hello Toothpaste


hello is a company that makes vegan (and therefore cruelty-free) oral care products: toothpaste, tooth brushes, mouth wash, and breath spray. Its tagline is “naturally friendly,” but I can’t find any evidence that the products are actually natural. But it is clear that they don’t contain alcohol or artificial sweeteners, colors, or dyes.

I was browsing the toothpaste at my local grocery store and saw hello toothpaste. It may sound strange, but I hadn’t even thought about cruelty-free oral care. So of course I bought two tubes to give it a try, excited that a cruelty-free toothpaste was available at the Giant! (Target, Walgreens, and CVS also sell hello, as does the online store Soap.com.) I tried the hello fluoride toothpaste in supermint and sweet cinnamint flavors. I really liked the supermint flavor. The cinnamint… not so much. It’s too sweet for me (but it’s probably great for kids). The toothpaste also comes in mojito mint and pink grapefruit mint flavors.

Aside from the flavor, I have two notes about the toothpaste:

  • The toothpaste itself seemed to do a fine job cleaning my teeth and tongue. It was foamy (it does contain SLS), and a normal-sized glob was enough to do the job for 2 minutes of brushing.
  • The “tottle” (hello’s toothpaste packaging that is a combination of a tube and bottle) looks great and stands up easily so you don’t have to squeeze much to get the product out. HOWEVER. When I got to what I thought was the last of the toothpaste (because I couldn’t squeeze any more out), I thought the tottle was still suspiciously heavy. So I cut off the top and, lo and behold, there was still a lot of toothpaste left at the bottom. Like, 15 more uses worth. I know because I dipped my brush down there to get the last of it.

So the short of it is that the product is good and the packaging is wasteful. If you don’t mind scooping your own toothpaste, I suggest giving hello a try.

Cruelty-Free Nail Polish


My husband pointed me in the direction of this fantastic blog called Vegan Claws. As you may have guessed, it’s a blog all about vegan nail polish. I was just complaining that it’s so hard to tell which nail polishes are cruelty free because the packaging almost never says anything about animal testing and because I don’t know which ingredients are red flags. And also because I just assume that nail polish is nasty stuff.

Which is why I’m so glad I found this blog! Check out this post listing cruelty-free brands of nail polish. I was excited to see some familiar names like

My plan for the evening was to go out to eat with my husband after work, but now I think we’ll be making a slight detour to Ulta so I can nab some new vegan nail polish. I can’t wait to have cute spring nails (and post about these fabulous brands, of course)!


Most of the Way to My Goal

When I started writing this blog (a little over a year ago I think), I was fed up with myself for preaching animal rights while quietly buying health and beauty aids that were tested on animals. My goal was to replace all my household & beauty products that were tested on animals with cruelty-free products (and of course review the cruelty-free stuff on this blog). While I may not post as much as I intended to, I am very close to meeting my goal. I believe that I have replaced 80% of my household and beauty products with cruelty-free products that are as good if not better than the cruel ones.

Here are some things I am having the hardest time replacing, either because the cruelty-free counterparts are not as good or because I haven’t found them:

  • Chlorine bleach. I know that just reading those words makes lots of people cringe. It really is awful stuff. But dammit if I want white whites!! The “green” non-chlorine bleach just is not as effective. I don’t use it all the time–maybe once a week?–but when I use it, I need it. Like getting rid of the mildew on my fabric shower curtain.
  • Nail polish remover. I’ve looked around but haven’t found a cruelty-free version.
  • Depilatory cream. Again, haven’t found a cruelty-free version. I may not, in which case I need to try something else. I’ve heard good things about “sugaring,” and there are some companies that make cruelty-free sugaring kits. If I give one of them a try, I will be sure to post about it.

If anyone has good advice about the above list, I’m happy to have comments!