When I first decided to go cruelty-free, I don’t think I was expecting so many suitable brands to be readily available to me on the high street.
There are definitely difficulties when it comes to shopping cruelty-free cosmetics. Vague – or non-existent – animal testing policies, dubious stances on selling in mainland China, and a general lack of transparency are just a few road blocks we can come up against when researching the brands we feel safe buying from. However, I am happy to say that, on the whole, I’ve found being a cruelty-free consumer is a lot easier than some may think. I wanted to talk a bit about cleansing, and where you can start if you’re thinking of going cruelty-free.
Superdrug really is the go-to destination for cheap cruelty-free and Vegan certified cosmetics and skincare products. I can’t recommend them highly enough. Not only do they play host to a selection of brands (Barry M and GOSH, to name two) which are cruelty-free, their own-brand range is all Leaping Bunny certified, with many products also approved for Vegans.
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t use face wipes on most days to take my makeup off. I know, it’s bad. But with B.’s micellar wipes I don’t feel too guilty, as they are so gentle and soothing. And on late nights when you just want to roll straight into bed, these face wipes sure do come in handy.
Keeping with the micellar trend, I start most mornings with B. Pure Micellar Water, which I simply dab onto a cotton wool pad and sweep gently across my face to wipe away the sleepiness of the night and prep my face for the day ahead.
Oh Lush, where would we be without you? We’d be having far less yum-smelling baths at the very least.
It’s difficult to go into Lush for an aimless browse, or to pick up just one thing, because their staff are so friendly and helpful and their products are ever so tempting. Fortunately, I work near the new flagship store on Oxford Street; I popped in for some lip balm on my lunch break a few weeks back and ended up also grabbing the 9 To 5 Cleansing Lotion to alternate with my micellar water routine. The main ingredients are orchid and almond oil, and this cleanser glides on in a milky smooth formula. It can be used over eyes, too, which I love in a cleanser, and can be removed with a warm, wet face cloth, to buff the skin clean. I use this one occasionally after removing my makeup in the evenings, or on mornings when I have a little more time than usual.
Every so often, it’s nice to treat your skin to a break from the usual routine. Recently, I was kindly sent some samples from Arbonne and immediately fell in love with their simple but luxurious formula. The FC5 Purifying Cleanser + Toner is a super refreshing product to use when you want your face to be left feeling really clean; it has a fruity, fresh scent which is not overbearing and can be rinsed off with water. I can’t wait to invest in more from this brand. You can have your own consultation and order products which work for your skin type through the Arbonne site.
Have you tried any of these cleansers, or do you have some other recommendations?
*I was sent this product to review, and have given nothing but my honest opinion!