I never used to shop very much in Superdrug, I was very much a Boots girl. I think it’s probably because the Boots stores in my local area are bigger than the Superdrug stores and therefore have a lot more to offer. However, since going cruelty free I’ve actually come to favour Superdrug over Boots. Sure, Boots has some nice cruelty free options available but Superdrug has a vast range of own brand products that are leaping bunny certified. I know that if I walk into a Superdrug I can shop with confidence and that’s really important to me as a cruelty free consumer. I also feel that Superdrug is better priced than Boots. They always have offers on and even when they don’t their products are affordable to begin with. I’ve used a number of Superdrug’s own brand products now and I haven’t come across anything I didn’t like yet. For cruelty free consumers in the UK Superdrug is a fantastic place to shop.
Over maybe the last year or so I have really come to adore M&S. I remember as a child going shopping with my nan and thinking of it as an old ladies shop but they have really become a shop that has something for all ages and styles. I love every department in M&S but they’ve really been doing it in the beauty department for me lately. Marks themselves are very much against animal testing and all of their own brand products are cruelty free. If you go onto their website you may notice that they have started to label the products as being cruelty free, suitable for vegetarians etc. I think it’s wonderful that this is clearly something that they are conscious of and care about.
Note: not all cruelty free products are labelled as cruelty free on their website.
Looking at the products that I’ve noticed are labelled, I think they have only labelled products that come under the M&S brand. I understand it can be difficult to confirm this information with other brands, it’s something I am doing everyday. I have contacted them to let them know about this and hopefully it’s something they will fix as it may be confusing to people who are new to cruelty free products. If you are interested in purchasing beauty products from Marks or in purchasing anything from them for that matter you should get a Sparks card if you haven’t already. They frequently provide Sparks card holders with 20% off all beauty and sometimes 20% off all departments. I tend to hold out on buying from higher priced brands like Pixi because the 20% offer comes around quite frequently and it’s worth holding out to save a few quid. I feel like I can justify buying the Glow Tonic at £14.40 better than I can at £18. If you don’t already have one, get one. You could save some money.
A great online resource for cruelty free products or just beauty products in general. Beauty Bay have been adding lots of US brands that we previously couldn’t get here in the UK among them are Makeup Geek, Dose of Colors and Coloured Raine. I really like Beauty Bay for the stock that they offer and I noticed that when shopping under preferences there is an option to only show cruelty free products. Here’s where I will say that you need to be very careful, so far I’ve only spotted a couple of brands in that list that aren’t cruelty free but there could be more that I just haven’t looked into yet. Jurlique and TIGI feature in their cruelty free options but they are not cruelty free. If I’m interested in a product on their website but I don’t know that brands cruelty free status I do not go by what the Beauty Bay website says. I always research and contact the brand directly myself. Just be careful guys and always do your own research.
Where do you like to shop cruelty free?