Project Natural Glow: Desert Essence Face Wash

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on September 15, 2009

Top of the morning to you!

First up I have another Project Natural Glow product review. I bought this facial cleanser after a tip from a reader who told me she fell in love with this face wash called Desert Essence Throughly Clean Face Wash.


I got this at Loblaws Superstore and they had two sizes. The regular size and this huge economy refill bottle. The refill bottle was much better value so I bought this for $18 CAD. It is huge! I have already been using it 3 weeks and I have barely made a dent in it. It will likely last me a year! It is just under 1 litre (32 fl oz.).


You may remember that the Tea Tree Oil I love is by Desert Essence.

It has a very short ingredient list:


As I mentioned I have been using this for about 3 weeks now. I wanted to be sure that I was confident in my review.

So what did I think?


  • Clean smelling
  • Tingly feel when washing
  • It had amazing suds
  • You only have to use a tiny tiny amount to lather it up (great value!)
  • It left my skin glowing and fresh looking


  • The first time I used this I followed it with my Desert Essence tea tree oil which was a big mistake. It burned like crazy!!! I believe that the peppermint in the face wash interacted with the toner somehow, but I’m not sure. It burned and it made my face all red and dry. Lesson learned! I haven’t done it since.
  • I do not suggest following this cleanser with any toner!
  • This part kind of sucks because now I don’t use the tea tree oil toner as much. I try to use it for mid-day touch ups or when I use a different face scrub that won’t interact with it.

My rating 4.25/5

All and all I am quite happy with this face wash. I love that it is all natural and that I am getting great value for this huge bottle! It also saves tons of wasteful packaging too.

Have you found any new Project Natural Glow beauty products recently? Share below!


More and more readers are facing their fitness fears

I received this email from Sarah last night:

“Hi Angela!

I wanted to thank you for your Long Run post earlier today!! It inspired to take my barely-used gym membership, and run on a treadmill for the first time ever!  I can’t believe how good I feel after doing the run 1-minute, walk 1-minute, intervals you suggested, and I did 2 miles today.  Thanks again for sharing your tips, and the story from Katrin as well!”

Congrats Sarah! Way to face your fears and rock that run! I think the great thing about running is that you can see progress really quickly and it is really motivating. :)

I know you are all probably tired of my running talk lately, but it has been such a huge part of my life lately and such a source of happiness for me I just had to spread my joy!


Want to see the new pets we brought home this weekend?

Somehow two of the wedding centerpieces ended up in our hotel room- two Chinese Beta Flighting Fish to be exact!


I didn’t want to bring them home, but Eric insisted.

Meet Snitzelfritz and Jezebal:


He said if we didn’t bring them home, they would have been flushed down the toilet and no one else wanted to take them.

I have to tell you, I am NOT happy about having these fish. It is seriously upsetting me every time I walk into the kitchen and see them. I am very much against captivity of animals in all forms (yes, even fish!!!!) and it actually makes me feel really guilty seeing them in fish bowls. :( I am also really against Zoos. I made the mistake of going to the Toronto zoo a few years ago and it left me in tears because all of the animals looked so unhappy and bored. I think that animals should be in their intended habitat. I know that zoos can do a lot of good for endangered species and rehabilitation, but I do not support wild animals living their entire lives in a zoo.

I don’t know what to do but they really look depressed in their tiny bowls. :( Unfortunately we don’t have a fish tank (or the money to buy one). Should we give them away? If anyone wants them and can give them a happier home email me. :)


On a brighter note…


The time is almost here! It looks like I will be opening up US shipping officially on October 1st! Mark your calendars! I will likely open pre-orders the week before. Stay tuned for details! :D


PS- Another Vegan PB + J Glo Bite spotting!

Have a lovely morning!


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MegaNerd September 15, 2009 at 9:06 am

Yay for US Shipping!

I’m glad you got it all worked out! From your tweets it seemed like a HUGE hassle!

Can’t wait to order some! I loved the PB one from the Summit swag bag!


