Beauty/ Lifestyle

My Favorite Cruelty-Free and Organic Products

This isn’t something I typically would post because I loathe shopping. But I haven’t posted about cruelty-free products in a while and I get questions so…here I am, writing about the products I use. I consider myself an ethical vegan, which means that I buy cruelty-free lifestyle and beauty products. If I can afford an organic option then I will also purchase that. It can get expensive, but buying online definitely helps. I also avoid buying makeup, so I save money there. All of these products I am going to share are affordable and add value to my life.

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A Guide to Cruelty-Free & Organic Products

Deva Vitamins

It’s usually difficult to find vitamins without gelatin or other animal products at my local pharmacy. Now I mainly use iHerb to buy vitamins. It’s not necessary to take vitamins, but I am a busy person and I don’t always eat “clean” 100% of the time. I basically take vitamins as insurance. Deva vitamins are affordable and certified vegan. I prefer this brand because they have so many options and there are less additives in their products. Right now I take the cal-mag plus supplement and evening primrose oil. I also take something called, “fungus fighter”. I found it on iHerb as well and I take it for anti-inflammatory and allergy concerns.

Tom’s of Maine Toothpaste

Most traditional toothpastes are not cruelty-free. I’ve tried a few different cruelty-free and organic toothpaste brands and I wasn’t impressed. This one works the best for me. I use the “anti-cavity and whitening” variety, but I also tried the other ones and I like those too.

Love Beauty and Planet Coconut Oil and Ylang Ylang Shampoo

What a name! This shampoo is one of the few organic shampoos that don’t leave my hair greasy. It is vegan, cruelty-free, and almost entirely derived from plants. It’s also super affordable and I have found it in most grocery stores and pharmacies. The brand claims that this is good for all hair types and it is unisex. I can’t say for certain if it will work for your specific hair type, but I have unruly hair and I enjoy it!

Metal Straws

I’m including this even though it’s not technically organic. I am trying to reduce my plastic waste and an easy way to do this is to use reusable straws and cups/bottles. You can find these online or I have even seen some at Walmart. Plastic straws pollute our waters and they also harm animals. This is an easy switch and one package of metal straws might last more than 10 years.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Foaming Cleanser

I love this cleanser! I enjoy tea tree products and I consider this “no frills”. It is a really basic cleanser (in a good way) and it is non irritating. I use this every other day. This is mostly marketed towards women, but I can imagine that it would work for men too.

Naturally Fresh Crystal Roll-On Deodorant

To be honest, most natural deodorants suck. This one is probably the best natural and cruelty-free deodorant. There’s not much to say other than it does the job. It doesn’t cause irritation and it has a neutral smell, which I prefer!

Renpure Coconut Milk and Vitamin E Body Wash

I love this body wash! It smells nice and I feel very clean after using it. This brand is cruelty-free and also family owned.

Formula 10.0.6 Be Berry Awake Peel Mask

These names are so long! I’m not really a beauty guru or skin care junky. But when I feel like my skin needs something extra or when I just need to relax, I like to use this mask. It’s a gel texture and you just slap it on your face and wait about 15 minutes and then you peel it off.

Maui Moisture Thicken and Restore Mist

I talked about this in a past hair care post. I’m still enjoying this. I use this product on damp hair and I focus on my ends. I like how it makes my hair smooth and more manageable.

TheraBreath Healthy Gums Oral Rinse

This is the last product I am sharing. I’m probably forgetting something, but oh well. This is the mouth wash I prefer. I like how the focus is on gum health. The ingredients are minimal and I feel like my oral health has improved.

I hope this post was helpful! If you have any cruelty-free product recommendations, please put them in the comments! I linked everything to amazon because I was lazy, but the price could be different at a store near you or on a different website – just something to keep in mind. I’m sorry if you came here looking for makeup advice. I don’t really wear makeup often. Wet ‘n Wild and Pacifica are vegan and cruelty-free, so that’s a good starting point.


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    September 25, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    This has been very helpful, thanks for sharing. 💜

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    Florida Fruit Geek
    September 26, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    Great tips, Kaley. The mention of straws reminded me of a podcast episode I listened to recently about the history of the drinking straw. Turns out the original straws were just that, straw, the dried hollow stems of grasses, especially the stems of wheat, rye, and barley. When paper straws were first introduced in the late 1800s, they were marketed as “artificial straws”. Here in Florida, I cut up pieces of bamboo stem to use as straws, but in other climate zones getting a supply of drinking straws might be as simple as cutting up some tall grasses with a pair of scissors.

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      Kaley | AuthenticallyVegan
      September 26, 2018 at 8:31 pm

      Thank you! The history of the straw sounds really interesting and it’s cool that people use grasses and bamboo stems!

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