Friday, May 25, 2012
One of my goals for the month was to continue to look for cruelty free body products.
I have had some success but unfortunately most of the items have been a bust and I am going to give my skin (and scalp) a break! I am not giving up...just taking a break :)
here are some of the products I have tried-
Shampoo/conditioner- Nature's Best, Kirkland, Trader Joe's, Lush bar, Treseme and Armotherapy from Bath and Body. I am sticking with Pantene for now. My scalp is fried. On my wish list to try- Kiss my Face- whenever
Toothpaste- Trader Joe's and I tried making my own (it was disgusting!). I am going to stick with Crest for now.
Shaving cream- coconut oil works great on fine hair. It does take some effort to get the razor cleaned out after each swipe and doesn't work as well on coarse hair but I like the way my legs and pits feel after shaving ! Thanks LIV2RIDE (Kelly). The wife even agrees that we will not be buying any more shaving cream once this container is done.
Deodorant- Lush aromaco deodorant bar and coconut powder (Thanks DYET and ABB698- Lesa!). The application of them take some getting used to but they work! I am also trying Crystal. I don't like the wetness when applying but it seems to be working. The ultimate test will be a good hike.
Face cleanser (wash, toner, lotion)- my poor face. I tried multiple Lush products. The woman worker at the store went crazy with samples! I tried 2 face bar, a toner, 1 lotion (she gave me 2 to try) and one mask (she gave me 4 to try). My forehead and neck have broken out in a rash AND acne. I'm pretty bummed. The products smelled nice and didn't bother the sensitive nose of my wife. I thought I had gotten lucky on the first try! I am stuck with Proactiv for now.
Lotion- Yes to Carrots- love it. Although my skin does feel dry at times, I think it's the atmosphere though and not the fault of the lotion
Body wash- I was using Bath and Body Works (BBW) but returned all of them after I checked the ingredients and saw that they have parabens. I checked the body wash I was using before and to my surprise it is cruelty-free. It does have parabens but if I am going to use a product with parabens in them anyways, I would prefer to use the one that is cheaper! Body Essence $3.47 for 24oz versus BBW $11 for 10oz. Easy decision for me!
I am hopeful that one day I will be able to switch completely over to cruelty-free products. I take comfort in knowing that I am closer.