Kitty Blackadder

A Scottish blog about making art, too much eyeshadow and becoming a grown up.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

5 of My Cruelty Free Favourites For Winter

My Bloglovin' feed has been filled with 'Winter Warmers' and '5 Treats to Help You Feel Cosy' type of posts for weeks now, and this time last year I would have been avidly reading them all: what can I say, I like when people curate little lists and share little combos of their favourite products. This year, however,  while I'm still excited to hear what people enjoy and what products friends have tried, I'm finding the overall experience less enjoyable now that of the five (totally lust-worthy) items mentioned, maybe only one is Cruelty Free.

5 of my Cruelty Free Winter Favourites

I'm far (fffaaaaaaarrrrr) from an expert on all the different Cruelty Free options out there, but I thought I would share a few of the items I love to reach for at this time of year that happen to actually be Cruelty Free - I was pleasantly surprised to find out that a few of my all time winter favourites already fell into this category!

Lush Hottie Bar

Lush Hottie Massage Bar - £5.95

I suspect this may be my most talked about product on the blog over the years, but what can I say, it really has 'Holy Grail' status for me. Warming, hydrating and relaxing, this is like the ultimate winter treat for my scaly lizard-legs. I have to admit, I initially found the scent a 'bit much', but I absolutely love it now and make a point of taking deep relaxing breaths to breathe it all in as I massage my legs with the Hottie.

Crazy Rumors Lip Balm

Crazy Rumors Lip Balm - £3.50

I came across Crazy Rumors lip balms a couple of years ago and have never looked back! My first scent was the gingerbread option and let's face it, that's pretty awesome for this time of year, but I have to say that my all time favourite is probably the orange juice. It just smells literally like OJ, and I'm big into bright, citrusy scents. As a lip balm these are effective at hydrating and not super greasy on the lips - though I wouldn't apply one right before whacking on a dark berry lip or anything.

Molton Brown Eucalyptus Bath and Shower Gel - £20.00

I was surprised and delighted to find out that I could still use this product, it's been a go-to for years and I have just never found anything else quite like it. I absolutely love using this in a bath if I'm feeling choked up, or have been freezing and soaked in the rain - it's just so cleansing and soothing
and no matter what anyone tells me, I still think it smells like Eucalyptus mixed with Dolly Mixtures.

Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter

Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter - £6.95

I had tried this product out in store numerous times, and was so fortunate that my mum bought me some for Christmas. Such a luxury concept; a butter for one's cuticles, but just taking a few minutes to massage it in and show my hands some caring is just a great, positive ritual for me. I use it as a time to be grateful for my nails, my fingers, my hands, and everything that they enable me to do. Plus, my cuticles don't look like they've been attacked by lethargic pirranha anymore.

Lush Skin Drink - £13.95

And rounding off the list with a third Lush product, I couldn't not mention Skin Drink which has been my go-to night cream for the last three, if not four, years. This is almost more like a sesame oil than a cream when it hits the warmth of my skin, but it is honestly the only night cream I have ever found that leaves my skin feeling plump and still hydrated the next morning. Shame about the sesame smell, though I've found I've almost come to enjoy it these days - I think just because I associate it with being such a treat for my skin!

5 of my Cruelty Free Winter Favourites

Please share below what your winter favourites are, I'd love to add some more items to my list to try :)


  1. I just recently purchased the Crazy Rumors lip balm in Orange Clove & I've been using it every night. Good stuff! I want to try the Lush cuticle cream once I've finished my burts bees one. You had me laughing above at your words "lethargic pirranha." So funny! It's so important to remember self care. You are worth it! Sending lots of love and positive vibes your way.

  2. Hi Kitty, I just remembered that the whole of Superdrug's own brand are cruelty free! You probably knew this already but thought I'd just mention it whilst I remember!! Also Kiera Rose on YouTube has a good tips and advice video on buying cruelty free along with some cruelty free beauty hauls which might be useful and introduce brands that you didn't know were CF - it definitely has helped me! I think the tips and advice video was made a couple of years ago but I love her channel! Sorry for the random comment which doesn't really relate to this blogpost but I thought I'd comment as quickly as I could before I forgot what I'd learnt ha ha! Xx

  3. Lush products are definitely my favorite. They have some incredible natural and cruelty free products, especially skincare.


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