Since turning vegan, I have had to slowly replace everything I once used as most of my products for body and home were tested on animals or contained animal by-products.
It can be difficult to locate both vegan AND cruelty free products so I have complied a list of things I use every day in the hope that if you're struggling you can get some inspiration.
I use Seven Hills Wholefoods Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. It works as a make-up remover and moisturiser for the body and face so I only have to take one tub to do two jobs when I am going away anywhere.
You can easily order this online and it lasts you ages because a little bit goes a long way.
It is unrefined so it's not bleached, deodorised hydrogenated- which is good news for your skin. It is sourced from local farmers in Sri Lanka, which boasts the ideal conditions for the coconuts to flourish.
It comes in a glass jar too so no contaminants will leak into the oil as they would in a plastic tub. Finally, it is 100% pure so you are just putting one ingredient on your face instead of many.
Shea Moisture Super Fruits Shampoo and Conditioner
I buy this from Boots and it smells just like all the lovely fruit you eat on a vegan diet.
It lathers up with only a pea-sized amount, so even though it costs about £10 a go, it lasts you for around six months. Plus it has no sulphates in it so it makes your colour last for longer.
Astonish Dishwasher tablets come in packs of 42 so will last you well over a month and in my local B and M only cost £2.99 which comes in much cheaper than the brand we used to use. Plus- all Astonish products have the leaping bunny on the back so you don't even have to check when buying this brand- everything is safe! You can also buy these from Ocado if you're a fan on shopping online.
Astonish Hand Wash
This comes in lots of different scents, but I buy the Silke Soft one as they sell it in my local B and M for only 99p a bottle. Consequently, I always buy one for my bathroom and one for my kitchen and because the bottles are so big they last a while too. It has a lovely mild smell so it's not overbearing after use.
Source Body Wash
This is usually priced at around a pound in Asda when it's on offer so I stock up then. Source has too many scents to mention them all but my personal favourite is the Lemon and Tea Tree Oil and the Mango variety. All of the scents make you crave something fruity in the morning (please don't eat the body wash!)- ideal for vegans who eat breakfast right after their shower.
Astonish Anti-Bacterial Spray
Great for wiping around your kitchen surfaces after you've made a mess from cooking your evening meal. Also good for a quick swish of the cloth in your bathroom to keep on top of the skink area between deep cleans. This also has a mild smell that fades right after use so your kitchen and bathroom don't smell like a swimming pool.
Dr Johnson's Disinfectant
It clearly states on the back that this is not tested on animals and you can get 2 for £1 in Poundland right now, so a lot cheaper than my previous bleach and the smell is milder too.
I only recently discovered these and they're so much better than my old choice.
To be honest, it never even entered my mind that tampons were laced with chemicals so as soon as I found out I replaced my other brand with these.
They come in the same variety of sizes; regular, super and super plus and with or without an applicator depending on your preference. Reassuringly, they have no chemicals in them so cause less irritation, are not tested on animals and are also biodegradable. They are an all-rounder for vegan ladies.
Superdrug's Pro-Care Sensitive Toothpaste, Total Care Waxed Floss and Total Care Freshmint Mouthwash
It is a great help to walk into a shop and know all of its own brand products are cruelty free. All you have to do is look on the back and it clearly states if it's suitable for vegans or vegetarians.
B.All Lengthening Defining Volumising Mascara Waterproof Black
Superdrug's own brand of make-up is also a favourite of mine as they regularly have offers on the items in the range. I got my last two mascaras on buy one, get one half price, so it's good to keep an eye out and stock up when you can save some money.
If I find any more gems I will keep adding!
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