A look into beauty, that doesn't harm our furry friends
Inspired by fellow cruelty-free blogger Brianna from Cruelty Free Me, I decided to start up a series she invented over on her blog. This to That will be a series of posts that show a type of product with cruelty free alternatives. For example, Brianna already wrote posts about nail polish, heat protecting spray, and a nude waterline pencil- make sure to go check them out here.
For my first post in this series, I wanted to touch on the ever-so-popular facial wipes: AKA- lazy girl towel. We all have those days, where we don’t want to stand hunched over the bathroom sink, using all different kinds of products to either remove makeup or wash our face. I mean, it’s definitely BETTER to be thorough, but some days you just have to cut yourself some slack, right? Ever since I’ve stepped foot back in the workplace after probably a 4 year hiatus, I’ve adapted myself into the ritual of coming home and wanting to get the makeup off my face ASAP… all while sprawled across the couch. (Also a good tip- don’t just start your night routine right before you go to bed, get the makeup off your face ASAP at least!) I wanted something simple and easy to get my makeup off with a couple swipes (even mascara), and I turned to the Simple Skincare Cleansing Facial Wipes. It was probably 8 months ago when I purchased my first pack, after first stepping into the cruelty-free world and trying to understand if a brand does animal testing or not. Then after my move from HK to the US, I noticed Simple Skincare was available at my grocery store, along with Target. Yet, I couldn’t remember where I read that stated the brand was cruelty free. So, with 8-months of experience in dealing with researching companies that are/are not cruelty free, I turned to the internet to find my answers. Usually, this is just going to the brand’s FAQ page and searching either “animal testing” or “cruelty free”. A few clicks later, I discovered Simple Skincare is owned by Unilever, and their cruelty free statement follows:
It’s great that there are companies that are trying to help countries that require animal testing reconsider such a stance, but standing behind the “unless required by law” phrasing is just kinda BS to me. L’Occitaine makes the same statement, but I don’t understand the importance of opening up their products to a market that goes against their values. But in short, Simple Skincare along with Unilever are not cruelty free brands. And so my search for cruelty free facial wipes began!
There are quite a few cruelty free options available, it just requires a little research to know you’re getting a safe product. I found myself in “need” of The Body Shop’s Colour Crush Shine lipsticks, and after putting them in my online cart I decided I wanted to get my total to at least $50 to qualify for free S&H. Lucky for me, The Body Shop has a couple options for facial towelettes, and I just decided to haul a bunch to meet my total. They do have a couple different versions of facial wipes, from cleansing to helping acne prone skin, but I went with the Vitamin E to help me with my initial makeup removal step. Once I received my package, I promptly tried one and was pleasantly surprised. The Body Shop’s version isn’t as “wet” as Simple Skincare’s, but it still removed the majority of my makeup, including regular mascara, eyebrow wax, and lipstick. I’ve actually shared these with my husband too (he gets a lil’ oily throughout the day), and he is a huge fan of the scent. There is always some sort of deal going on at The Body Shop, whether B2G3F or some percentage of a discount. The Vitamin E packs retail at $15 USD each, with 25 towelettes in each pack.
If The Body Shop isn’t what you’re craving, there are a few other options out there for you! From the title image that started this post, were you able to spot the brands that are cruelty free? Check the following image to see if you’re right or not:
Kat Von D has a wipe aimed towards makeup removal- I actually have a sample of these from a Sephora order, but I’m waiting for one day when I travel to use the travel-sized packet. Another popular brand is Josie Maran, having products geared towards her holy grail ingredient, Argan Oil. Her Bear Naked Wipes claim to cleanse and remove makeup, without any fragrance or parabens (woot woot!). If you’re a fan of Burt’s Bees, they have a line of facial wipes too that you can check out, easily available at Target and quite a few drugstores. I also just stumbled across a cleansing wipe from Giovanni while I was at Marshall’s, which is fantastic news since they are Leaping Bunny certified. As for the other wipes in the image above, they are not cruelty free brands! *kicks them to the curb*
Hopefully this post was helpful to you in some way! I’m really looking forward to adding more posts to this series. If you know any other cruelty-free facial/cleansing wipes, I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!