Beauty: Cruelty Free Products

06_24_2015_09I’ve always been fairly lazy about beauty and personal care products. Sure, I impulse buy them at the drug store all the time, but when it comes to actually using them most often they just sit on a shelf or in a drawer until they are so old I don’t even remember what they are or where they came from. Since leaving the city the temptation to impulse purchase has been drastically reduced, which is amazing for me (and my visa bill). I have been striving hard to adjust my consumer habits and stay away from cheap or unnecessary products and making efforts to actually use up the items I do purchase. Crazy, right? I’ve even reduced the amount of makeup I wear to almost none most days, and have completely stopped dying my hair which is a big deal for me.

One thing I have always kept in mind while shopping is whether or not the products are tested on animals. I recognize that death, though sad, is a part of life and I’m not going to freak out about animals being eaten for food (though I choose not to eat them) or animal products being sold in beauty supplies (though I prefer to avoid them)… to an extent. It has to be ethical. And what’s very important to me is that there be no suffering. This should be important to everyone. As momma to rabbits and other wonderful animals (cats, dogs, rats etc) that are routinely used to test cosmetics and other items for human use in laboratories around the world, it breaks my heart to think of what these animals have to endure so that we can buy a mascara that makes our lashes look huge and “sexy”. There should not be an element of cruelty in these processes as they are absolutely not necessary.

I have compiled a list of some of the cruelty free brands I do support and my favourite products. If you have others you like please feel free to share in the comments!

06_24_2015_10HAIR CARE

1. LUSH I Love Juicy Shampoo or Daddy-o Shampoo ($9.95 – $29.95)

It’s hard to pick just one or two things I really love at LUSH, I love all of it! Soaps, bath bombs, cosmetics… you really can’t go wrong here. But the only shampoo I buy is from here, so I’ll start with that. I Love Juicy is great for oily roots, my hair has never been this nice. I’m not a blonde, but I also like using the Daddy-O purple shampoo. It smells great and leaves your hair really soft and fluffy. One more product I’m obsessed with from LUSH is their Popcorn Lip Scrub. Seriously, I just want to eat all of it.

“We’ve been against animal testing for over 30 years and will continue to inform, encourage and participate in the fight for animal rights. We’re proud to say that the founders of LUSH have been passionately fighting against animal testing during all of this time, long before LUSH was even an idea. Since the movement to stop animal testing started, policies have been created to work with cosmetics companies and raw materials suppliers to end animal cruelty.”

2. Davines Sea Salt Primer for Wizards ($29.50)

I love love love this sea spray. It smells like salty cake batter (is that a thing?) and doesn’t weigh down my super fine hair. Also it is specifically for Wizards so clearly we are a perfect match. I highly recommend it.

“As Davines has grown as a brand, we’ve been asked more frequently about our policy on animal testing. It’s quite simple… we never have and we never will. In fact since 1993, when we developed our first Davines product line and a decade before the European Union banned the practice across the continent, our ethical policy was to never test on animals. We invite you to check out our Research Charter for more on the Origin of our Sustainability.”

3. KEVIN.MURPHY Fresh Hair Dry Shampoo ($33.99)

This was the first dry shampoo I ever tried and I loved it right away. It, like the sea salt primer for wizards, has a sweet cake batter type smell that is soooo good, and it is really amazing at texturizing fine hair. It makes it ok to skip a shower day and not look too slimey. I’m not sure if they still do this, but when I bought mine from the salon it came with a cotton towel printed with instructions for buffing the powder out of your hair after spraying. Pretty neat!

“People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the largest animal rights organization in the world, has proudly accepted KEVIN.MURPHY to be listed as one of their recommended ‘Cruelty Free’ companies. KEVIN.MURPHY will not harm nor test on animals. We test on models! We avoid the use of any ingredients that will damage or harm animals and the environment in any way.”


4. NYX Eyebrow Push-Up Bra ($11)

I absolutely love these double-sided pencils and use them every day. I think there are 4 in my makeup drawer… haha. The brown is perfect with no hint of red like so many other brown eyebrow pencils, and the pinky/neutral end is great for cleaning up the bottom line of your brows and highlighting.

“NYX Cosmetics is certified and acknowledged by organizations, such as PETA, as a cruelty free brand. NYX is committed to producing 100% cruelty-free cosmetics. NYX does not test any of its raw materials or finished products on animals.”

5. Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara ($25)

This is Hands. Down. the best mascara I have ever used. It’s pricey, but worth every penny. HUGE lashes!

“tarte cosmetics is a cruelty-free cosmetics line. tarte makeup and skincare is never tested on animals.

6. E.L.F. Studio Lip Exfoliator ($3.99)

I just discovered this line of cosmetics and love that the price point is so low. Both NYX and E.L.F. are available at the London Drugs the block over from my work… not sure if that is a blessing or a curse hahaha. This lip exfoliator smells great and is really smooth, but simultaneously really good at scrubbing those lips clean.

“We do NOT test on animals or endorse such practices. Our products do not contain animal derived ingredients. Beeswax has been replaced by synthetic beeswax and lanolin has been replaced by Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladinpale-2. We currently support HSUS and are partners with PETA in the Caring Consumer Project.”

