My Favorite Cruelty-Free Beauty & Healthcare Products

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Today we are talking all things health and beauty. Since going vegan a little over a year ago, I have slowly begun switching out my beauty and healthcare products for cruelty free ones. I am still learning a lot about which companies and brands are cruelty free and do still have some non vegan products that I purchased before going vegan. I guess that is what happens when you don’t wear makeup that often.

I love all of the companies and brands that I am sharing in this post and have used/am currently using all of them. The all natural products have really made a difference when it comes to my face, hair, and skin. The products that I buy are also very COST FRIENDLY! There are some cruelty-free products that are crazy expensive, but all of the products I buy are about the same price as other drugstore deals. I often just wait for a sale, buy these items from Vitacost, or buy them at target or WholeFoods!


 

Face Wash

I have tried a few different all natural face-wash products and have loved every single one of them! I am going to share my 3 favorites because I definitely couldn’t pick just one! I always have at least 2 of these on hand and generally use one at night and a different one in the morning.

Alba Botanicals Acne Dote 

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This face wash & body scrub is actually my most recent find and I am obsessed with it. It smells amazing, and leaves my skin feeling so healthy and refreshed. What I love even more about this scrub is that it doubles as a body scrub as well. I don’t use it on my whole body (mostly for cost effectiveness), but use it on my neck, upper back and shoulders to ward off any pesky little zits that come from working out/sweating. I was getting a few pimples/ blemishes on my chest, upper back, and neck for a little while (I think mostly due to working out/sweating a TON), and using this has cleared that right up! I got this on sale for $7.50 at Whole Foods and it have had it for 2 months and it is only about half way gone. I would say that is a major bargain!

Acure Sensitive Facial Cleanser & Acure Brightening Facial Scrub 

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Acure was actually the first cruelty free face wash that I was introduced to. My sister had a sample size of the Brightening Scrub from a beauty box that she let me use and I fell in love. I later tried the sensitive skin cleanser and loved that one as well. If you have sensitive skin at all then I highly recommend it! I have purchased this face wash both from Vitacost for only $5.65, and also at target for $9. It is definitely an economical buy, though it is a smaller bottle than the Alba Botanicals scrub.

DESERT ESSENCE

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Desert essence is another great face wash that I have tried. Again, this is a natural cleanser marketed for oily and combination skin. I love the smell of this cleanser- the tea tree oil really makes it so refreshing! I have gotten this from Vitacost.com as well for $5.99 and at Whole Foods for $7.99. This face wash is different from the others in that it is really liquidy when you pump it out, but it lathers up really nicely. This particular face wash also always seems to last me a really long time! This is the face wash I keep in my shower and use it pretty much daily.

 

Body Wash

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I love using more naturally scented body washes that don’t smell too artificial. I have really been loving Jason body wash lately. They also have lots of other beauty care products that I plan to check out eventually. I love how affordable their body washes are, and how big the bottles are! I purchase mine from Whole Foods, but I know you can also buy it from Vitacost.com, and Walmart. I got this big sized bottle on sale at Whole Foods for $6.99. I always wait for when my favorite products are on sale at Whole Foods and end up saving about $3-5 on average on my health/beauty care products. I believe Walmart sells this body wash for $10-12 (depending on the area you live).

 

Shampoo

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Nature’s Gate Shampoo is one of the best and most affordable all-natural shampoos that I have come across. I was lucky to score this shampoo for only $2.50 in a store opening sale of Fresh Thyme back in June and still have not finished the bottle (and I use it every time I shower- so basically daily). The average price that I have seen this shampoo being sold for when not on sale is $4-7. This shampoo lathers up really nicely and a little bit truly goes a long way. Nature’s Gate brand has tons of different scents and varieties to their shampoo. They all smell delicious and have lots of natural health items in them like tea tree, aloe, pomegranate, and avocado :). I have also seen this shampoo at Whole Foods and I know they sell it on Vitacost.com as well. I definitely will be trying more natural shampoos in the future so let me know your favorite brand in the comments!

