As well as changing how I eat, since becoming vegan I’ve become a lot more conscious of the products I use *Alan Partridge voice* beauty-wise.
I was shocked at how many of the cosmetics I owned and blithely used could have been tested (or contains ingredients tested) on animals. The notion of experimenting on mice, beagles, cats and other gorgeous little creatures so I can wear a new lip gloss is so profoundly immoral and inept I can barely comprehend it still goes on. Once the old products were all used up I decided to buy cruelty-free alternatives.
I’m still very new to compassionate cosmetics but these are my initial fave things. Some products are a bargain and so easy to get a hold of, others a bit more expensive and so are little treats to myself. Some are organic and made with sustainable materials, others not. Some are made by vegan/compassionate companies, others are not. All are cosmetics and toiletries I love using and, I hope, were made without harming animals.
I am in no way a make-up expert. I don’t wear foundation or lipsticks unless I’m at a wedding and basically as long as I have decent wings on my eyeliner and a solid lip-gloss I’m happy. In the comments PLEASE do tell me your recommendations – this is an exciting part of my vegan journey so any and all tips gratefully received!
Shower & Bath
Original source shower-gel – from £1 – High street shops
Original Source proudly carry the Vegan trademark on their bottles which means, at a glance, you can be assured that they do not test on animals nor do they have any testing conducted by 3rd parties on their behalf, so each Original Source product contains no animal ingredients whatsoever. Original Source make amazing zingy shower gels – hollaback to the Lemon and the Mint and TeaTree – daily scrubs and hand soap. They’re often on offer too so cheap and very cheerful.
Avalon Organics shampoo & conditioner – £5.99 each – Waitrose/Ocado and Health Food shops
Avalon Organics say they are “humbled by a profound respect for all living beings” (me too bruv) and, aside from their lipbalms which contain beeswax, all of their products are vegan and cruelty-free. Avalon Organics never tests products on animals, and will only source ingredients that the supplier can document are not tested on animals. Another reason I like to buy Avalon Organics – apart from the fact their shampoo and conditioners give me shiny, squeaky-clean hair – is that they have joined forces with CARE® as one of the founding partners of the Empower Her Through Education campaign, a 3-year partnership to help break down the barriers to education for girls in developing countries.
Lush Let The Good Times Roll scrub – £7.25 – High Street
You’ve almost certainly seen – and smelt! – a Lush on a high street or in a train station near you. Great for their bath bombs and progressive approach to packaging they have a robust stance on animal testing too. I’m a big fan of the ‘Let The Good Times Roll’ scrub as it leaves my skin feeling soft and has a buttery popcorn fragrance. Made with just 10 ingredients including Maize flour, polenta and cinnamon powder it’s vegan and cruelty-free.
Dr. Bronner’s Castille Liquid Soap – £6.49 (little bottle, but it goes a long way) – Planet Organic
On the Castile Liquid Soap (my fave flavours are rose and also the citrus) the label proclaims there are “18-in-1” uses. I mostly stick with washing my face and body with them but you can also use it for washing your hands and hair, for bathing, shaving, brushing your teeth, rinsing fruit, aromatherapy, washing dishes by hand, doing laundry, mopping floors, all-purpose cleaning, washing windows, scrubbing toilets, washing dogs and so on!
All of Dr. Bronner’s products sold in the U.S. and Canada are Certified Vegan, except for our Organic Lip Balms and Organic Body Balms, which contain organic beeswax. All of their products carry the “Leaping Bunny” seal, which indicates that they are cruelty-free and that there is no animal testing done with them.
If you’ve ever used a Dr. Bronner’s soap you might have noticed a sort-of manifesto on the label about his All-One principle. Dr. Bronner’s essential vision and philosophy were born out of the tragic fate of his parents and extended family who were murdered in the Holocaust. He believed emphatically that we are all children of the same divine source, and that we must all realize we are “All-One!” or we will otherwise destroy ourselves. Dr. Bronner was also grounded in a powerful ecological consciousness, and their soaps are an extension of this simple, natural and 100% environmentally-friendly ideal.
JĀSÖN – £5ish – Planet Organic
JĀSÖN never test on animals and have a range of (pretty expensive) stick deodorants. Honestly, some days they work better than others in terms of perspiration but they never irritate my skin and keep my arm pits super soft.
Stella McCartney – around £60 for 50ml – Online
My favourite two perfumes by Stella McCartney ‘Stella’ and ‘Pop’ are both floral without being fussy.
Stella McCartney don’t use leather or fur in any of their products and the perfumes are completely vegan. It is worth noting that Procter & Gamble – who own their fragrance license – test other P&G fragrances on animals.
Green People Vitamin Fix Cream – £16 – Planet Organic, London
Organic, vegan and Green People never test on animals, this is a rich, non-greasy day cream that smells and feels sumptuous. Every single time I put this on my face I am struck by how beautiful it smells and how good it feels on my skin.
Nourish Golden Glow Illuminating Face Shimmer – £16 – Planet Organic, London
Organic, vegan and cruelty-free. An illuminating face shimmer which creates a pretty sun-kissed radiance. A little goes a long way.
Superdrug – great value – Highstreet
Superdrug is against animal testing and do not test any of their own brand products or their ingredients on animals, nor do they commission, via third parties, testing of our products on animals.
Superdrug is a member of the ‘Cruelty free International’ and all of their own brand products are certified cruelty free under the Cruelty Free International Leaping Bunny programme.
Superdrug’s have a massive range of own brand products so you’re bound to find something that works for you and they’re really great value and located on most high-streets. I use Superdrug’s sun lotions knowing they’re an affordable and cruelty-free way of staving off sunburn. But I’m only just beginning to try their various cosmetic goodies so a fuller post on Superdrug will have to follow.
Barry M – great value – Highstreet
Since their foundation in 1982, Barry M has never tested their finished products or ingredients on animals or engaged another company to do so on their behalf. All companies in their supply chain must provide Barry M with an annual written assurance that no product or ingredient used in their products has been newly animal tested by them after our fixed cut-off date.
Barry M also pledged not to permit their products to be sold in countries such as China whilst they require additional new animal testing. They have also pledged not to use new ingredients that become available in the future unless their safety can be assessed entirely without animal testing.
I love Barry M’s commitment to cruelty-free cosmetics almost as much as I love their dazzling nail polishes, stunningly packaged and very effective Feature Length Mascara and dramatic and easy-to-apply Eye Define Liquid Eyeliner. Which is a lot. Their eyeliner is so good that I’ve had strangers on the train asking who made it, due to it’s ability to stay firmly in place even on swelteringly hot summer days. So good.
Hurraw lip gloss – £4.49 each – Planet Organic, London
Pretty expensive for a lip gloss I cane so very quickly, but just so smooth and soft and so brilliantly lovely. I don’t have any Hurraw at the moment and this makes me sad. If I ever spot this on sale at Planet Organic and have spare readies I will stock the heck up.
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So, here are just some of my day-to-day cosmetic and beauty products. I will share more as I find them, but if you have any absolute must-buys please do let me know! Thanks bab.