26 June 2016

Natural & Cruelty-Free Beauty For Beginners: Back To Basics

Read the introductory post to this series here.
Today I am talking about your everyday, essential beauty basics and where to find the natural alternatives.

Tisserand Tea Tree Clear Skin Facial Soap, £3.95/100g
A bar soap is one of the cheapest options when it comes to a facial cleanser. This vegan-friendly tea tree soap is perfect for blemish prone skin types, yet the ingredients are delicate enough for sensitive skin. This soap is practical, deep-cleansing, moisturising and boasts soothing, anti-bacterial properties.
Skin Blossom Nourishing Moisturiser, £7.95/50ml
Rich in anti-oxidants, this organic, vegan-friendly moisturiser leaves skin nourished and hydrated, without being oily. Housed in a practical airless pump bottle, jojoba oil and shea butter help to rejuvenate and restore skin.

Faith In Nature Coconut Hand Wash, £4.19/300ml
This creamy hand wash has an earthy coconut scent and cleanses hands without stripping them. It leaves skin soft and moisturised. This product is vegan-friendly and contains certified organic ingredients. You can often pick up Faith In Nature products for a reduced price in TK Maxx.
Sante Goji & Olive Hand Cream, £1.95/100ml
If you're anything like me, a good hand cream is a daily essential! This very purse-friendly hand cream is organic and vegan-friendly. Boasting nourishing ingredients such as coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter and goji berry extract, this cream leaves hands deeply hydrated with no greasy residue.

Deep Steep Argan Oil Sugar Plum Body Wash, RRP $11.95 £3/502ml
I managed to pick up this huge bottle of body wash in TK Maxx and these last forever! Most natural shower gels are priced around £5-£6, so you can either pick them up for a discounted price, in the sales or go for a better value option such as a bar soap, like Bentley Organic's Honey, Bran & Oatmeal Smoothing Soap, £2.85/150g.
Avalon Organics Ylang Ylang Body Lotion, £6.99/340g
This smells incredible and is really long-lasting. It's great for hands and body, plus it's certified organic.
Earth Conscious Hippy Paste Deodorant Balm, £5/60g
Deodorant should be a priority when switching to natural deodorants. Ingredients are easily absorbed through sweat glands. Sweating is natural, therefore anti-perspirant deodorants are not. They block pores and contain toxic ingredients. Aerosols in particular are really harmful to you and your environment. These balm deodorants are super affordable and long-lasting. They come in a range of scents and are really effective at keeping nasty odours at bay. They are kind to your underarms and contain minimal ingredients.

Faith In Nature Coconut Shampoo, £5.50/400ml and Faith In Nature Coconut Conditioner, £5.50/400ml
These hair products contain organic coconut and are vegan-friendly. These are great everyday products that are long-lasting and leave hair cleansed, soft and hydrated.

Dental Hygiene:
JĀSÖN PowerSmile Whitening Toothpaste, £4.99/170g
So, £5 may seem rather extravagant for a toothpaste, but this is the closest I've found to a mainstream toothpaste, in terms of taste, texture e.t.c. and it really works for me. You can often pick this up for a discounted price with a voucher code and it really does last ages!
JĀSÖN PowerSmile Brightening Peppermint Mouthwash, £5.99/480ml
Again, this is the closest I've found to a mainstream mouthwash in terms of taste; it's lovely and pepperminty, without being super strong. It is refreshing, freshens breath and it's free from alcohol and saccharin.

Feminine Hygiene:
Do you know what the average sanitary towel or tampon contains? A conventional sanitary towel contains the equivalent of four plastic bags! You may find this article very enlightening! This should be a priority when switching to natural products.
For a safer and just as effective alternative, turn to Natracare. Their product prices start at £1.65 and are chemical-free, additive-free, organic, biodegradable and natural. If you purchase your sanitary products from Ethical Superstore, you will not have to pay the usual 5% VAT "tampon tax", as they pay the difference.

I hope you enjoyed this post and let me know if you have any questions! What else would you like to see covered in this series?

Emma xxx


  1. Lovely post Em! This series has been really informative so far. I liked the format of this one, and the way you have come up with natural alternative products you can buy. It’s nice to find affordable options too. I have recently come across the brand Skin Blossom through you, it seems great! Your Deep Steep purchase was a fab bargain too. For other ideas to cover in the series you could do a luxury products post or maybe a personal story of how you learnt and got into natural beauty? On a separate note your pretty in pink post was inspiring, you could maybe do a series on this with different colours/scents. Hope those ideas helped in some way! :-) xxx

    Helen | Helens Fashion & Beauty Blog

    1. Glad you found these posts informative, Helen, as that's what I'm aiming for. It's great to know that there are lots of affordable options out there in the natural beauty world! I love Skin Blossom, they are a lovely brand. Yes, I think a luxury-style products post in this series would be a good idea and I am planning on writing more posts like you suggested with the colour and/or scent collections. Thanks for stopping by! :) xxx

  2. Love the range of brands you've included! I would never have thought to try a bar facial soap, but I am now tempted. Look forward to the rest of this series! :) x

    1. Thanks, Emily, there are lots of great brands out there and I love discovering the affordable ones. Yes, it's actually my first facial bar soap, too and it's a really practical product! xxx


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