Vegan Beauty.. Which brands are Vegan & Animal Cruelty Free?
The days of testing cosmetics on animals is widely becoming boycotted. Thankfully as it's completely unnecessary and just flat out cruel!
There are a huge amount of companies now also turning completely Vegan.
What is the difference between Vegan and Cruelty free?
Vegan Products contain NO animal ingredients or animal by products. e.g beeswax found in a lot of lip balms.
Cruelty Free Products is all ingredients and the product itself has NOT been tested on animals.
Vegan AND Cruelty Free Products
The only guarantee that a product is really cruelty free is to ensure that the company is accredited, from companies such as Choose Cruelty Free, The Vegan Society or PETA, as there are still horrible people out there who will make false claims.
Vegan, but NOT Cruelty-Free
So, whilst a product could contain no animal ingredients it could still be subject to animal testing. Skincare products currently sold within China, are subject to animal testing by law...yeah there's always one! This also means some companies who sell to China that may not test on animals and actively promote that they don't, can't say they are cruelty free as they choose to sell to China who then will use their products on animals. (Well known companies like Clarins, Chanel, Maybelline, Nars, Victoria's Secret, La Mer, Clinique and many more.)
So which products are Vegan?
I'm glad you asked as I've taken the trouble to compile a list of some make up, skincare and hair care products for you!
- Adorn Cosmetics
- E.L.F - this is really well priced and found in Kmart
- Designer Brands
- Jane Iredale
- Go To Skincare has 3 Vegan products
- Natural Instinct
- Natural Organics
- Green People
- Natural Instinct
You may notice popular brands like MAC are NOT a cruelty-free brand. MAC Cosmetics are owned by Estee Lauder, whose animal testing policy is not to test on animals unless required by law. Because MAC is sold in China, where animal testing is required, MAC isn't a cruelty-free company along with many more listed above.
Which Brands are Cruelty Free?
There are a lot more brands which are cruelty free. Some very high quality ones to.
- Mecca Max
- Urban Decay
- IT Cosmetics
- The Body Shop
- too faced
- Nude by Nature
- Kat Von D
- Young Blood
- Image Skincare
- Alpha H
- Eco Tan
- Kora Organics
- The body Shop
- Eleven Australia
These are just a sample, as more and more companies are trying to be cruelty free you will see more and more logo's popping up.
Below are the 3 symbols to look out for as they are registered.
Now it can be very costly to just overnight go and change everything over. A great way to change cosmetics over is each time you run out of something make the swap to the cruelty free option.
Together we can all make a difference, no animal should have to suffer for the sake of beauty!