Over the past few years my aim in life has been to, bit by bit, make my life more ethical by having less impact on the planet and to be more environmentally friendly, animal friendly and human friendly. This has manifested itself in many ways, such as with ethical clothing, the source of my food, even the amount of things that I buy and own.
It is no secret that I am firmly against animal-testing, particularly when it is so cruel and unnecessary such as in the testing of cosmetics and household products. I think animal testing is an issue for veggie's and meat-eaters alike, so if you would like to know more about animal testing, please read more here at Animal Aid and BUAV.
One of the things I have found most challenging and would to start sharing more on this blog is finding animal friendly cosmetics- which are as natural as possible. There are more and more products coming onto the market and I find the BUAV Go Cruelty Free website particularly helpful in identifying brands to use. However, as I seem to have awkward skin and hair which seem to manage to be dry and oily, even at the same time, finding products which suit me has not been an easy job!
My most favourite product to use, that I now could not live with out is Burt's Bees Peach and Willowbark Deep Pore Scrub. It is a coarse scrub which leaves your skin feeling beautifully soft and the willowbark has cleansing properties for keeping your skin clear. There has been some controversy over Burt's Bees being bought by Clorox, but I urge you to read this article at Ecosalon before discrediting them!
I absolutely love Liz Earle's Hot Cloth Cleanser. It is gentle on my skin, while having good cleansing properties, it can even be used to remove make up!
I have really struggled finding a daytime moisturiser that did everything I needed. I want it to moisturise my skin, but not to feel greasy; to contain SPF to protect my skin from the sun and a little bit of tint, as I am not an everyday make up wearer. After trying many, I have found that Dermalogic Sheer Tint Moisture SPF 15 works best for me (you can also get it without the tint). It is so light and makes my skin look beautifully even.
And for night time, to soothe my tired skin I use Neal's Yard Remedies Rose and Almond Night Cream. You only need to use a tiny amount and it moisturises my skin after cleansing to get rid of all the dirt from the day. I wake up in the morning with lovely soft skin.
You may also may see pictured a little bottle of Tea Tree Oil. I swear by pure tea tree oil for spots, whether dabbing a little of it neat onto a spot to dry it up or adding a few drops to water to use as a great spot-clearing toner. This is my saviour as my skin is prone to breakouts.
I will be posting more about my favourite animal-friendly cosmetic brands and products! Such as, hair care brands (which has been very tough) and let you have a peak in my make up bag!