I’m cleaning out my beauty bag. Years of purchases – in the bin. I’m embarrassed to say it’s thousands of dollars in cosmetics but this decision makes me feel good. Some of my most-loved brands and I have had to part ways, simply because they’re bad for me and bad for the environment. Yuck.
I’m not a vegan or even a vegetarian, but I am still very conscious about what I put in and on my body and thinking recently about the stuff I’ve been putting on my skin has freaked me out! It’s only the body’s biggest organ, yikes. And when you discover that your beloved brands aren’t as scrupulous as you about the stuff that’s in their products, or how they make sure they’re safe for humans to use, sadly it’s not surprising, but still quite disappointing.
I first started thinking about revamping my beauty and skincare wardrobe after noticing strange, painless bumps appearing on my chin and jawline. At 27 I’m pretty sick of the seeing the acne that’s plagued me since I was 13, so I saw a dermal therapist who told me to amp up the probiotics (looking after my gut, but that’s another post!) as well as laying off the sulfates, phthalates, aluminium, talcs, animal-based ingredients and other garbage that’s found in the products I was already using, including a “natural” brand, who test on animals…oy. I’ve since been using Dr Spiller, who are cruelty-free and natural, and my skin has improved a lot.
Below is a list of my product detox thus far – the emphasis is mainly on cruelty-free, and trying to use clean and green as much as I can. It’s a process and I will make mistakes, but these will be unintentional.
So here’s my list; what’s out, what’s in, what I plan to keep and what I’ve suspended for the moment.
OUT: Benefit, Bvlgari, Calvin Klein, Chapstick, Colgate, Dove, Jurlique, Kiehl’s, L’Occitane (!), L’Oreal, La Roche Posay, Listerine, MAC, Nivea, Nuxe, OPI, Revlon, Rimmel, Sally Hansen, Sephora brand, Simple, Sinful Colors, Yves Saint Laurent.
IN: Charlotte Tilbury, Dr Bronner’s, Dr Spiller, Floss Gloss, Jane Iredale, Kevin Murphy, Lavanila, Noosa Basics, Sukin, Weleda.
KEEP: Anastasia Beverly Hills, Kat Von D, Lush, Mario Badescu.
JURY’S OUT: Cruelty-Free Kitty tells me Becca, Tarte and Too Faced are cruelty-free, but their parent companies are not. I’m not sure how I feel about this. What do you think?
I have a little package of Jane Iredale goodies and Wunderbrow on the way to start out. Exciting! For the moment, here’s a few of my favourites.
Thanks to Cruelty-Free Kitty for the helpful list here, which was my starting point for my beauty bag and cabinet deep cleanse!
Disclaimer: I haven’t received any payment or products from any of the brands mentioned here. I just like the ones I’ve given a shout-out to, and hope you might too!