In Manchester City Centre, there is a secret beauty hall that not many people seem to know about. Shall I let you into the secret? It’s Holland and Barrett, the home to clean beauty that caters for those fulfilling a vegan lifestyle as well as playing host to a whole range of cruelty free products. The Manchester store is huge, with the whole of the 1st floor taken up by a massive range of products within the beauty sector. I have been spending an awful lot of time in there recently, and I have picked some really fabulous cruelty free products for my routine.
It does look like they are discontinuing the Saaf Pure Face Cleansing Balm, but you may be able to pick this up in store. It was £24, but has been reduced to £8. The balm melts in your hand as you massage it into your face and the addition of water emulsifies it into a milky texture. It’s great at tackling stubborn makeup and mascara, and it leaves skin feeling so clear and squeaky clean. It smells amazing and really nourishes my skin. It is cruelty free, however due to the beeswax ingredient, it isn’t vegan.
The Sukin Facial Scrub had to make the list as I adore this brand. My first taste into Sukin was the Hydrating Mist Toner which was repurchased several times and I used to decant into mini spray bottles to take to work with me. Sukin, as a brand, are cruelty free and are also vegan. The facial scrub contains non abrasive bamboo extract and ground walnut shells to gently exfoliate the dead skin cells away, leaving glowy and healthy skin underneath.
When I first started receiving PR, one of the first products that I got was from Dr Organics and it was selection of their popular skin and body care with snail gel. I do love a moisturising gel rather than a cream and I love how easily the gel soaks into my skin. The Dr Organic snail gel products still get the approval from myself and the lemon sherbet scent is still fresh and zingy. It’s non sticky, doesn’t leave a film or residue and my skin really reaps the benefits of the healing properties of the snail gel. As it does use certified organic snail gel, it is not a vegan product but it is still cruelty free.
The Ekia Organic Baume Eye Cream is a really lovely product. I say this all the time, but I am so bad for using an eye cream but I have really tried to get this into my routine. More of a balm like texture, it’s ideal for those with sensitive eyes like mine as it doesn’t cause any irritation. I do feel that certain areas look more even in tone and less puffy than before and my eye contour area does feel really quite supple. The key ingredient within the balm is Dragon’s blood sap and it does seem to be a popular ingredient in a lot of skincare these days as it does have great results.
The final product comes from a brand that I have been using for many years. Trilogy, a brand from New Zealand that uses certified organic rosehips to create one of the best oils that I have used on my skin. Rosehip oil has become really popular in the last few years, and for me, to use an oil that is rich in fatty acids that the body does not naturally produce as well as pro vitamin A to help moisturise and renew skin calls. My skin looks smooth, plumped and refreshed and as the skin is renewing, my pigmentation is slowly disappearing. The Trilogy Rosehip Oil is also vegan as well as being cruelty free.
Have you tried any of these products? What are your favourite cruelty free skincare brands?This post may contain PR samples that have been sent to me for consideration for review however all my opinions will be my own. The links in the post my be affiliate links which will earn a small amount of commission should you shop my recommendations.