For the final day of my cruelty free favorites, I thought it would be good to do a mini roundup of some cruelty-free products that the whole family can take advantage of. Well, sort of.
First up, it can actually be more difficult to find cruelty-free dental hygiene products than it is to find cruelty-free cosmetics, especially at the drugstore. When I first brought it up to my husband, he said, “They test dental floss on dogs?” Um, no. Dogs are not used in most product testing (for more on that, check out my #BeCrueltyFree week post), and I am pretty sure they’re not actually flossing any bunny’s teeth. The point is that many dental hygiene products are produced by huge companies that develop (and animal test) all sorts of other products. So, I was very happy to discover Ecodent floss, which is not only cruelty-free, but vegan!
Next up, dish washing. Now, our dog, Maggie, does an excellent job of pre-washing our dishes before they go into the dishwasher. It’s one of her chores. But, to finish them off, we often use Method Smarty Dish. Super easy to use and gets off any dirt our Maggie couldn’t manage. In fact, Method is one of my favorite cruelty-free brands in general, for all sorts of personal and house cleaning supplies.
This next one our dog prefers not to get involved with. But, my husband and I have to tackle this chore at least every now and then. Shaving. I like this shaving lotion by Kiss My Face, of course, because it’s cruelty-free, but also because it has the texture of a lotion + gel combo, so it’s very soothing as well as effective.
Next up, another one of which our dog is not a fan. Soap. Personally, I really like this Trader Joe’s one. It smells great, isn’t drying, does a nice bit of exfoliating, and lasts forever!
Last but not least, Maggie’s pick. You might be surprised to learn that there are brands of dog food / treats test their products on dogs in a not very nice way. So, this is another area where we have to be conscientious about what we buy. So that it’s good for our girl and not at the cost of being cruel to her canine cousins. Now, don’t me wrong. Maggie happens to have lovely doggie-breath, but she likes these a lot, and they are her special treat for when both mama and her Aaron have to go out.
*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.