Health & Beauty

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.

You can learn more about cruelty-free cosmetics on the PETA website. You can also find PETA’s list of internationally certified ethical and vegan brands here.

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:

Body Shop Eyeshadow Brush

Body Shop Face and Body Brush

EcoTools Sheer Powder Brush

 

Dental Hygiene:

Dr. Organic Aloe Vera Toothpaste

KINGFISHER Mint Toothpaste 

 

Deodorants, Sprays & Perfumes:

Dr. Organic Tea Tree Antibacterial Roll-On Deodorant

Lavera Basis Sensitive Roll-On Deodrant

 

Feminine Care:

Superdrug Ladies Shave Gel Sensitive Skin

Superdrug Sensitive Wax Strips

 

Hair Care:

JĀSÖN Moisturizing 84% Aloe Vera Shampoo and Conditioner

Kevin Murphy

Superdrug Hairspray Firm

Superdrug Raspberry & Macadamia Shampoo 

Superdrug Raspberry & Macadamia Conditioner

 

Hand & Nail Care:

Avalon Organics Nourishing Lavender Hand & Body Lotion

Ciaté Iced Frappe Nail Polish, Geology Range

 

Make-up:

B.

NYX Los Angeles

Body Shop All-in-one Blusher

Urban Decay Perversion Waterproof Fine-Point Eye Pen

 

Oils & Essences:

Miaroma Pure Essential Oil Collection

 

Skincare:

A’kin Lavender and Geranium Body Moisturiser

Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Gel Cream

Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil

Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream

Dr. Organic Rose Otto Facial Skin Toner

Dr. Organic Virgin Olive Oil Night Cream

Lavern Organic Exotic Body Lotion

Superdrug Dead Sea Purifying Clay Mask 

 

Soaps, Scrubs & Shower Gels:

Avalon Organics Lemon Glycerin Hand Soap

Body Shop Spa of the World Dead Sea Salt Scrub

Faith in Nature Soap Collection

LUSH Mint Julips Lip Scrub

Super drug Tea Tree & Mint Fruity Shower Gel

 

Suncare, Tanning & Bronzing

JĀSÖN Mineral Natural Sunscreen SPF30

 

Vitamins & Medication:

Holland & Barrett Vegan Multivitamin and Mineral Tablets

 

 

 

Brand List:

A’kin – Australia – Vegan – Cruelty Free –

Avalon – Vegan

B.

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

EcoTools

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