Cruelty Me

Maintaining whole food or organic diet is rising in popularity for reasons that exceed the well-being of cute animals.

We are slowly learning that a lot of the foods we eat contain ingredients that are hazardous to our health and bad for our environment. Just a couple years ago we learned that processed meats, do in fact, cause cancer and there are studies suggesting that meat and food processing factories cause horrid pollution.

So, if having natural ingredients in our meals are the key to a longer and more holistic life, shouldn’t this concept also apply to the ingredients we rub onto our skin? It is an organ, after all.

Words like “organic” and “all-natural” are taking the beauty industry by storm. It seems like almost every product you glance at says it somewhere. Although these words are sometimes well intended, they are not regulated by the FDA and therefore can lead to false advertising.

This can make picking the brands that truly only use natural ingredients more confusing than fun. Some things I ask when choosing a product is –

  1. Is it cruelty-free?
  2. Can I read and understand what the ingredients are?
  3. What type of reputation does this brand have?

These guidelines help me pick out the products that best meet up to my standards. Below, I have listed reasons why you should ask yourself these same questions when picking the products in your beauty regime.

As always, there are exceptions. If there is a skin product you simply just can’t leave behind or feel like the added preservatives don’t have much effect on you, then don’t feel bad! Not everything I buy adheres to all these standards all the time. Health and wellness is different for everyone, and I personally just try to be mindful about what I’m using.

The Products Are Generally Less Toxic

I am almost 100% certain that you have come across a beauty article claiming that some of the products used in your everyday routine have chemicals that could damage your skin or cause disease. If our insides can get damaged from the preservatives and chemicals we eat, then our skin can also get damaged from unusual and foreign chemicals.

You Are Saving The Planet!

Many brands that are cruelty-free also hold strong environmental values. Today at Sephora, I bought these adorable make-up removal wipes from Josie Martin called “BEAR Naked Wipes.” The wipes come in cute pink packaging and feature a mama polar bear snuggling her cub to explain that a portion of the sales are going towards rescuing them. How cute!

LUSH has a recycling program where you can get a FREE face mask. I am super excited about this because I am one empty jar away from getting one.

But really. There is no excuse for beauty companies to NOT do something to help the environment considering how much the industry hurts it. Even if it is as simple as having recyclable packaging, it still helps.

You Can Help Local Business

Although there are plenty of corporately run skin care and cosmetics lines that abide by my standards, the best way to search for truly all-natural, wholesome products are at small, localized boutiques, craft shows, and farmers markets.These products have been made with love in small amounts and are therefore less likely to have anything harsh in them. Try asking the owner questions – you may learn something really interesting.

The Products Are High Quality

You may have noticed a difference between an organic beauty boutique and a Wal-Mart beauty aisle. Kind of going back to my point above – cruelty-free and natural products are made with care and therefore are made in a more thoughtful way that ensures quality and trust.

AND YES YOU ARE HELPING CUTE BUNNIES LIVE – Which Helps Your Conscious 

I saved this point for last because I didn’t want to sound like a PETA ad but yes – buying all natural, cruelty-free products does help little animals that would have otherwise been immobilized and injected with potentially lethal toxins live blissful lives free in the meadows.

Think about it. If the chemical is potent and mysterious enough to test on a live animal, is that really a chemical you want to risk putting on your skin?


As always, there are exceptions. If there is a skin product you simply just can’t leave behind or feel like the added preservatives don’t have much effect on you, then don’t feel bad! Not everything I buy adheres to all these standards all the time. Health and wellness is different for everyone, and I personally just try to be mindful about what I’m using.

Shop The Pic

Grateful Body Facial Moisturizer  ($40)

Grateful Body Rare Earth Phytonic ($40)

LUSH Mint Julips Lip Scrub ($10.95)

LUSH Dark Angles Face and Body Cleanser (Price Varies)

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Lush and Grateful Body are some of my current favorite brands

What do you think about buying all-natural skin products? Do you have any beauty must haves? Share in the comments!

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  1. I LOVE Lush products and have been looking for more brands that are cruelty free/environmentally friendly. This article was great at recommending a few, do you have any more brands that you love?

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    1. Hey Hailey, I am so sorry for the late response! I have been so busy with a new job!

      Another cruelty-free brand I just recently discovered that I love is Les Couvent Des Minimes. They have great hand lotion! I am currently using Gardener’s Hand Healer and it is really helping my dry winter skin. I also tried this one http://www.ulta.com/eau-sereine-hand-cream?productId=xlsImpprod13841037 and really loved the smell and the tiny size is perfect for my purse!

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