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Cruelty-free summer essentials!

Ah, summer! The days are longer and the sun is (hopefully) out. Many of us will be looking forward to holidays or simply enjoying hazy evenings in the garden. And for those of you who shop cruelty-free, you may be wondering which ethical summer essentials to add to your shopping list.

Our fantastic endorsed brands have got you covered with a great range of suncare, fake tan and highlighter products. 

Suncare

Yoah’s Hemp Seed Oil SPF30 Sunblock is natural, free from parabens and has moisturising properties. It’s entirely vegan and organic, and the fully recyclable bottle is made with sugarcane and post-consumer recycled content. 

Tropic’s Sun Day UV Facial Defence Cream is SPF50 and perfect for keeping premature ageing caused by sun damage at bay. It’s fast absorbing, lightweight and smells great. It’s also been certified as reef-safe and is vegan. 

Don’t forget your lips! Nirvana Natural’s Sun Protection Lip Balm is SPF12. Not only is it organic, natural and vegan, but it’s also zero-waste thanks to the fully compostable tube.

For little ones, Green People’s Organic Children’s Scent Free SPF30 Sunscreen is all natural and organic. Suitable for sensitive skin, it’s great for babies and kids who are prone to prickly-heat. It’s so good, it was awarded Best Sunscreen at the 2023 Organic and Sustainable Baby Awards! It’s also vegan and made in the UK. 

Odylique’s Tropical Bliss Body Silk is a hydrating body moisturiser that is a perfect natural aftersun thanks to its high concentration of aloe vera. It’s also Soil Association certified and vegan. 

Fake Tan

Lucy Bee’s Naturally Glowing Self-Tan Drops will give you that sun-kissed summer complexion without the risks from UV rays. Hydrating, colourless and fragrance-free, simply mix these drops with your face cream. It’s vegan, palm-oil free and made in the UK. 

Inika’s Organic Natural Tanning Mist is suitable for your face and body and will create a natural looking tan that fully develops within 10 hours. It’s vegan and contains soothing aloe vera and firming geranium oil. 

Bronzers and Highlighters

Douvall’s Argan Highlight Stick Balm will give you a radiant summer glow, whilst also hydrating your skin. It comes in eight shades and blends argan oil, antioxidants, vitamins and fatty acids. It’s unscented, making it perfect for more sensitive skin. 

Ultraglow’s Demi-Matte Moisturising Pressed Bronzing Powder is ideal for a glowing natural daytime look thanks to its matte finish. It has moisturising properties for maximum comfort and is suitable for vegetarians.  Check out our directory to search for more great cruelty-free personal care and makeup brands to help you look and feel your best this summer.

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