A couple of years ago I started paying more attention the products I was bringing into my home. I was surprised that many of my favorite brands of beauty products still tested on animals. That didn’t sit well with me so I began replacing cosmetics, cleaning items, and household items with brands that don’t test on animals. I wanted to share some of my favorite cruelty-free beauty products since I’ve been focusing on ways to be a little kinder.
Besame Lipstick: I love this company because the lipsticks are modeled after colors that were popular in decades past. My personal favorite is Cherry Red from the 1930s. It adds a vintage feel your look.
The Body Shop Moisturizer: I’ve been a fan of this company for years. Their skin care products are fantastic.
ELF Mascara: I’ve tried a few different mascaras and honestly if you don’t want to drop a ton of money these will give you the same results as other brands that will cost you two or three times as much.
Kiss My Face Deodorant: I switched to deodorant that doesn’t have aluminum in it because there are some health concerns around it. When your deodorant has fewer chemicals you will need to apply it more often which is a small price to pay. I do find that if I’m not working out or if it isn’t I really hot day this brand will really last the whole day.
Lush Bath Bombs: These make great gifts but you’ll probably want to keep them for yourself.
NYX Finishing Powder: I use finishing powder to keep my makeup lasting longer. If you apply after your done getting ready in the morning you won’t have to reapply as much throughout the day.
OGX Shampoos and Conditioners: By far my favorite brand of shampoos and conditioners and they have tons of great fragrances if you want to switch it up. Some of my favorites are Cherry Blossom, Coconut Water, and Macadamia Oil.
Queen Helene Face Scrub: These scrubs and face masks are great and affordable. I like the apricot scrub and the mint julep mask best.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation: I really just need a light foundation and this is perfect coverage and the fair shade matches my complexion.
Tom’s of Maine Toothpaste: Minty fresh and cruelty-free!
In an effort to only purchase products that aren’t tested on animals I started dying my hair with henna last year vs chemical dyes. Aside from the being a kinder product when it comes to animals, henna is gentle on your hair and most companies use packaging that is more environmental friendly too.
I typically buy henna coloring at health food stores, but decided to give Lush a try because I’d read so many positive reviews and I like some of their other products. Lush Henna Hair Dyes come in four shades. I opted for Caca Marron which is a chestnut brown shade with a slight tint of red.
For those of you who haven’t tried henna before it is more of a process and will take longer than traditional drug store dyes. Lush’s henna comes in a six brick pack. If you have longer hair you’ll need to use multiple bricks. I have a pixie cut so I only needed one.
You’ll either use a double boiler or a bowl in a sauce pan to heat up the henna. When it’s warmed from below you’ll pour some boiling water over it and stir till it’s the consistency of brownie batter. You can add more water if it’s too thick and you’ll want to make sure it’s warm and not scalding hot when you’re ready to apply it.
I recommend putting balm around your hairline and ears so your skin doesn’t stain and then applying the dye with a brush or gloved hands until it’s even.
You don’t have to wear a cap over your hair but I do mostly so I can work on other things while I’m waiting for the dye to set in. I’ve heard different suggestions for how long to leave henna in, anywhere from one to five hours. I left it in for about two hours before washing it our in the shower with shampoo and conditioner.
I loved the end result it was subtle, but definitely gave my hair a boost in shine and color. If you’re over chemical dyes I recommend trying henna.
I have been trying to live a little more green over the past few years. I do little things like take reusable bags with me to the store and try to find products with minimal packaging. One thing that I hadn’t really paid much attention to is if the products I buy test on animals.
Recently my attention was drawn to this site by Peta and was shocked that a number of brands I use still test on animals. I guess I’ve been living in the ignorance is bliss bubble. I know the argument for animal testing is that isn’t it better to test on animals before people. My counter argument is that we don’t have the same anatomy as a rat or a rabbit and their reaction to chemicals could be different than ours. I should warn you that if you dig around some more on the Peta site you will see extremely graphic images and videos. What really got to me is that many of the rabbits being tested are the same breed as Milo, my bunny.
So my next something new is driven by a desire to feel better about where the items I bring into my house come from. This month I’m committing to purging products that were tested on animals and researching kinder brands to replace these items with. I think I’ll have better piece of mind knowing that the items in my home are cruelty free.