I've begun switching to cruelty-free products where I can and I thought I would let you all know what I was using and how it was going. I discovered a natural food store a few miles away that has a pretty good range of natural and cruelty-free health/beauty products).
I've been using Alba Botanica products, specifically the Sea Lettuce Cleansing Milk and the Sea Moss Moisturizer. I like both products. I wasn't thrilled with the cleanser at first, but I had also just moved to a new climate so I think my skin needed to adjust. They are pretty reasonably priced (about $10 for the cleanser and $17 for the moisturizer).
Kiss My Face is a great cruelty-free brand because it's pretty easy to find. I just bought my second tube of the Triple Action Aloe Vera toothpaste. It's very minty – but good mint, not fake mint. I'm not picky about toothpaste so anything that makes my mouth feel clean makes me happy. This about $4 or $5.
I haven't switched any make-up yet but most of it already consists of free Clinique samples anyway. Clinique is a cruelty-free company which makes me very happy. I don't love their skincare line, but I do like their makeup, especially their eye make-up.
For haircare I definitely recommend Paul Mitchell products. My hairdresser introduced me to their Super Skinny line a few years ago and I was hooked. Unfortunately, my budget won out a little more often than not and I only really splurged for the serum, but I also like the shampoo and conditioner. If you are like me and one of your goals in life is to have straight hair, the Super Skinny products are a must have. But I'm sure they have products for your particular hair goals as well.
And here is where my new addiction comes in: method. I was first introduced to method when I was in San Francisco – one of my roommates worked there and would constantly bring home products to try-out on our (rather filthy) apartment). But when I returned to Michigan, I continued to use my toxic cleaners. Then I moved down here and decided that they all needed to be replaced with method products. I now have the laundry detergent, toilet-bowl cleaner, dish soap, hand soap, and all-purpose cleaner. They work great and smell great. I can't wait to get more and they actually make me enjoy cleaning a little bit. They are very affordable and available at Target. They are great for the environment and animals. If you need more convincing, check out the method lust blog for a real addict's experiences.
And in my final animal-related news. Due to the aforementioned family drama, I am now the proud owner of the family dog, Mikaila (which everyone in our family spells differently…). She's flying down on Friday night and I'm very excited to have her again. We're going to see how she likes the beach this weekend. This is where I'd normally post a picture, but I don't seem to have one on this computer…