Whitney September 15, 2009 at 9:06 am

US Shipping?!?!?!?!



caitlin September 15, 2009 at 9:07 am

ok, first of all… i know it was your family’s wedding, but i cannot believe people are still doing this “fish as centerpieces” shit. ANIMALS ARE NOT DECORATIONS. my mom wanted to do this for my wedding and i flipped out.

that being said, i think you did the right thing by taking the first. also, betas really do like have smaller spaces (and not being in the same tank, because they fight and kill each other). SO, all in all, i think you did the right thing and shouldn’t feel sad when you look at the fish. they could’ve been flushed (eric is right) so you are giving them a happier existance.

ugh, but please… seriously people DO NOT USE FISH AS CENTERPIECES.


Pam September 15, 2009 at 9:12 am

Well said Caitlin!


haya September 15, 2009 at 9:14 am

the last wedding i went to that had fish as centrepieces ended with drunk people swallowing the live goldfish.

i have rescued a beta from someone else’s beachy themed wedding. it didn’t live super long but i hope i gave it a better life than it may have otherwise had.


caitlin September 15, 2009 at 9:14 am

oh and if you want, you can tape a mirror to outside of their bowls or put them side by side so they can see each other and “fight”. they will have fun :) my beta has a mirror and she stares at herself all day long.


Chloe September 15, 2009 at 1:29 pm

Yep, they will fight but don’t put them in the same bowl because they will fight to the death!

Good points Caitlin!


Salina September 15, 2009 at 6:33 pm

In the wild, Beta live in pockets of water no bigger than what you can hold in your hand — I’ve heard its actually bad for them if their tank is too big! I had a beautiful beta I named Harold and he absolutley loved the coloured rocks I put in the bottom of his tank and also different greenery (live stuff — keeps the water fresher and is more like their natural habitat).


Pam September 15, 2009 at 9:11 am

I love tea tree oil and Congrats on your US shipping!


Mellissa September 15, 2009 at 9:13 am

Last time I was at Whole Foods I picked up the Desert Essence Tea Tree Oil cleansing pads- kinda a mix between the toner and regular tea tree oil. They have a bit of a funky smell but they work very well, I have been using for a few weeks and I feel like my skin is clearer.


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 15, 2009 at 9:19 am

Ohhh I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled for those.

I think I am the only one who likes the smell of their tea tree oil products? I don’t know why but I love it!


Brandi C September 15, 2009 at 2:49 pm

I love the smell too ANGE! It may have a little to do with the fact that we know how natural and amazing it is =)


Sara September 15, 2009 at 10:33 pm

I love the smell of anything Tea Tree. I get Tea Tree essential oil and mix it with water in a squirt bottle … then spray it on all of the fabrics in my home. It is anti-bacterial and smells SO clean!


Lola July 21, 2010 at 6:45 pm

Do you use a cleanser before the Tea Tree Oil wipes? It says to use the thoroughly clean cleanser before and use the wipes as a toner. Yet, I heard some use the wipes as a cleanser and the cleanser seems to do well enough by itself..

Just curious


Kimberly September 15, 2009 at 9:15 am

I think that is SO Sad!! I agree, fish shouldn’t be used as decorations! And then what? They are disposed of? Yuck! You are a good person Angela! You and Eric. I had a beta in a small bowl for 6 years!!! His name was Gordy. He was being given away as a prize at a fair. The guy who won him didn’t want him and was going to throw him in the TRASH! I took him home and he actually seemed very happy in his bowl. I changed his water once a week and fed him twice a day. Like I said he lived for 6 years. I guess that’s pretty good for a fish. Anyway…like caitlin said don’t feel sad, I think they like small spaces. However…I think some of your loyal readers could possibly take up a collection for 2 bigger bowls for your new buddies!!! I’m willing to contribute:) But again like Caitlin said you would need 2 bowls b/c those fish like to fight.


Salina September 18, 2009 at 2:13 am

Holy Smokes Kimberley! 6 Years! I heard that they generally only have a life span of a couple of years??


