Reviews

Body butters

 

One of my favorite body butters is Shea Butter, by The Body Shop. It is thick so it can be hard work to rub it in, but applying straight after your shower helps. It has quite a strong fragrance, but it is a perfume type smell rather than a “fruit” smell (if you prefer to smell of mango or strawberries then they have butters that will do that for you too!).

Shea butter claims 48 hr hydration, which is about right for this product. By nature, body butters work best on very dry skin. Some of the lighter butters, like pink grapefruit (LOVE the smell of this range) will only last for 24 hours; but you might prefer that in the Summer. In winter, I use the cocoa butter because it is even richer than the shea, and it has a chocolate-like fragrance that you can get away with for the Holidays. For a truly exotic experience try Moringa; or British Rose for it’s timeless tradition.

The Body Shop is a cruelty-free brand; but you should be aware that it is owned by L’Oreal, which is not (check out my blog for the inside scoop).

Butters are available in three sizes; 1.69 fl oz, 6.7 oz and 13.5 oz. The biggest size costs around $21.

For the full range go directly to The Body Shop website – discounts are often available to new customers. You can also pick up The Body Shop products on Amazon and eBay – but you probably won’t find the full range. Also, especially on eBay, you may have no guarantee that the products haven’t been sitting around on warehouse shelves for months on end.

Brushes

Cruelty free beauty doesn’t stop with the products we use – it also extends to how we apply them. “Real bristle” or “natural” makeup up brushes used to sound like the best option – but when you stop to think about it, if you wouldn’t wear a mink coat, why would you use animal fur to apply your makeup? “Real bristle” can include horse hair, goat hair, and even squirrel hair – all of which are obtained with no regard for animal welfare (many come from low-income countries, where employees are paid by volume).  In the case of horse or “pony” hair, it is usually obtained from animals as a bi-product of the meat trade.

Do synthetic makeup brushes work?

Yes! I remember being told during a makeup lesson that synthetic brushes are no good for mineral makeup, because the “hairs” are smooth and don’t hold powder. However, that argument is no longer valid, at least not for the brand that I recommend: Furless brushes. The clever people at Furless crimp the synthetic hairs on their brushes so that they hold powder just like animal fur – what’s more, the synthetic fibers don’t dry out like natural ones, meaning that your brushes last longer and don’t become rough or scratchy.

Furless brushes come in a myriad of shapes, sizes and colors, so there really is something for everyone – single brushes start around $12, with a good basic brush set costing around $80. They ship worldwide and are certified cruelty free by PETA.