Cruelty Free Skincare and Body Care Saviours

Hello pals, hope everybody had a fantastic Easter break in the glorious weather!

Today’s post is a collection of all my favourite cruelty free skincare and body care products. Since 2018 I have been gradually transitioning my cosmetic products to being cruelty free. Whenever something runs out, if it’s not cruelty free, then I replace it with a product that is. I’ve found this has been a really easy way of doing it, and I have been surprised to find that I’ve not felt restricted in what products I can buy. Luckily, some of my favourite brands such as The Body Shop are cruelty free anyway!

The Body Shop

The Body Shop is my favourite brand to buy from when it comes to body care. Their ethics on aiming to ban animal testing and also providing great and effective products really sets them apart from other brands. I have been buying their products for years, and especially enjoy stocking up in the summer, their fruit ranges are my absolute favourite.

Coconut Exfoliating Cream Body Scrub

IMG-4682

I’ve tried several of the Body Shop’s body scrubs, I love all of them but the gorgeous scent of the coconut one really stands out. You get 250ml for £15, which is worth it because I find the product lasts a good amount of time. You can also buy a 50ml version for £6, they are fab for travelling as they are compact, and have enough product in to last you a good couple of weeks. I also love this product in the mango and pink grapefruit ranges, if you need a summer holiday travel treat this year then definitely check these gorgeous scents out.

Mango Body Butter

IMG-4673

A lot of people know and love the iconic Body Shop body butters. They are extremely hydrating, but don’t leave the skin feeling sticky. They also smell great, and the scent lasts throughout the day which is an added bonus. They are £15 for 200ml, and again they last for AGES. The 50ml travel size is £6. The other great thing about the body butters and scrubs is they regularly have sales or deals on if you buy a few products so look out for these if you are wanting to save your coins!

Mango Body Mist

IMG-4676

The mango body mist is my go to perfume, and they are only £8! For how long this product lasts and how good it smells, this one of my all time favourite beauty products. Also, if you pair a body butter with a body mist over the top, the scent lasts an incredibly long time. You really can’t go wrong with The Body Shop.

IMG-4661

Liz Earle

Liz Earle is a naturally active skincare brand, whose products are created to suit all skin types. Their use of great botanical ingredients, and simple and light packaging makes their products exceptional.

Cleanse and Polish

IMG-4667

This is hands down the best skincare product that I have ever used. I have normal to oily skin, and since using Liz Earle products, my skin has never looked as radiant or clear. I just simply wet my face before I put the product on my face, then remove it with a muslin cloth. It has a very light scent of chamomile, which I really love. The product is £27 for 200ml, which I am happy to pay considering the results that it gives. You can also buy an 100ml size which comes in a pump, or a 30ml which is brilliant for travelling. I have included a picture below, this is the only cleanser I have used for over a year and I have no makeup on my skin here.

47789 (1)

Gentle Face Exfoliator

IMG-4664

If you’re looking for a an exfoliator which isn’t too abrasive but also still does a good job then I would highly recommend this one. It has quite a creamy consistency and looks very like the cleanser, which is why it feels so hydrating. My skin always feels incredibly smooth after using this, but not red and sensitive like my skin has felt after using some other exfoliators. Again, it has a very light scent, but I think eucalyptus is a very gentle scent so it’s not too noticeable. The brand do suggest that if you have sensitive skin then you should be careful when using this product.

Skin Repair Moisturiser- Normal/Combination

This is a very light but hydrating moisturiser. Paired with the other products above, it’s a winning combo. I have the 50ml jar, you can also buy it in a tube, or the 15ml travel size. They also have a ‘Dry and Sensitive’ version of this product if that fits your skin type.

 

Yes To

Yes To are another fab brand which I’d love to try more products from. All of their products are at least 95% natural, and they are also very affordable. I also love how their ranges are divided in to skin types, for example the tomatoes range is aimed at combination prone skin, and the coconut range is aimed at dry skin.

Tomatoes Mud Mask

IMG-4680

This is a fab mud mask. I am very prone to blackheads around my nose and using this product just once a week makes a noticeable difference to this issue. It also leaves my skin feeling very smooth, but not stripped of all it’s natural oils. It’s priced at around £11.99 from Boots.

I have also tried the Cucumbers Calming Micellar Water from Yes to which was an extremely refreshing product, and it was really good for removing makeup, especially mascara. I’ve struggled to find cruelty free and affordable micellar waters but this seems to be the best pick so far!

The Ordinary

Niacinimide 10% + Zinc 1%

IMG-4670

This serum is a high vitamin and mineral blemish formula. It’s aim is to reduce the look of congestion and blemishes. I have been using this product for about two months, and saw a difference in my skin after only three days of using it. the congestion and texture of my nose has definitely settled more. I also have some scarring on my forehead from previous blemishes and these have become noticeably smaller too. I use this after the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish and before my Liz Earle moisturiser. I am amazed that this product is just £5. This is the only product I have tried from The Ordinary but I am keen to try out some more. Let me know if you have any recommendations!