Ellen September 15, 2009 at 9:18 am

just think about how much better they are with you than dead!

bettas have evolved to live in small amounts of water– it’s how their gills are designed and everything. in the wild they live in swamps, so instead of buying a fish tank, buy a few aquatic plants from your local pet store. it will help keep the water fresh, and give them some place to hide in. but if they look depressed, don’t believe it! bettas are NOT big swimmers like a goldfish and its normal for them to even sit on the bottom. you can enjoy their beauty guilt-free :)


Kimberly September 15, 2009 at 9:18 am


Cait (Cait's Plate) September 15, 2009 at 9:19 am

YAYAYAYAYYAY!!!! I CANNOT WAIT for Glo Bars in the US!!


muffy September 15, 2009 at 9:19 am

woot finally! Us shipping is coming!
As far as the bettas go, they often are housed as you have them with a plant to feed off of!


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 15, 2009 at 9:23 am

Yea we read that when we did some research last night- we’re going to buy them some plants and rocks. :)


Nikki T September 15, 2009 at 12:03 pm

I had a Beta for a long time- I had bamboo in the vase with him and he loved it! The bamboo also grew very nice and green in there with the little fishy.


Wendy September 15, 2009 at 12:28 pm

Wow Beta fish as a center piece! I have never seen it done. On the bright side beta fish are breed and not removed from the wild. They really like small bowls and the one you have are perfect. I would buy some really colourful rocks put them side by side and also put a mirror behind both bowls. They will have tons of friends to fight with and be happy and engaged.
Zoos the good and evil, because a large amount of people see animals as lesser beings and beings without feelings zoos help to them to see the animals up close and let them see these animals have souls and feelings. Also when people come into closer contact with animals they tend to be taken in by them in the same way that people are by babies. You can feel very good about going to the Toronto zoo as most of the animals there now were breed and not captured and this goes for all the really big zoos in North America. They have huge breeding programmes and share the animals amongst other zoos. Most people working at the zoo have a huge love of animals and are animal rights activists. When and infant is born at the zoo if the mother rejects it the keeps are mom and they stay with that baby 24 hours a day. If it is a land baby they even take it home with them so they can feed it during the night. I remember the zoo when each animal was in its own small cage no toys or companions. The zoos have come a long, long way to ensure the happiness of their guest. They continue to try to find more ways of making the animals happy.
There is a huge difference between a major zoo and attractions that have animals. Places that have whales for people to touch and dolphins for people to ride are abusive to the animals. Those animals have a much higher chance of dying from being touched by people and the tanks are way to small.
Your Beta fish be happy when you look at them and we are transfer out feelings. Buy rock and a plastic plant for each bowl and pick up a couple of mirror tiles to put behind them and put them side by side for company.
Feel happy that you were given the extraordinary chance of saving 2 animals from a certain death and that you are doing what you can to give them a happy environment.


Kimberly September 17, 2009 at 11:49 am

I was in an environmental ethics class once that discussed zoos, and I believe it was mentioned that on average, for every one animal in a zoo, three animals have died to get it there. I.E. they take 4 elephants/bats/etc out of their natural habitat, only one is likely to survive the experience for a number of reasons. It’s very sad.. I believe much more in open preserves that allow the animals to move over a large expanse of land while keeping them protected from people and/or predators.


Claire September 15, 2009 at 9:21 am

You’re so close,Angela!!That’s awsome:-)


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 15, 2009 at 9:22 am

I feel a bit better now…lol…but still sad. I’ve already grown attached to them in a weird way.

Just a note about the centrepieces too- they were in no way intended to be disposed of…they were actually really careful to make sure that all of them were taken home. None were left behind.


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 15, 2009 at 9:25 am

about the goldfish comment RE: guests swallowing them! That is horrifying!!!


Lizzie September 15, 2009 at 9:27 am

VERY excited about US Shipping! Will this be after your 1/2? Hope so, because I have a feeling you are going to be cooking up a LOT of Glo Bars!


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 15, 2009 at 10:28 am

haha yea it is after my half- which was strategic on my part for sure. I need my rest before the half and I somehow don’t think I will be getting enough if I am baking a bunch of orders :)


Bree September 15, 2009 at 9:30 am

So excited about US shipping! Good luck with the fish.


kay (eating machine) September 15, 2009 at 9:31 am

maybe think of it as a fish *sanctuary* instead? like how animal sanctuaries are there to help animals that would otherwise die… you’re giving those fishies a sanctuary too


Carrie September 15, 2009 at 9:33 am

I feel the same way about zoos and SeaWorld!


