Cruelty-Free Hand Soaps

There are two “home” things that always make me excited for the season to change, and with the passing of yet another Ground Hog’s Day (Here in the U.S.) I thought it’d be a great time to invite spring into my home. The two “home” things I LOVE more than anything are:

  1. Candles
  2. Hand Soap

So, I don’t have any new cf candles at the moment, I’m on a hunt. If you have any to recommend leave a comment below. I’m in dire need of new scents/companies that are cf!

This means that I have some new hand soaps that I love! ❤

I recently ran out of my YesTo hand soaps, (which were amazing! I’ll do a review about those soon) and I wanted to try another brand. While I was shopping at Target the other day, I stumbled across the Seventh Generation selection. I’m currently into anything that is citrus scented. This is mostly because I’ve been sick and the idea of clean citrus makes me feel a little better.

I bought two on this trip. One for our master bathroom and another for the kitchen.

They’re both 12fl oz.; The orange colored one is Mandarin, Orange, and Grapefruit scented. Its great! Not overpowering at all, such a light and fresh scent. The blue one is more anti-bacterial (but not harsh and stripping) and has a lemon grass & tea tree scent. I’ve been LOVING tea tree scents since I purchased the BodyShop face wash so this makes me very happy 😀 This is also a nice and light scent, not too overwhelming.

So far, I’d recommend this soap (in these two scents at least). It leaves a nice, clean feeling without being drying. It also lathers extremely well, which I love because it actually looks like its cleaning better. They were both only $3 USD at my local target. I think thats a great price for a more natural and good quality hand soap.

I hope you found this helpful! Are there any hand soaps that you just LOVE? Oh, and do you have any cf candles recommendations?

Speak to you soon,

-Dianna ❤

What Is Lurking Under Your Kitchen Sink?

There might be a monster under your sink…. And no, it is not my adorably cute cat who was hiding in a bag of clothes! (Don’t worry, this little kitty was not taken to Good Will with the jeans that were two sizes too small 😀 )

Hiding Velvet

 

Actually, the monster may be your home cleaners! Gasp! I must be out of my mind, right? I really wish I was (only in this instance lol)

When I decided to go CF I didn’t want to just stop at my makeup/beauty purchases. I wanted to make a point to go as CF as I possibly could. For me, that means my household cleaning supplies were on the chopping block. Things like floor cleaner and window spray are often forgotten, but they are tested on animals too. Whether your CF journey includes changing your cleaning supplies or not, it’s up to you (and those who live in your home). I just wanted to create this post for all of those who either hadn’t thought about CF home cleaners or don’t know where to begin!

I do not buy cleaning supplies when I’m at my mother’s house. However, I will be moving into a new apartment soon and need to gather some cleaning supplies of my own. I had already purchased most of my supplies before going CF (My mom and I went bulk shopping at the beginning of the summer) so a lot of my CF household shopping will not happen for quite some time. I will use up my non-CF cleaners and then start buying new CF versions 🙂

Until then, I thought I would help out those of you who want to clean your house with a clear conscience!

In honor of currently watching an old episode of MythBusters on Netflix I thought I would “debunk some myths” about CF household cleaners!

MYTH / TRUTH

  • CF cleaners are expensive and I just don’t have the money for the switch! 
    • There are SO many cheap CF cleaning brands (like Method brand) that can be purchased for around the same price (or cheaper) as name brand non-CF cleaners. To not break the bank on the switch, try to slowly go CF (one product at a time). Also, websites like iHerb.com sell a lot of CF products (and non-CF) for discounted prices.

Example: Target.com

(all images below belong to either Target or the brand in question, I do not own any of the below images)

Non-CF Cleaner

Non-CF Lysol

Lysol Lemon Breeze All Purpose Cleaner 32 oz. = $6.99 online price 

(around $0.22 per oz)

CF Cleaner

CF CLeaner

Seventh Generation Disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner 26oz. = 3.19 online price

(around $0.12 per oz)

  • Most CF cleaners are more natural and I don’t think that natural cleaners can do the job right!
    • Unnecessarily harsh chemicals are not good for anyone involved, and a lot of natural cleaning products use as little of those as possible (Just enough to get the job done) to keep you clean and safe. However, when in doubt, go to the customer reviews. People who have already used these products will tell you the facts, whether good or bad. If everyone likes (or dislikes) a certain product, you probably will feel the same!
  • CF cleaners are hard to find and aren’t sold in stores near me!
    • Look no further than your local target (for example), or grocery store. CF cleaners are closer than you think (right next to your favorite non-CF brand most of the time!) You just have to know what brands to look for. Method brand, for example, is sold at my local target and Publix (the best grocery store in FL) It is also sold online… what’s closer than your front door? You can search for CF cleaning brands on Leaping Bunny’s CF Shopping Guide, you just have to find your favorite one now!
  • I can’t remember all of the CF brands when I’m shopping on the go. I’ll end up buying a non-CF brand by accident anyway!
    • Have no fear, an app is here! Leaping Bunny has created an easy to use “Cruelty-Free” app for all of your forgetful, quick shopping needs. Available for both iPhones and Androids, this app provides the whole Leaping Bunny shopping guide wherever and whenever one would need it. Whether you want to search by company, or product (like household items) this thing has you covered! It’s a lifesaver and I think everyone should download it right now… go ahead… I’ll wait.

