Hello all! I'm a graduate student on a tight budget, so it is impossible for me to switch from spending $2 a bottle for cheap shampoo and conditioner to $12 a bottle for cruelty free.
I've been trying to make sense of the lists on PETA, etc.. on which brands are cruelty free that I could possibly buy at a local place, not a specialty health store. Do you use any budget brands that just happen to be cruelty free?
Have you thought about "house brands" at health food stores? Whole Foods, for example, has an affordable line of hair and body care called 365, with no animal ingredients or testing. I believe Trader Joe's also has a cruelty-free line, but I no longer live near one so you'll have to confirm their testing policies and ingredients.
Have you tried looking at your local Publix? They have an all-natural beauty section that has a lot of the shampoo and conditioner brands that PETA mentions for pretty cheap. I was using Tresseme, and I liked it until I read something about the chemicals in it. Now, I prefer the natural brands. Plus, they do great things for my hair!
Thanks for your tips! I'll check on whole foods...unfortunately we don't have one too close, but I could always buy a few bottles at a time if I wanted. We have no Publix here in the north...but I'll try to see about the brands that my local stores carry.
I saw some brands on clearance at the little natural foods market nearby so perhaps I just buy things when I see them on sale, and don't always use the same brand haha!
I began buying cruelty free while in college too. Try searching online or buy in bulk. I buy products well before i need them so that the weeks where im living on peanut butter sandwiches i wont have to worry about running low on shampoo. I find target usually carrys a few cruelty free brands that are afordable.
I really like Whole Foods 365 brand shampoos/conditioners/body lotions - I wait until they're on sale and stock up then. They are in huge bottles and can be pretty affordable. For face and body wash, I like Dr. Bronner's, I dilute it because it can be drying, so a bottle lasts FOREVER. You can often find it at Target or some supermarkets. I just use jojoba or sweet almond oil as a moisturizer for my face.
Hi! There is a very inexpensive cruelty free makup line at Target. The makeup line is called e.l.f Makeup & Cosmetics. e.l.f. is cruelty free meaning that they do not test on animals. Most of their products are vegan except for waterproof eyeliner and a lip product. I found a $3 Mineral Infused mascara which seemed wonderful to me b/c I'm an eco gal, I love anything earthy. The entire line of e.l.f. products have 4 ranges of prices that are so affordable and their products are made from wonderful natural ingredients. Their prices for items are $1, $2, $3 and $6. I have found a 1% salicylic acid acne treatment powder which appears on the face to be so natural. Their natural ingredients in various products are soybean oil, peppermint oil, mineral oil, aloe, cucumber, Vitamin E...I absolutely recommend this Makeup and Cosmetic line to ANYONE! I hope you will love e.l.f. Makeup and Cosmetics vegan products as much as I do. Their pressed powder is $1, their eyelash curler also $1, mascara $2 and $3, eyebrow kit $6, eyeliners $2 and $3. e.l.f. Makeup and Cosmetic's also has foundation brushes, an extensive array of other cosmetic brushes within the price ranges I listed above for you. On the back of e.l.f makeup and cosmetic packages is information on where to find video's in Makeup assistance/lessons. I'm going to go check out their tutorials online. I hope this cruelty-free makeup line will ALWAY'S be available. So, let's give our support to inexpensive and cruelty free makeup and cosmetics!
Your Cruelty-Free Supporter,
Julie Swartout :-)
P.S. I hope you have a great day! or night!
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