Sean and I are heading off to Florida next week to stay with family, and this will be the first trip I’ve taken whilst fully committed to cruelty-free products.
As it’s summer holiday (and soon festival) season, I thought I’d put together a little round-up of the bits I’ve picked up and some recommendations for cruelty-free holiday essentials and travel-sized minis.
Suncream | I’m so pale a high-factor sun cream is essential for me, even on a rare sunny day in England! I picked up Superdrug’s own-brand Solait Suncream for £4.49 (buy one get one 1/2 price), they have a great range of different factors and products like after-sun. I spotted a cruelty-free label on Bondi Sands Suncream in Boots, but personally couldn’t justify the price tag, they start at £10.99 each.
Dental Hygiene | I usually travel with a mini toothpaste and mouth wash, I like to be able to brush my teeth on the plane! Superdrug’s own-brand came through again with Pro Care Mini Mouthwash (£1.50) and mini tooth paste. These are £1 each, or their travel minis are 3 for 2.
Hair Care | I’ve recently dyed my hair a brighter blonde and use toner a couple of times a week to keep it from going brassy. I picked up a Mini Provoke Touch of Silver Shampoo (£1.50) for our trip, which is the brand I use at home. It’s inexpensive and does the job. I haven’t bothered buying any other hair care bits as we’ll have access to them, but Superdrug’s Own-Brand mini Shampoo and Conditioner (£1.50 each) is cruelty-free, and cult-fave brand Batiste do a Mini Dry Shampoo for £1.50. Great for festivals, camping or city breaks this summer as well as popping in your gym bag / handbag.
Deodorant | The only brand of cruelty-free deodorant I’ve tried so far is Soft & Gentle, so I’m packing their 0% Aluminium Roll-On Antiperspirant (£2.00) It smells fresh and lasts all day, needed in 30 degrees!
Body Care | This week I picked up Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Mousse in Medium (£19.95) to prep my pasty legs for my cousins wedding this weekend. I’d heard rave reviews about this brand by tanning icon Jules Von Hep, and it hasn’t disappointed! It’s colour correcting so gives you a natural glow (not orange!) and doesn’t smell of biscuits like some self tanner, plus it’s easy to apply if you’re inexperienced like me. I’ll definitely be using this to give myself some colour before I have to put on a swimsuit! I don’t need to pack any other body care products for Florida, but have a couple of suggestions. For past trips I’ve purchased a Mini Original Source Shower Gel (£1.50) - these smell great and are vegan! Superdrug also offer own-brand cruelty-free shower gels. To freshen up on long flights, Yes to Cucumbers Facial Wipes (£3.99) are leaping-bunny approved and if you’re a germaphobe like me, Soap & Glory Hand Sanitiser (£2.50) is a must have for planes/airports/life in general.
If you’re heading off on holiday and have been struggling to find a cruelty-free option, I hope this post has been useful! I still think that there are quite limited resources on. products that are available in England.
Even if you’re not committed to only buying cruelty-free beauty, perhaps you could challenge yourself for your next trip away, and switch your summer essentials out for some of these bunny-friendly alternatives!