A few months ago I made a kind of spur-of-the-moment decision to go #crueltyfree with my toiletries and cosmetics. Now, for me, Cruelty Free means not tested on animals. I am not vegan, I am not even vegetarian, so I don’t see the point in going vegan for cosmetics. So anything I list on here is not necessarily vegan, although some may be by happenstance.

My decision was based on being a beagle-owner. Beagles are renowned for being typical test animals, due to their sweet nature, and their persistent love and adoration of humans whatever’s done to them. Take a look at this video of rescued test-lab beagles from the Beagle Freedom Project being released outside for the first time:

So, It was a Thursday evening when I made the decision, and committed to it by tweeting my intention. These are the stages I went through:

  1. It might be hard, should I do it?
  2. Yeah, it’ll be fine. I think ,most of the stuff I use won’t be tested on animals anyway. TWEET
  3. Oh crap, Garnier shampoo and conditioner is tested on animals. And all their skincare. WTF?
  4. Oh shit. Rimmel and all my make-up is all tested on animals.
  5. Oh. My. F**king. God. Schwarzkopf is out – how the hell do I keep my hair bright red/pink/purple now???
  6. Can I delete my tweet? Oh wait a load of people have responded to it.
  7. Quick put out a call for help on Twitter and Facebook….
  8. Oh wow, look at all these brands people are mentioning, awesome! Thanks guys.
  9. Palmers Cocoa Butter! Life saver. Soap and Glory – been looking for a good excuse. Body Shop, of course. Ooh pink hair dye available through amazon.
  10. Oh wow, it’s going to be fine – I can do this.

And that was still all Thursday evening. The assistance offered by people, friends and strangers alike, to help someone get started was amazing. The next day, I dumped EVERYTHING (after putting my face on) and after work I went shopping. It cost a fortune, but was kinda fun, and helped me strip back to basics.

Some of things I bought were a dud, and I soon decided what I didn’t want to feel like I was making a sacrifice for this, that the products I wanted to use should feel, look and smell good – no compromises.

I also looked into the debate of whether you should use products by companies who don’t test on animals, but who’es parent company does. for example, Body Shop used to be owned by L’Oreal; Body Shop don’t test on animals, but L’Oreal do. I chose to use products in this scenario, as I believe it’ll show the parent company that there is profit in not testing. So after a lot of trial and error, these are the brands and products that I now use and love:

  • Palmers Cocoa Butter: Shampoos, Conditioners, body lotion, bronzer, lip balm, hand cream
  • Soap & Glory: Face wash, body scrub, make-up primer, bubble bath, blusher, mascara
  • Lee Stafford: Coco Loco range
  • Superdrug own brands: Hair dye, toothpaste, mouth wash, tampons & pads, shower gel
  • Sass: Feminine Hygiene products
  • Body Shop: Perfume, face wash, toner, moisturiser, spot treatment
  • Yes To…: Cucumber face wash for me. Carrot shampoo for The Boy.
  • Good Things: Face mask
  • Blistex: lip balm
  • Bare Minerals: Foundation
  • NYX: Lipsticks
  • Sleek: Eyebrow stuff, concealers, eyeshadows
  • Benecos: Eyeshadow
  • Urban Decay: Sparkly & metallic make-up that makes me feel v girly!
  • Sensationail: Gel nail polishes
  • Barry M: Nail Polish
  • Arctic Foxx & Manic Panic: Hair dye via Amazon
  • Pip Box: Beauty Subscription box
  • FFS (Friction Free Shaving): Razor blades & shaving gel subscription box (you get to use a fresh new blade EVERY WEEK. Luxury)
  • Bulldog: skincare for men (for The Boy. Obvs)

My favourite finds? Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Shampoo and Conditioner – gorgeous smells of chocolate and mint, and Soap & Glory’s Breakfast Scrub body scrub – smells divine!

The one thing I’ve really struggle don is anti-antiperspirant. I tried some of the natural deodorants, but… well… no. Just no. I have opted for Sanex as it works, and I can’t see anything out there that says they definitely DO test on animals, but nor have I found anything to say they’re 100% #crueltyfree either. I’m continually looking for something else, but they are my interim until I do.

If you’re thinking about going #crueltyfree, it’s not a walk in the park, but it’s not that hard either. And it certainly doesn’t have to be a sacrifice.


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