As some of you know, I took the Cruelty Free plunge last October and haven't looked back since. Going Cruelty Free has been surprisingly easy, as I can still use some of the brands I've always known and loved, but there have been some unforeseen challenges along the way. One of those struggles has been not only using up some of my leftover non-CF products, while also finding Cruelty Free alternatives that were just as good if not better.
An area that I struggled with this was definitely in the shampoo department. I've been conscious of the harmful ingredients in certain shampoos for a long time, and trying to find shampoos without sulfates OR animal products was not an easy task.
Ultimately I settled for a middle ground, and got Curly Wurly from LUSH (a long time favorite.) Even though this shampoo does contain sulfates, I found that it worked well when I alternated it with my Rainforest Moisture Shampoo from The Body Shop (not pictured.) That way, I got a well-rounded shampoo experience without being harsh on my hair, and my hair has been thanking me!
A more recent discovery was this Tea Tree Tingle conditioner from Trader Joe's (!!!) Not only does this stuff smell HEAVENLY, like peppermint and eucalyptus, it's inexpensive, and like other health/beauty products from TJ's, it's cruelty free! A match made in heaven for a peppermint loving girl like myself!
My saving grace has been the Brazil Nut Define & No Frizz Serum. It's this lightweight cream that almost feels like hand lotion, but it's a huge moisture boost for your hair. It smooths, hydrates, and even brings back the bounce to my dry (and sometimes unruly) hair. I even saw some of my curls come out to play, which is rare for someone with such long tresses.
Last but not least is another product from The Body Shop, the Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter. This is just a travel size, but I used up this product in a heartbeat. Great to deep condition your hair before a shower. Helps with tangles, and smells great too!
Though I am still in a transitioning phase when it comes to going Cruelty Free, I feel as though these are really solid products that I can depend on over time. I am doing my best to research new alternatives all the time, and I know there are many questions and even grey areas in the CF world. If you hear anything or have any advice to share, please let me know. I am always open to new information!
What are your favorite haircare products?
Are you Cruelty Free? Why or why not?