Cruelty-free beauty products you need in your makeup bag

Becoming a vegetarian or vegan is not just about the diet, it’s about caring for animals. With that said, there are many more ways you can do your part to prevent animal cruelty without necessarily switching to a meat-free diet. All you need to do is check the labels on your makeup and toiletries, or just do your research,  to see whether or not they’ve been tested on animals. If so, throw them out immediately and start buying cruelty free beauty products; most of which work just as well as other brands, and can suit any budget.

Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

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NYX Cosmetics

Who said drugstore makeup can’t be cruelty free? NYX Cosmetics are easily found in most supermarkets and drugstores, and they don’t blow a massive hole in your budget. If you want anymore proof that these cosmetics are cruelty free, you should know that they are PETA certified. The range includes everything from eye shadows, lipsticks, concealers, and primers. You can find a basic selection in stores, or you can go to Amazon for the full collection.

The Body Shop

The Body Shop was the first global beauty brand to fight against animal testing in cosmetics. Most of their products are vegetarian, although you will find a few vegan cosmetics if you scan the labels to make sure there is no beeswax, honey, shellac, or lanolin in the product. Since vegan products are becoming more popular in an attempt to protect all animals, The Body Shop has launched a new vegan range, which will have a vegan symbol on them so they’re easier to find in shops. Ultimately, The Body Shop has always been dedicated to creating naturally inspired beauty products from the finest ethically-sourced ingredients. The range includes makeup, shower gels, skin care, and even hair care products.

Bare Minerals

For the people who don’t really enjoy wearing makeup, but feel the need to make an effort for a special occasion, Bare Minerals has managed to tick a lot of boxes. The original powder foundation has high praise for coverage, yet it doesn’t feel heavy like most other brands. The eye shadow powders look flawless, and are available in a wide range of colors. Bare Minerals is on PETA’s list of cruelty free brands, and this includes other brands such as Buxom, and MD Formulations, which are all part of the Bare Escentuals range. You can find them in high end shops in town, or you can look online for their full collection.

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Wen Sixthirteen

There are many reasons to consider changing your hair products in addition to wanting a cruelty free shampoo. Most hair products are full of parabens and sulfates. Parabens are chemicals that have been used since the 1950s to prevent bacteria and act as a preservative in deodorants, lotions, lipsticks, shampoos, scrubs, and more. Sulfates are effective cleansing and foaming agents that can be found in toothpaste, shampoo, and body washes, among other products. Some studies have shown that some parabens can mimic the activity of estrogen in the body’s cells, and while estrogenic activity is associated with certain forms of breast cancer, parabens have been found present in breast tumors. Sulfates are concerning because they were found to break down proteins, which can lead to a degenerative effect on the cell membranes. Sulfates were also found to leave residue in the heart, lungs, and brain.

Although these studies have not been definitively proved, it does give you further incentive to switch your shampoos and conditioners. Wen Sixthirteen is technically a cleansing conditioner – a conditioner that is formulated to be used as a shampoo – but it works wonders on all hair types. It isn’t much more expensive than other specialty shampoo, not to mention you don’t need to buy a conditioner to go with it. With an option like this available, who needs to choose a shampoo that tests on animals.

Lush

Stepping into a Lush store is like entering a world of exotic smells. It’s all the more sweeter when you learn that  everything in the store is handmade from raw materials, and none of said materials have ever been tested on animals. Lush never buys from any company that tests any products on animals, whether it’s for food, pharmaceuticals or cosmetics. Lush is mostly known for their luxurious bathroom products, but they also provide an amazing range of makeup, skin care products, and hair products. Their Cynthia Sylvia Stout shampoo is made from beer and cognac oil, which leaves all hair looking glossy. Lush can get a bit pricey, but you can buy some products by weight, so if you know you won’t need much you can still save a fair amount of money.

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Natural perfumes

There are some people who dread perfume shopping, mostly because they can’t really distinguish one overwhelming scent from another. The majority of perfumes on the market today are made from positively damaging ingredients. The synthetic chemicals found in fragrances might make you smell good in the short term, but in the long term some of the ingredients can cause irritability, mental vagueness, muscle pain, asthma, joint aches, sinus pain, fatigue, eye irritation, gastrointestinal problems, dizziness, swollen lymph nodes, spikes in blood pressure,  and burning or itching skin irritations. Perfume manufacturers are not required to list all their ingredients, but you should know that most perfumes are made with chemicals such as ethanol, acetone, benzyl alcohol, ethyl acetate, methylene chloride, a-terpineol, camphor, and limonene.

If you want to wear a lovely scent that won’t cause you bad long-term illnesses, you’re better off trying to find natural perfumes that don’t contain the same chemicals as air fresheners and laundry detergent.

Unlike cheap perfume scents created in labs, natural perfumes rely on scents found in nature, like essential oils and rare ingredients like ambergris (fossilized whale poop). When combined together, these scents create complex fragrances that tend to be less overwhelming than synthetic perfumes. Manufacturers of natural perfumes aren’t shy about listing their ingredients, so it might be easier to find one than you think.

Flower Beauty

The makeup line brought to us by Drew Barrymore features a lot of cheerful floral patterns and bright colors, which reflect the actress’ personality. You don’t have to be hesitant about buying this brand of celebrity makeup, because Barrymore’s company is cruelty free. PETA has confirmed that Flower Beauty does not conduct, commission, or pay for tests on animals anywhere in the world, therefore earning the right to display PETA’s logo on their products. The full collection of Flower Beauty can be found at Walmart, or online at the Flower Beauty website.

Nail polish

Nothing makes a person feel more glamorous and powerful than when they have a killer manicure. Unfortunately, not all nail polishes are created equal. Some cosmetics companies still pay for unnecessary and inhumane tests on animals. Some of these tests involve dripping substances into animals’ eyes, smearing products onto their shaved or scraped skin, or forcing them to ingest or inhale huge quantities of chemicals.

Fortunately, many cosmetics companies are filling this gap in the market. Brands such as Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, wet n wild, and Beauty Without Cruelty have released their own range of brightly colored nail polishes that do not test on animals. Beauty Without Cruelty makes their nail polish from plant-based ingredients, and also has a nail polish remover made from wheat, corn, and sugarcane, and it’s free from acetone and ethyl acetate.

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