Recently, I’ve been making an effort to ensure the products I’m using are cruelty-free and eco-friendly. This means buying more reusable products or products which are biodegradable, products which use less plastic/are recyclable, and products which natural ingredients that don’t test on animals.
So, in an effort to make better decisions when shopping, here are some of the products I have bought/been given to use as an alternative to my original products.
1 – Chilly’s Water Bottles
An Alternative to Single-Use Plastic Water Bottles
Chilly’s were created with the aim of reducing the use of single-use plastic bottles, by providing the ability to have cold water on-the-go. As a result, they created a bottle that keeps cold water cold for 24 hours, and hot drinks hot for 12!
I was gifted both a metallic pink and a pastel pink 750ml bottle for my birthday this year, and I would never go back to using single-use bottles!
Their brand has expanded past just bottles, and they also offer tumblers, food pots, bottle brushes, and more. I’ve ordered myself a pastel pink food pot so I can take hot food to work, so I may even review it when I’ve tried it out!
Chilly’s are a little pricey compared to reusable plastic bottles from supermarkets, but at £20-£25, it’s a huge saving compared to buying single-use bottles on the daily!
2 – Reusable Makeup Removers
An Alternative to Disposable Cotton Pads
I bought some cloth makeup wipes from LittleSunshineHut on Etsy a few weeks ago, and I have been using them since!
Their Etsy store is dedicated to handmade eco-friendly cloth pads and reusable makeup wipes!
I spent just over £5 for a pack of ten cotton makeup wipes in randomly selected patterns – however, it is possible to request styles and they will do their best to accommodate that when they’re picking!
I opted for their pastel colours, animal prints, and plant prints, and I was really happy with the ones I received.
£5 for £10 is amazing, considering disposable cotton pads are £1-£3 and are purchased much more frequently!
3 – Yes To Cotton Face Wipes
An Alternative to Regular Face Wipes
Generally, I wouldn’t use face wipes since buying my reusable ones, but I’ll admit that it is sometimes nice to be able to quickly swipe something over your face, especially without having to get any makeup removing products out, and also because they’re refreshing.
As an alternative to buying standard makeup wipes, I found Yes To’s Cotton wipes which are partly made out of recycled cotton t-shirts, are biodegradable, cruelty-free, and are made from 95% natural ingredients.
They’re slightly more expensive than ‘Own’ brands such as Tesco or Superdrug, or brands such as Simple, however, I rarely buy them so it doesn’t make too much of a dent in my bank account!
4 – Lush’s Tea Tree Toner
An Alternative to L’Oreal’s Rose Toner
Before I made the switch to cruelty-free, I was using L’Oreal’s Rose Toner, but to be honest, even if it was cruelty-free I don’t think I’d continue using it. It’s a thick formula that seeps straight through my reusable and my disposable cotton pads, and it’s honestly just not that great.
I’ve been wanting to use Lush as my go-to skincare, haircare, and body care for a while now as they are a cruelty free brand using natural ingredients, and because they’re a brand who do so much to support charities, so when I popped into Lush before Valentine’s day, my boyfriend bought their tea tree toner for me!
I haven’t been using it much as I want to get through the L’Oreal one so I can get it off my bathroom counter, but from what I have used, I’m loving it, and I’m definitely going to continue trying Lush’s skin and hair products.
5 – Yes To’s Cotton Micellar Water
An Alternative to Garnier
Pretty much everyone I know uses Garnier as their go-to micellar Water, and I did for a while too until I made the switch to cruelty-free.
I opted to buy the same brand as my face wipes (I actually bought the micellar water first though), as they are cruelty-free and use natural products, and I’d never go back to using Garnier.
Yes To’s micellar water smells lovely, isn’t harsh on the skin, and removes makeup quickly while still leaving my face feeling smooth – which is exactly what I’d want in a micellar water to do!
Like the face wipes, this product is slightly more expensive than Garnier, put with a pump as opposed to pouring, it lasts much longer!
Do you have any favourite eco-friendly or cruelty-free products that you love?
Do you have any recommendations for products I should try?
Let me know in the comments!