Inexpensive Cruelty Free Round Up

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I have noticed that more and more personal care products (while certainly not all) are including cruelty free labels on them now, and there are even a notable number of brands making vegan products. This makes me very happy. What makes me even happier is that the products in this post are all available at London Drugs (or even the dollar store!) and are super affordable. Here’s another cruelty free round up!

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1. Lafe’s Natural Deodorant ($6.49): I’ve already posted about this brand of deodorant once before, but I still love it so here it is again. The cedar and aloe smell is great, it works well, and it has a nice feel to it; not too dry, not so slimy. Can’t go wrong, really. Cruelty free and no animal testing symbol on the back.

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2. Inecto Coconut Hair Oil ($5.99): This stuff is my new favourite. I apply a small amount to my wet hair after washing and it keeps it from being too dry and brittle. Plus it smells awesome. Says right on the label it is vegan friendly.

We always keep people, animals and the planet in mind. Our products are 100% vegetarian and vegan friendly, and our 100% organic oils are sustainably sourced. We never test on animals.

3. COLAB Extra Volume Dry Shampoo in London ($9.99): This stuff has been making the rounds on other cruelty free blogs, which I discovered when I wanted to buy cheap dry shampoo one day but didn’t know which brands were cruelty free. The actual packaging does not have any animal testing or cruelty free labels which made it trickier to buy with confidence, but thank goodness for google on my phone that allowed me to confirm. The actual product is alright, nothing that changed my world, but it does work well. My favourite of all the dry shampoos has to be KEVIN.MURPHY (it made my other cruelty free list) but not everyone has $33 to spend on dry shampoo, myself included. Cheaper alternatives are a must and COLAB is a good option.

COLAB does not and will not conduct animal testing on our finished products or ingredients, nor do we ask others to test on our behalf. All of our tests are carried out on human volunteers. We are proud to be a cruelty free brand.

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4. orgnx Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Complex ($9.99). I blogged about this stuff in my previous post that also included the deodorant, but I’m mentioning it again because this is my blog and I can do whatever I want. The texture of this cream is really nice, and a small squirt or two on wet hair leaves it pretty soft. Says right on the label that it is vegan.

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5. NYX Invincible Fullest Coverage Foundation ($14): I really like this makeup brand despite the fact that I’m not a huge makeup wearer, especially lately, though I do like to spend a few minutes making myself feel good by buffing and polishing my hair and face, and putting on a light coating of makeup every week or so (ha). This particular foundation is pretty heavy duty, so if you are looking for full coverage this stuff, as the name alludes to, is great. I personally found it a bit thick; I applied it all over my face and felt like I had a bit of a mask on, but I can definitely see using it in combination with a tinted moisturizer to cover specific areas like under eye or over blemishes. Says right on the label it is cruelty free, and they use my favourite bunny logo too.

NYX Cosmetics is certified and acknowledged by organizations, such as PETA, as a cruelty-free brand. We are committed to producing 100% cruelty-free cosmetics. We do not test any of our products on animals.

6. e.l.f. Tinted Moisturizer ($3): This brand really can’t be beat, price wise. Just about everything is $3 or $4. (!!) As I mentioned above, a tinted moisturizer is what I prefer to use on my face as it tones down my rosacea but doesn’t create a super obvious cake mask on my cheeks. This stuff works pretty well and is thinner than the full coverage NYX product, which I like. There’s no cruelty free symbol on the packaging, but they are definitely against animal testing. It is also vegan.

We do NOT test on animals or endorse such practices. Our products do not contain animal derived ingredients. Beeswax has been replaced by synthetic beeswax and lanolin has been replaced by Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladinpale-2. We currently support HSUS and are partners with PETA in the Caring Consumer Project.

