Ok so, I was on a no buy, but I ran out of a couple of my absolute favourite cruelty free skincare products and decided to try a couple of new everyday items too. I shopped on There Must Be A Better Way, the only place I can find certain products and they also have an awesome range. But you do have to pay shipping unless you spend over £50. There Must Be A Better Way also has a great range of samples and you can pick up to 5 free samples with your order, which I think is just awesome (most sites do charge a small fee for samples!)
So this is the Pacifica Sea Foam Natural Face Wash. This is hands down my favourite ‘foaming’ style facial cleanser. It contains a sea algae complex, papaya extract and coconut water so it’s super gentle and just leaves my face so clean, refreshed, soft and hydrated. I’ll use it as a second cleanse on an evening if wearing makeup, or as a morning cleanser in the shower. As with all of my cleansers I remove this with a hot wrung out wash cloth. I’ve absolutely nothing bad to say about this product, it smells delish, slightly coconutty and I’m a big Pacifica fan. I would recommend to anyone no matter what skin type because it is gentle, effective, yet hydrating. It’s also only £9.99 for 147ml and lasts months, you only need a pea sized amount.
Another love of mine is the Alba Botanica Hawaiian Aloe & Green Tea Oil Free Moisturiser. Now this isn’t the most clean of ingredients as it does contain dimethicone and phenoxyethanol, but I’m prepared to forgive that because this cream just works so damn well for my skin. It contains aloe (my skin loves this), green tea, papaya, cucumber, gotu kola, and also hyaluronic acid (my skin loves this too!). It’s just the perfect morning moisturiser for me, with a light gel texture and amazing hydrating and plumping properties without any grease or shine but with no stickiness, dryness or funny matte feeling. I find it the best thing for me for wearing under makeup and it really helps me to stay shine free. When I ran out of this and used another moisturiser, however lovely, under my makeup, I did notice a huge difference in how quickly my T zone became oily after applying makeup. So I’m sticking with this on makeup days. Again this is a great value product too at £10.99 and one that I think literally any skin type would enjoy.
Before I went cruelty free I used to love a well known drugstore micellar water. This is back when my cleansing regime was very basic. I’ve since found beautiful cruelty free and natural foam, cream and oil cleansers that I love using and my skin thanks me for. But I saw that There Must Be A Better Way had started stocking Pacifica Micellar Waters and I got a bit excited! They do one with Cactus Water for all skin types, one with Coconut Water for all skin types especially stressed skin and a Kale Water one for oily and blemish prone skin. I steered away from the Kale one, as it contains Glycolic Acid, which I know my skin doesn’t appreciate following a not so hot experience with the much revered Pixi Glow Tonic. I chose the Cactus Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic at £12.99 for 236ml. I’ve used this a few times and it works as well as my remember my conventional micellar waters doing. But I think since I’ve progressed in cleansing, I find the other cleansers I use are more effective and nicer on my skin than this. It does feel slightly soapy / filmy and I went in with another cleanser afterwards to remove that film. It works nicely as a toner provided I don’t use too much. I love Pacifica so much, but I just don’t think I will repurchase this as I don’t feel it adds enough to my skincare routine. Or maybe I should have tried the Coconut Water One?
Dr Bronner’s Shaving Soap in Lavender and Lemongrass & Lime. I chose these for me and hubby respectively. I’ve had a hard time finding a shaving product in the green beauty / natural / cruelty free space that works as well as a traditional one. I’ve been using a Trevarno Shaving Soap and hubby has been using a Superdrug pen brand shaving gel (cruelty free). The Superdrug one is same as a conventional shave gel just cruelty free and my Trevarno was a natural alternative but didn’t come up to the mark. First thing to say about the Dr Bronner’s Shave Gel is that the formula is extremely runny and as soon as you open the cap it will literally just pour out without squeezing the tube. It’s very messy and goes all over, wasting product. A pump bottle may have been more ideal and I probably will transfer this to an empty Sukin pump bottle. Both scents are equally delicious and the ingredients are fantastic. I found that I got a good lather and great close shave on my legs, arms (yes I shave my arms), and underarms. Hubby found the face shave not as easy and I shaved his head with it too and this was more difficult than with his Superdrug shave gel, but did not feel drying. My conclusion is that this product is ideal for sparser areas like lady legs for example, or regular face shavers, but not as great for denser male hair on face and scalp (even where extreme balding exists like on my hubby). So I’ll happily use both of these, once I’ve got them in a pump bottle! I’m surprised though that Dr Bronner’s has kept the tube packaging though, they must know the fluidity of the product and a squeeze tube is not conducive to a fuss free shave!
I was able to chose 5 free samples with this order and I went for Antipodes, as I’ve been loving their stuff lately:
I can’t wait to try these out and let you know what I think. Maybe an Antipodes Round Up to come?
Have you tried any of these products or shopped at There Must Be A Better Way? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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