Over the past 6 months I have made a gradual transition to a completely vegan diet. Initially I thought that choosing places to eat out, checking the ingredients on every food label, and turning my back on Cadbury’s Dairy Milk would begin to wear me down, but surprisingly it’s all been a pretty easy (even enjoyable!) process. What has been more challenging however, has been updating my beauty routine to make sure it’s as cruelty free as my diet.
I have done some research and it’s fair to say that the beauty industry delivers a real minefield of information (enough for an entirely separate blog post in the future!)
Thankfully there are a growing number of brands who offer transparency in the already mind-boggling beauty industry and at the weekend I decided to treat myself to a few new products that I can be sure are 100% animal friendly!
Of course, Lush was my first stop. Whether you’re looking for vegan cosmetics or just something fun for the bath, you will be spoilt for choice. None of their products are tested on animals and around 80% of them are vegan.
I was instantly drawn to the fragrance stand and without hesitation, picked up the ‘Vanillary’ scent. As the name suggests it’s a beautiful, warm, creamy vanilla smell and unlike so many perfumes, the smell actually stays with you all day! It quickly settles to a subtle, sweet scent but isn’t at all sickly or synthetic like so many vanilla sprays!
I also grabbed a pot of the sugar lip scrub in ‘Popcorn.’ It seems not a single inch of my body has been spared from flakey winter skin, and this product more than takes care of my dry lips! And let’s not overlook the fact that it actually does taste like popcorn. A winter winner without a doubt!
Lastly, I couldn’t help but get sucked in by the ever alluring bath bomb display table and inevitably I grabbed a few goodies… but I’ll save them for a potential ‘who needs a man when you have food, wine and bath products’ themed Valentines post!
Still high from my success in Lush, I headed to Boots where I stocked up on my favourite shower gel and a new body butter.
Original Source offer a completely vegan range with a scent combination for every nose! The shower gels are cheap and cheerful and almost always on offer and then like a moth to a flame, I grabbed a vanilla and almond body butter.
Coconut, vanilla, almond, popcorn… I’m probably going to end up smelling like something you’d find in a French patisserie but I’m just a sucker for all these warm, sweet smells.
Lastly, I headed to the Barry M counter and picked up 2 new shades to add to my already excessive nail polish collection. Chai is a beautiful powdery grey and Mustard is well… mustard. I thought I’d enter the SS15 mustard trend with caution as I’m sure it’s the least flattering colour against my face but I think it’s a passable shade for nails!
Original Source and Lush are rightly proud of their vegan status and you’ll find the little vegan logo on all their vegan products making them easy to identify, without having to read through impossibly long lists of ingredients!
Other brands (like Barry M… hooray for animal friendly rainbow nails!) will usually list their cruelty free status and vegan suitability on their websites, so if it’s something that’s important to you, then be sure to look for further details.
I hope this post has shed some light on a few brands to look out for. This topic is something that is pretty close to my heart so you can expect similar posts in the future.