I’ve found it hard to work out exactly what brands are entirely beauty free. Often the ones you think are green and cruelty free aren’t actually being transparent on their products ingredients and sourcing. The leaping bunny symbol is my go to and almost all of these products are tagged with the little bun. As always not all beauty products work for everyone, I have dry sensitive skin and have found even the most raved about products for my skin type were totally wrong. If you can I’d try and get samples before investing in skin care to avoid unnecessary waste. You don’t get if you don’t ask 🙂
At the beginning of my cruelty free journey I received a large selection of Lush products as a Christmas present – although I like some Lush products I was quite disappointed by their Jackie Oats foundation. So this list includes no Lush products, as although I like some of them I find these are better at the job. So here goes!
Pixi h20 foundation – This foundation is super lightweight, probably best for no-makeup makeup fans, or for those like myself who don’t wear very much makeup. I like this a lot because it has a somewhat dewy finish to it and feels soft on the skin. I often find foundations are too cakey for me, or feel a bit too heavy, But not this one!
Burts Bees Facial Cleanser (for sensitive skin) – this is a beautiful product. For one you get a huge tube for a very reasonable price *bonus* but best of all this makes my skin feel so clean and soft. I’d definitely give this a try if you have dry or sensitive skin. There’s not much I can say other than give this a try if you don’t want to spend a fortune on cruelty free beauty products.
B. (By superdrug) Copper Eyeshadow – Not all superdrug stores sell the makeup but I know you can purchase it online. I really like copper tone eyeshadow and this can either look subtle or highly pigmented depending on how you apply it. It’s super pretty and I like the fact superdrug are now catering to a wider audience. This product obviously depends on how you feel buying products from a company which isn’t completely cruelty free. A good option for people on a tighter budget. One thing I would say about buying products from a large company which doesn’t cater exclusively to cruelty free/vegan shoppers is it’s a good way for large corporations to see how popular the cruelty free culture is, and if you are on a tight budget it doesn’t always feel like you have many options. Just a thought, but I’m sure not everyone will agree!
– I also have a B. Nail polish in a really lush terracotta colour. Check it out!
– Waitrose Bath Foam/Shower Gel: So I checked out the ingredients on these products and I’m almost entirely sure they are exactly the same product, you just get more bath foam for your money. So i have started to buy the bath foam rather than the shower gel. This shower gel smells absolutely amazing, it smells a bit like a muji store or an expensive organic hand cream I always try but never buy. I was pleasantly surprised to see the bouncing bunny on the back of the bottle so this will be repurchased unless I find something even better (unlikely!)
– *Weleda Skin food: if you have super dry skin BUY THIS! I get extremely dry patches on my legs and arms and this makes them so much better! Weleda are natural/organic products and have had some criticism for a vague statement on their animal testing policy (as they sell in china) however after some research I feel confident that they do not test their products on animals but totally use your own judgement and do a little research to see where you sit with this one.
– B. Pure facial wipes. I bought these out of convenience because I wanted to try out some mattresses in a department store but me and my other half had face paint on after a fun day. So I popped into superdrug and picked these up because I knew they were cruelty free. I don’t normally use face wipes because I find them quite harsh on the skin, just me? But these are so lush! They are soft and leave your skin feeling so fresh! I’d definitely try these out if you need something for convenience or if you are travelling.
So to round up I’d definitely do a little research into this topic, But if you can’t be bothered just use the leaping bunny as your go to. We all have different opinions on this and I try my best to do what I think is right and this will depend on the individual. I was recently quite surprised to see Barry M is a cruelty free brand, I don’t actually own any Barry M makeup, But if you are a bit younger or don’t have the money to spend on more pricey products there is something out there for you – but one thing is for sure, it’s much harder to find this stuff out than it should be!