Catchy title huh…….
When I went cruelty free I had no idea where to start and what I most wanted someone to have blogged about was an easy to read list of products. I have tried to make this blog tick that box for people but it has been difficult technical wise for me, my aim this year is to get this even more intuitive with a search list by product type as well as brand names, but I digress……
Last year I spent a small fortune on products to try. I don’t blog about them all as lots are bad for my skin and I do not want to be giving cruelty free companies a bad review (especially as it really is down to my stupid skin and nothing to do with their products!). Then obviously with the products I have blogged about, even if a few different products get a glowing review, the ones which I actually continue to use on a regular basis are my real favorites. In order to let you see this and hopefully help you when you are starting out I have created the list below of what I use on a day to day basis. These are the best products I have found for my super sensitive skin. I thought this could be helpful for people to reference as a guide for starting out. They are split out into handy categories make it easy for you to read because I am nice like that.
Please note I have a lot of Forever Living products on here, as I have mentioned before I do now sell these products but they are not on this list because I sell them. It is quite the opposite, as I was recommending them so much, I decided to sell them.
Without further ado, my list is below.
Forever Living: Hand & Face Soap, Sonya Exfoliating Scrub, Sonya Toner & Sonya Serum
Arbonne: Calm Moisturiser
Anthony Logistics: Moisturiser (for husband not me!)
Triumph & Disaster: Face Wash
Faith in Nature: Rosemary Shampoo & Conditioner
Lush: Bath bombs, Shower Jellies & Hand Soap
Forever Living: Hand & Face Soap (use it to shave)
Anthony Logistics: Shampoo & Shower Gel
Lily Lolo: Mascara & Blusher
Forever Living: Foundation, Powder, Mascara, Lip Balm
Barry M: Nail Varnish
Personal Hygiene (cant think of another generic term haha!)
Coop: Deodorant (as a top up if needed)
Ecover: Non-Bio Washing Powder, Fabric Conditioner (Under the Sun), Floor Soap, Washing Up Liquid, All in One Dishwasher Tablets
Humble Stuff: Cleaning Paste & Multi Surface Spray
Harper’s Bizarre candles
Treats: Lily’s Kitchen, Pooch & Mutt, Green & Wilds
Food: Lily’s Kitchen wet food (any flavour, they are addicted to them all!!) & Burns Dry Food
You can clearly see from the above we have found a couple of brands which we really like and so use a number of their products. This shows two things, first it shows you which brands have consistently good products. Second, it shows that actually cruelty free is not a big deal as you can buy most of the products you want from one or two brands still. You do not have to go online to 30 different companies! For both Skincare and Make Up I have a huge list of brands that I would really love to try but it has now just become too expensive and as my skin reacts to most I have all but given up and stick solely with these products now, however I have heard really good things about many of the others brands on my cruelty free lists, so if you can do give them a go too!!!
I found a couple of things quite hard, toothbrushes, razors and some food (for example Knorr stock cubes are owned by Unilever a disgusting brand due to more than just testing on animals!!!). So for now I have been using own brands from companies I know are Leaping Bunny approved, Co-op and Morrison’s. This year I plan to put a bit more research into these types of items too.
I hope you find the above helpful and can help focus your efforts a bit for a start! As always I am more than happy to answer your questions on this so please just leave a comment below or send me an email.