Your Guide to Cruelty-Free and Vegan Cosmetics

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If you have been looking through your makeup bag wondering what kind of ingredients are in your concealer or whether or not your eyeshadow palette was tested on animals, you may want to consider investing in cruelty-free or vegan cosmetics.

When making the decision to switch to cruelty-free and vegan beauty products, the search for these products might be a bit overwhelming. Where do you begin? What should you look for? Who should you talk to?

Luckily, we live in an age full of accessible information. The more we know about product lines, the easier it is to sort out which brands suit our individual needs best. Having information like this, many people have decided to switch to more ecologically responsible products.

Leaping Bunny Program

A great place to start your own research is the Leaping Bunny Program. The Leaping Bunny Program is comprised of multiple organizations dedicated to identifying cruelty-free cosmetics and household products. On their website, they have an extensive list of cruelty-free brands. Brands that meet Leaping Bunny standards are marked with their emblem, making them easy to identify in stores. They are also careful to identify companies that do offer cruelty-free products, but whose parent companies are not cruelty-free.

PETA and Vegan Action

Emblems and certifications are a great way to look for cruelty-free and vegan products. Along with Leaping Bunny, organizations like PETA and Vegan Action provide certifications to companies and product lines that meet their standards. Vegan Action also includes a list of companies that meet their certification standards on their website. PETA offers a search engine that can be used to identify PETA-certified companies.

A few companies that meet the standards of PETA, Vegan Action, and Leaping Bunny are Kevin.Murphy, Max Green Alchemy, and LUSH

LUSH is greatly known for their stance against animal testing. While some of their products do contain some animal by-product, they are careful to mark which of their cosmetics are completely vegan. The same can be said for Kevin.Murphy hair products. Some Kevin.Murphy products do contain silk proteins or beeswax, but these ingredients are always listed on the products’ packaging. Max Green Alchemy (or MGA) is a great company that manufactures hair products and body care.

Shopping for cruelty-free and vegan products shouldn’t be stressful. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, feel free to check the web for information on specific products or talk to someone! Speaking with someone who is vegan or uses vegan or cruelty-free products can provide great insight. If you find yourself at your local beauty store or salon wondering if a certain product meets vegan or cruelty-free standards, ask the stylist or sales representative. Chances are they will be happy to help and they may even share your enthusiasm for finding more ecologically aware brands.

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