For my final post of 2018, I have decided to reflect on the year by reviewing my favourite vegan and cruelty free beauty products from the year (in no particular order).
1) Zero Waste Beauty Australia activated charcoal & peppermint toothpaste jar
I bought this as I wanted to try an activated charcoal toothpaste. I wanted to see for myself if brushing your teeth with something black can actually be whitening =)
+: Whitens teeth, smells of peppermint, leaves a minty taste in the mouth
-: Tastes a little salty for some reason, texture different from conventional toothpaste (not as smooth)
2) Simplicite firming rehydration eye cream
I noticed 1 or 2 fine lines in the inner corner underneath my eyes so I bought this.
CCF accredited cruelty free
+: Hydrates dry skin around the eye, non-irritating
-: Reduces the appearance of fine lines under the eyes but doesn’t eliminate the fine lines
3) Essano rosehip moisture restorative night cream
This one was given to me by my mum as she saw it was vegan and cruelty free.
+: Deeply moisturising (good for dry skin or dry patches, good for winter), light rose scent, non-irritating
-: Very rich and thick
4) Raww ‘Nourish-me’ hand & nail cream (with wildberry harvest, coconut water & goji berry)
I bought this in winter as my hands were dry but I still use it in summer.
CCF accredited cruelty free (bunny symbol on product)
+: Not greasy, absorbed well, light vanilla coconut & lime scent
-: Not moisturising enough for very dry hands
This year I have also purchased a few products that I regretted. This included a messy clay mask & an overpriced bar of soap. In 2019, I will purchase products only when I need them, reducing the number I buy.
For clothing, I accumulated 9 items this year (including a black organic cotton scarf) which is an improvement from 13 items last year. Next year I aim to buy even less by purchasing quality & versatile pieces only when needed.
These goals will help reduce my impact on the environment.
Take some time to think about what your goals/resolutions are for 2019. Hope you enjoyed this post & wishing you a Happy New Year!