Beginner’s guide to going cruelty free

Cruelty Free UK how to go cruelty free on a budget

At the beginning of the year, I made the decision to go cruelty free with my makeup, skincare and hair care. Turns out, I chose quite a good time to do this as everyone seems to be realising the true extent of animal testing and realising just how wrong it is.

I have to admit, prior to this year, I had been so naive and didn’t realise just how many brands still test on animals. Luckily, more and more brands are starting to get on board BUT some of the biggest brands still have a long way to go. 

When I first made the decision to go cruelty free, I was concerned that it was going to be expensive BUT I’ve actually found some really affordable brands which are amazing AND cruelty free. 

I thought I’d share some of my favourite brands and products as well as some great blog posts and bloggers who have helped me!

4 affordable cruelty free skincare brands 

I have to say, my absolute favourite skincare brand at the moment is Botanics. They have such a great range of natural skincare which caters for all skin types and I’m lucky enough to be one of their brand ambassadors. Every time I get sent products from them, I’m blown away by how good they are. 

I’ve been using Botanics for years which my favourite product being the hot cloth cleansing balm which is a cheaper alternative to the Liz Earl one and just as good! A new product I’m loving, which is great for more oily skin, is the Radiant Youth polish which I use weekly. It leaves my skin feeling so refreshed and gets rid of the layer of oil I always end up with! 

Cruelty Free UK how to go cruelty free on a budget

I can’t do a cruelty free post without mentioning two of my faves The Body Shop and Lush. Whilst they can be a little bit expensive at times, they also have some really affordable ranges too! Skincare wise, I adore the Just to Clarify jelly cleanser which feels so strange on your skin BUT is so refreshing. I’ve recently been using The Body Shop’s vanilla pumpkin moisturiser which makes you smell like autumn (what’s not to love really!) and leaves your skin feeling silky smooth – plus the smell stays for ages which I didn’t expect but I LOVE! 

The final brand I want to mention is Superdrug. If you’re wanting to go cruelty free without breaking the bank, this is the place to go! All of their own brand products are CF and are incredibly affordable. They cater for all skin types as well which is why it is such a good go to option. 

Affordable Cruelty Free hair products

I really recommend Superdrug’s avocado & manuka honey shampoo and conditioner – you can often get both for £5 and they leave your hair feeling super soft! 

Another brand which I’m LOVING at the moment is the Maui Moisture curl quench coconut oil shampoo and conditioner. I used to have really curly hair and I’ve noticed such a difference using this as it’s really started to bring the curl back! 

The final brand I want to mention is Forest and Shore who have an amazing  hair oil. I’ve been using it as a deep treatment every two weeks and it’s taken my hair from feeling damaged and brittle (from my new drug treatment) to being almost back to normal! 

Bloggers & articles you NEED to read

Okay, so I thought I’d share some of the blog posts and bloggers/influencers who have helped me along the way!

  • Cruelty Free Kitty is a one stop shop of cruelty free with the latest brands and new products as well as really raising awareness of  why it’s important to go CF
  • Ethical Bunny is a great twitter/blog account which gives up to date advice and knowledge of what is/isn’t CF
  • Rhianna wrote this post at the end of last year which really inspired me to go CF and helped show that it’s okay to do it in little steps! 
  • Cat has written this post on the difference between clean/natural beauty and cruelty free and WHY it’s so important to distinguish between the two

I’d love to know whether you’ve opted to go cruelty free and what your go to CF products are! 

Some of the products in this post have been gifted however all opinions are my own and some of the links are affiliate 


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