Kristen @ Simply Savor September 15, 2009 at 9:43 am

yesss cannot wait to try some Glo Bakery goodies!! i hear what you’re saying about the fishies though… at least they’re in good hands with you! :)


Kristin September 15, 2009 at 9:45 am

Try to stay focused on the positives about bringing the fish home. They are still alive thanks to you! I am also against zooz and circuses especially. I went to a circus when I was 5 years old and it frightened me so much I cried the whole time worrying about those animals.


leslie September 15, 2009 at 9:49 am

you’re shipping just in time for my october birthday! yay. are you getting nervous about the 100+ orders you’re going to get the day you open us shipping? :)

btw totally agree with caitlin above and what you said about zoos. i find zoos so disturbing and upsetting – it’s barbaric to me the way we cage up animals and then put them on display for people to gawk at. i don’t know where the idea originated – but i can’t stand it. sorry to hijack your comments for that lol.

hope you have a good day angela!


Bonnie September 15, 2009 at 9:51 am

So excited about US shipping!!!!!


Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries September 15, 2009 at 9:51 am

Wooo hooo for Globars in the US! Can’t wait! My friends in college got a beta fish named Porkchop, which was cute in theory… but actually really sad.


Pam at Highway to Health September 15, 2009 at 9:53 am

I need to try tea tree oil. I have only heard good things about it!


Jess September 15, 2009 at 9:55 am

I use the same Thoroughly Clean Face Wash. It is amazing at taking off make-up!


Shelly September 15, 2009 at 10:02 am

Aw. I have a weird nostalgia for betas because they make great dorm room pets.I had a beta named Rudy in college (I named him after a particularly goofy physics prof- haha) and it was really nice to have something living in the room besides me. Of course, when I left for spring break, I didn’t know what to do with him until my Medieval Lit. professor offered to adopt him.
I agree that you need plants for him though. Lots of people used peace lillies to top their beta vases in college but I think that peace lillies (and all plants in the lilly family, for that matter) are actually poisonous to cats, so I would makes sure any plants you get for your fishies are feline friendly.
That being said, I do think fishy table decorations are not the best idea for a wedding.


Alex September 15, 2009 at 10:04 am

Hey! Was I the reader you alluded to who fell in love with the face wash?? I think I was!!

I’ve been using it for three years and counting now!

As for the fish, I would call your local pet store. They may have a better idea of areas that you can release them into safely.


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 15, 2009 at 10:29 am

Yes it was!


T September 15, 2009 at 10:06 am

I agree… you’ve started a little fish sanctuary! LOL! And rescued them from the pet store! Or a certain death-by-toilet.
You should definitely consider getting a floating plant– Betas like small confined spaces and they also like places to hide, so they might be happier with little leaves to hide in.


T September 15, 2009 at 10:11 am

Oh, and PS, if you keep them in those vases, and you add a plant, make sure they have access to the surface. Betas breath through oxygen at the surface of the water, so if you have a floating plant and they can’t get to the surface, they can’t get oxygen. :)


Mara @ What's For Dinner? September 15, 2009 at 10:28 am

YAAAAY!!! I will be ordering for sure!!!
I agree with T. Betta fish are quite happy in small spaces, and they’re not very active fish at all. A plant would be a nice addition!


Dotsie September 15, 2009 at 10:32 am

Yikes–I’m glad you took the fish so they wouldn’t get flushed :-(

I’ll have to try some bars when they’re available here!


Allison (Eat Clean Live Green) September 15, 2009 at 10:37 am

I’ll keep my eye out for that facewash!

I used to have a beta fish – I had a little castle in his bowl he liked to swim in and out of. I think it was like $5 at a pet store.

Even if you don’t like having the fish in captivity, it is better than them being flushed!


