Natural and cruelty – free body and hair care, part one

Since my first post here where I talked about how I got into cruelty free makeup and more, I have been watching a lot more videos and reading a load of blogs. I’ve shared with some really interesting people and gathered hundreds of new ideas. And so I’ve been a bit flummoxed as to what to write about next. I figured I’ve just gotta get on with it!

It dawned on me that prior to my cruelty free makeup shock I wrote about in my last post, I have also been using and trying largely natural body care products for a long time and had cleanly (excuse the pun) forgotten that they were all cruelty free too! This all came about because for the majority of my life I had suffered from extremely dry skin and eczema, and most conventional and widely available body / hair cleansing products further dried my skin. I ended up spending so much money and time on moisturisers for my face, hands body and feet to replenish the moisture that washing was taking away.

So I began to look closely at the contents of the products I used most regularly and researched the ingredients. These were things like shower gels, body washes, soaps, bubble bath, shampoo and conditioner. Yes, I used to wash my hair daily!?!?

And thus I started to use more natural daily products, free from SLS, SLES, parabens etc as I understood these might be kinder to my very dry, sensitive, eczema prone skin.  These also tended, by virtue of being natural, to be cruelty free, vegan and often organic. In my early days, when at university and working in Manchester, I shopped in 8th Day and Unicorn. I also spent a year of my degree course studying in Germany and was spoilt by a variety of ‘Γ–ko’ products within easy reach. Upon returning to my home town I was extremely lucky that a shining diamond of a shop opened in my hometown of Accrington, Lancashire. One Planet, a local eco / green / natural / organic / vegan cooperative was born. If you live in or visit Lancashire or the North West, this shop is well worth a visit!

So I’ve been using hair and body care products from there since then. My favourite brands are Suma‘s own brand and Faith in Nature. I have also found a love for Sukin body washes and haircare, which can be purchased on a variety of shops online or from Holland and Barrett

Top tip also keep an eye open in TX Maxx for Sukin, Faith in Nature and other natural, organic, vegan and cruelty free brands… can get some absolute bargains! (I tend to source my Sukin from here). Since using these products my skin is no longer dry or eczema prone skin. I do have some hormonal ‘bacne’ so I am careful to wash my back thoroughly and do not rinse my shampoo or conditioner down my back, rather I tip my head over when washing my hair.

My next post will be a more in depth focus on the body and hair care products I use regularly including ingredients and the benefits I have found from using them.

Until next time,

Em x

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