Cruelty-Free Skin & Hair Products That Won’t Break the Bank

Hi friends! I hope your week is going well and you’re getting super excited for the holidays! I know I am. If you follow my Instagram stories, you saw that Christmas exploded everywhere in our apartment, and I’m not even mad about it.

Since we’re coming off of Black Friday and Cyber Monday and running straight into gift-giving for the holidays, I thought I’d share a roundup of my favorite cruelty-free skin and hair products for you to try if you’re interested in cleaning up your beauty routine + saving some little bunnies and other animals from being poked and prodded just so we can have another anti-aging cream to add to our rotation.

Since I’m relatively new to the cruelty-free world, I’m sharing only 5 products with you but will definitely keep you posted on others I try down the line. Think of this as a cruelty-free starter kit. 😉

*Side note: these can all be purchased on Amazon!


Cruelty-Free Skin & Hair Products That Won’t Break the Bank

cocokind – $26

My friend Jenny told me about cocokind when I put out a product request on social media, and I’m so glad she did! I ordered the cocokind Collective set of three facial and lip treatments, and, so far, I’m loving them!


They’re all-natural, organic and cruelty-free and come with three sticks that serve various purposes! You have the MyMatcha for reducing under-eye puffiness + an all-over moisturizer, Turmeric for spot-treating blemishes and Macabeet for an all-natural cheek and lip tint. Another perk? It’s a female-run company. Girl power.

I think cocokind would be a great gift for your girlfriend or mom or even yourself! I have this gift set on my Christmas list. 😉

Alba – $10

This was a recommended product from a friend of mine who is also into natural skin care products, and I’ll admit to being the most hesitant to change my moisturizer.

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I breakout very easily and have tried many different products to try to keep the pimples at bay. I used to use Aveeno, but after discovering they aren’t a totally cruelty-free brand, I had to let it go and search elsewhere.

So far, I’m really loving this moisturizer! It’s light, but my skin drinks it up and the scent is somewhat floral, but very light, which was a must for me.

Shea Moisture – $16

A coworker recommended Shea Moisture, specifically the Curl & Shine. She has thicker, curlier hair, so I was worried this would weigh my hair down, but it hasn’t! It has a light, coconut scent and my hair has been noticeably smoother and less frizzy since using it. I’m excited to try their other products.

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J.R. Watkins – $10

Firstly, I purchased this lotion awhile ago without knowing it was cruelty-free, so I was super pleased to find that it was! I love this lotion, especially the light scent of honey and coconut milk. It’s incredibly moisturizing and my skin drinks it up. It does take a bit of work to massage it into your skin, but it’s worth it!

cruelty-free lotionPlus, it’s super affordable, which I love. I always have an eye out for a good bargain. 😉 This can be purchased on Amazon, but I surprisingly found it in my local grocery store!

Teddie Organics Golden Jojoba Oil – $10

I’m not sure where I heard about jojoba oil, but I purchased it a few months back to use as a supplemental facial moisturizer. It’s a bit waxy, so I moved away from putting it on my face and now use it for my cuticles! Just a couple of a drops on each hand before bed moisturizes my nailbeds like nothing else and ensures they’re nice and smooth the next morning.


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Picture cred: Amazon

It’s also a steal for the price, considering I’ve been using it about 3-4 times a week for the past several months. I’m also interested in trying rosehip seed oil. Has anyone used it?


I’m relatively new to making the switch from common hair and skincare products to cruelty-free, so I’m sure I’ll be discovering more products soon, but I have tried these products and love them all and would highly recommend them to anyone looking into cleaning up their hair and skincare routine.

Plus, they’d make for some nice stocking stuffers. 😉

In related news: does anyone out there have some insight on Burt’s Bees? I’ve used their products for years (I especially love the peppermint chapstick!), but I read an article this morning that they now sell and manufacture in China, which means impending animal-testing. Sad day. Here’s the article if you’re interested.

Question of the Day!

What’s your favorite beauty product? Do you shop for cruelty-free items before purchasing others?

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  1. November 29, 2017 / 1:10 pm

    Does the matcha stick work on reducing puffiness? With the holidays coming up, I’m always looking for a little extra help.

    I use rosehip seed oil as my moisturizer! It works really well for me! I use about 6 drops every morning and night on my face. It sinks in fast but is moisturizing without feeling greasy.

  2. November 30, 2017 / 7:29 am

    I had never heard of cocokind, but that sounds awesome! I will have to look for them. I occasionally wash my face with jojoba oil, I love how my skin feels after.

    • Kaitlyn @ Powered by Sass
      November 30, 2017 / 8:48 am

      Definitely look ’em up! I’m wearing their Macabeet as chapstick now! It’s super moisturizing with a little bit of tint. And jojoba oil is pretty great! I’ve never washed my face with it though. I wonder if it’d be good for an eye makeup remover?

What do you think?