Although the initial stages of veganism are achieved through altering the diet, there are many other ways in which we must alter our daily lifestyles in order to express our love and compassion for the animals, the environment and ourselves. One way in which this can be accomplished is by being conscious of the health and beauty products which we consume. For example, purchasing health, cosmetic and cleaning products which are fully vegan; meaning they are free-from animal testing and do not contain animal products/by-products.
Animal testing was banned in the UK back in 1998 and in March 2003, the European Union banned the sales and distribution of cosmetics whose ingredients have been tested on animals. Unfortunately in some countries, the main example being China, it is obligatory to for companied to pay for their products to be tested on animals in order to be able to sell these products within the country. Therefore, many cosmetic companies who had been very loyal to their ethical mindsets in previous years, have turned a blind-eye for the sake of wealth and consumerism. This means that a company which may seem innocent by promoting their products as cruelty-free and claiming to comply to the standards of the European Union, may also be selling their products in China.
WATCH OUT: Even if a company claims to be ‘cruetly-free’, their products may still contain animal ingredients (such as honey and milk) or, they may also contain ingredients which were tested on animals even if the product itself was not. Here are the ingredients to avoid.
Countless numbers of animals suffer and are murdered through the process of animal-testing, just for our own luxury…not to mention the amount which are slaughtered for other industries such as food and fashion. The consumeristic qualities of the human race are unstoppable, but the torture is.
“Going vegan is healthy, humane and environmentally friendly. Those of us who care about animals, other people and the planet need to look at what we put in our mouths as well as what we put on our faces!” – PETA
Below, you can find a list of recommended vegan/vegetarian and cruelty-free products which have been tried out and used by myself. Some ethical brands do have products which contain animal derived ingredients, the main component being beeswax, however all of the individual products below are certified as vegan. Further information about the brand and the ingredients can be found by clicking on the links.
Brushes & Sponges:
Deodorants, Sprays & Perfumes:
Hand & Nail Care:
NYX Los Angeles
Oils & Essences:
Soaps, Scrubs & Shower Gels:
Suncare, Tanning & Bronzing
Vitamins & Medication:
A’kin – Australia – Vegan – Cruelty Free –
Avalon – Vegan
Body Shop – UK – Vegan and Vegetarian (some products contain animal by-products) – Animal Testing Free – Environmentally Conscious – Fair Trade – PETA Certified
Ciaté London – UK – Animal Testing Free – PETA Certified
Dr. Organic – UK – Vegan and Vegetarian – Animal Testing Free – Organic Ingredients
Faith in Nature – UK – Vegan – Animal Testing Free – Organic Ingredients – Fair Trade
JĀSÖN – USA – Vegan and Vegetarian (some products contain animal by-products)- Animal Testing Free – Organic Ingredients – Gluten Free Available
KINGFISHER – UK – Vegan – Animal Testing Free – Gluten Free – GM Free
Lavera Natural Cosmetics – Germany – Vegan – Animal Testing Free – Organic – Free From Perfumes, Colourants and Preservatives – Raw Plant Materials
LUSH – Vegetarian (Vegan products are labelled) – Animal Testing Free – Fighting Animal Testing – Handmade – Ethical Buying – Fresh Ingredients – Minimal Packaging – PETA Certified
Miaroma – Spain – Animal Testing Free – Biodegradable
NYX Los Angeles (L’oreal) – USA – Vegetarian (Vegan products are labelled) – Animal Testing Free – PETA Certified
Superdrug – UK –
Urban Decay – – Vegetarian (Vegan products are labelled) – Animal Testing Free – PETA Certified