Over the past several months I have begun the process of changing a variety of our household, beauty, and skincare products to Cruelty-Free products. In addition to searching for cruelty-free I also tend to gravitate towards vegan/all natural products merely as a side effect. Why? Honestly, it just seemed like the right thing to do. I am one of those movie-watchers that closes their eyes and stuffs their fingers in their ears when it looks as if the animal on the TV is going to get hurt. So why would I tolerate using products that endorse this behavior in my house or on my body. Here are 5 tips I learned along the way and a few suggestions for products if you are interested in making the switch yourself.
1. Don’t Throw Everything Away
The last thing you want to do is go on a binge and throw everything away. Not only is that wasteful its also very very expensive. I would only replace the product if it needed replacing. For example, when we ran out of our run-of-the mill shampoo and conditioner instead of replacing it with whatever had a coupon I replaced it with a cruelty-free product. Not only was this more cost effective it also allowed me to research specific brands for each type of product I was looking for and not get overwhelmed by researching for ALL THE PRODUCTS.
2. Know What to Look For
Most products are tagged with one of the following logos however sometimes its just as simple as a “this product is not tested on animals” written in fine print on the back. Many will say that the Leaping Bunny is the “gold standard” that actually holds its companies to specific guidelines.
3. Do Your Research
I recommend doing your research on each brand and company you choose to buy from to make sure they are TRULY cruelty-free. You will be surprised by some of your findings. For example, some companies outsource their testing to third parties or they are owned by a parent company that does testing on animals. So what I do is I find products recommendations on pinterest or blogs and cross-check them with the companies website. Of course things fall through the cracks and not all my products and the companies that own them are cruelty free but its definitely a step in the right direction. My Beauty Bunny is a great place to start because they list some great information and let me tell you… they do their research! Here is how she suggests you find cruelty-free brands and links to some great resources.
4. Don’t Break the Bank
There is absolutely NO REASON to break the bank or even spend more than what you would on your regular products. Doing this switch will most likely save you money you just have to know where to look. First, Home Goods/Marshalls/TJ-MAXX all carry hair products and a vast majority of them are cruelty-free brands and they are much cheaper and usually bigger than what you get at the grocery store. Sometimes these stores even have things like counter top cleaner, laundry detergent, or dishwasher detergent for several dollars cheaper; you just gotta look. Second, Amazon. Is there really any other reason to look elsewhere? Not only is it cheaper (most of the time) they deliver it to your doorstep. If you have a Dash Button you don’t even have to log on to a device you just push a button or hell tell Alexa to order it for you (she’s gotta do something to earn her keep).
5. Find Products That Do The Job Better & Right
Just because you are doing the universe a favor and lending Mother Nature a helping hand does not under any circumstances mean that you should skimp on what you want/need. If a product is just not cutting it, drop it and find another. The options out there are endless and each product brings something different to the table. And Hey! No one is going to judge you if you try and nothing beats that “other” product. You are taking strides in the right direction, give yourself a pat on the back for that.
Below are some products that we have integrated into our home that we love!