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The Ultimate Guide to a Cruelty-Free Shower Routine

by Suka Junin

Jul 9, 2021

Are you looking for more ways to implement cruelty-free products into your lifestyle? Take it to the bathroom! From body wash to toothpaste, there’s an abundance of body care products that are now Leaping Bunny certified. Let us show you the way on how it’s possible to have a completely cruelty-free shower routine.

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Hair

If you’re looking to restore your hair to its former glory, Hask’s Argan Oil Repairing Shampoo might do the trick. With moisturizing argan oil, this shampoo gets deep into the hair shaft to clean the most damaged of strands. The repairing properties of this shampoo is best suited for dry or color-treated hair. While it's effective in cleaning, the shampoo is still gentle enough to leave the hair silky-soft and glossy.

As the saying goes, go big or go home – and big volume is what you’ll get with Acure’s Vivacious Volume Conditioner. When massaged throughout wet hair, the conditioner’s properties boosts fine and limp strands to provide the volume. Apart from that, the conditioner also gives your locks some lightweight hydration for healthier-looking hair. With the addition of mint and echinacea, you’ll be left with a fresh and minty feeling as you step out of the shower.

While shampoo and conditioner do a fine job in keeping your hair clean and healthy, a hair mask can be beneficial every now and then. Eva NYC's Therapy Session Hair Mask deeply conditions, hydrates and smooths hair that are in need of some TLC. Indulge in this makeshift spa time and let the creamy mask sit in for several minutes. At the end of it, your hair and scalp will thank you.

Face & Body

Fancy yourself a little vacation? A lather of this gel will have you believing you’re in the middle of a Mediterranean orange grove. Apart from its delectable scent of mandarin juice, Lush’s Olive Branch Shower Gel helps brighten and tone. Olive oil and vine leaf are also added, which makes for softer and silkier skin. You won’t find any synthetic preservatives for this gel to stay fresh either, as it’s self-preserving. Their recyclable bottles are even thinner than ever to keep as much plastic out of landfill.

Squeaky clean is good, but not when your skin is left feeling dried out. Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Bar Soap moisturizes using only organic oils and plant-based ingredients. As it’s vegan and all-natural, it’s produced without any synthetic preservatives, detergents, or foaming agents. Add some water and the bar soap will produce a rich lather that is suitable for sensitive skin. Wrapped in 100% post-consumer recycled paper, its packaging is fully biodegradable as well.

When it comes to face wash, you’ll want one that cleans thoroughly without stripping your skin of moisture. Ursa Major’s Fantastic Face Wash is a concentrated type of face wash that foams when applied to the face. Although it delivers an invigorating cleanse, as well as an AHA exfoliation, it won’t mess with your skin’s pH balance. Its ingredients list includes coconut-derived surfactants, lemon, white tea, rice seed, and sugarcane, which work together for healthy and brighter skin.

After a day of full-faced makeup, it can feel relieving to remove it. Before stepping into the shower, wipe away the makeup with Garnier’s SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water. This line has a wide range of products to suit different skin types, however their All-in-1 Cleanser is suitable for sensitive skin due to its gentle formula. The formula is also powerful enough to remove the toughest of makeup with a few wipes and gentle rubbing.

Oral Care

While it’s pricier than other toothpaste brands, Tom’s of Maine is Leaping Bunny certified – and isn’t that all that matters? The Simply White toothpaste range uses naturally derived silicas that whitens and removes surface stains. Thanks to this, it’s the only toothpaste to earn the ADA Seal. Without the need of bleaching chemicals, you can have naturally-whitened teeth. Complete the set by purchasing the brand’s line of toothbrushes, which are made from renewable castor oil plants and fully-recyclable through TerraCycle! 

For super fresh breath, try Desert Essence’s Natural Refreshing Mouthwash. It’s formula is sugar and alcohol-free and contains Pure Australian Eco-Harvest® Tea Tree Oil, as well as aloe. In addition to the sweet flavor of spearmint oil, this mouthwash aims to care for your teeth and gums while using the most natural ingredients possible. 

Hair removal

Take your usual waxing errand into the comfort of your own home. With Nad’s Original Hair Removal Gel Kit, you can have salon quality results. The kit includes the gel, 100% cotton washable and reusable strips, cleansing wipes, as well as Nad’s Soothing Body Balm for after hair removal skincare. The gel doesn’t require heat to apply – it will smooth onto the skin using body heat instead. If you’re new to waxing at home and made a mistake with application, you can simply rinse it off with water and try again. 

Waxing isn’t for everyone and if you prefer a classic shave, Kiss My Face’s Moisture Shave Cream is one to have. The lavender shea scented formula gives a velvety close shave, which also effectively moisturizes. Packed inside, you’ll find nuances of botanicals including goldenseal, lemongrass, and aloe, as well as natural ingredients like vitamin E and olive oil. It’s also a 4-in-1 cream formula that smoothes, hydrates, soothes, and softens.  

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Suka Junin

Suka is a writer with a passion for creating content around all things makeup, beauty, and skincare. With one article at a time, she’s keen in making a difference through her writing by promoting clean and sustainable living.

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