Salina September 18, 2009 at 2:19 am

I used to have a little bridge in mine, and Harold used to sit right underneath it.. my little bridge troll.. he was so beautiful!


Stephanie September 15, 2009 at 10:40 am

Great Post! I used to use the desert essence face wash after my my hubby started using it for his breakouts. His breakouts stopped after using it and never returned. I always thought it had a horrible smell to it but this was 10 years ago so maybe they’ve made it smell better since! It does work though.

I’m also enjoying all the talk about running. I’ve always wanted to learn to run and i’ve since taken up intervals on the treadmill as well. I like it but i find myself afraid to do the one minute run one minute walking. Don’t ask me why! Today i’m going to break through my fear and DO IT!! I’ll let you know how it goes. Thanks for always inspiring. You’re definitely earning your angels wings.



Stephanie September 15, 2009 at 10:43 am

oh and i’m super excited about US shipping!!! Woo hoo!! :-)


Louise September 15, 2009 at 10:50 am

Definitely keep the fish. They are happier in smaller bowls as the water has to stay fairly warm for them. They won’t survive in colder water.
They will kill each other or other fish if given the chance to mingle.
Mine would jump for food so you can entertain yourself and them by holding the food above them.
They’re native to the rice paddies of Thailand so I think their chances with you are better than their chances of getting home :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 15, 2009 at 11:22 am

haha good to know! I’m pretty sure I would have a heart attack if one jumped near me.


Lauren September 15, 2009 at 10:51 am

I’m so happy to find out what you’ve been using after you told me you would be reviewing that face wash. I’ve already added it to my wish list on amazon! :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 15, 2009 at 11:22 am

Sorry it took me so long! lol


katie September 15, 2009 at 10:55 am

i’ve been seeing that face wash at whole foods and have been tempted by it but haven’t tried it out yet – maybe i will now.

and i’m very excited to hear about the u.s. shipping! i cannot wait to try your glo bars after all the great reviews i’ve seen on other blogs :)


amie September 15, 2009 at 10:57 am

awww! you are a sweetie. and i bet those fish are happy as clams (hahaha) in their new homes. maybe add some plants and pebbles and love them to pieces! how is having a fish and having a cat any different? your kitty is “captive” right? you wouldn’t let her run outdoors and into the wild, right? so dont feel bad about the fish!


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 15, 2009 at 11:21 am

Well I guess I see the distinction as being that some animals are bread to be domestic and others might be better off in a larger habitat (free to swim anywhere).


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) September 15, 2009 at 11:04 am

The face wash…OMG I just bought that product yesterday. Yesterday. And was going to post to my blog about it tomorrow, I already pre-wrote some of my comments, I’ll try to remember to send you my link. Great minds think alike on the vegan cleanser :)


Susan September 15, 2009 at 11:07 am

If it’s any consolation, betas always look depressed :P

Also, I noticed the cleanser has tea tree oil in it, so adding more tea tree oil to your face after may have been part of the bad reaction. That stuff dries may face out sooo much. I can only use it directly on pimples, or just once a week.


natalie September 15, 2009 at 11:20 am

Yay!! I can’t wait to order some glow bars! You should put together fun glow bar christmas packages….I don’t know about other husbands…but I know mine would love the idea of buying something like glow bars for it would be simple, and a wonderful gift to recieve. Infact, i’d love to give them as gifts as well!.I’m sure you were already conjuring up some great idea for glo bar christams presents..but I just thought i’d mention it! Can’t wait to try them!!

ps…would you mind if i referenced you in a blog post? I wanted to do a post about green monsters and tell my friends and small group of readers about how much I love them! I wanted to mention your Green monster movement and your blog because that is how found out about green monsters in the first place….would you mind??


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 15, 2009 at 12:18 pm

Thanks for the ideas! I am definitely planning on some special holiday goodies :) I can’t wait.

Go ahead and reference away!


Lisa M September 15, 2009 at 11:26 am

This is totally OT but I have been meaning to ask for quite some time…
Do you know anything about the nutritional content (or lack thereof) on alcoholic ciders? I prefer them to beer when we are having a cold drink but I can’t stop thinking they must be full of sugar and calories and maybe even, HFCS. I can’t find any nutritional information on them (even on the Grower’s website) perhaps because they are so Canadian, most specifically Okanagan. I thought as a fellow Canadian you might have some insight.


