Let’s get down to it


Bye, baby.

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.


My squad.

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!


2 thoughts on “Let’s get down to it

  1. Unibby says:

    About the whole companies are Cruelty Free but the parent companies aren’t, I see it very differently than most people. Most people either see it as just outright wrong or that you’re showing the parent company that cruelty free products sell more. In my eyes most of the parent companies out there won’t just stop being cruelty free.

    How I look at it is I’m seeing an independent brand. In my eyes Too Faced is trying to do the right thing and it’s not their fault they were bought out by a bigger company that has no moral compass.

    It’s like me being cruelty free but because my mom isn’t you don’t want to be my friend. They’re their own independent company that is at least trying to do the right thing and shouldn’t be judged on something out of their control.

    Sorry for that long rant I just have thought about this a lot. XD


    • leafandlipstick says:

      Hi Unibby, super helpful! Thanks for your thoughts! I agree, I do try not to have stars in my eyes when thinking about this issue. I understand that companies shouldn’t also have to sacrifice their ability to grow financially 🙂 otherwise we wouldn’t have all this lovely variety! Cheers, AL x

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