Cruelty Free Isn’t Always Cruelty Free
In 2016, there are lots of cruelty free labeled cosmetics to choose from but when buying cruelty free cosmetics it is important to avoid buying from brands who are owned by parent companies — specifically ones that animal test. These companies own and operate more cruelty brands than cruelty free brands and by purchasing their cruelty free brands products you are still unawaringly funding animal testing. Although It is difficult to avoid parent company’s 100% try to avoid them as best as you possibly can.
It is also important to remember that just because a product is labeled cruelty free, doesn’t mean it necessarily is. This is because alot of cruelty free brands use animal product in their makeup whether it’s animal fat for lipstick, carmine for pigmentation, beeswax or honey. Just because a brand isn’t 100% vegan doesn’t mean you can’t buy their products, because luckily most cruelty free brands have select vegan products and you can pick out vegan products from each brand.
Here is a list of my favorite cruelty free brands who have available options for the vegan community
ALBA BOTANICA – A cruelty free body care company with majority vegan options. Shampoo and conditioner, acne wash, toner, face wash, body wash, moisturizers, scrubs, sunscreen and aloe after sun gel. All of these products are fairly priced and can be found in Walmart® Target® and most local drugstores.
Colour Pop – A cruelty free cosmetic company with vegan options and prices that range from $5-$16
ELF– A cruelty free cosmetic brand with products as cheap as a few bucks each. Yes, you better believe it! Every thing by e.l.f.® is vegan apart from the essentials makeup brushes, they are made with horse hair. e.l.f. is currently in the process of converting all of their brushes to vegan, synthetic hair.
Too Faced– A cruelty free cosmetic company with lots of vegan options. High quality makeup.
MILANI – A cruelty free cosmetic company with many vegan options. I like Milani because they are an ethical, cheap and good quality products. Found at CVS® and other drug stores.
ABH Cosmetics – Anastasia Beverly Hills® A cruelty free cosmetic company with a variety of vegan options. One of my favorite makeup brands, great quality.
KAT VON D – In the process of going 100% vegan
LUSH – Handmade cruelty free cosmetics 100% vegetarian and 80% vegan products. Bath bombs, Shampoo and conditioners, body scrubs, lotion bars, face masks, exfoliants and more! All vegan products are labeled with the signature Ⓥ
OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE COSMETICS – An extremely ethical, 100% vegan and animal cruelty free cosmetic company
TOMS OF MAINE– Vegan and cruelty free, beware of the fact that Toms Of Maine is owned by parent company Colgate, who still animal tests. Although it is hard to find vegan toothpaste, you can always get cruelty free toothpaste and deodorant from Lush® listed above. Tom’s of Maine produces toothpastes, deodorants, mouthwashes and soaps.
Arctic Fox– Vegan and Cruelty free semi permanent hair colour
Here’s the question of the week support or boycott?
I say avoid brands owned by parent companies as best as you can!