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DIY Skin, Hair Treatments That Do Not Harm Animals is Possible

Aug 30, 2016 04:10 AM EDT

It is possible to create skin and hair treatment products without any animal cruelty involved, according to Leslie Durso, a well-known healthy-living educator.

According to news release from The Human Society of the United States, Durso shares three DIY cruelty-free beauty treatments that not only works well but also advocates animal love.

Durso has always been a vegan. As just a mere eight-year-old girl, she already knew that she was a vegan and committed to it ever since. "I made the connection pretty early on that meat was from animals and knew that [was] something I just didn't want part of my life," she said.

Being a private chef in Hollywood, a contributor in several online and print publications and a guest judge in "Cupcake Wars" on Food Network, Durso's commitment to animal safety is aligned with all her "eco-chic" lifestyle. Despite her love for high fashion and brands, Durso still continue to look for products that are produced ethically.

Durso's website shows a lot of eco-friendly and healthy recipes. "When people say, 'Oh, you make vegan food,' I say, 'No, I just make really good food,'" she said. And Durso says other animal-friendly entrepreneurs share that mission -- to create the best products, period, not the best cruelty-free products.

But aside from cooking, Durso has created DIY cruelty-free beauty treatments as she believes that there is no need to "sacrifice quality when you go cruelty-free."

"It may sound cliché, but small ripples do become big waves," says Durso. Encouraging people to her advocacy sounds a win-win situation and will create good changes. "It's better for them, it's better for the environment and it's a heck of a lot better for the animals," she added.

Here are three of the Leslie Durso's DIY beauty treatments (cruelty-free!):

1. Coconut Lavender Conditioner only needs coconut oil, coconut milk, lavender essential oi, and guar gum. This conditioner not only smells blissful, the coconuts' healthy fats will moisturize dry hair too.

2. Lemon Coconut Sugar Scrub is made of sugar, lemon, lemon juice, melted coconut oil and drops of mint essential oil. This sweet scrub will help smooth rough spots.

3. Clear Skin Banana Mask just needs one ripe banana and one-half teaspoon lemon juice. The banana helps moisturize the skin, while the lemon juice gently exfoliates.

Below is a video of Leslie Durso's top five favorite things:

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