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 15, 2009 at 9:06 pm

No I can’t say that I do, but I would love the info as well!


Pam September 15, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Wow I definitely have an issue with fish as decorations. It’s just weird. Why do people even like it???


Sue September 15, 2009 at 12:47 pm

I hear you about the fish. Zoos are good and bad and the only reason we need them is to educate. The up side is most of the animals were breed for the zoo and not wild captures. Secondly there are animals housed at the zoos that have gone extinct or are very close to it. A lot of zoos are trying to breed those animals to create a population again. Like the wolf project along the west coast of the states where wolfs disappeared. I think zoos also help to keep people from going off into wild areas to see animals and disturbing there natural environment which I think is a huge stress to most animals. I cannot stand attractions with animals. Like pet the dolphin or whale. Those are corporate money makes that contribute nothing to animals and wildlife conservation and preservation.


Eri September 15, 2009 at 1:30 pm

^^very good point. and very good reasons for the contining of zoos. & i do agree about animal attractions as wel though.


Claire September 15, 2009 at 12:51 pm

I saw your tweet about going to Fla. in Feb.I grew up in Naples,but haven’t been back in years.I hear it


Jocelyn September 15, 2009 at 12:55 pm

Hi Angela..I’v been using Aubrey ORganics shampoo – Island treasures I believe or something like that. I use both the shampoo and conditioner. If you can get over the icky brown color of the works lovely! :) The ingredient list is minimum…I got some great ideas/good all natural lines out of a book I’m reading Gorgeously Green (such a good book, you should pick it up!) :)


Ellen September 15, 2009 at 1:21 pm

i just wanted to add about two things. one: mirrors are “fun” to see the fighting “in action” but please don’t leave it by them all the time. this just stresses them out and is seen as a threat to your fish, not a friend. two: definitely don’t release them into the wild like some suggested! there are bettas in the wild, yes, but these are VERY domesticated (like the difference between a wild sparrow and a bright yellow canary).

good for you for saving them though :) i’ve done the same in the past with goldfish at a wedding. they put candles on top of the vases which were suffocating them one by one during the reception (lots of dead & dying fish!!) i pulled out a full on rescue mission haha


Tay September 15, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Hoe exciting for US shipping! I’m stoked :-)


Karen September 15, 2009 at 1:36 pm

Can’t wait til you ship to the US! I’ll be ordering myself some Glo bars!


Kathleen September 15, 2009 at 2:16 pm

I just wanted to say that I love, love, love hearing your thoughts and ideas. I totally agree about zoos, but I normally feel like a weirdo for it because most people I know don’t think twice about it and think I’m a killjoy for feeling that way (which goes for oh so many things, now that I think about it though, doesn’t it….).

I also appreciate the product reviews and recipes you put out there, and I wanted to add my “hell yeah!” to the last entry where Katrin and you both mention how running helps with body image issues. I used to be preoccupied with getting my weight to a certain silly number, and making sure my stomach was as flat as can be, but now that I’m training for a marathon I truly don’t care for the first time in a long, long time. I think, hey if this body can run 18 miles at a time, it must be doing pretty well, and I appreciate it and try to be kind to it.

Whew, that was long! Anyway, all I mean to say is thanks and keep up the good work!


Paige @ Running Around Normal September 15, 2009 at 3:44 pm

Great review!

Aw..I always feel sorry for beta’s too :( They just look so…bored and listless.

But, hooray for US shipping! You know your site will probably crash from all the orders right?? kidding ;) But I will definitely be ordering!


Heidi September 15, 2009 at 4:59 pm

Very very excited about the US shipping!!! :D Hooray!!!


Katrina M September 15, 2009 at 6:09 pm

yay for us shipping! hopefully i will be able to try out some of your stuff :)


Kristin (Kristins Nibbles) September 15, 2009 at 6:15 pm

I love face wash that has few ingredients!! I need some, but my skin is sooo sensitive… I’m wondering if this would work on it…


I would take one of your fishies, but I’m a big far away now… perhaps my boyfriend wants a new pet? He’s only a couple hours away. I shall inquire.



