Cruelty-Free Beauty

Hi Snuggle Friends, Happy Monday!!!!

Today I want to talk a little bit about cruelty-free cosmetics and household products. As you may know, the U.S has introduced a bill that would ban animal testing on cosmetics. The testing procedures that they put animals through are horrific and any person with a conscience and a heart should be bothered by the fact that we haven’t already evolved and banned animal testing already. Since the testing process is so terrible and un-snuggly(it brings tears of fury to my eyes), you can just follow this link if you want to learn more because that isn’t really what my focus is for today.

So, if you are vegan, you probably already buy everything cruelty-free, which is awesome because money talks, especially to big corporations. Now if you are transitioning to a veg life, cruelty-free theoretically means that no part of the product has been tested on animals. Unfortunately, there is a lot of wiggle room with this term and companies still use it to market products even if they did use some type of animal testing in the process of development. All you need to do is look for is the “leaping bunny” symbol to ensure that your product is 100% cruelty-free. This symbol is used on products that follow the strict standards of the CICC (Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics) cruelty-free label. The Leaping Bunny Program assures that any company that participates has been held to the highest standards and that no part of their product has been tested on animals.

Now, if you want to go a step further, then you should be buying vegan and cruelty-free products. That way you can assure that your beauty routine isn’t harmful to you or to any of our furry friends. It might seem like a no-brainer but Vegan beauty products don’t use any animal ingredients which includes ingredients, such as, honey, milk, beeswax, etc. You need to be careful, know your ingredients, and read labels to double-check that your product is vegan. Some scientific terms can mask animal ingredients, such as lanolin (which I had no idea what that was until I looked it up.) You can find vegan beauty products in a number of places. Normally local health food stores will carry them and there is a plethora of websites that sell vegan goods and body care.

Really, veganizing your beauty routine comes down to being a smart consumer. Do your research and see what’s out there. There are a lot of good resources (including here) that will guide you through the process of switching out your make-up, body care, and household products.  I know these products can be expensive but they are beneficial for you, for animals, and for the environment since many vegan beauty products are made from natural and/or organic ingredients. I didn’t go and throw out all of my beauty products at once and then run out and buy a bunch of vegan products to replace them. That would be crazy but as you run out of things start replacing items with vegan items. That way you aren’t digging yourself into a financial hole trying to be a perfect vegan.

Resources to help you get started:

Leaping Bunny Shopping Guide

Cosmetic Ingredient Review

iTunes or Android App for Cruelty-Free Shopping (There, now it is super easy and you can reference it on the go.)

Vegan Beauty Review (This is a really good blog and she covers just about anything you can think of.)

My Favorite Sites for Vegan Beauty Products: 

Vegan Cuts

Vegan Essentials

Beauty Without Cruelty

Alternative Outfitters

What are some of your favorite vegan, cruelty-free products and where do you buy them?

*I’m not paid to endorse these, I just really like these sites and I find them useful

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