Shopping Cruelty Free: Brands I’m Really Liking!

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about my desire to buy cruelty free beauty products. There just seems to be zero reason for cosmetic companies to still run tests on animals and I want to do my small part to let brands know it’s an unacceptable practice.

As my current products run out I’ve been replacing them with cruelty free products. This guide on how to shop cruelty free at Target has been a big help.

Today I thought I’d just share a few of the products I’ve started using – that I really like!

Body Lotion

I used to use the Boots Extracts Coconut Body Butter and LOVED it. It feels really rich and creamy and smells like my favorite sunscreen. I love smelling like the beach, but I don’t love that Boots works with ingredient providers that still test on animals. I switched to the c.Booth honey almond body butter and really like it. Okay, I’m obsessed with it.

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It goes on thick and creamy but dissolves instantly and doesn’t leave a greasy residue. The honey almond scent is really light and refreshing – it just smells clean. I want to try several other scents as well, but I think this will forever be my go-to body moisturizer from now on!

I bought it at Publix for only $5 but it’s also available on Amazon for $6 if you don’t have a Publix near you.

Facial Moisturizer

I also recently finished up my night time facial moisturizer which was also made by Boots. If you’re not familiar Boots is basically the UK’s version of CVS so it’s not fancy at all. I loved their night time moisturizer though because it is made with aloe which feels great on my face when I have an eczema breakout.

I haven’t found another night time moisturizer with aloe that I love, but I have switched to the Body Shop day cream with aloe.

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The pot costs $17 which is about double the price of the Boots version. That being said it’s much cheaper than the La Roche Posay daytime moisturizer I was previously using ($30). It’s not as light as the La Roche Posay moisturizer which felt like air, but it’s still very light and non-greasy. That’s important to me as I have a VERY oily t-zone (but very dry cheeks and chin line, so weird).

Hair Care

Next up are two new hair conditioners I’ve been trying out. About a month or so ago I started using the Nexxus Promend shampoo and REALLY like it a lot. When my Loreal conditioner ran out it seemed like a natural choice to splurge on a Nexxus conditioner.

Note: I recently learned Nexxus may no longer be cruelty free. 

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I bought the smaller bottle to test the conditioner out since the larger bottle is about $30 – totally worth it. My hair feels silky smooth! I’ll definitely add Nexxus conditioners to my rotation!

On the more budget friendly end I gave the Soatbox Coconut conditioner a try. It smells heavenly and only costs $6 per bottle at Target.

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I love that Soapbox has a “buy one, give one” program. Basically for every product sold they donate a bar of soap or a month’s supply of fresh water to a person in need.

Unfortunately I do not love the way this conditioner makes my hair feel. I think the shea butter makes it feel very thick and heavy. The texture almost feels like applying vaseline to your hair. I might try a different scent that doesn’t include shea butter and see how that goes. If you don’t mind a thick conditioner you might like this one. At only $6 a bottle it’s worth a try if you want to give cruelty free haircare a try.

Those are the products I’ve switched to so far! I’ll post another update when I have a new batch of products to share :).

I think the biggest and best thing I’ve found is that there are SO many options available at Target which makes the transition to cruelty-free brands a breeze!

Do you have any favorite cruelty free brands?
Any recommendations for a great cruelty free night time face moisturizer?

This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase using one of the links I will earn a very small commission that I will use to pay for the hosting of this blog. I purchased all items in this post myself, nothing in here was sponsored or gifted. 



  1. May 19, 2016 / 8:41 am

    I don’t buy many name brand health/beauty products. I am going to have to check out which Dollar General Beauty (DGB for short) products are cruelty free!

    I know you don’t watch Survivor, but this season, there was a very lovable character named Tai who is a gardener and loves ALL living things. Well they got two chickens to start off the season. They ate one, which of course Tai cried. The second one, Tai named Mark, and Mark became like the pet of the camp. Mark would do tricks and hang out with everyone and even let Tai hold him in his lap and pet him. It was the sweetest, most strangest thing I have ever seen on Survivor. Yes, Mark the chicken made it to Day 39 (last day of the game) and then they let him go free. He probably got eaten by an animal that not but eh that’s the circle of life, right? Yes, I cried when Tai said goodbye to Mark.

    • Kristina
      May 19, 2016 / 9:52 pm

      Awwww I would have bawled watching Tai say goodbye to Mark. I got teary eyed just reading your comment! That’s so sad!

      I just did a quick Google search and it looks like Dollar General carries a few cruelty free beauty brands – LA Colors and Wet N Wild were two I saw pop up.

      • May 20, 2016 / 10:46 am

        lol I love those names! Thanks for checking for me! 🙂

  2. May 19, 2016 / 9:52 am

    Thanks for posting this! I want to try the c. Booth lotion, it sounds amazing!

    • Kristina
      May 19, 2016 / 9:52 pm

      You won’t be disappointed!

  3. May 19, 2016 / 10:56 am

    I don’t buy many beauty supplies as you can imagine lol but I 100% admire how much you do for animals. Of everyone was this aware we would have a much better world.

    • Kristina
      May 19, 2016 / 9:52 pm

      Hahahaha 🙂

  4. May 19, 2016 / 11:58 am

    I read your original cruelty free brands posts, and this was a nice follow up! I primarily eat vegetarian (I’m not strict about it..if we go to someone’s house and they serve me meat, I will eat it) because of environmental and animal-welfare issues. I definitely think it’s an important thing to think about, and any steps we can make to improve animal-welfare (including supporting cruelty free brands!) is great! 🙂

    • Kristina
      May 19, 2016 / 9:58 pm

      Welcome back to blogging and CONGRATS on your PR!

  5. May 19, 2016 / 3:01 pm

    I don’t use any moisturizers or anything even though I probably should. I do use Dr. Bronner’s soap for both my soap and shampoo. It’s cruelty free and I really like it a lot. Thanks for all of the beauty tips.

    • Kristina
      May 19, 2016 / 10:00 pm

      I am going to try Dr. Bronners! It’s always occurred to me that body wash and shampoo could be the same thing. A few times I’ve run out of body wash and used shampoo and everything seemed okay! 🙂

  6. May 19, 2016 / 7:43 pm

    I like Nexxus a lot; my mom stocks it in her guest bathroom so I always use it when I visit her! I’m glad you followed-up on products you’re liking that are cruelty free!

    • Kristina
      May 19, 2016 / 10:03 pm

      That’s such a nice touch for guests!

      I was really skeptical about Nexxus when I first got the shampoo. As a marketer every time I see random ingredients like flax seed oil thrown into beauty products I wonder if there is really any benefit. My hair does feel really smooth when I use it though!

  7. May 19, 2016 / 8:26 pm

    Because my skin is so sensitive i use Nature’s gate Acai moisturizer and Jason’s makes a good shampoo and conditioner.
    I like Nexxus, but it is a bit $$, I alternate brands to try to make things more affordable.

    • Kristina
      May 19, 2016 / 10:03 pm

      Thanks for the suggestions about Nature’s Gate and Jason’s! I saw Jason’s shampoo and conditioner but I had not ever heard of the brand before so I was unsure. I’ll have to give both a try. I like to alternate brands as well, variety is the spice of life!