It’s been over a year since I decided to go cruelty free. I’m not going to lie and say that it was really easy (which to be honest I was actually expecting) because it wasn’t. I can hardly buy any toiletries in the shops anymore, hair dye is basically a no go and I realised most of my favourite make up products were made by companies who test on animals.
However, it hasn’t been all bad. I’ve learnt more about the ingredients used in make up products, the benefits of putting these ingredients in make up and also a few certain ingredients to avoid (eg salicylic acid – found in lip balms, causes irritation to the lips so you have to apply more.) I’m also really enjoying discovering brands and new products such as; The Balm, Makeup Geek and Colourpop to name a few.
A few tips on going cruelty free:
- Don’t throw away the make up you already have – just finish it you’ve already purchased it no point wasting it.
- Download the cruelty cutter app (best for people in the USA) you can scan a products barcode and depending on whether they have it on their system it will tell you if it is cruelty free or not.
- Buy online. Easiest way to get the best and sometimes cheapest cruelty free make up.
- Be aware that companies aren’t going to be 100% honest (most of the companies that I have emailed asking them their animal testing policies tend to beat around the bush a little “we do not conduct animal testing unless required by law” so basically they test, but aren’t going to outright admit it.
- Another thing to be aware is that companies animal testing policies are forever changing a lot of companies start selling in China as the company gets bigger which means they will no longer be cruelty free.
- Just because they are cruelty free doesn’t mean they are vegan – a lot of companies use beeswax or carmine, however a lot of companies do have a list of their vegan products if you do a little digging on their website. If you require your make up to also be vegan that is.
- Always check the labels when buying in the supermarket, a lot of cruelty free companies will state so on the back – normally with the leaping bunny logo if they’ve been verified.
I’ve now tried enough cruelty free brands to come to the conclusion that it is fairly easy to stay cruelty free once you have tried enough different brands, so I’ll be writing a few posts on my favourite products and brands, trying out some new products and attempting to find dupes for my old favourites over the next few months.