Ditching Big Brands in Search of Quality Beauty?

When it comes to skincare, I will admit that I’m boring and predictable!
I know what I like and if it works and delivers results, I don’t often feel the need to change what I’m using.

(If you're interested to know what I use, I've written a pretty in-depth article on it!)

Alternative Beauty and Cosmetics - Vegan, Quality, Cruelty-Free

"lesser-known brands can be a better option when you're wanting a vegan and/or cruelty-free range of cosmetics."

The only exception to my ‘no-buy’ rule is when it comes to bath, shower & body.
I have always been particularly excitable when it comes to this, and I love, love, love trying as many new brands as possible!

The Spa - Luxe Bath & Body Cosmetics

It was on a trip to the gym recently that I noticed a new range of products....I have no shame in confessing that I’m drawn-in by packaging first, quality second…

I purchased a few items and was astounded by how good they were. Even my day cream that I’ve been using since 2013 is at risk of being lost to this line!

"...we’re often attracted to those brands that are front-of-mind because they have the marketing power to get to us."

This got me thinking; we’re often attracted to those brands that are front-of-mind because they have the marketing power to get to us.
But what about those smaller, niche, unheard of brands – can they be as good, or better than the big players?

Qualerex Beauty Vegan Cruelty free Cosmetics

I think ‘yes’, and I also believe that it’s becoming increasingly popular to say “no” to the constant advertising that surrounds us, and instead search-out something unique – something that’s unapologetically good, without having to shout about it.
Add to this the fact that many independant, lesser-known brands can be a better option when you're wanting a vegan and/or cruelty-free range of cosmetics.

The Spa - 24k Gold Face Creme & Luxury Candle

So if this article is resonating and you want locations to search for unique, quality brands, here are some of my favorites:

  • Health food shops - my favorite is Food For Thought in Guildford, they have a great range of quality brands.
  • Etsy – there are many cruelty-free, handmade amazing products on here, created by amazing, passionate people! My absolute favorite for body butters and lipbalms is Qualerex Beauty.
  • Spas, Gyms, Independent pharmacies & Farmshops
  • Habibi Body - A brand I wouldn't have known about before they kindly sent me a sample of their 'Seven Veils' facial serum. A truly beautiful serum that you mix-in with your regular day or night cream. It smells heavenly, and is effective at quenching the skin, without over-oiling (tested on my have combination skin).
  • The bottom shelf in the supermarket – Here’s a tip! Supermarkets typically place items they earn the most margin out of at our eye-level. Brands who can’t afford this position are normally put on the bottom shelf, where we rarely look – so check down there, you can find some great brands at great prices!

Habibi Body Seven Veils Facial Oils

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  • 22 Sep 2017
  • Maria

Thank you for sharing these, Sophie! I feel like it's so hard to find toxic-free products that feel luxurious as well. I recently started using a product called the "Pure Nilotica Melt" by LXMI and am loving the product. It's hydrating, toxic-free and cruelty-free. They're even able to provide better wages to the women who supply the ingredients.

Just wanted to suggest it if you're on the hunt for other items to try!

  • 10 Mar 2017
  • Maria Thompson

These! I will be trying them Sophie, you have taken lovely photos of them too!
M xox

Sophie Shohet

Thank you Maria! I'm getting better at photography lol!xxx

  • 09 Mar 2017
  • Lucy Wright

Love this! I'll deffo have to try some of these products! They look amazing!
Thank you, love always!!
Lucy xo

Sophie Shohet

Ahhh, Lucy! Thank you so much - I hope you find some new brands you had maybe never heard of :)

I love you sweetie xxxx

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