For as long as I can remember, I’ve been concerned about animal welfare. Recently I discovered that the shampoo I was using had been tested on animals. Naively, I thought we were passed this for cosmetics. I choose not to eat meat because I cannot separate the supercute image of lambs in the field with food on my plate. It’s my choice. Therefore, I don’t want animal products on my face or in my hair. So began the hunt for cosmetics that were cruelty free and vegan if possible. I’m not much of a makeup person. I can go weeks without a scrap of makeup. (I’m not making a statement, I’m just lazy!) Grooming, however, is more important to me. Mainly because it makes me feel better and a good indication of my mental state e.g. if I’m not grooming, I’m not in a good way. As my old makeup and products run out, I’m looking for and using cruelty free products.


natural beauty

1. Lavera Foundation // 2. Organic Surge Body Cream // 3. Lavera Organic Deodorant //

4. Hairy Jane Shampoo // 5. Hairy Jane Heat Protector // 6. Hairy Jane Conditioner //

I’ve had some shocking foundation experiences in my time. (Haven’t we all?!) So I always go for the lightest in colour, as my skin is akin to that of the Cullen family e.g. deathly pale. The Lavera foundation is pretty good, especially seeing that I couldn’t test it before I bought it. It’s quite thick and requires quite a shake before using for the first time. A little goes a long way so you don’t need much at all and it covers well. I love a good body butter, the thicker the better. I have crazily dry skin from head to toe so I need something that does the job and will moisturise my skin all day. This Organic Surge body butter has a lovely smell, lasts for ages and does the job. I’ve since bought a second tub and wouldn’t swap it for the world. Okay, I’m going to admit something to you now. I don’t shower every day. Obviously if I’ve worked out, then I do, but if I haven’t, I just don’t. So I need a deodorant that’s going to last. I’ve used organic deodorants in the past and they’ve not quite done the job, so I was slightly reluctant with this one, especially as it’s not cheap. But hey, money isn’t everything. I don’t think stuff being cheap is always a good thing. This Lavera Deodorant does what it’s supposed to and I’ve really put it to the test. Feel free to smell me if we ever meet up! (Kidding. Please don’t. That would just be weird!)

One thing I am quite precious about is my hair. No really! After years and years of having dull, frizzy hair, I’d finally managed to get gorgeous, shiny locks. I was devastated to find out my super shiny shampoo was tested on animals. I needed to find something decent to replace them. I’d used a Lush Shampoo & conditioner, but wasn’t overly keen. Then I read about Hairy Jane over on A Little Bird (at least, I’m pretty sure that’s where I saw it, but I can’t seem to find the post now!) Hairy Jane are handmade hair products by a hairdresser in Brixton. I love them! They smell great and make my hair super shiny. I use the nourishing shampoo, light conditioner and the hair perfume with heat protection, whether I’m straightening my hair or not. I think it’s fair to say that I’ve found the shampoo and conditioner that I’m going to use for the foreseeable future. Great smell, great shine, ethically sourced ingredients = happy me.

How about you? Do you have any products that you simply couldn’t live without?

4 Comments on #BEDM – Fashion, Beauty and Grooming

  1. I must admit that I used to be a bit more careful about things like this. I did buy Body Shop products, but not so much now. I do like Lush for bath bubbles and bombs. I’m not sure whether L’Occitane are anti cruelty, but I do like their lovely things.

    • To be honest, it’s quite difficult and overwhelming to be really careful all the time. Lots of ingredients in things might come from animals but have a completely different name and I honestly just assumed that cosmetics weren’t tested on animals anymore. Plus, it’s really easy to pop into Boots or Tesco for smellies. Doing it this takes more time, which is why I’m just replacing things as they run out.

    • I think I’ll have to try Green People products next. I especially need a sun cream or at the very least a face cream with some SPF.

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