Cruelty-Free October Skincare

As the cold winter wind sweeps over Ireland’s cities and towns, blotchiness, breakouts and dryness are all returning to everyone’s skin. Here are my cruelty-free picks to help tackle all of your skincare concerns this October.


Face Wash

Instead of using Kiehl’s Calendula Deep Foaming Face Wash (€27.00), try Níá’s Calendula and Orange Blossom Cleansing Balm (€19.95). This creamy balm is a treat to both wake your skin up and calm your skin down after a long day. Made with nourishing cocoa butter and coconut oil, the creamy balm absorbs any makeup, cleansing impurities away. Its natural Calendula and Orange Blossom scent is divine- it’s like rubbing a floral butter all over your face! The tub comes with a wooden spatula and three reusable cloths.

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Nía Calendula and Orange Blossom Cleansing Balm, €19.95, available at


I used to swear by St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub (€8.95) and was devastated to find out that the brand tests on animals. However, it didn’t take long for me to then discover the ultimate facial exfoliator, Jason Natural, Brightening Apricot Scrubble, Facial Wash and Scrub (€7.74). It is pretty much the exact same product with the same- if not better- result, except Jason is certified cruelty-free! The formula consists of Natural Apricot Oil and Walnut Powder, which work effortlessly to scrub away dead skin cells and renew the skin’s glowing surface. It’s also free from parabens- a complete win-win!


Jason Natural, Brightening Apricot Scrubble, Facial Wash and Scrub, €7.74, available at Holland and Barrett.


I can’t emphasise how important it is to tone your skin, and I believe it’s a skincare step that many Irish women and men forget about. To eliminate whiteheads and blackheads and to remove residual dirt from the skin, instead of using Clarins Toning Lotion with Iris (€21.32), try using Urban Veda Reviving Hydrating Toner (€19.45). The toner comes in four different types for congested skin, mature skin, lack-lustre skin and distressed skin. The light formula consists of Rose damask, Borage flower waters and Jasmine as well as a combination of Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel and Evening Primrose to detoxify and deliver essential amino acids to the skin.


Urban Veda Reviving Hydrating Toner, €19.45, available at and at Avoca, Shaws and Lloyds Pharmacies nationwide.


Instead of spending a fortune on an expensive facial moisturiser that is full of chemicals that have been tested on animals such as Clinique’s bestselling Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion (€37.95), I recommend the gorgeous Ri Na Mara Face Cream (€25.00). Organic Seaweed and natural botanical extracts help to minimise wrinkles and fine lines, revitalise the skin and give it a youthful glow. Aloe Vera, Shea Butter, Avocado Oil and Ginkgo Biloba work together to detoxify and nourish the skin, where the seaweed naturally helps to encourage collagen production.


Ri Na Mara Face Cream, €25.00, available at and at pharmacies and health stores nationwide.

Eye Cream

It’s important to invest in a good eye cream, as the delicate eye area is where ageing is most visible. Having been using Simple’s Kind to Eyes Soothing Eye Balm (€5.19), I was disgusted to find out that Simple do test on animals. So, instead, I’ve been using French brand Embryolisse’s Smoothing Eye Contour Care (€28.00). Though there is a significant difference in the price, I believe the investment is worth the money due to its complex concoction of natural ingredients; Hyaluronic acid, vitamins A and E act as a powerful moisturiser whilst regenerating sesame, cornflower and meristem visibly target wrinkles, bags and dark circles.


Embryolisse Smoothing Eye Contour Care, €28.00, available at Boots pharmacies nationwide.




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Flawless and Pawless is Ireland's cruelty-free cosmetic blog created by 23 year-old cosmetic expert, Ailsha Davey. With eight years working in the beauty industry in Dublin as a professional make-up artist and cosmetic expert, Ailsha discovered some of the horrors of cosmetic animal testing- and the lack of knowledge within the Irish market about it. Flawless and Pawless has been set up to spread awareness across Ireland of cosmetic animal testing, as well as to provide suggestions for cruelty-free alternatives to the Irish market's favourite cosmetic products.

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