I hope this post was helpful if you are looking to get in to buying more cruelty free cosmetics!

Hope you are having a great day where ever you are in the world,

Mol x

Let’s be social! Twitter // Pinterest // Bloglovin’

Travel Essentials: What’s on my Summer Holiday Packing List

In just two days time I am flying out to Bergerac in the South of France for a ten day trip, so I have been starting to round up all the products that I am loving at the moment in preparation for the holiday pack.

These are products that I have been summer lovin’, are easy to travel with, and will be fab even in the heat of the Dordogne summer.

1. Fragrance and Nail Polish…

Things you should pack in your summer holiday suitcase!

Fragrance-  Jo Malone Blackberry and Bay // £45

This is my all time favourite perfume. It’s such a fresh scent, made up of blackberries, bay leaves and cedar wood, and it lasts all day so what more do you want! The bottle is also so beautifully minimal, this is the 30 ml size which does surprisingly last me a long time, but is so slim and easy to travel with.

Nail Polish Gelly Hi Shine in the shade Damson // £3.99

I love having bright nails in the summer and this electric blue comes out exactly how it looks in the bottle, if you use a base coat and top coat it usually lasts me a few days too or a bit longer on my toes, which suits me as I like to change up my nail colour pretty often on holiday.

 

2. Accessories…

Phone case- Coconut Lane palm print phone case // £14

I am in love with this print and due to it being my first order with Coconut Lane they gave me 50% OFF! My order arrived in a gorgeous pink metallic parcel, a really lovely touch and this would make a fab gift. The case is so lightweight and does not take away from the sleek look of your phone. There are also lots of other products like makeup bags and travel tags in this beautiful print if you are a traveller who loves matching accessories, then head on over to their website boys and girls, because they got ya covered.

Coconut Lane, Pretty Little Thing, ASOS

Jewellery- Pretty Little Thing gold necklace // £8

This came in a layered set with two other necklaces which are also lovely but I do not wear them as often as this one. The length is adjustable and I have been wearing this almost everyday so I know I will certainly get the wear of it with my holiday outfits. Pretty Little Thing have loads of different layered necklace sets, I definitely want to order a few more for my jewellery stash.

Things you should pack in your summer holiday suitcase!

Sunglasses- ASOS round sunglasses in tort // £10

They feel a lot more expensive than £10, they’re great at blocking out the sun and are also great at keeping your hair out of your face. I love the combination of the mirrored blue and the beautiful tortoise pattern, something a lil’ different.

 

3. Skincare…

Travel skincare

Face mist- Mario Badescu facial spray with aloe, cucumber and green tea // £7

I simply use this on my face if I feel a need a bit of a refresh so I think I’ll use this a lot on holiday. It has a very fresh scent and it makes my skin feel cooler, but also makes your makeup look a bit fresher so is ideal for on the go. I’ve also been using this before and after I do my makeup and it’s been great for that too, it definitely makes my skin look more dewy.

The Body Shop, cruelty free bodycare

Body Lotion- The Body Shop Fijian water lotus body lotion // £10

This is a very light cream so it sinks in quickly to the skin. The scent is tricky to describe if you can’t imagine what water lotus smells like, but is fresh and fairly subtle, definitely give this a go if you are in The Body Shop.

 

4. Sun Protection…

Sun Protection for the Face- Garnier UV water protection spray // £8

This is the only sun cream I will use on my face, it’s light, non-greasy and doesn’t break me out like most others do.  You also can’t see it on your face so you don’y have to worry about getting that ghost like face that lets be honest, nobody wants!

Things you should pack in your summer holiday suitcase!

Body sun cream- Nivea Moisturising Sun Spray // £6

Not much to say about this other than it’s a high factor and does the job for protecting my skin, it doesn’t make me feel greasy and it’s water resistant which is great as I’m going to be swimming a lot when we’re in France.

5. Hair care…

Things you should pack in your summer holiday suitcase!

Hair oil- Garnier Ultimate Blends coconut hair oil // £6.65

Having thick curly hair in the summer can be a slight challenge, also known as a frizzy nightmare so if you have similar hair to me, I feel your pain folks. Most of the time I just stick it up in a bun and hope for the best. But on the days where I would like to wear it down and make myself look slightly presentable, this product saves my hair. It makes it look shiny and defines the curls which means there is less frizz, it also smells DIVINE. I use the shampoo and conditioner in this range also (which are working wonders for my hair) and it leaves my hair with a subtle coconut scent which I think is a great holiday scent.

Hairbrush- Tangle Teezer wet detangler brush in lilac and mint // £11

I now use this on both wet and dry hair and it makes brushing my hair so much easier! The brush glides through wet hair so easily and I was also surprised at how shiny it maes my hair when I use it on dry hair too! Also the pastel colour is lush for the summer, wish I’d discovered this years ago!

Please let me know if you have any products that are a must when you are travelling or on your holidays!

(All paintings used as backgrounds are painted by me)

Thanks for reading, hope you’re having a fab day wherever you are,

Mol x

Follow me on Pinterest!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin