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Vegan TK Maxx (Beauty) Booty

Vegan TK Maxx (Beauty) Booty Posted on 12/05/201616 Comments
Ahoy, hello! My name is Jenny. I am a thirty-something human female from Manchester in the north of England. I enjoy rainy days and sad songs, custard donuts and salt & pepper chips and beer, lentil dhal and fried okra, X-Files and Twin Peaks, fierce fat heroines and mental health advocates, dogs and cats and otters and a very special beirdo. To paraphrase Sylvia Plath: "I blog because there is a voice within me that insists on writing lots of ridiculous chuff".

I saw a l’il post online somewhere recently about vegan goodies available in Target. I’m not entirely sure of Target’s UK equivalent (if there is one), but I got to thinking about TK Maxx since C mentioned recently that they were stocking a lot of Matt & Nat gear, and I dimly recalled them selling all sorts of cosmetics, skincare products, etc.

Since I spotted some Sukin products on the TK Maxx website, I thought I’d pop in to the Manchester store and see if I couldn’t bag a bargain litre of conditioner or two and you know what? I only bally well DID.

There was a lot to get stuck into, in terms of looking out for ‘cruelty free’ symbols, googling brands and checking ingredients lists. And there were a LOT of lovely Matt & Nat products on display too, which I managed to resist (crying, crying, crying inside).

I was super smug with my haul, I must say. When the zombie apocalypse comes by god we will continue to smell minty and I will have wonderfully conditioned hair, whatever else happens.

I was most impressed by the EO Essentials products on sale at £8 each. I tried (a bit) to rein myself in and stuck to a shower gel for C (minty) and a couple of conditioners for me. Both conditioners smelled uh-mazing; fresh and with an unmistakable whiff of botanics and wotnot. EO is a Californian brand and their website is clear on which products are vegan (that is, all products except for 3, listed in their FAQs).

Good Things is a UK brand but still new to me. I grabbed this mango and blueberry cleanser, which promises to lend a hand with my oily skin, for £3.99.

So Eco is another new brand to me. They place a lot of emphasis on their environmentally friendly packaging, metal and wood and state that their bristles are ‘cruelty free’. I emailed So Eco via their website while I was writing this blog post and they replied in three minutes (wot) to confirm that the bristles are made from “a recycled synthetic material called Taklon which is cruelty free, eco-friendly and does not absorb make up into the bristles making them easier to clean”. Woohoo! This eyeshadow brush was £2.99.

Sukin are an Australian brand and TK Maxx stocked quite a few of their products. This cream cleanser wasn’t super cheap at £6.99, but I really wanted to check out something from their skincare range (since I was already covered for haircare with the whole 2 litres of conditioner thing…..)

Faith in Nature are a good ‘ol local brand of course, though usually a bit pricey for me. This handwash was only £2.99, and we always get through handwash pretty quickly in this house, so I thought I’d treat us to a bottle.

In all a tremendously satisfying mini shopping spree, and I’m excited about getting stuck in to these.

How’s about you, dear readers? Have you found any vegan delights or bargains in unexpected places?

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    1. Thanks Hannah. I was super duper impressed, especially since their website didn’t offer a very big range. I really hope they continue to stock Matt & Nat so that I can buy something once I finally give in to temptation!

  1. Wow, that’s quite the haul! I’m afraid I don’t usually find anything that like that at discounters in Canada (and Target left Canada a few months ago – apparently we just don’t do those things well). But I will try to keep my eyes open! I’d love to find vegan hair and body care products that don’t cost a fortune. I’m always torn between spending a fortune on Paul Mitchell products or buying Unilever brands like Suave on sale at the drugstore (which I realize is shameful, being that Unilever tests on animals!!!). The only alternative I usually see are overpriced products at the health food store that just don’t work. At all. This is an area I need to work on, for sure.

    1. I think we are really spoiled here in the UK because there is one highstreet ‘drugstore’ chain (Superdrug) with a 99% vegan own-brand range, with value goods as well as slightly more high-end products. I do rely on them a bit too much though so this was rather exciting for me! I agree on the health food store products too, it’s tricky to balance it all with my intense love of New Things :/

  2. I love those stores! We have the one called Marshall’s but I think it’s all in the same family of stores. OMG if I found a Matt & Nat bag there I would flip out. FLIP OUT. I’m not really a beauty product person (just a semi-slob), but I’ve also found lots of great vegan treats there over the years. Great finds!

    1. Haaaaa I did sort of wobble a bit at the lovely Matt & Nat display. I spent about 15 minutes talking myself out of buying a £40 bag because it was too similar in size/shape to my current (cheapo) handbag then wandered over to the toiletries and wotnot and spent like £35 on THINGS. I don’t understand my brain sometimes. On the other hand, I won’t need to buy conditioner for like 3 months!

    1. Innit! I haven’t been in YEARS! Once I run out of conditioner (months?) I will be heading back. Or sooner, to buy a bag I don’t need…..

  3. that’s genius! I didn’t know they had so many amazing vegan brands in. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not shy of TK Maxx, I just never really thought of checking out the skincare. Consider me corrected!

    1. I’m enjoying them both so far! My hair gets very knotty so I need to use quite a few pumps, but that’s ok since there’s so much of it! The lavender smells really lovely. The coconut/lemon reminds me of the Lush Veganese conditioner.

  4. I love TK’s. Its the only shop I ever go to for clothes. I tend to get everything through eBay including Matt and Nat bags. I have built up a serious collection of them over the years for really good prices – I don’t think I’ve ever paid more than £15 on there. I have had a couple from TK’s in the past for around £20-25 but that was years ago and I didn’t think they ever got them anymore – good to know. And thanks for the head’s up on the bath salts. I shall take a trip there this week.

    1. Ooh I’ll have to keep an eye out on eBay. I already buy most of my clothes on there! I have a small M&N handbag that was a gift and a purse, but I’d love a bigger one. Knowing what I know now I’ll probably have to limit my visits to once every two months!

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