A super sunny good day to you beauties!
Welcome to my first of many cruelty free living posts I've wanted to do for such a long time now, and I've finally planned them and can't wait to hopefully inspire some of you to make a simple change to support the unfair testing and use of animals. The most common thing I hear back from people is "it's going to be expensive" or "that's so much effort", well it's actually not and the only effort you need to put in is to just pick up a different bottle *holds head in hands. It's that simple.
Over the last two years I've been gradually replacing items in my home with cruelty free alternatives to get to the point I'm at today. The majority of you guys like me, go to one store for the bulk of your weekly/monthly shop, however I've grown to enjoy searching for cruelty free products and options so am now a bit of a shop hopper.
When I think of the places I like to hit up the most, I have to say that Tesco is a firm fav of mine; yes because it's just a 10 minute walk from mine, but also because they have such a wide variety for a vegan, gluten free lass like myself. They actually stock some Eco friendly products under their own brand, of which we buy the washing liquid every time, because it's so long lasting, smells great and is only £1. What more can you ask for?
Anyway, let's start with the bathroom and a few essentials I nab, and exactly where to nab 'em from.
As you may or may not know, Superdrug own products are ALL cruelty free. Yes you heard me correctly. And to top it off, they always have 'buy one get one free' deals across their products (always on dry shampoo and toothpaste, thank me later). I always buy the Coconut Water Shampoo for myself and the Mens Anti-Dandruff for the boyf. He was always a fan of Head And Shoulders, and of course had to make the change, but am happy to report he actually prefers Superdrug's!
When it comes to the shower, I'm a bit of a Lush Cosmetics hoarder but it can be a little on the pricey side to just stick to them so I like to spice it up every now and again. Original Source have such a huge variety and can be found in all supermarkets, including Home Bargains and sometimes pound shops too!
Being a blogger and all I swap around my beauty and skincare routine often, and when I unwrapped this beauty from my mum I was super excited. I'd not heard of Aurelia before, but have since invested and researched into other products they do. Yes to having another cruelty free brand in my life. And if you'd not heard of them, they're now in your life too!
Before my venture into cruelty free living, I was really quite naive about how animals were used and cruelly tested on and killed. It never occurred to me that toothpaste would fall under the items that animals were used for but low and behold, it sadly was.
As you can probably expect, I hit up Superdrug hard when I first made the decision to change. I knew that all their home branded products weren't tested on animals so one of each of their toothpastes came home with me, with this 6 in 1 being my fav.
Now, to the detergents.
Ecover is a little pricey I will admit, but it's available in all supermarkets and whole food shops so super easy to pick up. They do everything from laundry to toilet cleaner, dishwasher tablets and hand soaps. I definitely get more than 17 washes from my Non-Bio, but when I was in the market for another I wanted to spice it up and grab something new.
When walking around Home Bargains I spotted a bottle with the leaping bunny on it. I'm pretty sure I squealed inside. It was an Astonish Non-Bio for less than £2. Guys, I'm honestly not joking, so flippin cheap and smells incredible. After putting that bad boy in my basket I swiftly made my way around on the hunt for more, when I spotted bathroom cleaners and toilet cleaners. Jackpot!
If you've got this far, I applaud you and thank you for taking an interest. Reward yourself with a snack on me!
Method is a brand that are pretty well known and have even made it into the blogosphere with some sponsored content. Much like the other home brands they cater for a lot of house needs with their top product being a multi-surface cleaner. The pomegranate one smells good enough to drink (but please don't do that).
So, I hope you've got something from this lengthy post. Even if you give one a go after reading this I'll be a happy gal.
Going cruelty free in the home is easier than you think, and will be as simple as picking up a bottle from Method, Ecover, Astonish or Tesco own. Just make sure to check out whether or not it has the seal of approval from the leaping bunny.
A cruelty free beauty post is in the pipeline (picture as a little teaser).
If there's any sort of cruelty free post you'd like to suggest, pop them in the comments and I'll get on it.