Cruelty Free Beauty

As you may or may not know I’ve been a vegetarian for almost three years now. It’s something I’m very committed to, and I try to only buy products which aren’t harmful to animals (or people!) It’s not until recently, though, that I’ve given much thought to my choice of cosmetics. I read blog posts by Chelsea and Libby which pointed out that some cosmetics are still tested on animals. Testing beauty products on animals creates unnecessary suffering – we don’t need to test them on animals, plenty of companies use alternative methods! I’ve therefore stopped buying products from companies that test on animals. It’s been a difficult transition, though, since it’s often unclear whether companies test or not. Often, the “finished product” isn’t animal tested, but the ingredients are, or the company says they “don’t test on animals” but they’re paying someone else to do it for them. To make things more difficult, the Chinese law requires that all beauty products must be animal tested, which means that if a beauty company stocks in China it is not cruelty free. Confused yet? Here are the cruelty free (as far as I know) products that work for me!

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Urban Decay This is hands down the most expensive make up I own, but it is both vegan and cruelty free! Their Naked Skin foundation is the only foundation I’ve found that actually matches my skin tone, and it’s lovely and light so it doesn’t look cakey or make me break out. I’m not really sure what the point of primer is, but I’ve been dutifully wearing it, and my foundation lasts all day so maybe it is working! The mascara is also a favourite of mine – it’s gives me long lashes without the clumps. Plus, the Urban Decay lady in Debenhams is really nice. I’ve been coveting an Urban Decay lipstick for a while now!

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The Body Shop – Originally The Body Shop was the holy grail in cruelty free beauty, founded by the activist Anita Roddick, but it’s now owned by L’Oreal who do test on animals.I’m not really sure how I feel about this. I’m new to skin care, but I’m giving it a go. I’ve been cleansing toning and moisturising twice a day for a couple of weeks. I haven’t noticed an improvement, but I haven’t had any problems either which is unusual for my super sensitive skin. I’m going to be patient and see if there’s an accumulative effect!

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Zoya / Wet ‘n Wild / Barry M / Models Own – There are a surprisingly large amount of cruelty free nail varnish brands. Zoya is my favourite – it’s opaque in one coat and doesn’t chip easily. Models Own do the best glitter polishes, and Barry M is inexpensive and has a huge selection – I love their gelly polishes!

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Eco Tools – Apart from a snapped-in-half blusher brush that I’ve had for at least five years, this is the first make up brush that I’ve bought! It really is super soft and applies my foundation evenly. If I buy another make up brush, I will get it from them! Not only are they cruelty free, they’re also eco friendly and donate a lot of their proceeds to charity.

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Soap and Glory – I love Soap and Glory moisturisers! Hand Food, Butter Yourself, The Righteous Butter, they’re all good. Before Christmas the Yule Monty box was the Boots offer of the Week and I bought it (with my staff discount) for £23. Everything smells delicious, although I probably wouldn’t pay full price for the shower gel and the lip plump felt like it was burning rather than “tingling.”

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The Natural Collection – As you can see by the battered containers, I’ve had this blusher and eyeshadow for a while. I use the brown eyeshadow for my brows, and this is my everyday blusher. Since The Natural Collection is budget friendly I buy the kind of makeup here that doesn’t improve when you spend more money on it (pencil eyeliner, blusher etc.) and I love their gold eyeshadow!

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LUSH – I’ve saved the best for last. Lush is cruelty free, vegan, they have an emphasis on being eco-friendly and they campaign for a lot of good causes. I have a bit of a lush addiction at the moment. Every time I visit town I go in and smell all the bath bombs, which smell delicious and make my skin lovely and soft. They’re often glittery and contain “surprises”… and I love surprises! I recently tried out some of their “Emotional Brilliance” range. I have the blue “Control” liquid makeup (which I wear as lipstick) and the dark red “Confidence” liquid lipstick which took a while to get used to but is a lovely colour.

I hope that was helpful. Have you tried out any cruelty free products? If you want read read more about bunny friendly beauty, here are some resources that I’ve been finding super helpful… mo’adore Blog / Leaping Bunny / My Beauty Bunny / PETA Cruelty Free / Go Cruelty Free

13 thoughts on “Cruelty Free Beauty

  1. Thanks for your sweet words on my last post, they brightened my day!
    Honey, I love you even more now. I’m a strict vegeterian, too, and love shopping at Yves Rocher (French beauty brand) because everything is plant-tested and -based. Most drugstore brands don’t really give much away of their ingredients or methods which is a shame…

    Hope you have a fantastic day,

  2. Great post on an important issue! We don´t have a Lush over where I live, but if I run into one of their stores, I need to try that popcorn lipbalm! I love how their products look, to me it´s a bit of a candyshop 🙂
    And I didn’t know that the Bodyshop is now owned by L’Oreal. Maybe it wants to make L’Oreal think that beautyproducts don’t need to be tested on animals…

  3. This is a fantastic round-up, thank you so much for sharing! Now it’ll be a lot easier when I go to the store to know what brands to support.

  4. I had no idea about the ethics of a lot of these brands. I knew about Lush. They came into our work once as they made an oil barrel into a worm farm which I thought was adorable! I had no idea L’Oreal bought the Body Shop, that is so weird as the Body Shop pride themselves on the ethics of their products.

    Thanks for doing this post, it was very enlightening. I also have no idea what primer does.

    Emma x

  5. Jess, amazing post! I was just working on a vegan/ethics cosmetics post and vegan/ethics hair post haha, maybe I’ll forgo the first one or it looks like I’m copying you (you just have the best blog ideas… or great minds think alike?). I’m so happy there’s been an increase in cruelty-free stuff. I’ve stopped using body shop due to l’oreal and I also avoid Barry M as they are or used to be subsidised by Topshop. Also a couple of the brands you mentioned use animal products but I imagine you’re aware of that already and that’s only a concern to the vegan kids? I agree it’s SO annoying how companies aren’t prepared to just lay it out on the table, so frustrating when you’re trying to navigate the market. xxx

    • Great minds do think alike! Laila, I think you should definitely still write those posts. I’d love to read them, and the more people talking about this stuff the better, right? I definitely would prefer to use brands that don’t use animal products at all. It’s tricky though because with so many things to be aware of you end up with no brands that you’re okay buying from. Maybe the answer is to shop exclusively in Lush, and I’m fine with that!

  6. I used to like The Bodyshop products a lot but I was pretty disappointed when they became part of the L’Oreal business :-/

  7. Great post, Jess! It’s startling how many companies still test cosmetics on animals. I’m a big fan of Soap & Glory and The Body Shop. I tend to look for beauty products for super sensitive skin! xx

  8. This is a great post! I didn’t know that Urban Decay is cruelty free, that makes me love them even more. I have very picky skin so it’s hard for me to eliminate things that actually don’t break me out, but it’s definitely something I look for.

    I’m so glad I found your blog! If you’d like to follow each other, I’d be happy to keep in touch! Just let me know on my blog 🙂


  9. Great post!! It’s a lovely idea to share cruelty free cosmetics tips, lots of brands I don’t know in there 😀 I am also a big big Lush fan (it’s top quality, they have a few killer products)

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