Cruelty-free at the drugstore: 10 minute challenge!

Thrilled to be posting my 2nd reader requested post today!  A reader recently asked for a guide to cruelty-free items available in the drugstore. Reminding me that some people aren’t as obsessed with online shopping as I am or might not have convenient access to places like Whole Foods (tons of cruelty-free brands) and Trader Joe’s (house-brand products are cruelty-free).  So, as a companion to my Top 5 under $5 post I set myself the challenge of spending 10 minutes in each of my local drug- or super-stores to report back on my cruelty-free findings…

Top: Jordana mascara, Middle: Ardell lashes, Bottom: EcoTools fan brush
Top: Jordana mascara, Middle: Ardell lashes, Bottom: EcoTools fan brush
Left: Yes to Coconuts hand soap, Middle: Method dish washing liquid, Right: Seventh Generation all-purpose cleaner
Left: Yes to Coconuts liquid hand soap, Middle: Method dish soap, Right: Seventh Generation glass & surface cleaner

I’ve divided each store’s list into cosmetics and skin/hair/personal care, then listed brands alphabetically. Please note that for cosmetics oftentimes these brands are in their own smaller displays at the end of the aisle and sometimes in even smaller displays up by the cashiers.  For skin/hair/personal care sometimes these products are in the ‘natural’ section, and sometimes are mixed in with the rest of the brands in their respective categories (e.g., hair care).  Also, sometimes they’re on the high or low shelves, as opposed to the ones at eye level.

CVS

Milani Runway Eyes palette
Milani Runway Eyes palette

Cosmetics

  • Milani
  • Wet n’ Wild

Skin/Hair/Personal care

  • Alba
  • Au Naturale
  • DermaE
  • Dickinson Brands
  • Paul Mitchell
  • Seventh Generation
  • Shea Moisture
  • Yes to

Rite Aid

DermaE
DermaE

Cosmetics

  • Ardell
  • Wet n’ Wild

Skin/Hair/Personal care (“all natural” section)

  • Alba
  • Au Naturale
  • Avalon Organics
  • Dr. Bronner’s
  • Jason
  • Jolen
  • JR Watkins
  • Method
  • Paul Mitchell
  • Queen Helene
  • Shea Moisture
  • Yes to

    wnw
    Wet n’ Wild eye shadow palette

Walgreens

Cosmetics

  • Jordana
  • Wet n’ Wild
  • Eco Tools

Skin/Hair/Personal care

  • Method
  • Shea Moisture
  • Yes to

Target

Clockwise: Sonia Kashuk eye shadow palette, ELF studio blush, Pixi palette
Clockwise: Sonia Kashuk eye shadow palette, ELF studio blush, Pixi palette

Cosmetics

  • Ardell
  • Eco Tools
  • ELF (eyeslipsface)
  • Pacifica
  • Pixi
  • Sonia Kashuk (exclusive to Target)

Skin/Hair/Personal care

  • Alba
  • Avalon Organics
  • Dr. Bronner’s
  • Method
  • Mixed Chicks
  • Paul Mitchell
  • Seventh Generation
  • Shea Moisture
  • Yes to

**Points to keep in mind**

  • I do not guarantee that these lists are exhaustive
  • Cruelty-free status is ever-changing, so please do your own research; I recommend the resources in my blogroll for keeping current
  • My experience is that not every store within a chain carries the exact same products within a brand

That said, hopefully if you pin this to your fridge or throw it in your wallet, it’ll help you find some of your own cruelty-free faves during your next errand outing.  Stay tuned for an upcoming post related to my fave products in these non-color cosmetic categories.

*These are only my opinions, formed through my personal experience as a consumer.  I am not a medical doctor, an aesthetician, or a health/beauty professional.  There is no guarantee what effect, positive or negative, these products may have on anyone else.

**All products were purchased by me from brands that, to the best of my knowledge, are cruelty-free.

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