You know when the name of a brand pops up when you ask for recommendations, and then you start hearing about them more and more, so you think, ‘Ooh, I’ll check them out’, and then you never do? That was me with White Rabbit — until now.
I’ve become a lot more picky with skincare over the past couple of months, and a lot more reluctant to introduce new products to my existing routine. If anything stressful happens then it shows up on my face almost instantly (normally in the form of acne on my forehead, which is delightful) and then there are hormonal spots to contend with every month. The brands I’ve been leaning towards recently make gentle products that often contain lots of natural ingredients, and that’s where White Rabbit come in.
White Rabbit make luxury vegan skincare. Based in Scotland, they’re a cruelty-free company who make their products by hand in small batches.
As well as being animal-friendly, they also take the environment into account. All of their packaging is fully recyclable and you can send it back to White Rabbit HQ. For every product you send back, you get 50p off each product you order next, which is a nice incentive, especially if you’re a regular customer.
I tried four products from the range:
- Comfort Cleansing Balm
- Coconut & Lime Cleansing Water
- Chocolate Orange Lip Balm
- Orange Blossom & Aloe Vera Toner
Comfort Cleansing Balm* (v), £7 for 15ml or £25 for 100ml
This is thick, even for a balm, and it takes a while to melt into the skin — I’ve found it works best if you wait a minute for it to soften before removing it with a flannel, otherwise it can tug around the eye area. Even so, it does a good job of washing off the day’s make-up. It’s also a good vegan alternative to balm cleansers which contain beeswax.
I find the Comfort Cleansing Balm a little rich for my oily T-zone, but I imagine it’d provide some welcome relief for dry skins, especially at this time of year.
Shea butter, castor seed oil, olive fruit oil, olive wax, rosemary leaf oil, eucalyptus leaf oil, lavender oil
Lime & Coconut Cleansing Water* (v), £8 for 30ml or £30 for 200ml
When I saw this I thought of micellar water, but it’s a little thicker than most, which I presume is thanks to the coconut oil? I was expecting it to smell quite zingy, but the overall scent reminds me of cucumbers more than anything.
The Lime & Coconut Cleansing Water works well as a second cleanse and is good at getting rid of stubborn mascara residue and liquid lipstick. It feels very cooling and soothing on the skin, which makes it lovely to use at the end of a long day, although during the week I do prefer something more substantial, like a gel. This would be a nice addition to your collection if you wear minimal make-up most of the time.
Water, orange flower water, coconut oil, polysorbate 80, sodium benzoate & potassium sorbate, lime oil
Chocolate Orange Lip Balm* (v), £7 for 15ml
There was one night last month when I was so tired that I mistook this for the cleansing balm and tried to rub it into my face, before getting a whiff of the orange scent and realising what it was. 0/10, would not recommend.
As a lip balm, however, it’s lovely. It softens and moisturises the skin, sinks in quickly, and has quite a matte finish, which makes it good for layering under lipstick. And then there’s that delicious chocolate orange scent. I’d be perfectly content if all my products smelt like Jaffa Cakes from now on.
Shea seed butter, cocoa butter, almond oil, castor seed oil, olive wax, sweet orange oil
Orange Blossom & Aloe Vera Toner* (v), £9 for 30ml or £25 for 100ml
I seem to go through phases with toners. One week I can’t live without them, the next I barely give them a second thought.
You can use this one on a cotton pad or as a facial spritz throughout the day, and I much prefer the former. I find it difficult to predict how the spray is going to come out of the bottle because it never goes where I think it’s going to, which makes misting your face something of a gamble.
The scent of the orange blossom is noticeable, but the aloe vera is the star ingredient — it’s so soothing, especially when you’re having a skin flare-up, and I find it refreshing in the morning when I need a bit of a wake-up call. The Orange Blossom & Aloe Vera Toner is my favourite White Rabbit product.
Orange flower water, water, aloe leaf juice, glycerine, sodium benzoate & potassium sorbate, sweet orange oil
Overall I’m very impressed with White Rabbit, and think they’re worth looking into if you prefer to buy products that are both cruelty-free and vegan. I love how short the ingredients lists are — and how much easier they are to understand.
The full-size products are on the pricier side, but the smaller sizes are affordable and a good option if you don’t want to splash out without sampling anything first. There’s free shipping on UK orders too.
Have you tried anything from White Rabbit before? What do you look for in a skincare brand? Let me know in the comments!
(v) = vegan
*Products were sent to me by White Rabbit for consideration of review. As always, all words and opinions are my own.
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Beth, 25, South East England.
Lover of books, dogs, yoga, travel, gin, and the Oxford comma.
I write about cruelty-free beauty, vegan & veggie food, and trying to lead a less wasteful life. I throw the odd think piece in there, too.