Niki September 15, 2009 at 6:19 pm

How convenient that I will be receiving my first official paycheck right in time for Glo Bakery pre-orders! :)


Autumn Tao September 15, 2009 at 6:38 pm

Angela, I completely understand about the fish. I do not visit zoos, aquariams, Sea World, or anything of the like. Animals are beautiful and fascinating, but they were not created for our viewing pleasure or entertainment. As far as your new pets, you did rescue them, and that’s a beautiful thing. I’m hoping someone with a bit more space contacts you and gives them a good home.


Meaghan September 15, 2009 at 7:26 pm

“I think that animals should be in their intended habitat.”

You have a cat that is NOT in it’s intended habitat. Not only that but from what I can see he is not allowed outdoors where cats should be.

Just sayin’


Brooke September 15, 2009 at 7:46 pm

I think you should give Angela a break, Meaghan. She clearly has a beautiful, caring heart and it’s a shame to throw stones at her about having a domestic house cat.


Rebeca September 15, 2009 at 7:54 pm

Oh my Lord- I’m so happy. You made my day.

At least you love them… I know some kids who had one and just terrorized it with a mirror… seriously. They’ll be happy Chez Glo :)


A September 15, 2009 at 8:08 pm

Per the Humane Society, allowing a domesticated cat outdoors is abuse — coyotes, cars, sick people with matches, etc. — it’s simply NOT safe.

I do disagree with breeding, though.


Amy September 16, 2009 at 3:13 pm

@A – allowing a cat outdoors is abuse?

Both of my cats go outdoors, and I guarantee they are NOT abused.


Sherri September 15, 2009 at 8:31 pm

you did the right thing by saving the betas. they’re also great entertainment for your cat. it goes without saying but any cat lover knows, if you want a healthy cat you must keep it indoors.


Diana September 15, 2009 at 9:27 pm

Ooooh, thanks for saying that you don’t like zoos!! I don’t either – I cannot stand the entire concept. It is just so wrong and don’t get me started on the circus thing.
Thanks – made my day seeing that in your post!


'dee September 15, 2009 at 10:02 pm

Ange, you have such a kind heart. I’m glad to see all the helpful comments about how to keep your unintended pets happy! You are giving them a better life and they will be quite content – and the alternative could have been so much worse!

I used to volunteer with a zoo that sponsored a red wolf recovery program. They were certified as a breeding zoo for this all-but-disappeared species. I was really fulfilled by the work but shared your concern on the whole exhibition thing. It’s still a mixed bag for me. Sometimes, people don’t know enough to care until they experience an animal up close. But to experience an animal up close means they are captive. To me, it’s a symptom of our world that has its good and its bad.

PS – my husband laughs because if I do visit a zoo at all, I first research them (thought you’d like that part!) to see what their accreditations are. If they are only an exhibit zoo, and not doing anything to better the cause of the animals or protect endangered species, I refuse to go, even if admission is free. And even when I do go to “real” zoos, I still want to run around unlocking gates and shouting “be free, be free”.

LOL. Anyway, I hear you, and I get it.


Lindsay September 16, 2009 at 10:14 am

The beta I had was from a centerpiece at a wedding too! I was a waitress at the event and there were so many fish, I couldn’t stand that they would be wasted without even getting to be pets! Fish (yeah, I’m not creative) lived 3 years, with 5 major moves in the cup holder of my car!


Katharina September 16, 2009 at 12:19 pm

Girlfriend, my iCal is marked! Can’t wait :D I voted you as best baker on those foodbuzz blog awards lol, so you best believe I’m gonna be a customer of yours. You’re so inventive and I feel like your recipes are really YOURS.

p.s. I’ve also got that brand of tea tree oil. Such a notable smell, someone really liked it once lol


Amy September 16, 2009 at 3:12 pm

@A – allowing a cat outdoors is abuse?

Both of my cats go outdoors, and I guarantee they are NOT abused.


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