It’s about that time of year: we’re totally over the cold weather, seriously lacking vitamin D, and our skin and hair is in need of tender loving care.
The thing about body care is that everyone has a different skin type, hair texture, and varying preferences regarding consistency and scent of personal care products. There isn’t a hard science to tell us what works on an individual level.
That being said, there are certain things to look for in personal care products if you’re minding the health of the environment, your bod and the well-being of animals. First, always make sure products are not tested on animals. If you don’t see this clearly stated on the product label, research the product to ensure it’s cruelty-free before purchasing. In other words, if a product doesn’t say it’s not tested on animals, chances are, it probably is. Would you subject your dog or cat to tortuous experiments and a slow, agonizing death? No, so don’t pay companies to do it to other animals. Unfortunately, many cosmetic products sold in the U.S. are still tested on animals (even though Israel and the E.U. have banned this barbaric and antiquated practice).
Second, look for a vegan label or, if you don’t see one, scan the ingredients list for animal-derived ingredients such as lanolin (oil from sheep’s wool), beeswax and keratin (protein from ground-up animal parts). In addition to animal-derived ingredients, steering clear of harsh chemicals such as sulfates (what makes shampoo, cleaners and body wash sudsy), parabens (preservatives) and fragrance will be nicer to your bod and the planet. Opt for plant-derived ingredients and essential oils instead. To read more about how chemicals in personal care products affect our bodies and the planet, check out these resources from the Environmental Working Group and The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.
Now, to the good stuff. These are a few of my favorite goodies to help get me through the winter. Feel free to share your favorites in the comments below!
I have no affiliations with these brands nor do I receive any sort of compensation for writing about them on my blog. I like to share vegan products and brands I love and I encourage you to do the same in the comments below!