So, if you follow me on Instagram, you may remember seeing my excitement filled post about my new Beauty Without Cruelty (BWC) products that came in the mail a month or so back. I know it’s been a while, but in order to REALLY review a product, I like to hold off until at least a month of use in order to get past the honeymoon phase & into the real nitty gritty.
That being said, yes these products were care of the wonderful BWC team. However, the opinions shared here are completely honest. I promise to give you the good, bad & the ugly.
Why Beauty Without Cruelty?
If you haven’t caught on yet, the name says it all. BWC’s products are 100% cruelty free. Not just because they aren’t tested on animals – their ingredients are 100% vegan as well! It’s so difficult to find truly cruelty free products that are actually worth buying these days (sad but true). So needless to say, I’m pretty excited about BWC.
Three products I have had the hardest time finding are volumizing shampoo/conditioners (as you may remember in the Bumble & Bumble review), face wash for difficult skin & a good mascara. I want to use all vegan products, but have found it is easier said than done. This is how we determined which products would be best suited for me.
BWC Products for Review:
- Volume Plus Shampoo & Conditioner for Fine Hair
- Herbal Cream Facial Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin
- Black Full Volume Mascara
Kortney’s 100% Un-Biased Feedback:
- Premium Aromatherapy Volume Plus Shampoo & Conditioner for Fine Hair. So as you may have heard (in the fore-mentioned review), I have extremely fine hair – It just doesn’t like to cooperate. However, a huge problem I find with volumizing products is that they often leave your hair feeling course and dirty. No fun. The BWC products are pretty great. They make my hair silky smooth, but maybe even a tad TOO soft, so it still lacks a little function when it comes to styling. I found a work around though. If you add a little of the thickening spray (or dry shampoo) to the roots of your hair, together they work wonders. The BWC products are also the best I’ve found for allowing my hair to air dry. If I’m in a hurry, I’ll blow dry my bangs & roots then throw it up in a bun or leave it down to dry a bit. Typically (in Florida’s humidity), I end up with a nappy head of frizz. However, with BWC, my hair turns into perfect beachy-esq waves. How DO they do it?
- Premium Aromatherapy Herbal Cream Facial Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin. I have funky skin. It tends to be oily, but dries out if I use the wrong product & will break out in an instant if I even eat one “bad” meal. I’ve delt with it my whole life & have come to terms with the fact that I’ll continue to deal with it. I tend to like more harsh, exfoliating products because they make my face feel clean & oil free. So at first, I was turned off by the BWC facewash’s Cetaphil-esq feel. However, after washing & drying I was pleasantly surprised. This light cleanser feels almost like a lotion while you’re using it, but when you dry off, your face feels SO clean. It completely removes all excess oil, while still moisturizing the sensitive skin. I now use this for a much less harsh morning cleanse before applying my make up & stick to a light exfoliant at night to remove any of the day’s debris.
- Black Full Volume Mascara. I’ll start with a confession: I’ve tried several vegan/cruelty-free mascaras and I’ve disliked 90% of them. This has always been my major downfall. I feel terrible, but most of them just lack that “fake-lash-look” you can get from some “bad” brands. BWC’s mascara was by far, the best vegan lash product I’ve tried. It takes a few more layers to get the look I want, but it doesn’t make my eyes itch (the way most of the “bad” ones do) & it’s nice to be able to apply my make-up without a side of guilt each morning. I must confess, on occasion, I DO still use my fake lashes. However, when it comes to daily application, BWC is one of my new go-to-mascaras.
All in all, Beauty Without Cruelty was a huge hit for me. It’s great to find a brand that actually puts effort into making a quality vegan product. They’re so few & far between.
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Please note: These products were c/o Beauty Without Cruelty. However, Kortney was not compensated for the review. All opinions are 100% un-biased.