Cruelty-free skincare: a few of my favourites

I was late home from the studio last week because I was feeding an exhausted bee some sugared water. I’m not sure where you sit on the spectrum of caring for all creatures great and small, but that’s a pretty typical example for me. lol. I guess my point is, that living a cruelty-free existence doesn’t have to be all that extreme, but it does tend to be multi-layered. The small acts count.

In all the different ways we could choose kindness over harm, opting for vegan, cruelty-free skincare products just seems like a no-brainer to me. I’ve tried lots of different products over the years, changing things up along the way to suit the evolving needs of my skin. The one thing that’s clear about going cruelty-free is that there’s an abundance of fantastic products to choose from. This means you can both nurture your skin and gift the world a little kindness.

Given how many products there are, I thought I’d share a few of my current favourites to perhaps help you narrow the field. With reference back to my earlier point of the multi-layered nature of choosing cruelty-free, I also extend that philosophy to myself by using products that are as natural as possible. 

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I’ve been a fan of the Skin Boss facial oils (Get Up and Glow & Sleep On It) for a while now - they’re a light, yet deeply moisturising formulation and just a few drops goes a long way (so they’re super economical). The ingredients only include natural base oils (such as almond and jojoba) and essential oils. I’m trying the Body Oil (coconut blend) for the first time this month, and while it’s equally lovely I am a bit of a body moisturiser slatherer (it feels so luxuriously indulgent), so I may attempt to work through my issues of excess or simply try something else next time. 

While they may require a little more effort (needing a washcloth to remove) compared to a typical wash & go style of face cleanser, I love the way my skin responds to oil cleansers. Prior to trying the Cardmon & Acai Oil Cleanser by Cedar + Stone, I was using the Black Chicken Remedies Cleanse My Face (& loving it) - I just wanted a change. The Cedar + Stone blend is made from 100% plant-based ingredients with a lovely fragrance. It may be a smidge heavier than Cleanse My Face, so I’m yet to decide whether I’ll stick with it when I run out. But in saying that, the richness may be welcome during the dehydrating winter season. 

I was initially using the Cedar + Stone Frankincense & Ginseng Moisturiser as my solo facial moisturiser, but found it didn’t provide my skin with quite enough hydration. However in conjunction with my Skin Boss oils, it works a treat on days where I need a bit of a moisture boost. While it’s not so much a skincare product, the Cedar + Stone Coconutty Peppermint Hand Sanitiser smells lovely, doesn’t dry the hands and is a great size to carry with you. 

Sunscreen is a non-negotiable in Australia, but it can be challenging to find a great cruelty-free, natural formulation. I’m currently using the Simple as That SPF30 Natural Sunscreen Lotion with Raspberry Seed Oil, and while it eventually blends well (it’s quite thick) and does the job, I find the fragrance a little overpowering. But given that there’s no other downside, it’s really not all that big a deal. 
Please let me know if you’ve got any favourite cruelty-free skincare products, I’m always keen to try something new-to-me. If you’d like more information about cruelty-free products or double check your skincare choice is cruelty free, head over to Choose Cruelty Free. 

PS. If you’re ever in a position to provide a tired bee with some thirst aid, let me know (the sugar water worked a treat!).

PPS. This is not a sponsored post, I just like to share the love for products & services I personally use and genuinely love.

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