Vegan & Cruelty Free Household Favorites

Did you happen to see my post on vegan and cruelty free beauty favorites? This is a similar post, but these are just a couple of our most used and favorite products. It’s really getting quite a lot easier to find recycled, and/or environmentally friendly household cleaners, and products. It used to be that you could only find these things online, or at a specialty store, but more mainstream grocery stores, and Target are carrying things that I feel good about purchasing.

Vegan & Cruelty Free Household Favorites
{method: Smarty Dish dishwasher detergent tabs // Eco Nuts: Organic Laundry Detergent // The Honest Co.: Premium Recycled Bath Tissue}

Is it weird to talk about toilet paper on here? Whatever, everyone uses it (well…). We used to use the recycled one from Trader Joe’s, but we didn’t have one nearby, and sometimes you don’t want to buy ALL the toilet paper when making a Trader Joe’s run. People just look at you funny. When I found out that Target started carrying Honest products, I was ecstatic! (you can ask Nick) We also use their paper towels, too. I try not to use paper towels all the time, but sometimes you just need them. I love that it’s affordable, and accessible to everyone! Who doesn’t love Target? Besides my dad, that is.

If you follow the method link, you’ll notice that these tabs don’t get a lot of great reviews. I don’t know who those people are, or what their dishes look like when they go into their dishwasher. I love these! They’re fragrance and dye free, which is a great bonus! I’ve noticed that when we don’t quite get everything clean it’s because something was blocking one of the spray arms or something. These tabs are great. We were having a problem with all of the dry powder actually coming out of the door, and so these are the perfect thing. When the door pops open during the cycle, they fall right out and do their job! I think you can get these at Target as well. We usually remember to buy ours at our local grocery store, or Whole Foods.

Lastly, it’s talk about Eco Nuts. Nick was one who first found these at our local MOM’s store. I have to admit, I was a little skeptical because WHAT IN THE WORLD?! They aren’t even nuts! Eco Nuts are dried berries that grow in the Himalayas. When agitated in water they produce a low-sudsing soap called saponin. They are fragrance free, dye free, organic, non-geo, nut free, and cruelty free. The box we bought will wash at least 100+ loads for only $10! You just put 5 berries in the linen sachet bag that’s included and throw it in the washer with your clothes. And if you accidentally throw them in the dryer, no worries! These work great with our front loading washer. Our clothes always feel and smell fresh, so I’m sold!

What are some of your favorite vegan and cruelty free household items that you use the most?

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Vegan & Cruelty Free Beauty Favorites

I’m a pretty simple girl for most things, but I LOVE beauty products! I’m always on the lookout for great vegan and cruelty free products to try. There are a lot of companies that are vegan and cruelty free, but perhaps their parent company is not. While I prefer not to buy from those companies, sometimes I still do. I guess it just really depends on the product. My favorite blush, for example, is owned by a parent company that I wouldn’t choose to support. But until I find the perfect replacement, I’ll continue to buy it. You have to make the best choices that you can. Progress, not perfection!

That being said, there are some great resources out there to help you make smart choices when out buying these products. I have this website saved on my phone so it’s always at my fingertips. So handy!

So, without further adieu, here is just a handful of products I use on a pretty much daily basis. Well, except for the conditioner. I try not to wash my hair everyday – it helps keep it healthy and my color stay fresh when I don’t!

Vegan & Cruelty Free Beauty Favorites

{Snow Fairy from lush – seasonal}
I debated on whether or not to share this one. It’s only available from about mid-November to December whenever they run out. But I had to put in here because it is by far my FAVORITE lush product! It smells like cotton candy/bubblegum/amoxicillin. Remember that pink medicine you used to take as a kid? It kind of smells like that, but in a fabulous way! We bought 2 bottles of the largest size this year, so I’ll be able to smell sweet for quite sometime. Bonus: there are tiny flecks of glitter inside. I mean, is that perfect or what?

Vegan & Cruelty Free Beauty Favorites

{9 to 5 Facial Cleanser from lush}
This facial cleanser is the best makeup remover I have ever used. Not only does it smell great, but it’s super gentle, so you can just rub it all over your face, including on your eyes, and it won’t burn or sting. I like to apply it and then wipe my face clean with a warm washcloth. It works on the toughest eye makeup, too, including waterproof mascara! It’s awesome.

Vegan & Cruelty Free Beauty Favorites

{amika: undone texture spray}
I was first introduced to amika from the salon that I used to work for in Iowa. My boss had attended a hair show and brought back a bunch of samples for us to try. I didn’t try this product at the time, but I decided to try it after Kate at The Small Things Blog said how much she loved it. It not only smells divine, but adds just enough of that little something extra to my hair to make it not so flat and plain. I use quite a few products¬†on my hair, but this is one I use a lot. It’s not sticky, or heavy, and it doesn’t make my hair feel like a helmet, either.

