With this post I hope to save you some time sourcing your cruelty-free products. ‘Why do you bother? You’re not going to change the world,’ somebody said to me recently. But they’re missing the key point.
It’s true that one person only has one vote.
But then again there are a lot of ‘one persons’ in the world, so one vote will become a magnitude of votes is everyone chooses to activate their power and use their vote wisely, instead of just blindly buying any product out there.
Let’s support ethical companies.
If we exercise our consumer power by casting our vote to support products and companies that we believe in, we can change the world.
I can’t believe it’s taken me 51 years to really realise something so basic and yet so vitally important: that my habits as a consumer count.
They matter. I can support or not support certain companies and if all of us were to realise this one simple fact, how different would our shopping habits be?
Would you choose to support animal testing if you knew that product A tested and product B didn’t? It’s so simple, we can send a message to the manufacturers just by purchasing cruelty free products (or whatever it is we believe in).
Now that might sound easier than it is because most of us just go to the supermarket and pick up our habitual brand without knowing the company policies. In fact, it can become quite a task to discover which companies are actually cruelty free and which aren’t.
I’ve always supported cruelty free eyeliner and mascara but for some reason I never really researched my soap or shampoo, or other household products.
Until suddenly I woke up and realised that I was directly paying money into companies who test on animals and as I don’t agree with animal testing this seems like such an obvious contradiction I almost can’t believe it happened.
But it did. So, to put things right I started researching about vegan and cruelty-free products both in cosmetics and for the household.
Sourcing Cruelty Free Cosmetics & Household Products
Mascara & Eye liner
I’ve always used vegan mascara and eye liner. In the past, I used to think that it was only makeup which used cruelty in its production so I sourced vegan makeup years ago and have never changed that habit.
When I lived in the uk I used to buy body shop mascara but since living in Spain I buy this one from Amazon.
Natural Skin Moisturiser – Shea Butter
After my eye makeup, the next switch I made was from normal skin cream to using Shea Butter as a deep skin conditioner – though I do still have some other vegan skin cream in my house too because while I love the shea butter, it isn’t the most convenient for travelling or for when you’re in a hurry.
It also makes your skin shiny so it’s better as a night cream than a day cream. If you want to read my post about the incredible benefits of shea butter, click here.
Or go over and see it on Amazon
All Natural Washing Nuts For Your Clothes
The next product, which I’m absolutely in love with, is using tree nuts instead of washing liquid for my clothes. They’re absolutely brilliant. You put a few of the nuts (actually, strictly speaking they aren’t nuts!) into a little bag, pop it into the washing machine, and you’re away.
No need for softener or anything else, the nuts contain a natural soap which softens at the same time. The same nuts can be re-used many times until they go papery and then you just replace them with some more.
I love them and they definitely work out cheaper than buying normal detergent. Click here to see the ones I buy on Amazon.
Vegan Shampoo & Conditioner
So, the next point of focus was my shampoo and conditioner. The first place I shopped was Lush because of its high profile vegan attitude. But I have to be honest, the solid shampoo is ok but the solid conditioner is just awful for me. I tried, but no. It made my hair feel rough and look greasy and limp.
So then I tried the Faith in Nature Coconut Shampoo and conditioner and I must say I quite like them. But I’m not in love with them. The conditioner is quite light so I need to use a lot of it.
If you want to check it out, click here to read more about the shampoo and conditioner on Amazon.
I am currently using the Faith in Nature pictured above and I don’t know what I will try next. If you know of any great vegan or cruelty-free shampoos to recommend, please let me know in the comments area below.
Cruelty Free Deodorant
Tulipan Negro deodorant is cruelty free and also aluminium free, alcohol free and parabens free – and I like using it! If you want to see it on Amazon, click here
Cruelty Free Hair Care & Cosmetics (as opposed to Vegan)
What I’ve now discovered is that there are some readily available cruelty-free companies which is a great relief for me as there are some of the brands are really accessible – and while I prefer to support 100% vegan products, I don’t ever want to buy a product that’s been tested on animals so for those occasions when needs must and vegan can’t be found – here are some alternatives.
These are some of the brands I’ve found which are all cruelty free: the finished product isn’t tested on animals and neither are the ingredients.
Babaria – Carrefour – Instituto Español – Kiko – Nivea – Paul Mitchell – Rituals – Tulipan Negro – Urban Decay – Body Shop – Lush
I hope you’ve found this helpful and that you can go and cast your vote for a friendlier more loving world where we look after our fellow inhabitants buy sourcing ethical products.
If you know of any great vegan/cruelty free products, please let me know in the comments section below.