My Favorite Cruelty Free Products - Hair Care, Body and Other

My last post was all about switching over to natural and cruelty free personal care products. For the next few posts I’m going to let you know which products I use and love.

Hair Care

Finding a decent cruelty free and non-toxic shampoo and conditioner was a freaking saga. I tried so many that left my hair flat and greasy. I have seriously tried over 10 brands. And a few times when I had FINALLY found a brand I liked...they changed the formula. This actually happened to me twice with two different brands.

Finally, I have settled on Giovanni. It’s not the greenest product out there but the quality is light years ahead of the other brands. In addition, they have an entire hair care line, not just shampoo and conditioner. I use the Golden Wheat Shampoo and Smooth and Silk Conditioner. I’ve also tried the Leave In Conditioner and Frizz Be Gone serum. Dave uses their gel.

The other great thing about Giovanni products is that they’re widely available. Most health foods carry them and you can find them in the ‘Natural Foods’ section at Loblaws stores.

Body/Other Products

One of my all time favorite brands is Green Beaver. They are a Canadian company started by two biochemists. They are committed to making completely non-toxic products and use almost all Canadian and organic ingredients. I was using their shampoo/conditioner until they changed formulas. I wasn’t crazy about the new formula, but give it a try. I currently use their body moisturizer, sunscreen and deodorant. It is really hard to find an all natural sun screen that isn’t thick and pasty but theirs goes on nice and smooth and doesn’t leave a white film.

I used Green Beaver’s mint toothpaste for a long time but after developing a cavity my dentist recommended that I switch back to a toothpaste with fluoride. So I’m now using Jason’s PowerSmile with fluoride.

Comments

So good to know there are kindred spirits out there who know what it's like to search for chemical-free, cruelty-free and enviro-friendly products! I'm a fan of Giovanni also (after trying many others) but have been preferring Desert Essence lately (only because it's a little less pricey.) Desert Essence's Coconut Shampoo and Conditioner smells awesome and makes my hair pretty happy. :) Thanks for the helpful links about cruelty-free companies! Are you familiar with the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database at all? I've referred to it a lot in my search for different products. http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ They don't have everything, but you can create your own report if you're curious about the ingredients in a particular product. I also try to support Green Beaver as much as possible - I used their new sunscreen all summer, and could not live without their deodorant, facial moisturizer and eye make-up remover. :) (I went through the same thing with non-fluoride toothpaste too - am now back to using Jason with fluoride.)

Ohh, I'll have to try Dessert Essence, thanks for the suggestion!

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