Last night Mark and I got into a bit of an argument. A harmless one but, nonetheless, a dispute. Fear not, we have since made up and are happy once again. Read on to find out what happened…
Yesterday I was running errands and thought I’d be a nice girlfriend and pick up some shampoo for my dear man as he was running dangerously low. I walked into Aveda and purchased one of their manly looking shampoos. It came to $27.12. Does it seem a wee bit steep? A bit. But you really can’t put a price on quality.
After a few more errands I returned home and Mark asked me how much he owed me. I let him know the amount and he looked just a little displeased. We bickered back and forth for a good while about how outrageous (or not outrageous) a $27 bottle of shampoo was. He just didn’t seem to get how the shampoo I had purchased was any different than a $5 bottle you can get at a drugstore and figured it was a waste of money. Fed up, I told him (in a less than pleasant tone) that this one was less likely to make him go bald and give him cancer but if that’s what he wanted then FINE! And, no, I wasn’t exaggerating! Sodium lauryl sulfate has been linked to hair loss and parabens, phthalates and diethanolamine can cause cancer. And, frankly, I like my men with hair and free of radiation.
I also told him that they don’t test on animals and, for me, that’s an absolute must when I’m buying a product. I feel that if humans are going to use a product then it should be tested on humans. Logical, no? I look a whole lot hotter in red lipstick than a monkey does (or at least I hope I do).
Although we settled our disagreement I ended up returning the shampoo. Then, I went onto Aveda’s website to find out a little bit more about why they’re “so great” so next time I’ll be ready with an airtight argument. And this is what I found…
- They were the first beauty company to have 100% post consumer PET for skin care and hair styling
- They were the first beauty company manufacturing with 100% certified wind power
- Their “Soil to Bottle” program ensures fair compensation for the workers they get their ingredients from
- They source their ingredients from organic, sustainable or renewable plant-based origins
- They have never and never will conduct animal testing on their products
So they recycle, they use alternative energy, their ingredients are fair trade, they strive to get only the best ingredients and they haven’t laid a hand on any bee-boppin’ bunnies, kitties, monkeys or any other fluff-balls. That’s worth $27 to me!
Aveda isn’t perfect (and they acknowledge that) but they are definitely less bad than a lot of brands out there.
To each their own though. Mark can buy his shampoo. And I’ll buy mine. But if I catch him stealing some of the good stuff…
…well, hell hath no fury like a woman whose “happy” shampoo hath been jacked!
We all have different reasons for buying the things we buy. It doesn’t make one person better than the other - just different.
I want to know: what factors contribute to you buying or not buying a product?