Let me begin by saying that I am no saint. I curse too much, roll through stop signs, and give major side eye 23 hours a day. I like to try, however, to not contribute to the evils in this world. My efforts are comparably small, especially in the turbulent times we live in, but ya have to start somewhere. Recently, I’ve tried to swap my beauty products with cruelty free brands. These are the ones with a little bunny on the packaging.
The bunny isn’t always there, however, so don’t jump to conclusions if you really want that new mascara that’s on display at the store. You might have to do some digging, and Cruelty Free Kitty is an example of one resource you can utilize (I literally found it twenty minutes ago). Even if you can’t get out there and change the world (yet), you can choose to stop supporting companies that test on animals.
Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser, Éminence. This was a bit of an impulse pick (thanks, Mom) on my trip to Mohonk Mountain House. Unfortunately, this organic skincare line is only available at certain spas. I also had to search online for its certification, since I couldn’t find it on the packaging. This cleanser includes cucumber juice, yogurt, sweet almond milk, tea tree oil, and willow bark. Sounds delicious, no?
Superfruit Complex Bubble Bath and Body Wash, Shea Moisture. I was in need of a new body wash since the random bottle of Olay (not cruelty free, FYI) I’d been using wasn’t cutting it. Shea Moisture has a bunch of enticing sounding products, but I settled on this one. To quote their site, “Shea and mango butters work in synergy with our proprietary blend of Superfruit Complex of red raspberry ketone, goji, acai and guava extracts to nourish skin and improve elasticity.”
Brow Definer, Anastasia Beverly Hills. ABH is the company that made brows important, at least in my world. They’ve also got a collection of contouring products, which I daren’t try. Their stuff is on the pricey side, but that can mean quality in a variety of ways. The cheaper products, owned by big names like Johnson and Johnson, etc., are usually exploiting one species or another.
Better Than Sex Mascara, Too Faced. I’m a big fan of Too Faced, despite their aesthetic being the opposite of everything I represent (“We are unabashedly pink, pretty, and feminine with a playful wink”). I’ll let the name of this mascara speak for itself.
Herbal Blemish Stick, Burt’s Bees. Burt’s Bees is a company I’m iffy on, since it’s owned by Clorox (which is not, in itself, cruelty free). Ultimately, I’ll probably phase it out of my routine but, in the meantime, their herbal blemish stick does the trick. It’s a combination of alcohol and oils, like yarrow, parsley, willow bark, lemon peel, and eucalyptus.
Beauty Balm, NYX. I like NYX because it’s cheap but, again, it’s an example of a brand that’s technically cruelty free, but owned by a larger company that’s not (cough L’Oreal cough). For the time being, it’ll do, but I’m on the lookout for a replacement.
This is just a smattering of examples from my collection, but go ahead and peruse the Internet for more choices. If only to shame yourself, even. And, if you have any suggestions or shame for me, type up a comment or two (just no caps lock, please).