Sunday, 24 April 2016

Back to Basics - Cruelty Free & Vegan Hand and Body Products

Cruelty Free Vegan Hand and Body Products

This is the last post I've got planned in this 'Back to Basics' series (if you haven't seen them here are my vegan and cruelty free essentials products for skincarefeminine hygienedental products and haircare). I really hope you've found them useful! This is probably the biggest of all of the others, looking at all things you can slather on your hands and body. Enjoy and, as always, let me know if there's anything I've missed out and I'll be sure to update the post.

HAND CREAM

Soap and Glory Hand Food


My hands are perpetually in a state of dryness, meaning I have to use a hand cream pretty much every day. I've included a few different options here simply because they are all good at different stages of dehydration and in different situations.

Soap & Glory Hand Food was probably one of the first hand creams I ever tried. This is my 'everyday' cream for when my hands are feeling pretty OK. I have extremely sensitive skin on my hands, and if they are broken, rough or cracked, forget it. There is no way I can use this, simply because it's too perfumed and synthetic. In normal circumstances though, this stuff is lovely. The bottle is slim enough to pop in your handbag, and it also comes in a purse-friendly size. It smells amazing (as most S&G products do), and it doesn't leave my hands feeling sticky or greasy. A good all-rounder.

Dr Organic Virgin Olive Oil Hand & Nail Cream


This is the 'next stage up' cream for me, it's a little more intensive than S&G's Hand Food, and the organic ingredients don't interfere with my skin too much. I can tell instantly if something doesn't agree with my hands - I get itchy, blotchy, blister-like welts and they burn like crazy. I have no idea why my hands do this, but I have to be so careful with the products I use, and these have all passed the test.

This Dr. Organic cream isn't sticky but it does leave a bit of an oily film, so it's not ideal if you've got to do something right after you've applied it which requires a bit of grip (rock climbing is definitely off limits). It also claims to last for 12 hours, which hasn't been my experience, but it's still a good product and light enough to reapply throughout the day.

Grown Alchemist Intensive Hand Cream Persian Rose & Argan Extract

Grown Alchemist Intensive Hand Cream Persian Rose & Argan Extract - RRP £17.00

I love Grown Alchemist as a brand. All of their products are cruelty free and vegan, created with the finest organic, plant based ingredients. I've used a fair few of their products now and loved all of them, their lip balms and hand creams are particular favourites.

This Persian Rose and Argan intensive hand cream is my go-to when my hands are cracked, broken and past the point of repair. I slather a generous layer of this on to my hands and pop a pair of cotton gloves on before I go to bed (I like these gloves from trusty old Superdrug). When I wake up in the morning, my hands are reinvigorated, soft and pain-free. Plus this stuff smells incredible, and the beautiful packaging goes without saying.

OTHER GOOD VEGAN / CRUELTY FREE OPTIONS:

Lush Love and Light - RRP £7.95
Faith in Nature Coconut Hand Cream - RRP £6.39
Nature's Ingredients Shea Butter Hand Cream - RRP £2.00

ANTIBACTERIAL HAND GEL

Superdrug Sensitive Antibacterial Hand Gel

Superdrug Sensitive Antibacterial Hand Gel - RRP £0.99

Are antibacterial hand gels the best invention ever? I think they're definitely in the top 10. For someone who gets really ~weird~ about germs, these were such a game changer when they started to appear in shops. I especially love these for travelling or using public transport - just pop it in your bag, and you know you're less likely to catch the plague (or someone else's cold) when you get to where you're going. This Superdrug one is suitable for sensitive skin, doesn't have a strong chemical smell like some hand gels, and does the job.

OTHER GOOD VEGAN / CRUELTY FREE OPTIONS:

Soap & Glory Hand Maid - RRP £2.50
No Germs Instant Hand Sanitiser - £1.99

DEODORANT - ROLL ON

Dr Organic Virgin Olive Oil Deodorant

Dr. Organic Virgin Olive Oil Deodorant - RRP £5.79

When I picked out the products I was going to include in this post, I didn't actually realise I'd chosen two Dr. Organic products, let alone two from the virgin olive oil range, but like the hand cream, this deodorant is also a really good option if you're looking for something organic and natural.

OTHER GOOD VEGAN / CRUELTY FREE OPTIONS:

Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant - RRP £10.00
Native Unearthed Natural Deodorant (my review here) - RRP £6.49

DEODORANT - SPRAY

Superdrug Compressed Crystal Anti-Perspirant Deodorant


Superdrug has recently reformulated its deodorant range so it's now available in compressed cans! I love these little cans, they are so convenient for popping in your handbag or your gym bag and they don't take up loads of room. This scent is my particular favourite, it reminds me of the Dove pomegranate which I used to use in my pre-vegan days and is so unusual as deodorant scents go; fruity, sweet and not at all powdery or flowery.

OTHER GOOD VEGAN / CRUELTY FREE OPTIONS:


FAKE TAN

Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Fake Tan Mousse


Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Instant Tan - RRP £7.99

Fake tan is one of the products I get asked about most often. I am a naturally pasty princess but I do like to get my tan on every once in a while and this is the one I reach for.

Cruelty free, made with vegetable-derived DHA and paraben free, this is about as natural as a fake tan can get. Aside from all of that, this is an incredible product. Developed for Irish skin, Cocoa Brown doesn't go streaky, it's not orange, it's a breeze to apply, it develops quickly and it smells nice. It's everything you would want in a fake tan.

