iHerb is one of my favorite online destinations for cruelty-free beauty and personal care, so I’m excited to partner with iHerb to bring you this post. Here’s my latest haul from iHerb, featuring both beauty products and food products that have their own beauty use!
I often get questions asking me where to shop cruelty-free if you don’t live within the US. My answers is always iHerb, since they ship pretty much anywhere in the world. I’ve ordered from iHerb multiple times and I’ve always been happy with their service, and their express shipping is crazy fast.
Even if you live in the US, iHerb is a great alternative to mainstream drugstores, where about 90% of the products on the shelves are tested on animals. The main reason why I love iHerb is because it makes it easy to find cruelty-free brands for all my essentials (they stock everything from food to makeup to shampoo). They also have great prices and offer free shipping to the US.
Food Beauty Hacks
Making your own beauty products from kitchen staples can be a great way to ensure that your beauty routine is cruelty-free, not to mention that you can easily save money. It’s also a great way to ensure that your products are 100% natural and you’re not putting any harmful or toxic ingredients on your skin. In this post, I’m going to share 2 of my food beauty hacks using products you can find at iHerb.
Food Hack #1) Apple Cider Vinegar as a Toner
Apple Cider Vinegar has multiple health benefits when taken internally, but you can also use it as a facial toner as part of your beauty routine. It restores your skin’s natural pH, gets rid of excess oil, acts as a gentle exfoliant, and helps reduce sun spots and acne scars. If you’re acne-prone, it can also help heal and reduce active acne spots.
To make your own toner using Apple Cider Vinegar, you can use 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water. You simply swipe it all over your face using a cotton pad, every night after cleansing and before moisturizing. Since it has a low pH, it balances out the harshness of your cleanser and brings your skin’s pH level closer to its natural state. I always make sure to wear sunscreen during the day, especially if I’m using acidic products on my face.
The product I got is the Organic Apple Cider Vinegar from Jarrow ($4-5). It’s unfiltered and unpasteurized, meaning it contains the “vinegar mother” and provides all the benefits of apple cider vinegar.
Food Hack #2) Drinking Skin Detox Tea
My second food beauty hack is all about beauty from the inside out. Drinking tea is one of my favorite wellness rituals, so I love it when a tea also claims health and skin benefits. Yogi’s Skin Detox Tea ($3.88) contains a blend of herbs and plants to help your body detox, thus helping out your skin in the process.
It contains Rose Petal and Hibiscus, which are used in Ayurveda (Indian holistic medicine) to cool and soothe the skin. It also contains Green Tea, which is a powerful antioxidant, as well as Red Clover to promote cleansing.
If you’re too busy for this DIY approach, iHerb has you covered with pre-made beauty products that are natural, affordable, and cruelty-free.
The Beauty Products Haul
1. COOLA Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30
I’m happy to be trying the COOLA Mineral Sunscreen ($36) this spring. I always go for physical sunscreens and have found a few favorites, but this one has a great texture and dries matte with no white cast, which is seriously hard to find in a physical sunscreen. It has an SPF of 30 using only Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide.
2. Derma E Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin A Glycolic Toner
My skin really agrees with Vitamin A, so I picked up this Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin A Glycolic Toner ($11) from Derma E. In my experience, Vitamin A helps not only with fine lines but also with texture and acne. It also contains Glycolic Acid which is a mild exfoliant, plus Papaya Extract and Sea Kelp.
My only issue is that it contains fragrance, which I would rather pass on, but other than that all the ingredients look promising.
5. e.l.f. Mineral Infused Mascara
I’ve heard a lot of good things about the e.l.f. Mineral Infused Mascara ($3). The price tag is only $3 so it’s definitely one of the most affordable cruelty-free and vegan mascaras on the market. I’d love to try it out and give it a full review for you!
6. e.l.f. Eyebrow Kit in Light
I picked up the e.l.f. Eyebrow Kit in Light ($3) because you can’t go wrong with this price tag. I didn’t get it to use on my brows, but to use as a contour. The powder eyeshadow in the kit is an ashy light brown. I’ve used it once so far and it does seem to work great to contour fair skin.
7. EcoTools Bath & Shower Gloves
Last but not least, I got these Bath & Shower Gloves ($3) by EcoTools. EcoTools mainly makes great and affordable cruelty-free and vegan makeup brushes, but they also make other beauty tools. These gloves are exfoliating yet gentle, and I love that they’re made from recycled materials.
New To iHerb?
If you want to try iHerb, you can get $5 OFF your first order by clicking here to shop. I personally love them and they’re one of the best places to shop online if you’re looking for cruelty-free or natural products.
If you’re based outside the US, iHerb does offer international shipping. They have over 35,000 products and ship to 160 countries worldwide. They’re also a Google Trusted Store and their customer service team can help you in 10 different languages.
Thank you to iHerb for sponsoring this post.
Suzana Rose is the founder and editor-in-chief of Cruelty-Free Kitty. She loves using her creative energy to run her ethical businesses, and when she’s not working, you can find her thrifting cute clothes, listening to podcasts, or rewatching her favorite episodes of The Office.