Cruelty-Free Beauty Haul

I was supposed to post this last Monday, but nesting took over me entirely. Anyway, one of the best decisions I took in 2019 was to go cruelty-free. I`m a beauty junkie, but in these modern times, I fail to understand how companies still test on animals. There are so many brands that are cruelty-free or vegan, why can`t others follow their example? See, this is where it gets tricky. Most companies will say that they don`t condone animal testing, but if they sell to China, then they are required to do so by the law. This is one of the most misleading practices I`ve come across. And the reason why I had to part ways with so many brands that I used to love.
DR Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Skin Lotion

                          What does Cruelty-Free mean?

According to Cruelty-Free Kitty, if a brand is cruelty-free, that means that "(1) they don’t test finished products on animals at any point during production, (2) their suppliers don’t test raw materials or ingredients on animals, (3) no third-party tests on animals on their behalf, and (4) they don’t test on animals where the law requires it, i.e. mainland China". Many companies will have certifications from Leaping Bunny, PETA or Choose Cruelty-Free, although many animal-friendly brands have not acquired their certifications yet. For a full list of companies, I recommend checking out either Cruelty-Free Kitty or Ethical Elephant. My transition has been so much easier thanks to their comprehensive lists.

I`d like to note that I still buy from companies owned by "evil corporations", like The Body Shop or NYX. I just think it would be a shame to diss The Body Shop, a pioneer against animal testing, just because they are owned by L`Oreal. At the end of the day, as long as they remain cruelty-free, it`s a compromise I`m willing to take (obviously, everyone is free to do as they please). Also, although I own some vegan products, it`s not a requirement, since I`m not vegan myself. With that in mind, let`s begin this haul.

Holland & Barrett
I`ve never really thought about looking for beauty products in Holland&Barett, and it turns out I was a fool. From what I could tell by browsing their website, they focus a lot on clean beauty, and most of the products I saw were cruelty-free. Recently, they also introduced a zero-waste section, where they featured their own products, along with brands like Ethique and UpCircle. This is where it got tricky because I wanted to buy everything. Thinking that I need to save up cause I have a child on the way, I got only the essentials.
Ethique Trial Pack Oily Hair

First things first, I bought an Etique Trial Pack For Oily Skin & Hair Types. I wasn`t sure which pack to choose since my skin type is combination/dehydrated, but my hair is a grease machine, and that`s why I picked this one. Etique is a zero-waste brand, and its products are cruelty-free, vegan, sustainable and palm oil-free. Depending on how it goes, I`d really like to switch up to solid shampoo bars and conditioners. As a beauty junkie, I find it hard to go completely plastic-free, but I believe that every small change matters. Anyway, inside the pack I got trial versions of St Clements - solid shampoo bar, Wonderbar - solid conditioner, In Your Face - Solid Face Cleanser and Gingersnap - solid face scrub. They smell amazing, and I can`t wait to try them.
Only Good Micellar Water

Trying to be more eco-friendly I also bought a box of bamboo cotton swabs and some thick organic cotton pads to remove my makeup. Another brand I was excited to try was Only Good, which also makes natural and palm oil-free products. The Only Good The Purifier Micellar Water is vegan-friendly, and made with organic Coconut water, calming chamomile and nourishing Geranium. Lastly, I bought a Dr Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Skin Lotion, to help with my very dry legs and arms.


TK Maxx is one of my go-to stores when I`m looking for cruelty-free products. Since they stock brands from Australia or New Zeeland, it gives me a chance to discover products I wouldn`t find anywhere else. The only problem is that shopping at TK Maxx is a bit like playing Russian Roulette - you never know what you'll find. Or worse, you find something awesome, but nasty people opened the packaging and smeared it all over. This trip was somewhat successful because I bought only two products. I got the Goodness Every Day Cream Cleanser for my morning routine and a blush from Bare Minerals. I did see some gorgeous palettes from Pixi, but obviously, people opened and ruined them. Better luck next time.
Bare Minerals Blush

Have you tried any of these before? Or if you`ve had solid shampoo and conditioner bars from another brand, which one do you recommend? Thanks for reading.


  1. Wow - you grabbed some awesome Cruelty-Free goodies and I'm particularly curious about the zero-waste/low-waste products you grabbed. I agree that it is challenging to be beauty obsessed and purchase only plastic-free brands, but I'm glad that some brands are beginning to innovate to offer more plastic-free products. I hope more brands, especially those connected to the big beauty companies, partner with recycling programs for recycling return programs where consumers can bring hard-to-recycle beauty packaging.

    1. Yes, so far I know only Lush and The Body Shop offer recycling return programs. It would be great if you`d have an option to refill as well.

  2. I've never thought about going to Holland and Barrett for beauty products either! It is such a same that there are still companies out there that test on animals, there's literally no need for it, it's heartbreaking. I've never actually gone to TK MAXX for beauty products either.. I feel like I don't buy all that much haha. It's a shame that people ruin some of the make-up in the shops as well, must be so annoying when you spot something good and find that people have opened it and been using it. Fab post <3

    Chloe xx

    1. So many times I found amazing products that were open, really bugs me off. Thanks for commenting.