If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen the post where I spoke about vegan-izing my cosmetics and toiletries. I’ve been eating a vegan diet for almost one year now (wow!) and I think I’m ready to take the next step with my other aspects of my life.
My plan is to do it slowly, since I prefer not to throw out things that I got prior to going vegan. I mean, I’ve spent my hard earned money on them, and I refuse to waste anything that’s in good condition. That said, I don’t intend to buy anything that is non-vegan henceforth.
Since I’ve now practically run out of most of my usual toiletries, I took the opportunity last weekend to look for vegan/cruelty-free alternatives. I was happy to discover that quite a few high street brands sell products that contain only vegan ingredients. I’m a bit of an ingredient snub, so I wasn’t impressed by every product I found.
I will go into detail about ingredients I prefer to avoid in products in another post, but for now, here are the products I found that I am OK to use until I find better alternatives.
I know that The Body Shop is not a vegan brand, and a lot of people shy away from buying products from them because they’re owned by L’Oreal. I’m not too worried by that because The Body Shop does not test its products on animals. My priority right now is that the products I use are vegan.
The roll-on is formulated for sensitive skin. It is free from alcohol, preservatives, fragrance and colour – awesome! Ingredients wise, it contains:
Aqua/Water (Solvent), Aluminum Chlorohydrate (Antiperspirant Agent), PPG-15 Stearyl Ether (Emollient/Skin Conditioning Agent), Steareth-2 (Emulsifying Agent), Glycerin (Humectant), Butylene Glycol (Humectant), Steareth-21 (Emulsifying Agent), Pentylene Glycol (Solvent), Panthenol (Hair Conditioning Agent/Skin Conditioning Agent), Caprylyl Glycol (Skin Conditioning Agent), Glyceryl Stearate (Emulsifying Agent), Ethylhexylglycerin (Skin Conditioning Agent), p-Anisic Acid (pH Adjuster), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder (Skin Conditioning Agent – Humectant), Bisabolol (Skin Conditioning Agent), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster).
I have used this roll-on a few times already and I really love it. It goes on as a nice clear fluid, and it doesn’t leave white marks on my skin or clothes once it dries up. I have to admit that I didn’t think it would work as well as it did (for no particular reason), but it totally exceeded my expectation.
With regards to the ingredients, I’m not exactly happy about those I’ve highlighted in bold, but I’ll explain why in another post. Overall, this deodorant was a great buy (£4.50 for a 50ml bottle) and I will definitely purchase it again, unless I find something more superior.
This one is isn’t a new addition to my product stash, I have been using it since late 2015. But, it is one I thought I’d share because it is vegan and it is amazing! I’m really not a fan of make-up, which is possibly the reason why I don’t know how to apply it. As you can imagine, my make-up bag is pitiful to say the least, lol!
It is important that we all wear sunscreen on a daily basis to protect our skin from UV damage. I’ve been unable to find a product that gives me good protection without leaving me looking ashy. That is, until I met this product! This Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue is basically an all in one BB cream, CC cream and moisturiser.
It leaves your skin looking so fresh, and if you already have clear skin, it makes your skin look 100x better. The selling point of this cream for me is the fact that it provides SPF 30! It never breaks me out even though I
have used to have (eating a plant based diet has normalised my skin, whoop!) oily skin.
The cream comes in 16 different shades so there is a huge chance that you’ll find something to suit your complexion. You can apply it with your fingers (perfect for me, haha) or use a make-up brush if you have one. Needless to say, if you don’t like makeup, or you want something lighter than foundation for daily wear, I’d HIGHLY recommend this product.
If you don’t know it already, Yes to® is a cruelty-free brand! All of their products are made using at least 95% natural ingredients, and they are free from SLS, parabens and silicones. Yes to® have a wide range of products for hair, skin and body care.
I’ve known about the brand for a quite a while, and I’m loyal user of their facial wipes. Their Blueberry anti-ageing facial wipe is my favourite, but I decided to give this Argan oil variety a try and I’m absolutely in love! I love the fragrance, and the way it makes my skin feel so clean, but soft at the same time.
If you’ve never used any of their products, I’ll highly recommend them. More so, as they have products to suit almost every skin type.
I’m usually a shower gel girl, but recently I’ve found myself buying soap bars. I’m not quite sure if its because they tend to last longer or if its because I’m enjoying the exfoliated feeling of my skin.
Anyhow, this soap bar is another one I’ve had in my stash for at least a year or so. I’ve been hooked since I first tried it. It leaves my skin feeling amazing and it has actually cleared up some blemishes I had on my legs and arms.
My only gripe with this product is that it contains palm oil, but the manufacturer’s have not stated that they use a sustainable source. I’ve only just noticed that, so there’s a good chance I may not buy it again.
Overall, I’m pretty happy with all of my purchases. I’ll let you know how I get on with the aloe deodorant as it’s still early days yet.
Have you started veganizing your toiletries and cosmetics yet? If so, what exciting things have you bought so far?