Toothpaste

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Ahh…toothpaste. This one has been the most difficult for me to switch to cruelty free. As a future dentist, I definitely think it is important to use a toothpaste enhanced with flouride. Fluoride is one of the best protectors against caries and tooth decay. I have tried this Tom’s of Maine toothpaste that does contain flouride. I got a ton of free samples of it and do enjoy it, but I still have lots of non vegan toothpastes in my home. I am still in search of a better cruelty free whitenting toothpaste that contains Flouride. I do like this Tom’s of Maine, but I don’t feel like it has as much whitening protection as some other non-cruelty free toothpastes. I am definitely going to be doing much more exploring & trying out some of the brands that Oradyne suggests! I highly recommend checking out their website for the latest on all things oral health. They break down the best toothpastes, mouthwashes, and oral hygiene practices. I have been loving checking out their breakdowns on different natural and standard oral health products. Seriously check out http://oradyne.net/ – you will learn so much!

 

That about rounds up my favorite cruelty free health care products! I actually find that all of these face/body washes and shampoos work much better than traditional brands. They don’t differ much in price and in many cases are even cheaper than traditional drug store deals!

 

Do you use any of these products? Do you try to buy cruelty free health and beauty products? Do you have any recommendations for me? Which of these products do you want to try??

 

 

 

 

 

31 comments on “My Favorite Cruelty-Free Beauty & Healthcare Products”

  1. I should try that Desert Essence! I have combo skin that is so frustrating at times. These are great suggestions!

    1. I love the Desert Essence Chrissa! let me know if you end up trying it- it is so affordable!

  2. Carmy says:

    I love Alba! I used to use their sunscreen until it was too much work trying to find it in stores ):

    1. I love Alba too! luckily they sell it at target now & whole foods 🙂

  3. Angela @marathonsandmotivation.com says:

    These products all sound amazing! I live in Maine, so I am an avid fan of Tom’s products 🙂

    1. I love Tom’s too! I bet they are very popular where you live Angela!

  4. Aside from the Tom’s, I am not familiar with any of these. Thanks so much for sharing

    1. You are welcome Deborah! Luckily lots of these brands are now in popular stores like Target & Walmart!

  5. Farrah says:

    Thanks so much for this post! <3 I'm all about cruelty-free and affordable products too! I love Alba! 😀 I'm definitely going to have to check that first one out! My skin's been breaking out lately! :[

    1. I love cruelty free & affordable as well! I always end up getting really good deals at Whole Foods when things are on sale + using their coupons!! Alba is the best- let me know how you like Acure (another great choice!).

  6. We don’t use any of these but have heard of a couple of them.

    1. What do you use Sarah?? I’m always looking for new products to try 🙂

  7. Ilka says:

    I know every single product in this post and I love them all!
    Can you tell I shop at Whole Foods a lot?

    1. Ah that makes me so glad to hear Ilka! I love getting these products when they are on special at whole foods 🙂

  8. Abbey Sharp says:

    I LOVE TOMS paste!! Such a good toothpaste, so glad I found it!

    1. They have some great products Abbey!

  9. Kristin says:

    These all sound like great products! I love apricot scented products, so you know which one I want to try.

    1. I hope you enjoy Kristin! These are really great products 🙂

  10. glenneth says:

    i have actually never heard of any of these brands. i think i would love to try the toothpaste and that sensitive facial cleanser. i am always up for trying new health and beauty products.

    1. I hope you enjoy Glenneth! I buy them at Wholefoods, Target, or vitacost.com !

  11. Oh cool! I definitely need to check some of these out 🙂 There are so many different brands on the market, it’s nice to know which ones are cruelty free!

  12. Many of these products are new-to-me! Since I just got a Whole Foods near me, I’ll have to check them out, and spend more time in their Body department!

  13. We love Tom’s toothpaste. It’s the only one we use.

  14. Jill Conyers says:

    I’ve never heard of this brand but it looks like one I would love to try.

    1. I think you would love these brands Jill!

  15. Jenn says:

    I needed this post! I’ve been looking for new skin care products and shampoo and didn’t want to spend loads of money researching it myself. 🙂 Thanks for doing the work for me. Someone else mentioned Acure to me as well, so I’ll definitely be checking that out.

    1. These products definitely won’t empty out the wallet Jenn! I hope you like Acure- it is amazing!

  16. Emily says:

    I think I need to be more mindful of buying things like this; I normally don’t use face washes as they normally dry my face out, but we do use Tom’s, so I guess we’re on the right track.

    1. Tom’s is such a great brand Emily! I think it is really important to consider what goes into the products we buy 🙂

  17. Tara says:

    I’mg going to have to look into these. Truthfully, I use what works…I should pay more attention to whether or not it’s cruelty free.

    1. I think you will love these products Tara! I love that they are reasonable too 🙂

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