Cruelty-free cleaning products & natural haircare from Oxfam

If you’re into cruelty-free living and eco-friendly products like me, you’ll be as interested as I was in the two new ranges of cleaning products and toiletries that I discovered this month. And the best thing is that buying these ethical products helps to support a charity too, so read on to see what I discovered on the Oxfam website…

I’ve volunteered as an Oxfam fashion blogger for over 5 years now (check out my DIY clothing upcyles on my Oxfam author profile!) so it’s fair to say that I hop onto the Oxfam website on a regular basis. I don’t only shop for fabulous preloved clothing (although that’s one of the main reasons I find myself browsing the site), I also like to check out the Sourced By Oxfam range too. That’s their collection of new goods and it was there that I discovered some wonderful new cruelty-free products.

Well, I say new, but what I mean is ‘new to me’ because I’d never tried this brand of toiletries before, but Faith In Nature have been around for over 40 years! It was only when I clicked through the health and beauty category that I first spotted this lovely cruelty-free collection of shampoos, conditioners, bath soaks and shower gels. 

After reading about why Oxfam chose to source these Faith In Nature products, which included the facts that they were SLS and Paraben free, vegan society approved, not tested on animals and free from artificial preservatives and fragrances, I was hooked. These products seemed to be everything I wanted from a beauty and haircare product with the added bonus that each formula is created to make the most of the healing properties of the plant ingredients. Oh, and supporting Oxfam by buying these products on their website was another bonus, of course!

The products come in a range of natural fragrances including grapefruit, kiwi, aloe vera, watermelon, rose and cedar. I’ve been using the same coconut hair products for years so I was excited to try something different. I prefer zesty scents so I filled my online shopping basket with the Seaweed & Citrus shampoo and conditioner, which has a good-enough-to-eat (but don’t!) spicy orange fragrance. Many of the products in the Faith in Nature range have also been given a ‘Best Buy’ award by Ethical Consumer Magazine, hurrah!

I also picked out an organic lemon and tea tree 2-in-1 shower gel and foam bath, and an anti-dandruff shampoo. This formula has a delicious sherbet scent and creates lovely zesty bubbles. There’s more good news if you’re trying to minimise your use of plastic: you can buy the lavender and geranium shampoo and conditioner in huge 5 litre bottles and simply refill your empties from now on.

While browsing the Sourced by Oxfam collection, I also discovered another range that was cruelty-free, natural and hypoallergenic. Bio D are an active member of Cruelty Free International and they make cleaning products as well as anti-bacterial handwashes. I added Bio D’s Lime and Aloe Vera hand wash to my basket and was very pleased with the product that arrived. It’s super-fruity, ultra-gentle, and kills 99.99% of harmful bacteria including E-coli, salmonella and MRSA. And it seems to last forever – the bottle is still going strong beside my kitchen sink. It’s currently out of stock but other fragrances in the hand wash are still available.

Other products that I got from the Bio D collection included their non-bio laundry liquid, which is a great washing product where you only need to use the measurement it recommends based on the condition of your clothes, therefore the liquid lasts longer. I also chose the skin-friendly streak-free glass and mirror cleaner in a spray bottle, which is a steal at just £2.99.

I was pretty chuffed to get such a diverse haul of cleaning, beauty and haircare products from Oxfam; I was already delighted with the eco-and-animal friendly credentials of these product ranges and supporting the charity is real bonus. I’ve been happy with the performance of each of the products I’ve tried so far and I’ll definitely be shopping with Oxfam again soon. Let me know if you too have tried any of the other Faith In Nature or Bio D products, I’d love to know what you think of them and if you would recommend some of them to me?

These products have been kindly gifted to me by Oxfam and my review is based on my own experiences of these cruelty-free, natural products.

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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