Vegan fashion is changing and most people are now aware of the animal products that they need to avoid when shopping for clothing. What about make up and beauty products? We give you four reasons to use cruelty-free, vegan beauty products.
- Animal testing is cruel
Animal testing is a word we often hear, but how often do you stop to think about what exactly animal testing means? Animal testing means living life in a prison; except these animals have committed no crime. Common practices include testing irritation/corrosion to the eyes, toxicity to the inside of the mouth and injection of the chemical into the bloodstream of an animal. These are the antithesis of cruelty-free.
Cosmetic animal testing is banned in the EU, India, Israel and Norway, but this does not mean that products which have been tested on animals are not sold in these places and if there is still demand for these products, companies will not stop their cruel practices. We need to vote with our consumer power and only buy cruelty-free.
- Beauty products contain gross animal products
Non-vegan products can contain:
- Ambergris — used as a fixative in perfumes this product comes from whale intestines
- Lanlin — a greasy excretion from sheep found in lipsticks
- Squalene — extracted from the livers of sharks, this is added to eye make up
- Estrogen — taken from the urine of pregnant horses this is used in perfume and age defying creams
I think that we can all agree that these ingredients are definitely gross. Choose vegan.
- There are options for all budgets
Now, on to the good news. There are a plethora of great vegan, cruelty-free brands for every budget.
Skincare and B. Cosmetics (available at Superdrug) — competitively priced at less than £10 per product, this brand has compassionate beauty at its core. We particularly like the ‘B. Stubborn Make Up Remover’ £3.95 and ‘B. Pro Contour Stick’ £8.99.
Too Faced (available online) — we LOVE their ‘Soleil Bronzer’ $30 for a natural looking sun kiss.
Kat Von D Beauty (available online and at Sephora) — we particularly like her ‘Shade and Light Crème Contour Palette’ $49 and her ‘Everlasting Glimmer Veil’ $22.
- Choose compassion
Roald Dahl said: “If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely”.
Beauty comes from within and choosing your beauty products without causing any harm to, or exploiting animals makes you shine brighter!