My Favorite Cruelty-free Skincare Products (for Mama and Baby)

Minimalist wardrobes. Zero-waste packaging. DIY skincare. Such things interest me, but alas, one will never see me taking up a no-spend challenge. There is a whole planet of eco-conscious, vegan, cruelty-free, and natural brands that needs exploring. Products that need testing…by me!

I can’t say that the journey has been arduous –on the contrary, it’s been really fun trying new products — nonetheless, it has been long. And coming from someone who has very little brand loyalty, I can safely say that I have finally found skincare products and companies that I can feel great about purchasing from and supporting.


Boo Boo B Gone by Butter Me Up Organics

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting the radiant creator and owner of Butter Me Up Organics: A Modern Apothecary, Jillian Haddad, who makes lady bossing look just so fun. Her products embody everything that is ideal when it comes to consumerism: organic, effective, cruelty-free, zero waste, and plant-based.

Jillian introduced me to one of her personal favorites, Boo Boo B Gone, when I mentioned a stubborn diaper rash that my son had at the time. The endless globs of diaper rash creme that I was applying to Lionel’s raw bottom for the past week were to no avail. However, with just a thin layer of Boo Boo B Gone, the miracle balm proved its effectiveness immediately, and the rash was gone the next day. Since then, the whole family has been using it for our various boo boo’s, and just like that, they B gone.


Sun Bum Face Lotion SPF 50

Most of the sunblock lotions that I’ve tried have required some elbow grease when applying. They take ages to absorb and leave a white cast behind.

Sun Bum Face Lotion, on the other hand, is lightweight, non greasy and absorbed easily. I apply it on myself and my son, making sure to include our hair line and eyebrows.


Wet n Wild MegaPlump Waterproof Mascara

You can consider me heavily mascara-dependent. I never feel quite myself when I need to leave the house without mascara. It’s taken a lot of trial and error to find a cruelty-free mascara that didn’t cause my lashes to droop.

Wet n Wild MegaPlump Waterproof Mascara seems to be the only cruelty-free mascara that will work on my stick-straight lashes. If you also share in my plight of stubborn, hard-to-curl eyelashes, look for the waterproof formula.

Pure Rosehip Oil by Poppy Austin

While I was on the hunt for a new face moisturizer, I stumbled upon rosehip oil. I couldn’t resist trusting the rave reviews and before-and-after photos of people who swear by this product.

Two drops of this rosehip oil by Poppy Austin was all it took before I uttered the words, “game changer.” The oil has transformed the texture of my skin and even serves as a wonderful, smoothing makeup base. It melts into the skin without any greasiness or lingering fragrance. It’s luxurious while remaining light.

Here’s hoping you enjoyed the reviews and my experiences with the products. Please share your cruelty-free favorites!

Becoming a Mother Changed my Ethics

My son is currently 19 and a half months old. The memories of my pregnancy are just a blur now. It’s true what they say; you really do forget! Yet there’s one thing that stands out. During my pregnancy, I was challenged to be compassionate. It’s difficult to describe; it was as if Lionel was nudging me from inside my belly saying, “Be kind.” Lionel’s soft reminders made me re-evaluate how I interacted with people and how I treated them. I also became increasingly sensitive towards animals and their welfare.


I’ve always loved animals, and I consider our doberman, Linus, a family member. However, I still didn’t make the connection that my lifestyle was harming animals.

About 6 months after Lionel was born, I came across a documentary called, Vegan: Everyday Stories. It really did me in. I wept through the entire thing. That day after my husband returned home from work, I recall telling him, “I’m going vegan. I don’t want to hurt animals anymore.”

By that point, I had already cut dairy out from my diet (for fear that Lionel might become gassy via my breast milk) and consumed meat occasionally. Thus, it wasn’t a big jump to veganism from a dietary standpoint. With the exception of cage-free eggs, Lionel and I enjoy a plant-based diet. We’re both flourishing and sparing animal lives.

Around this time, I felt like Lionel was nudging me yet again to examine my lifestyle choices. I was standing up for animals, but what else could I do and change to stand up for others who didn’t have a voice?


It was then that I discovered Dressember and became an advocate to help end modern day slavery by wearing a dress every day in December. Being a part of this movement opened by eyes to the “who” behind everything I purchased. Whenever possible, the items we purchase are cruelty-free, vegan, fair trade, and/or secondhand.

Becoming a parent truly turned my world upside down and has led me toward a more compassionate lifestyle. I have my baby boy to thank for that.