7. Hurraw! Lime Lip Balm ($3.79)

I’ve posted about these babies before and they definitely deserve the hype. My favourite flavours are lemon and lime. I also really like that the tube is slightly flattened so it fits in your pocket better. And they are vegan and raw for the win!

“Hurraw! Balm is a Certified Vegan product! ‘Vegan’ means no animal products (ie: beeswax) are included in our product. We are proud to also be CCIC approved.
The CCIC provides the leaping bunny logo which assures our cruelty free standards (no animals are used/harmed/tested on in any stage of the manufacture of our product, including our suppliers).”

8. Cult Cosmetics Nail Polish ($12)

I’ve blogged about these tons already, do I really need to say more? The colour goes on thick, and with a top coat lasts for a good length of time which can’t be said for a lot of other nail polishes I’ve tried. The colour selection is also pretty ace.

“As an ethical company with a deep love for animals, CULT guarantees that NO animal testing will ever be conducted or commissioned for CULT polishes or their ingredients in any phase of product development by the company or its suppliers.”

9. Nellie’s Laundry Soda ($21 USD)

Every year in Vancouver there is a home and garden show where for $80 you can buy what works out to essentially a one year supply of Nellie’s and it is the only thing that gets me through the doors. This stuff lasts for ages, plus they have many other amazing products including reusable dryer balls with fragrance sticks and natural whiteners for your clothes. The reusable metal tins are also fantastic for holding other items in your laundry room – for us they work great for soap nuts.

“Nellie’s All Natural products have the following qualities: Biodegradable, Non Toxic, Hypoallergenic, Gluten Free, No SLS or SLES, No GMO’s, Chlorine Free, Phosphate Free, Septic Safe, No animal testing (Leaping Bunny Certified), Dye free, Non toxic, Paraben Free, Formaldehyde Free, Ammonia Free, Synthetic fragrance free (One Soap and Scent Sticks), Fragrance free laundry soap”

10. Natracare Regular Tampons without Applicator ($6.49)

These things are the best. No applicator (do we really need to create that extra waste? Really?) and they are all natural. Plus they are fairly inexpensive for what you are getting, considering they are an essential for most women. A box of pantyliners is about $2.99 and I don’t know about you, but one box of each lasts me for months. Not bad!

“Out of respect for all living things, Natracare products do not contain any animal ingredients or raw materials processed with any animal products. Neither the raw materials nor the finished products are ever tested on non-human animals. All Natracare products are suitable for vegans and people of Faith whose teachings respect animals as sentient beings.”

11. method Gel Hand Wash in Pink Grapefruit ($3.99)

I love the smell of these gel hand soaps as well as the nice design of the packaging. We use a lot of method products in our home, floor cleaners, dryer spray, hand soap and surface cleaners. They are pretty inexpensive and aren’t made by Proctor and Gamble like half of the other cleaning supplies available, so I’m happy. Pink Grapefruit smells great, but I also like Cucumber!

“method is 100% cruelty-free, has never tested its products nor their ingredients on animals and does not endorse, request nor commission any animal testing on our behalf. method works with suppliers to ensure that no animal testing ever be done in the development of ingredients for our products. some suppliers of the more commonly used ingredients in cleaning and personal care products have been in production for over 50 years, and have performed animal testing in this time. method does not solicit, endorse, nor encourage animal testing from its suppliers; however, we bare no effect on testing done prior to our existence. given that the vast majority of regulatory agencies in the world have historically preferred animal testing to gauge the safety of materials, the number of possible ingredients that have been animal tested at some point in their history is huge. method has a forward-looking approach to making animal testing obsolete. we obtain statements from our suppliers that no testing is done on our behalf, and have lobbied to gain acceptance for our non-animal product testing protocols from various regulatory agencies, consumers, and others. for our product safety testing we use in-vitro (non-animal), simulated skin and eye irritation tests, and have been successful in arguing that various federal and state agencies should accept these test methods in the place of animal test results. these efforts were part of the reason PETA named our two co-founders, Adam Lowry and Eric Ryan, people of the year for 2006 for their leadership in cruelty-free business practices and gave method a ‘proggy’ award that same year.”

12. Jamieson Natural Sources Vitamins (Varies)

These are the only vitamins I will buy. I love that they have a ‘not tested on animals’ logo on the back, I’m not sure if many other vitamin companies think that is even an important consideration for supplement consumers… but it should be! Their line of products is nice and not too pricey, plus the packaging is clear and easy to understand, I like that the use for each vitamin is right there on the lower portion of the label. Makes shopping for vitamins a lot less daunting.

“No one can deny that it is right to save human lives and good to expect newer, better health and beauty products. But it is wrong to use and abuse animals in the process. It is even worse when it does little or nothing to provide real benefits for people. Animals are for loving not testing. That is why we at Jamieson have always been passionately opposed to animal testing of any kind. Our research and development and quality-control laboratories are the vitamin industry’s most advanced and sophisticated. Yet, none of our products are ever tested on animals. In fact, our own technicians daily test our products. You could say, we test only on human beings. Animals deserve your compassion and respect.”

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