So, as you can see, finding and purchasing CF cleaners is not as difficult as you might have thought. It just takes a little research and effort, but it is VERY worth it in the end. Just think of all the animals you can help by making this little change around your home. I hope this post has helped you in your cruelty-free cleaning endeavors! 😀

-Dianna ❤

Questions: Do you use, or are thinking of using CF cleaning products for your home? Did you believe any of the myths above before this post? What do you think about going CF when it comes to household products? Did you download the Leaping Bunny app yet?

YesTo Blueberries Shampoo and Conditioner- Review

Hi there 🙂

When I decided to go CF I went to google (didn’t we all??). Through “google-research” I found the Leaping Bunny shopping guide and went straight to the hair care section. I was running out of my current hair care supplies and I thought this would be a great time to start purchasing a new brand. I was using head & shoulders (my over dyed and processed hair needed something strong enough to clean it without stripping it of all it’s oils). I had seen the YesTo Carrots brand before, in my local Target, and when I saw that it was on the CF list I jumped on it.(It does help that the whole site was on discount! lol) I was going to do a mini haul and describe all of the items I bought from there but I decided to break it up instead. I wanted to give each item its own post! They really deserve it!

So after that long intro… Let’s get on with the review!

First, in case you have never seen YesTo products (you really are missing out!) Here are a couple pictures:

YesTo Hair Care YesTo BB Back

Please excuse the glare! The sun wanted to be extra shiny while I was taking pictures! Also, it doesn’t have a Bunny Logo (some of their products do, and some don’t) and that might scare some people but don’t worry! All of their products are CF and if you click the product link below you will see that the website says it is CF too! 🙂 Yay!

Like every other product, this shampoo and conditioner combo has some claims that I really wanted to be true. After I used it for quite some time and finished my conditioner bottle (It’s always the first to go!) I figured it would be a good time to reflect on the claims and see how accurate they truly are!

Product: YesTo Blueberries Healthy Hair Repair Shampoo & Conditioner  $15.99 on the YesTo Website

CLAIM ON BOTTLE        YES/NO/SORTA & MY ACTUAL OPINION

  1. Restores fullness & shine =  This is SORTA true… My hair did not feel limp or weighed down by this product at all so my natural fullness remained (I’m not sure if it would restore it or not… mine never went away). I have quite thick/full/frizzy/damaged hair due to genetics and years of hot tools, dying, and the hot Florida sun! I didn’t notice much extra shine added but I’ve never had much shine to begin with. This seems to be a case of you can’t restore what was never there I guess.
  2. Healthier-Looking Hair in 7 days = YES this is true! I noticed that my hair felt less frizzy, more nourished, and not greasy after application. I would say this claim is 100% true for me and my hair type! My hair feels so clean but not stripped of all the moisture it so desperately needed. I love that!
  3. Reduced breakage = I can’t really answer this one…I, thankfully, don’t have much of an issue when it came to breakage but it did reduce my frizz problem! Since I don’t have extreme breakage issues I do not know if it really did what it claims!

Overall, I love this product and it does exactly what I need a shampoo & conditioner to do for my hair! It’s not too expensive and the smell is great (not too strong but leaves a subtle smell of natural goodness!) It does not have any harsh chemicals that will further damage your lovely locks or the environment. It does what it says it will and I will be repurchasing this product. I also like the packaging. It is easy to dispense and looks cute (that is always a plus in my book!)

Cruelty-Free Confidence says yes to the YesTo brand!

Look for other YesTo reviews coming soon and don’t forget to check out their website! It is filled with CF goodies. Let me know what you thought of this review below: Good or Bad?

-Dianna ❤

Questions: Have you tried any YesTo products? What was your first CF purchase? What products do you want reviews of? How are you doing today? 🙂

 

*I am in NO way paid, sponsored, or asked to do this review by YesTo or any other company/person. All of the posts are my own original material and I ask that if you would like to use anything on Cruelty-free Confidence give the blog credit within your post. Thanks 😀