There's also a dark version if you're like me and you sit with your tan on, willing it to go darker, despite five minutes earlier going, "I'll just put a bit of tan on... you know, just for a bit of a natural glow..." SHUT UP AND GO DARKER I WANT TO LOOK LIKE I'VE JUST STEPPED OFF A CARIBBEAN CRUISE.

OTHER GOOD VEGAN / CRUELTY FREE OPTIONS:

Skinny Tan 7 Day Self Tanner - RRP £19.99
Lavera Organic Self Tanning Body Lotion - RRP £13.50

SHOWER GEL

Soap & Glory Clean on Me Vegan Shower Gel


There are loads of great vegan shower gels, this was probably the hardest category to pick one 'feature' product, but I've gone for Clean on Me by Soap & Glory; it's creamy, non-drying, smells great, it's easy to buy on the high street and you get loads for your money. I'm sure most people have had a bottle of Clean on Me over the years, but probably didn't realise it was cruelty free and vegan!

OTHER GOOD VEGAN / CRUELTY FREE OPTIONS: 

Lush The Comforter Shower Cream - RRP £4.95 - £27.95

BODY LOTIONS / OILS / BUTTERS

Steam Cream

STEAMCREAM - RRP £13.95

STEAMCREAM went through a bit of a hype period last year, and for good reason. It's just a brilliant, natural, 'no-nonsense' product which is good at everything. You can use it on your face as well as your hands and body, although I find it particularly effective at clearing up dry knees and elbows.

STEAMCREAM's natural ingredients are fused together with a shot of steam, to create a lightweight emulsion which hydrates the skin for longer. It might seem a bit on the pricey side, but a little goes a long way, and in my eyes it's worth every penny. Also it smells amazing, like rose and lavender.

All of the tins are limited edition so my rose tin has now sold out, but there are some beautiful options at the STEAMCREAM store. And don't worry, all of the product inside is the same, it's just the tin which is different.

OTHER GOOD VEGAN / CRUELTY FREE OPTIONS:

Lush Dream Cream - RRP £6.25 - £19.95

FOOT LOTION

Soap & Glory Heel Genius


As we approach summer we also approach sandal weather, where feet which have been cooped up inside winter socks and boots (even in spring in the UK) are suddenly unleashed upon the general population. 

If you're anything like me, that'll mean your tootsies need a bit of attention to get them in tip-top shape, and I love this foot lotion from Soap & Glory for softening any dry skin and general pampering. It can be a bit slippery, so I like to apply this at night before popping on some cotton socks and letting it all sink in. Also recommended: persuading someone to give you a foot rub.

OTHER GOOD VEGAN / CRUELTY FREE OPTIONS:

Lush Go Faster Feet - RRP £6.95 - £13.95

TATTOO HEALING BALM / AFTERCARE

Hustle Butter

Hustle Butter - RRP £5.95 - £19.95

This is another of the questions I'm asked so often; what's the best vegan product for healing tattoos? I have five tattoos and only one of them has been since I went vegan. I got it done at Little Bird Tattoo in Berlin by the lovely Carly Kroll who has since moved back to her native Australia and is tattooing in studios around Melbourne (if you're lucky enough to be in the area, go get a tattoo by her!) Little Bird was a vegan studio and this is where I picked up my tub of Hustle Butter. We got the 5oz tub and have healed two tattoos with is (Andrew got one too), and I've also used this on my elbows, wrists and other places I had little dry patches, and we've still got 2/3rds of a tub left over. A little goes a long, long way.

My little vegan tattoo healed so much easier and quicker than any of my others, and it looks sharp and bright as the day I got it. I put a lot of that down to using Hustle Butter (as well as a great tattoo artist, obviously!) The butter itself is made up of aloe, shea and mango butters, and smells like a freaking tropical paradise. It's seriously good.

OTHER GOOD VEGAN / CRUELTY FREE OPTIONS (please note I haven't tried these personally but others have recommended them):

Lush Ultrabalm - RRP £9.25
Coconut Oil - RRP £5.99

Hope you've found this back to basics series useful - I'll be updating these posts from time to time so please do let me know if there's anything else you'd find helpful and I'll be sure to add it!

Emily xo
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Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Back to Basics - Cruelty Free & Vegan Haircare

Cruelty Free and Vegan Haircare Shampoo Conditioner Hairspray Dry Shampoo

Today I'll be covering the essentials when it comes to making your hair look beautiful without harming any bunnies in the process. If you haven't checked out the rest of this 'Back to Basics' series yet, here are my previous posts covering skincare, feminine hygiene and dental products. Enjoy!

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Sunday, 17 April 2016

Back to Basics - Cruelty Free & Vegan Dental Products

Cruelty Free and Vegan Dental Products Toothpaste Mouthwash Floss

Keeping it short and sweet for the third installment of my back to basics posts, this time we're covering off dental care (if you've missed my posts about basic cruelty free and vegan skincare click here, and for feminine products click here).


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Saturday, 9 April 2016

Back to Basics - Cruelty Free & Vegan Feminine Hygiene

Cruelty free feminine hygiene tampons razors

The second installment in my back to basics series is about feminine hygiene. Most of you lovely people are of the female variety anyway, but obviously if you are a man type, this post contains tampons and stuff so, y'know. Maybe move on to another post.

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Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Back to Basics - Cruelty Free & Vegan Facial Skincare

Cruelty Free Vegan Skincare UK

When it comes to blogging, it can be really easy to get caught up in the 'sexy' stuff. It's a lot more exciting to try out a new lipstick or eyeshadow palette than it is to talk about mouthwash. But the people need mouthwash!

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