The Cruelty-Free Review

A review of compassionate products, foods, and recipes

Budget Buy-Kiss My Face Olive Oil Soap



When it comes to incredibly cheap bath and beauty items, you can’t beat good old bar soap. Honestly I didn’t know it was still made. I had stopped using it long ago when I went cruelty-free because no brands at the store were CF. Plus I always found bar soaps to be too drying and harsh on my skin. While out of work I needed a cheap cleanser to use in the shower and came across Kiss My Face Olive Oil Soaps. My initial interest was due to the price–$3.99 for an 8oz bar! When I read the ingredients I was even more intrigued; olive oil is the main ingredient and is combined with other ingredients to create a moisturizing, nourishing, and cleansing product.

I chose the Olive Oil and Aloe version because I thought that would be the least likely to dry my skin. I shouldn’t have worried though; it has nothing in common with other bar soaps besides its shape. Olive oil has long been lauded for it moisturizing properties and it’s a great idea to put it in soap. While it doesn’t lather like a traditional soap, it washes off completely and leaves the skin soft.  The Aloe version has a very mild scent that shouldn’t bother those who are sensitive to smells. And it will last forever. Okay, probably not that long, but I’ve been using the same bar for over 4 months. That’s only a dollar per month! I can’t even make shower gel last more than a few weeks and those cost more than twice as much. This is a great bargain, especially if you go with the 8oz bar, which retails for $3.99, as opposed to the 4oz bar which is $2.99. I suck at math and even I know that’s a good deal. 🙂

I love that none of the 6 varieties (Pure Olive Oil, O.O and Aloe, O.O. and Honey, O.O. and Chamomile, O.O. and Lavender, and O.O. and Green Tea) contain more than 5 ingredients. Each variety has its own benefits, like the antiseptic properties of lavender, antioxidant power of green tea, or the calming ability of chamomile. Olive Oil is the number one ingredient in every one so you get the maximum benefit from it. All are vegan except the honey, obviously.

The one issue I do have with it is its size—the 8oz bar is big and can be difficult to handle, especially when wet.  It took a few weeks of use to wear it down enough to hold comfortably in my hand.  However the size is not a big enough problem to keep me from buying it again. If you like to buy in bulk you might consider buying directly from Kiss My Face’s website as they offer 3-packs that are a steal at either $5.99 for 3 4oz bars or $7.98 for 3 8oz bars.


Budget Buy-Earth Science Almond-Aloe Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15



Keeping with the kind-of theme of budget-friendly CF buys, I present you Earth Science Almond-Aloe Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15. I am vigilant about applying moisturizer with SPF but often feel like many of them leave behind a greasy residue. For someone with temperamental skin, this can result in random breakouts and a perpetually shiny forehead. Not a great look. Up until a few months ago I had been using The Body Shop’s Vitamin C Moisturizer with SPF 30 and I loooved it. However, at $36 a pop for a 1.7oz container, it was not a viable option during unemployment. Thankfully Earth Science offers a quality, affordable, and vegan alternative.

For starters, this moisturizer is silky smooth. It says that right on the label but of course one can’t always believe a label. However I will attest that this is not false advertising. It is very light and for a product that contains sunscreen, it absorbs remarkably well. I have never noticed a greasy residue and I think it achieves a prefect level of moisturization.  Applying makeup on top of this lotion won’t make it feel caked on either. The scent is very mild with just a hint of almond but it does come in a fragrance-free version.   In addition to the aloe and almond oil it contains jojoba oil, Vitamin E, ginseng and green tea extract, Sodium hylauronate (remember that from this post?),  and retinyl palmitate.  Retinyl palmitate is a form of Vitamin A that has shown to have antioxidant and skin-cell regenerator properties; great stuff to use on your face!

I do wish the SPF level was higher so if I plan on being in the sun for an extended period of time, I apply sunscreen on top of this. I also have an issue with the dispenser getting clogged with hardened pieces occasionally, so in order to dislodge it I have to squeeze the bottle harder and often end up with a big blob in my hand. Still, for only $9.95 for a 5oz bottle I really can’t complain.

Earth Science offers a huge line of affordable face, body, and hair care products and almost all are vegan, with the exception of these ones:

Azulene Eye Treatment contains beeswax

Men’s Face & Body Skin Care Balm contains lanolin oil

Hair Treatment Shampoo contains hydrolyzed silk protein

Hair Treatment Conditioner contains hydrolyzed silk protein

Deep Conditioning Shampoo and Hair Masque contain hydrolyzed silk protein

They are readily found in health food stores and also have an online store to purchase from.