Cruelty free & vegan list U.K

Cruelty free & vegan list 2017Products with the leaping bunny logo are certified cruelty free products under the Humane Cosmetics/Humane Household Products Standards. This means the product hasn’t been tested on animals in the U.K and the product isn’t being sold in China. China by law must have products tested on animals before human use. Some companies here in the U.K don’t have the leaping bunny logo, you can find information on their website. 

Brands

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills β“‹
  • Bare minerals β“‹
  • Barry M β“‹
  • Body shop β“‹
  • Burts bees
  • Dr organic 
  • Kat Von D β“‹
  • Lush β“‹
  • Nars β“‹
  • Natural collection
  • No.7
  • NYX β“‹
  • Original source β“‹
  • Palmer’s
  • Soap & glory 
  • Superdrug own brand 
  • Too faced β“‹
  • Urban decay β“‹

Shops 

  • H&M
  • Next
  • Primark 

Supermarkets (own brand)
Cosmetics & cleaning:

  • Aldi 
  • Co op 
  • M&S

Cosmetics:

  • Morrisons 
  • Sainsbury’s 

Begin your cruelty free journey today. 

Love always x

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The ultimate coconut curl

Hello all, today I thought I’d share my beauty routine and the products I use, any questions? Please ask!

  1. I have curly hair which sometimes can be a nightmare, depending on how tangled my hair is I’ll brush it with a tangle teezer before I shower. (Those with curly hair do not brush your hair whilst it’s wet, in fact you should hardly brush your hair because it damages both the hair and the curl) I usually brush my hair once or twice a week before showering.
  2. I wash my hair with a moisturising shampoo and conditioner because curly hair has the tendency to become dry and damaged and it needs as much moisture as it can get. I use Palmer’s coconut oil shampoo and conditioner, they aren’t too expensive, they’re large bottles so they definitely are worth it! (Superdrug have put these beauties on offer several times in the past couple of months) I shampoo and condition as normal, then I comb through the conditioner with a wide tooth comb (perfect for curly hair) I use a green sandalwood comb which becomes more green with sun exposure. Awesome. Palmer’s also do a coconut oil leave in conditioner, to those with curly hair this is also a must! I’ll come back to that later.
  3. I love body washes that are creamy and fragrant! I use either Original Source (currently I have mango) or I buy a similar body wash from Superdrug, it’s Superdrug’s brand, cruelty free and inexpensive, don’t forget to collect your points! Once a week I use a little body wash with exfoliating gloves and gently scrub my body to remove of any dead skin, making it silky smooth. I rinse the gloves and gently scrub my face with Urban Veda rose face wash.
  4. After showering I wrap my hair in a cotton T-shirt because the fibres on standard towels quickly dry out curly hair causing frizz. (Try to avoid touching your hair at all costs to avoid frizz) I take off the T-shirt towel, shake my hair and let it do it’s thing.
  5. Meanwhile I apply face serum to my forehead and cheeks, I use U skin retinol serum, I wait for it to dry and then apply No.7 beautiful skin day cream. Afterwards I moisturise my body with Palmer’s coco butter, this is my all time favourite body butter, it smells chocolatey and heavenly.
  6. When my hair is slightly dry and slightly wet, I scrunch leave in conditioner and argan oil into my hair (less is more) I usually let my hair air dry but to create volume and fuller curls I dry my hair with the hair dryer on the lowest setting and dry areas whilst I scrunch them. Don’t over dry otherwise it may go frizzy!

Love always x

How to become a greener version of yourself

Taken Vienna 2014

Hello all, I moved into my first home a couple of months ago and I was determined to become a green goddess, no plastic, less packaging, less waste, fresh food and so on! So here is my step by step guide to become a greener, more natural version of yourself.

1. Ditch plastic – Cutting boards, cooking utensils etc replace with glass (glass is the easiest material to recycle, it’s simply melted down and formed into a new bottle) or replace with wood/bamboo.

2. Buy in bulk – I buy large bags of pasta, rice and flour to reduce packaging. I then store them in air tight jars.

3. Buy fresh fruit and vegetables – I take a cotton bag with me instead of using the plastic bags in supermarkets.

4. Make your own condiments – I make pasta sauces and barbecue sauce a lot using chopped tomatoes and other ingredients. Jam and peanut butter is also really simple to make.

5. Bake your own bread – For you sweet tooths out there cake too.

6. Make your own cleaning products – I haven’t invested in one single cleaning product and I’ve been in this house for nearly 4 months, it feels great! I clean with homemade vinegar solutions, homemade febreeze and lots of baking soda, all of which can be found on my blog!

7. Recycle and reuse – I made a double bed and a garden table from scrap pallets, authentic and simple. You can recycle jars and bottles to make vases or storage jars for make up, spices, a toothbrush/pen pot etc

8. Shop second hand – Well this one is really easy, one mans trash is another mans treasure.

9. Start a compost bin – Or simply bury the scraps in the earth.

10. Eco friendly beauty kit – Invest in bamboo make up brushes, hair brushes, combs etc Eco tools have the best selection!

Feel free to ask questions, it’s really as simple as 10 steps. Love always x 

DIY BB cream

Hello all, running late? I know how hard early mornings can be… And you don’t have enough time to do your make up or you simply prefer a lighter coverage? Then bb cream is the one for you, even more so because it’s homemade, you already have everything you need, it’s quick, simple and it’s perfect for your skin tone.

DIY custom BB cream

Gather the following supplies, mix together in a small jar or pot and violΓ . You can adjust colour and coverage by adding more or less foundation. I used a green concealer to help reduce redness. It’s a luxurious coverage and texture, light and smooth.

  • Moisturiser 1/2tsp
  • Sunscreen 1/2tsp
  • Face serum 1/4tsp
  • Primer 1/4tsp
  • Aloe Vera gel 1/4tsp
  • Concealer 1/4tsp
  • Green or purple concealer (I used 2 pumps – use 1 pea size amount if it’s non liquid)
  • Foundation (I used 2, one light coverage and full – use desired amount)
  • Highlighter (I used a cream highlighter, powder will be fine) 1/4tsp

Free sample cosmetic pot – Contact Naturally Balmy on Amazon and request a free sample jar, I have the mushroom shaped design 30ml. 
Feel free to ask any questions, if you’re interested in what products I used please comment.

Love always x

Care for yourself and the environment

Welcome to the all natural blog

I’ve been buying and making organic, natural products for a couple of years as they’re truly beneficial for both beauty purposes and more importantly health, they’re of course environmentally friendly, chemical and cruelty free. I’m here to share all of the secrets I’ve learnt along the way. This will be products, the best ones to buy and where to buy them, several recipes for DIY cosmetics and cleaning products and many more. This is a reflection of my lifestyle and passions, all things natural, writing and photography, I hope you enjoy. 

Ditch chemicals, care for yourself and the environment and of course your wallet!! Become all natural today. Stay tuned, love always x