After posting in my monthly favourites that I was excited to find a new more natural shampoo and conditioner to use, I have subsequently discovered via another YouTube video, that some of the ingredients in this particular shampoo we have been using, are not ideal. In addition, this particular brand isn't on the list of cruelty free companies that I recently received from Cruelty Free International. (Thanks Thrift Deluxe for the recommendation)
As there are plenty of products out there that don't contain the ingredient in question and are classed as cruelty free here in the UK, I've decided to look again for another option. I took a look on a couple of websites, as I find the reviews very useful, and came up with a couple of options that are easily purchased from health food stores or supermarkets. I have purchased one of the options, am currently awaiting delivery and will be using it very soon when our current bottle runs out.
There currently seems to be a recurring theme in my attempting to find suitable natural/organic products within my particular budget. I found a recent purchase of a concealer did not seem to agree with my skin, and this has set me back a bit until the resulting breakout has fully resolved itself.
I'm not entirely sure if the breakout was due to the aforementioned concealer or the Witch Hazel Water from Neal's Yard. All I know is that my skin became very oily and I had three weeks of constantly breaking out, mainly in my T zone. I couldn't wear a moisturiser as this seemed to increase the oiliness and I felt like a teenager again. I have now finished using the Witch Hazel Water and gone back to the original distilled witch hazel I used to use and am already noticing a difference after two applications. I may go back and try the concealer again if my skin now clears up, as I suspect it was the latter of the two products causing the problem. Needless to say, I won't be purchasing it again.
I've also been having a little difficulty finding a more natural deodorant and had a very nasty rash reaction to one product I used, which unfortunately had to be discarded. I think the problem may have been caused by the fragrance element, as I have read reveiws where others have had a similar reaction to other products in the range. I've replaced it with a less natural one for the time being and have ordered another product that I hope I will be able to use.
I am looking forward to a time when I can stick with a regular beauty routine whereby all the products I use make my skin and body feel good. I know I will get there, it just takes a bit of trial and error. It does make me appreciate more, those products I have found that do work for me.
This is, of course, is no different to problems one might have finding non-natural products to use, as not everything suits everyone. Although my current search is turning out to be quite expensive, in the scheme of things, skin breakouts and making the occasional unfortunate choice of product are a very small price to pay for finding animal kind and healthy products to use. I'll keep you posted on the progress of my journey.