by Sammy Caiola
Native Foods Cafe
Just because we don’t eat our make-up doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be conscious of it. In fact, that’s all the more reason we should be conscious of it. Adopting a vegan or vegetarian diet is a big change that, unfortunately, scares off a good deal of people. But changing your make-up, when cruelty-free make-up is widely available and looks and feels just as good, should be a quick fix.
If you’re vegan you’re probably already on the prowl for beauty supplies that are free of animal by-products and not tested on animals in any way. If you’re not vegan but have any sympathy for animals whatsoever, you might want to consider putting on a new face when it comes to make-up. Most products from big make-up companies are tested on animals somewhere down the line. Even if a U.S.-based company swears it does not do animal testing, there’s no knowing what happens when the product is shipped overseas. This testing is dangerous for animals because of the chemical exposure, inhumane application methods, and inhumane treatment and confinement.
When searching for cruelty-free vegan beauty products, pay special attention to the ingredient lists. Remember that things like beeswax and honey are usually not vegan, and look out for hidden ingredients like carmine, which is made from crushed insects, and guanine, which is made from fish scales.
Below, we’ve compiled ten products that are PETA-approved and well-regarded by vegan bloggers. Find them, use them, and then gift them to all of your friends so society can brush off its ugly habit of cruel and destructive make-up production.
Let’s start at the top, with our hair:
Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Hair Care: This combination of mint, tea tree, eucalyptus and thyme smells divine and actually gives your scalp a pleasant tingling sensation. Find it at your nearest Trader Joe’s or on amazon for $12 (shampoo/ conditioner/ body wash combo for $35)
And these are easy on the eyes:
Ecco Bella FlowerColor Shimmerdust: These beautiful eye shadow palettes are made with almond oil, aloe vera extract, and flower wax iron oxides. You can also put it on your cheeks if you’re feeling rosy. Only $15 for a four-color set.
Beauty Without Cruelty Eye Pencils: The name says it all. Our blogger Holladay raved about the mascara little while ago, and the eyeliner is cut from the same cloth. Comes in black, carbon black, soft brown, blue, green, grey, walnut. $16.75 each.
Nothing says confidence like a good complexion:
And Zuzu Luxe Mineral Bronzer will boost yours in no time. Made with avocado extract and jojoba seed oil, this high-quality bronzer will keep you looking radiant all summer. One compact containing two shades costs $28.30
But you’re never fully dressed without a smile:
Try Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics’ Lip Tar: It sounds kind of gross, but vegans rave about it. This cruelty-free company makes some killer vibrant hues, so get your summer off to a bright start. Dozens of colors at $18 each.
Crazy Rumors Fresh Squeezed Vegan Lip Balm: This adorable product comes from an adorable couple named Brian and Edie Himmel, who live in Brooklyn with one daughter and four cats. Their many many flavors are sorted into “ice cream”, “soda”, “coffee”, “floral” and “mystery” and are available for just $4 a piece.
Beauty on the surface
For your skin, try Moksa Body Butter: Moksa is a totally organic company that uses fairly traded ingredients and donates much of its profit to environmental advocacy groups and sustainable business. Try their body butter, which comes in lavender, grapefruit, ginger, vanilla, and rosemary, for just $16.
Tom’s of Maine Natural Confidence Deodorant: Don’t sweat it when you’re out and about- this all-natural anti-per spirant will keep you cool. Fight B.O. with citrus zest for just $3.59
And just to nail it down
SpaRitual Nail Lacquer: These vegan polishes are cruelty free and extra-pretty. There are hundreds of colors, and they all come with caps and brushes made from recycled materials. $12 per bottle
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