Your Cruelty-Free Cosmetics: More Tips and Products That Are Bunny-Friendly July 23 2015
So you may recall, about a year ago (I can't believe it's already been a year, like really?!), I wrote a short post on how to be cruelty-free. Since then I've found, tried and tested a few more cosmetic products from various companies that not only match the quality of the 'big' brands out there, but surpass them in all aspects including affordability and, most importantly, they do not test on animals.
Many people think that going the bunny-friendly route is tiresome - where do you find these products? Are they readily available? Can I order them online? (As most of us know, we get lazier and the internet friendlier, and don't forget we hate queues!) Aren't these products generally more expensive than the general mass-produced products that we all know and yes, even love? Well lo and behold the answers to all these questions:
Cruelty-free products are as easy to get hold of as all the other conventional products that grace the shelves of every supermarket. Most, if not all, can be ordered online either directly from their websites or via third party sites. Two sites that I frequent and get most of my products from are Look Fantastic and M&S (Marks & Spencer). Fast, free delivery options and a wide range of affordable cruelty free products, they tick all the boxes!
For those of you who enjoy subscribing to delightful monthly surprises, there are also a number of companies that offer various organic and vegan beauty boxes, and even ones that deliver monthly edible goodies! Some of these worth taking a look at include The Vegan Kind and The Flow Box (both offer beauty products and edible treats), Love Lula, Premae, and Petit Vour (USA based but do ship internationally).
Now before I move on to list some of my new favourite products, I’d like to point out one sneaky little fact: If you decide to search whether or not your favourite brand is tested on animals, a common statement issued by a number of big companies goes something along the lines of this: “[brand] no longer tests on animals any of its products or any of its ingredients, anywhere in the world. Nor does [brand] delegate this task to others. The rare exception allowed is if regulatory authorities demand it for safety or regulatory purposes.”
What I’d like to make you aware of in that final sentence is this: many of these large multi-national companies sell and/or manufacture their products in China for the Asian market, but in China cosmetic products are more often than not tested on animals, as required by China’s rules and regulations:
“..the larger issue, however, is the fact that the Chinese government still carries out post-market animal testing of cosmetic products, and although pre-market requirements for domestic cosmetics are being simplified, post-market supervision is likely to be strengthened by Chinese regulators….within three months of notifying a new, domestically manufactured ordinary cosmetic, provincial FDAs will carry out substantial examination on the product and the product information kept by cosmetic companies. Unless government surveillance efforts shift from animal- to non-animal testing approaches, it is likely that many cruelty-free companies will resist China operations in case their products subsequently become subject to government animal testing.” Humane Society International
There is currently a “Cruelty-Free China” campaign, a collaboration between Humane Society International, Beijing’s Capital Animal Welfare Association, China Journalist Salon for Animal Protection, and China Youth for Animal Protection Alliance, that aims to eradicate animal testing in china for good. So let’s hope they achieve their goal!!!
Moving on to product-specifics, here are some of my faves that I currently use:
Paul Mitchell Original Shampoo and Conditioner
Salon quality, lovely smell and my hair always feels great after each wash!
Dermalogica Tinted Moisturiser
I use the medium shade, and when applying you might thing it feels a little sticky at first, but it soaks into your skin leaving a beautiful glow. I use this daily or when I don't feel like caking my face in lots of foundation.
Inika Certified Organic Eyeliner
In Caviar Black. It's long-lasting, easy to blend if necessary and simply one of the best eyeliners I’ve ever come across. Inika is an Australian-based cosmetic company and are proudly vegan, organic and cruelty-free.
NUDESTIX Eye Pencil
In Gilt. This colour is fab and can be used for a neutral day look or to add some sparkle for a glitzy evening look. Long-lasting and easy to apply without the mess of eyeshadow pots. Great for popping into your handbag so that you can touch-up throughout the day/night!
M&S Autograph Twist-Up Cheeks Blush
Works a treat over my Dermalogica tinted moisturiser. Lasts all day, easy to apply and you can build it up to whatever shade you’d like!
Leighton Denny Nail Polish
In 'I'm so Hollywood'. I love this brand of nail polish, made in the UK with a wide range of various colours.
Now this list can go on and on, so this small list will hopefully help you along your road to a cruelty-free lifestyle. I didn't mention the many household products that you can find which are BUAV approved, but feel free to read my last blog post on the subject for some further info. Generally speaking, Sainsbury's (to name one of many supermarkets) offers a good range of their own-name products, just look for the leaping bunny logo on the back.