Maybe you haven’t noticed this, but I am a big animal lover and do my best to reduce the number of habits I may have that could impact the adorable fluffies in any way. I am a big lover of cruelty free and vegan makeup and beauty products and have blogged about this a few times before! I’d like to share some recent purchases that are cruelty free, vegan, leaping bunny or PETA certified, or some combination of those things. There are a lot more options out there now than there were 17 years ago when I started to seriously oppose animal testing, and they are actually GOOD.
NYX is a cruelty free brand, though the parent company does test on animals. This is one of those situations where I think you can make an informed choice and I choose to support brands that are cruelty free and display the logo proudly on their products, regardless of parent company. I have quite a bit of NYX makeup because they make a really great product, and this blush pallet is no exception! Great colours, lots of shimmer options and they wear really well. I like that all the colours are in the same pallet, many of their other blushes are singles and I sometimes want to switch it up without having to cart around 4 or 5 different compacts. Thumbs up on this pallet!
I got married a few weeks ago and needed a cruelty free and transfer proof lipstick for the ceremony (I didn’t want to worry about if it had rubbed off during the photos and didn’t want to smear it all over J either!) I splashed out on a Too Faced Melted Matte long wear lipstick in “Queen B” and was really pleased with it! I love long wearing lipsticks because I hate having to check them constantly and reapply or be caught with the dreaded lipstick ringed mouth as it rubs away in the centre… lol. This was perfect. Long wearing but also didn’t require me to scrape off a layer of skin to remove it at the end of the day. Great shade and very animal friendly company!
Shampoo and conditioner. While I would love to buy LUSH all day every day, sometimes it is just a little out of my price range and the quantity is a teensy bit small. I want to buy shampoo once every 6 months, max. I hate always running out! I had initially grabbed up some OGX because it read “not tested on animals” on the back, but as it turns out this company is NOT cruelty free anymore! Ugh. Just goes to show you should always research a product rather than just relying on what they say on the back because companies liiiiiiie.
I don’t believe in wasting things either so I’ll use them up, but I also picked up some other stuff that I KNOW is cruelty free from Avalon Organics and Alba Botanica. Both these brands are leaping bunny certified which means they have met a series of requirements set out by Leaping Bunny organization and have applied, and been approved, to display the logo on their products. The finished product must not be tested on animals, in addition to 3rd party testing of ingredients purchased for use in the products, or 3rd party companies that test the products on their behalf (Some companies can say their product is not tested on animals, but if the ingredients were tested on animals beforehand that is just as bad!) They also cannot be sold in China as products there are required by law to be tested on animals before they can be sold. Avalon and Alba both make great smelling and very effective shampoos and conditioners. I especially love the lemon scent.
I didn’t even know until recently that the makeup I bought as a pre-teen is also cruelty free! Wet n Wild is a PETA certified cruelty free brand with super cheap products. I picked up a few mascaras, eyeliners and brow pencils to give them a test. The mascaras are passable, I’ve definitely learned what the difference is between a mascara that costs $3.99 and one that cost $29, but for a cheapie it’s perfectly good. The liquid liner is good and so are the eyebrow pencils, though the caps do not stay on whatsoever and keep rolling all over the place in my bag. The megaslicks are small and portable and come in a good range of colours, though they are more of a gloss than a saturated colour. I like the purple one a lot, and the price is right.
More cruelty free products to come!