In Part 1 of Supporting Cruelty-Free Companies, we discussed what it means to be “cruelty-free” and the obstacles consumers face when searching for such products. Today, we are going to share with you recommendations on how you can cultivate a cruelty-free medicine cabinet of your own.
Desert Essence offers cruelty-free and vegetarian personal care products that are made in the USA and easily found on store and pharmacy shelves. They also have a line of certified organic products. My favorite Desert Essence products include the Tea Tree Oil Dental Floss/Tape, Organic Jojoba Oil for moisturizing and makeup removal, Organic Tea Tree Oil for antiseptic and aromatherapy use, Thoroughly Clean Face Wash, and Natural Tea Tree Oil Toothpaste with the refreshing taste of fennel and no fluoride. As a bonus, natural toothpastes that are free of sodium lauryl sulfate like these are a great gentle option for people who suffer from oral canker sores or ulcers.
Eco-DenT makes vegan floss that is waxed with rice bran rather than beeswax. The packaging is economical and eco-friendly, containing 300 percent more floss per package than other brands and made of recyclable and biodegradable paper fiber. This company also sells a variety of other vegetarian and vegan dental care items, including TerrADent Replaceable Head Toothbrushes and toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth. None of Eco-Dent’s products contain sodium lauryl sulfate, aluminum, parabens, or artificial flavoring. These products are made in the USA can be found at health food stores nationwide and online.
Preserve is a company dedicated to providing eco-friendly products made from 100 percent recycled plastics and 100 percent post-consumer paper to make toothbrushes and razors among many other household items. Made in the USA, the products are never tested on animals and are made to last. The toothbrushes can be purchased in either a travel case or a “Mail Back Pack” that doubles as a return envelope with prepaid shipping. Toothbrushes can also be recycled via Preserve’s Gimme 5 program, which offers rewards redeemable through Recyclebank. Preserve products are available at Target, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and beyond. Find a Preserve retailer near you at preserveproducts.com/locations.
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