Vegan & Cruelty Free Beauty Favorites

{amika: Nourishing Mask}
Okay. This is hands down AMAZING. It, too, smells awesome like the un.done spray, but it’s super thick and it makes my hair feel like silk. I have a lot of thick, coarse hair, and when I use this it makes my feel so smooth. You can use it as a daily conditioner, or you can use it like I do most frequently, as deep conditioner. I’ll wash my hair with shampoo, and after rinsing I’ll apply a about a nickel-sized amount of this to my hair. I’ll leave it one for about 5 minutes while I was wash my body and enjoy the warm water. I’ll usually comb it through with a wide toothed comb that I keep in the shower as well. It’s like magic.

Vegan & Cruelty Free Beauty Favorites

{Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara}
I’ll admit, this one has a slightly embarrassing name (just as my blush does), and I while I don’t agree with it’s claims, it is a pretty awesome mascara. It’s a rich, black color with an hourglass-shaped brush that really grabs a hold of your lashes and gets them coated. I usually curl my lashes with my eyelash curler and then apply a nice, even coat. If I’m going out, or if it’s for a special occasion, I’ll add an extra coat or two, but for everyday, I just stick with one.

Vegan & Cruelty Free Beauty Favorites

Honorable Mentions:
lush Shampoo Bars (we really like the NEW! bar)
Pretty much anything from the Yes.To company (the Grapefruit Scrub is a go-to)

What are some of your favorite vegan and cruelty free beauty products?

May Petit Vour Box Review (vegan and cruelty free)

I subscribed to Birchbox for about a year and a half. I LOVED getting a box of beauty goodies every month. Every month it was a little present and I couldn’t wait for it to come. However, as Nick and I have been growing and changing in our plant-based/vegan lifestyle, I’ve changed my ideas about a lot of things. I was suddenly very aware that a lot of the products I was receiving every month were not cruelty free or even vegan. Why would I want use something like that on my skin or hair?

So I quit. I gave it up. I was really sad, too! I love beauty products like there’s no tomorrow. I could buy them all day, everyday! About six months later, I started doing some research about a monthly beauty box that was vegan and cruelty free. There are actually quite a few out there! How exciting! Then the hard part came with trying to decide which one to try. I settled on Petit Vour. For $15 a month, you get a box filled with several products to try – and some are even full size!

This month was my second box.
May Peitit Vour Box (vegan and cruelty free)

I received a Harvey Prince fragrance which smelled great! I have a hard time wearing fragrances, so I passed this one off to Lil Sis. The Resist C15 super booster from Paula’s Choice is interesting. I’m not really a serum kind of gal (read: I don’t really know much about them or how to use them correctly – yet!), but I plan on starting to incorporate this one into my morning moisturizing routine. I’m excited to see what it does! The hand cream from deep steep smells AMAZING and makes my hands super soft. It’s a really nice chamomile and lavender scent that’s great to put on right before I head to bed. And my favorite? The lipstick from Aromi! It’s a gorgeous deep red color that is smooth and wonderful. I’m usually not a lipstick person, but I can’t get enough of this one.

Overall, I’m really enjoying my monthly Petit Vour boxes. I’m back to waiting impatiently by the mailbox every month to see what’s coming next! It’s such an awesome feeling knowing that the products I’m trying are 100% vegan and haven’t harmed any animals in the process. If you’re in the market for a monthly beauty box, give Petit Vour a try!

Review: The Honest Co.

So I’m one of those crazy women who loves cleaning products. Especially cleaning products that are vegan, cruelty free and use natural ingredients instead of a bunch of nasty things that I can’t pronounce. I’ve really taken to using the Buycott App (thanks to my sister-in-law who turned me on to it) to help me make wise choices at the store. I ran into an issue recently with laundry detergent. Every “natural” product I scanned came up with conflicts. Ugh! And I needed something to wash my clothes! After a bit of research and searching the internet, I finally landed on The Honest Company.

I ordered laundry detergent, face and body lotion, dryer cloths (did you know that some mainstream dryer cloths use animal fat?!) and toilet bowl cleaner. While an interesting mix, I was excited to try them all out. Prices and shipping were both very reasonable. And I believe some products may be purchased at Whole Foods.

Honest Company

Laundry detergent: I didn’t notice a huge difference, but the scent was nice and my clothes felt soft.

Dryer Cloths: There are 32 cloths in the package, and each can be used 2 times. The interesting thing is that the cloths are damp when you take them out of the package (like a wet wipe). There is still a little bit of static when I take the clothes out of the dryer, but nothing crazy. And I like that nothing in them irritates our skin. (Nick’s skin is very sensitive)

Toilet Bowl Cleaner: The scent is very clean smelling – it’s labeled as tea tree eucalyptus. It’s thick enough to coat the bowl and leaves everything super clean and sparkling.

Face and body lotion: Loved this one. At first I was little unsure about the scent, but it dissipates quickly. It absorbs super easily and feels really nice on the skin. I haven’t tried it on my face, but I really enjoy it as a body lotion.

Overall, I would buy all of these products again, and try many of the others they have available. If you’re looking for something new to try that is plant-based, cruelty free, actually gets the job done and makes you feel good about supporting them, I’d give The Honest Company a try!