My Favourite Ethical Beauty Products & Where to Find Them

Vegan, cruelty free, organic beauty products. Does that even exist? The answer is- yes!

There are so many different beauty products in the market, it can be hard to know which one’s to pick, if like me you’re trying to be a ‘conscious consumer’.

The questions I try and ask before I buy my cosmetics are:

  • Are there any harmful chemicals in it?
  • Has it been tested on animals?
  • Has it got animal fats/ bi-products in it?

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It’s a complete midfield, and it can be really hard to know what exactly is going into products, as companies do a lot of clever branding to make you believe their products are ‘natural’, which often makes you think they’re going to be: organic, free of harmful chemicals, cruelty free etc. So it’s really up to you to research products if you too want to become a ‘conscious consumer’.

The products listed below are mostly vegan, cruelty free and free from toxic chemicals. The additional benefit to these brands is that because they think of their impact on animals and on your health, they also tend to consider their environmental impact, and are made from recyclable materials and/or carbon offset their business.

Click on the links to find out more about each individual product and to learn more about what the companies are about and what exactly is going into them.

To understand more about the dangers of toxic chemicals in your beauty products check out my article on Clean Non Toxic Beauty.

  1. Babe Balm, Bybi, £18

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2. Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick, SpaceNK, £42.00

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3. Hourglass bronzer, SpaceNK,£45.00 

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4. Aveda smooth infusion conditioner & shampoo, Aveda, £22.00 /£19.50

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5. Aesop parsley seed toner & cleanser, Aesop, £27 

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6. Body Shop Himilayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Face Mask, Body Shop, £17.00

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7. Aesop Facial Exfoliant Paste, Aesop, £35

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8. Cowshed Spearmint Sea Salt Body Scrub, Cowshed, £40.00

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9. Aesop Marrakech Intense Eau de Toilette, Aesop, £60

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10. Body Shop Shea Butter, Body Shop, £15

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11. Le Labo Oud, Liberty, £120.00

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12. Dr. Organic Tea tree oil blemish stick, Holland & Barrett, £4.99

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13. Ilia Multi-Stick, Net-A-Porter, £30

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14. Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Monday – Sunday Bamboo Muslin Cloths, Aurelia, £24.00

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15. Cover FX Cream Concealer, Selfridges, £24.00

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Where to shop…

Cruelty free beauty products can be really hard to source and sales people aren’t always knowledgeable of the products they’re selling, and rarely do they want to admit their products are tested on animals and/or contain animal products.  The following websites make it easy to understand what exactly you’re buying.

Learn more about cruelty free and vegan cosmetics by checking out the following websites:

 

Istanbul Soho House

 

Istanbul Soho House, beautiful decor, amazing facilities and a fantastic location..

We stayed at Soho House Istanbul, for a long weekend in July.

This is one the groups largest houses, it operates as a hotel / spa and a private members club.

The costs.. We opted for a Tiny Room, which at the time was an unbeatable €80  per night.

Non-member rates for a Tiny Room range from €225 to €240

And if you’re going all out, The Playroom will cost you between €1000 to €1200 per night

What I LOVED…

  • Beautiful design
  • The Turkish breakfast was OUT OF THIS WORLD!
  • Convenient location, close to shops, restaurants, metro links
  • Guests staying at the hotel get full access to the club which is located right next door
  • The wonderful Cowshed goodies in the room
  • Hair dryer and straighteners can be found in the bathroom
  • Great TV selection, I know, I know these things shouldn’t matter, you’re on holiday, but we know they do!

Cowshed Spa

We booked various treatments at Cowshed felt and found the staff to be kind, professional and the treatments were just as I would expect from any of the other Cowshed Spas.

Book the Traditional Turkish Hamman Experience; leave feeling pampered and squeaky clean!

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Where to Eat

Cecconis- All my friends laugh at  me, as I’m OBSESSED with Cecconis, whichever city I’m in, I hunt it down: Miami, LA, Berlin, London and now Istanbul.

Everything about this restaurant is delicious, the food, the scenery, the Peach Capirinhas’s…

My love for Italian food has no end, even in what I can only imagine is the epicentre of Turkish Food I managed to eat at Cecconi’s twice throughout my stay!

This beautiful courtyard restaurant attracts the uber glam crowd of Istanbul, I recommend making a reservation in advance and dressing to impress.

Where to Visit

There is so much to see in this bustling city, and I’m probably guilty of spending too many hours on the roof working on my tan, and not as much time as I could of exploring!

But here are a few of the places I did get round to seeing.

  • Sultanahmet (The Blue Mosque)
  • Hagia Sophia
  • Süleymaniye (the Magnificent)
  • The Grand Bazar

Please note, during times of prayer you won’t be allowed to go inside the Mosques, but you can still walk around the outside and take in the magnificent Ottoman architecture which the city is famous for.

 

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