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Monday, 18 June 2018

A Guide to Cruelty Free Skincare

After drastically changing my eating habits by cutting out animal products, I knew that I needed to make similar changes to my beauty regimen. After months of putting it off or forgetting about it altogether, I finally took the plunge. Sad but true, I preferred to live in blissful ignorance and enjoy the products that I've always loved. It came to a point, however, when I knew that I couldn't justifiably ignore animal suffering just to feed my own vanity. My love of looking good just wasn't a good enough reason.

This transition hasn't been a completely straight-forward one. My quest to find a cruelty-free mascara that I love remains ongoing. One thing that was much easier than expected though was my skincare routine. I was delighted to find out that many of the brands I already owned and loved were cruelty free! In the past, I'd been brainwashed into thinking that cruelty-free brands would be some hippy home made recipe that lacked the science and results of other products. Boy, was I wrong!

I've rounded up 8 of my very favourite cruelty-free skincare brands. These are the ones that really stand out as exceptional to me. They create beautiful products that give real results without any harm to the beautiful little bunnies. I've linked all of the products I talk about at the bottom of this post!

1 // The Ordinary

The Ordinary has had a bit of a moment in the blogosphere over the past year or so, and for good reason. If you're looking for skincare that delivers results without breaking the bank, this is what you've been waiting for. Their Advanced Retinoid 2% is one of my holy grail products (you can read my full review here). Kim K is a fan and so should you be!

2 // Sunday Riley 

Another cult favourite, Sunday Riley is also cruelty free! Their face oils are particularly popular and boast great results. Crowd pleasers include U.F.O Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil and Luna Sleeping Night Oil. Good Genes is also a great lactic acid treatment.

3 // Pai

I've only tried one product from Pai and that's their Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil. This is formulated to even skin tone and texture. Reviews of this are always glowing, and preach of totally transformed skin. I loved the oil so am looking forward to trying some more products from their range.

4 // Liz Earle

An old-school favourite. Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish has stood the test of time for a reason - it's good! It removes all the makeup and dirt from my skin and leaves it feeling super soft. However, there's so much hype over the Cleanse and Polish that I sometimes wonder whether other products in the line get the love and attention they deserve. I also really enjoyed the Brightening Treatment Mask.

5 // Pixi

Pixi Glow Tonic. Need I say more? A staple in anyone's skincare routine, this chemical exfoliant removes dead cells and debris to reveal beautiful glowing skin. This product has quickly turned into a cult classic and I can't imagine ever not using it. I'm keen to give their Overnight Glow Serum a whirl.

6 // Alpha H 

If you like the Pixi Glow Tonic, but are looking for something that packs a bit more of a punch, you have to try Alpha H Liquid Gold. It boasts a 5% glycolic acid, which remove dead skin cells from the surface, and lowers the skin's pH to stimulate cellular activity. Some of the before and after photos from using this product are absolutely insane. I'd highly recommend!

6 // Lush

A classic, Lush is what initially comes to mind when I think of cruelty-free skincare. They've been fighting animal testing for years now. When I was a teen, my whole skincare routine was made up almost exclusively of Lush products. I still love the Ultrabland cleanser, which is incredible at removing makeup, and the Tea Tree Toning Water is super refreshing. I'm also a big fan of their fresh face masks!

7 // Aesop

Their Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm is to die for. I don't think I've ever been so passionate about a hand cream. It leaves my skin feeling so soft and doesn't leave a greasy layer, like other products can be prone to do. I'm somehow yet to try any of their facial products but I've heard such wonderful things about them. The parsley seed range seems to be particularly popular.

8 // Herbivore

A relatively new find for me, but already a winner, Herbivore was recently released in the UK (you can find it at Space NK) but has been available in the US for a few years now. I've tried the Pink Cloud moisturiser and absolutely love it. Not only are their products kind on the animals, but they also come in beautiful packaging that looks great on your Instagram feed.



  1. I'm so glad to know that some of these products I use are cruelty-free! I really want to learn more about it xx


    1. I was so surprised to learn how many of the brands I loved were cruelty free! xx


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