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7. TOM’S of Maine Simply White Toothpaste ($6.79): Since learning at age 15 that toothpaste giant Crest is made by Procter & Gamble, and that P&G were one of the largest companies performing routine animal testing on their products, I boycotted their company to the best of my ability. It’s been 16 years, and I have only gotten better at that boycott, especially given the wide range of alternatives now available. I’ve read conflicting information online that P&G have stopped testing on animals, but I don’t think that makes it ok to buy their products now, or ever. They still continue to sell their products in China, and did you know that China actually REQUIRES animal testing in order for a company to sell their products there? Well, that is apparently a thing, so the Crest boycott goes on. An alternative to Crest is Tom’s of Maine, though they were purchased by Colgate in recent years and some consumers are now questioning their loyalty to the brand. I have continued to buy it (how often do I buy toothpaste anyways, like maybe 3 times a year) because despite the parent company’s questionable animal testing policies, Tom’s itself has remained cruelty free, as indicated by the cruelty free logo on the back. Check out their product certification here.

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8. Down Under Natural’s Shampoo and Conditioner ($1.99): It’s hard to find much about this brand on the internet, they don’t seem to have a specific website, though they are made in Canada by Belvedere International. I’ve been using it since I was a kid, and it’s great. It’s biodegradable, recyclable, and never tested on animals. It smells great (like kiwi!) and it’s soooo cheap. I got these bottles on sale for $1.99 each, and even at full price they are about $3. A no animal testing symbol can be found on the back.

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9. Alba Botanica Natural Hawaiian Shampoo ($9.99): This is a neat brand of shampoo and conditioner that smells great and works well on my fine and dry hair. Alba Botanica is Leaping Bunny certified and carries the symbol on the back.

Our products contain botanically-based, cruelty-free ingredient alternatives that are 100% vegetarian. We passionately strive to deliver the finest possible formulations for the ultimate efficacy and benefits to your skin and hair. We make maximum use of ingredients from our wonderful Earth’s plant sources…from rich vegetable and nut oils to plant waxes to herbal extracts and essential oils.

Our products contain no meat or by-products of animal killing. We also reject all cruelly obtained animal ingredients, even if an animal is not killed. We limit our use of animal products to ingredients that are naturally created by and have no future use to the animal such as beeswax.

10. Daily Defense Argan Oil Moisturizing Shampoo ($2): This is another brand that doesn’t seem to have much of an online presence, but PETA has confirmed that it is a Canadian brand that does NOT test on animals. Super bonus that you can buy it at the Dollar Store for $2/946mL. The pump top is a nice feature, especially because the bottle is pretty huge. Smell is ok, and it works well enough for a $2 shampoo. It has a cruelty free bunny logo on the back.

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11. beauticology Coconut and Lime Hand Cream ($5.99): This was a quick impulse purchase at London Drugs, mostly because I needed some hand cream (I wash my hands about 50 times a shift and the soap there is so harsh!) and the coconut & lime scent grabbed my attention. The lotion itself is a little thinner than I like, and a bit greasy, but it smells nice and the bottle is easy to toss into my purse. It has a not tested on animals logo on the back with a WEENIE DOG instead of a bunny and I love that.

Baylis & Harding does not perform animal tests on any of our product formulations or individual ingredients either directly or indirectly. All ingredients are carefully monitored, suppliers are required to confirm that the ingredients they are contracted to supply have not been tested on animals or to provide data relating directly to the last test which took place.

The policy of our company is not to use ingredients which have been tested after 1990. All our suppliers are required to comply with this policy and confirm that the materials they are supplying to us have not been tested on animals after this cut off date. Any materials which do not comply with these requirements will not be used in our products.

All our finished products are manufactured under strict quality control parameters, if testing is a legal safety requirement, only human volunteers are used in accordance with the safe system of testing set out under current Health & Safety Legislation for the type of test to be conducted. Our finished products are never tested on animals.

Baylis & Harding is wholly against the suffering forcibly endured by animals through the testing of ingredients and finished cosmetic products on animals.

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12. Live For Tomorrow Dish the Dirt Dish Liquid ($9.95): This is recent discovery and it is amazing. The soap itself is great (very lathery) and smells awesome, but the most impressive is the list of things about this product that are excellent: it is local to Vancouver BC, vegan, hypoallergenic, safe for septic tanks (yes!), biodegradable, plant and mineral based, not tested on animals, chlorine and phosphate free, comes in a reusable stainless steel pump top bottle, and the list goes on! Phew. There is a vegan logo on the back as well as a not tested on animals note.

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Thus concludes this installment of cruelty free products. Expect more in the future!

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