream Screen skin tint. As I’ve explained previously, sunscreen is very important to me. Skin cancer is prominent in my family and I’m even fairer than the my other family members. I can get burnt within minutes of being in the sun, so I am always wearing sunscreen (and avoiding the sun) to try and prevent future skin cancer. The reason why this interested me is because it’s SPF 50 and it has a sheer dewy finish. I typically wear a bb/cc cream with SPF, but I always have to add so much white to it, making the SPF negligible. I can however actually wear Dream Screen in shade V1 without adding white, which is awesome. I use my Supreme Screen underneath, and then layer Dream Screen on top and they work well together. It’s important to remember to wear a base layer of sunscreen, as you’re unlikely to put enough of a tinted product on to get the labeled SPF coverage. The finish is a bit too dewy for me, so I use a little bit of translucent powder over the top, and then I’m good to go. The packaging is interesting. It’s a squeeze tube which makes it easy to use, but probably very hard to recycle. Dream Screen comes in 11 shades and is vegan. Ultraviolette is cruelty free but I really want to see them Leaping Bunny certified. I’ve got all of their sunscreens so I can post swatches of them, or do a video showing application if that interests anyone. Whatever helps you to wear more sunscreen, I’m willing to do 😬 Photo description - beige ultraviolette bottle laying in plain black background with ultraviolette products surrounding it. @ultravioletteau #ultravioletteau #lovealinta
    4 months ago
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    It’s Bonsai’s 9th birthday today. The vet is unsure how many more birthdays he’s going to get, so I’m giving him as much love as possible while he’s here. We got the news last month that his heart is failing, which is just another health problem my poor little guy has to deal with. He’s on lots of meds to reduce the symptoms, but there’s no way of slowing down heart failure for him. I thought I would get another 10 years together with him (being a chihuahua and all), so knowing his time is limited has been tough. He however has no idea he’s sick and is just as happy and silly as always. His weird antics continue to make me laugh every day, which is why I also wanted to remind you all to adopt your next pet - and don’t discount the sick or disabled ones, they can be amazing pets too. 
Picture description - close up of blonde chihuahua looking at the camera with his tongue out and folded over. 
#chihuahua #rescuedog #adoptdontshop #lovealinta
    It’s Bonsai’s 9th birthday today. The vet is unsure how many more birthdays he’s going to get, so I’m giving him as much love as possible while he’s here. We got the news last month that his heart is failing, which is just another health problem my poor little guy has to deal with. He’s on lots of meds to reduce the symptoms, but there’s no way of slowing down heart failure for him. I thought I would get another 10 years together with him (being a chihuahua and all), so knowing his time is limited has been tough. He however has no idea he’s sick and is just as happy and silly as always. His weird antics continue to make me laugh every day, which is why I also wanted to remind you all to adopt your next pet - and don’t discount the sick or disabled ones, they can be amazing pets too. Picture description - close up of blonde chihuahua looking at the camera with his tongue out and folded over. #chihuahua #rescuedog #adoptdontshop #lovealinta
    5 months ago
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    What is a sustainable product? I have spent months thinking about this and what I want to write and on my blog and post about here. There is no easy answer to this. Just when considering greenhouse emissions for a company alone, it’s immensely complicated. There was a good article in nature recently going over how Microsoft are trying to achieve net zero, but most companies don’t have the means that Microsoft does. Most companies rely on carbon offsets, which is often planting trees (problematic solution in itself), rather than ensuring their business has no emissions at all. And they don’t take into consideration all the emissions that occur from suppliers and freight of suppliers etc. Then there is the problem of waste. Ideally, I don’t want there to be any permanent waste to occur from any product I buy, but that’s certainly not the case. Most beauty products can’t even be recycled in curb-side recycling bins. I would preferably want my products to be biodegradable, refillable at home, or reused and refilled by the company so that there is no waste. However, I don’t know of an actual solution that encompasses those criteria for some things - like vegan makeup brush hairs as seen with eco tools brushes. I do prioritise this lower than single use plastic, as I get many years of use from makeup brushes. But it’s just another level of complexity that I’ve tried to figure out. So in saying all that, I don’t have the solution or a perfect company or product to talk about as I don’t know of one. I do however intend to support and share about the companies who are trying to be more sustainable. I hope that in supporting them, we will get to a point where companies can fit my ideal criteria. I would like to write a blog post on this but that requires more energy than I have right now - I would however love to hear your thoughts on sustainable products. What is a sustainable product to you? Eco tools was actually the first big company I ever noticed that was promoting eco beauty. It’s interesting how much has changed since then.
