As part of Be Cruelty-Free Week, I've put together a bunch of products to help anyone looking to go cruelty-free, or if you're just looking for some new things to try. It's a mix of essentials, a few extras and some of my personal favourites.
Toothpaste - Co-op Freshmint Toothpaste.
Fresh, minty, vegan toothpaste!
My picks: Superdrug Totalcare Whitening Toothpaste, Lush Sparkle Toothy Tabs, Jason Powersmile Whitening Toothpaste
Deodorant - Skinlikes Natural Deodorant.
A 100% natural and vegan deodorant that works. No white marks and no stinging! Read my review here.
My picks: Lush T'eo Solid Deodorant, Superdrug Sensitive 48hr Anti-Perspirant Deodorant, Jason Purifying Tea Tree Deodorant Roll On, Alba Botanica Tea Tree Deodorant Stick
Shower gel - Superdrug Orange & Satsuma.
A tangy citrus scent to wake up in the morning.
My picks: Lush Happy Hippy Shower Gel, Deep Steep Passion Fruit Guava Body Wash, Faith In Nature Raspberry & Cranberry Shower Gel & Foam Bath
Shampoo and conditioner - Avalon Organics Tea Tree Shampoo & Dr Organic Rose Otto Conditioner.
My favourite SLS free combination for soft and nourished locks. See my full reviews here and here.
My picks: Faith In Nature Chocolate Shampoo, Faith In Nature Grapefruit & Orange Conditioner, Lush Jason And The Argan Oil Shampoo Bar, Lush Veganese Conditioner
Razors - Superdrug Triple Blade Disposable Razors.
A budget razor with moisturising strips, I use these with a regular conditioner on my legs for a super smooth shave.
My picks: Sugar Stripease Kit, Superdrug 3 Minute Formula Hair Removal Cream
Moisturiser - Sibu Beauty Daytime Facial Cream & Age Defying Eye Cream.
All natural day creams to keep skin hydrated and bright. Read my review here.
My picks: B. Ready Day Cream SPF15, Yes To Tomatoes Daily Balancing Moisturiser, White Rabbit Dew Soft Day Cream
Face cleanser - Lush 9 to 5 Cleansing Lotion.
A soft, gentle cleansing milk to take off the day.
My picks: B. Pure Micellar Water, Lyonsleaf Natural Beauty Balm, Jason Brightening Apricot Scrubble, Yes To Cucumbers Daily Gel Cleanser for Sensitive Skin
Lipbalm - Crazy Rumors.
All natural and vegan, these come in every fun flavour from Lemonade to Bubblegum. My thoughts here.
My picks: Hurraw!, Barry M Cor Balmy, M&S Nature's Extract Lip Balm Trio Set, White Rabbit Chocolate Orange Lip Balm, Badger Balm Classic Lip Kit
Moisturiser - M&S Fig & Orange Oil Hand & Body Lotion.
A budget moisturiser that feels absolutely indulgent. Full review.
My picks: Jason Invigorating Rose Water Hand & Body Lotion, Superdrug Black Cherry & Macadamia Nuts Body Butter, Deep Steep White Nectarine & Orange Blossom Whipped Body Cream
Hand cream - Lush Charity Pot.
A delightful tin for helping hands, the proceeds go to good causes.
My picks: Deep Steep Lavender - Chamomile Hand Cream, PHB Ethical Beauty Extra Mild Hand Cream with Pumpkin & Mango Butter, M&S Vintage Bluebell & Daisy Hand Balm, Badger Balm For Hardworking Hands
Sunscreen - Superdrug Solait Spray SPF50.
Summer is coming! This spray sunscreen is affordable, quick and easy to apply.
My picks: Superdrug Solait Face SPF50, Lush The Sunblock Solid Sunscreen Wash, Green People Scent Free Sun Lotion SPF25, Alba Botanica Fragrance Free Mineral Sunblock SPF30, 100% Pure Everywhere Sun Stick SPF30
Some great advice if you do want to make the switch to go cruelty-free is not to throw out everything all at once. Use up what you have, and replace things one at a time with cruelty-free options. This gives you time to research properly and find products you really like!
What are your cruelty-free essentials?