*press sample  #lovealinta #sustainablebeauty #sustainablebrand #ecobeauty #ethicalbeauty #ecotools
    What is a sustainable product? I have spent months thinking about this and what I want to write and on my blog and post about here. There is no easy answer to this. Just when considering greenhouse emissions for a company alone, it’s immensely complicated. There was a good article in nature recently going over how Microsoft are trying to achieve net zero, but most companies don’t have the means that Microsoft does. Most companies rely on carbon offsets, which is often planting trees (problematic solution in itself), rather than ensuring their business has no emissions at all. And they don’t take into consideration all the emissions that occur from suppliers and freight of suppliers etc. Then there is the problem of waste. Ideally, I don’t want there to be any permanent waste to occur from any product I buy, but that’s certainly not the case. Most beauty products can’t even be recycled in curb-side recycling bins. I would preferably want my products to be biodegradable, refillable at home, or reused and refilled by the company so that there is no waste. However, I don’t know of an actual solution that encompasses those criteria for some things - like vegan makeup brush hairs as seen with eco tools brushes. I do prioritise this lower than single use plastic, as I get many years of use from makeup brushes. But it’s just another level of complexity that I’ve tried to figure out. So in saying all that, I don’t have the solution or a perfect company or product to talk about as I don’t know of one. I do however intend to support and share about the companies who are trying to be more sustainable. I hope that in supporting them, we will get to a point where companies can fit my ideal criteria. I would like to write a blog post on this but that requires more energy than I have right now - I would however love to hear your thoughts on sustainable products. What is a sustainable product to you? Eco tools was actually the first big company I ever noticed that was promoting eco beauty. It’s interesting how much has changed since then. *press sample #lovealinta #sustainablebeauty #sustainablebrand #ecobeauty #ethicalbeauty #ecotools
    8 months ago
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    Since the IPCC report was released on Monday I’ve seen a lot of people expressing how overwhelmed and helpless they feel about climate change. These feelings are absolutely valid. The situation we’re in is dire. The report confirmed that we are currently experiencing the effects of climate change which can be seen in the increase in extreme weather events. We’re currently sitting at 1.1 degrees and we will well overshoot 1.5 degrees by the end of the century if nothing changes. This will cause widespread suffering, death and destruction for humans, animals and ecosystems. 
But there is good news. We know what the problem is and we know the solution. We can avoid the worst case scenario if we act now. De-carbonising the economy needs to be our top priority, we simply cannot rely on fossil fuels any longer. The most important thing you can do is to get involved and apply political pressure. That means voting for the people with the best climate policies, emailing your local representative, going to climate protests, physically blocking new fossil fuel infrastructure, telling everyone you know to also act - whatever it is you can do to make change, do it. 
Australia was recently ranked last on climate action against 193 other UN member nations. This cannot continue. COP 26 is around the corner so speak up, tell the Aus gov that you want climate action now. I know many of you don’t have a degree about climate change like I do, so I’ve tried to make this simple and give you examples of what to do, and I’m happy to go into more detail or explain anything you don’t understand, just ask. Do your best to be informed and be prepared to fight for a better future. It will be worth it for every life, species and ecosystem that can be saved. 
Picture from a Bloomberg article of a graph showing world average temp over 2000 years with obvious uptick since 1850. Title saying heat spike. 
#climatechange #climateaction #ipcc #ipccreport #lovealinta
    Since the IPCC report was released on Monday I’ve seen a lot of people expressing how overwhelmed and helpless they feel about climate change. These feelings are absolutely valid. The situation we’re in is dire. The report confirmed that we are currently experiencing the effects of climate change which can be seen in the increase in extreme weather events. We’re currently sitting at 1.1 degrees and we will well overshoot 1.5 degrees by the end of the century if nothing changes. This will cause widespread suffering, death and destruction for humans, animals and ecosystems. But there is good news. We know what the problem is and we know the solution. We can avoid the worst case scenario if we act now. De-carbonising the economy needs to be our top priority, we simply cannot rely on fossil fuels any longer. The most important thing you can do is to get involved and apply political pressure. That means voting for the people with the best climate policies, emailing your local representative, going to climate protests, physically blocking new fossil fuel infrastructure, telling everyone you know to also act - whatever it is you can do to make change, do it. Australia was recently ranked last on climate action against 193 other UN member nations. This cannot continue. COP 26 is around the corner so speak up, tell the Aus gov that you want climate action now. I know many of you don’t have a degree about climate change like I do, so I’ve tried to make this simple and give you examples of what to do, and I’m happy to go into more detail or explain anything you don’t understand, just ask. Do your best to be informed and be prepared to fight for a better future. It will be worth it for every life, species and ecosystem that can be saved. Picture from a Bloomberg article of a graph showing world average temp over 2000 years with obvious uptick since 1850. Title saying heat spike. #climatechange #climateaction #ipcc #ipccreport #lovealinta
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