BEAUTY GOES CRUELTY-FREE

March 29, 2018

It can be hard to know which companies operate ethically, and unfortunately countless make-up brands are not cruelty-free. Many big-name brands use animals when they test their products, as they sell in countries outside the EU which require these tests.

Investing in cruelty-free makeup is a great choice for those who want to live a more ethical life, and have moral qualms about animal testing. Finding the right companies to buy from can be tricky and it can feel like trying to find a needle in a haystack, so here are a few good options for next time you need a new lipstick:

Body Shop

The Body Shop actively markets itself as cruelty-free. It’s a British company that doesn’t test on animals, but their parent company Estée Lauder do. With a great range of products on offer, it’s hard to go wrong. Their new lip juicers are “moisture-boosting” and 100% vegan. And the best part? When you stock up on lipstick, you can treat yourself to a new body lotion too.

Burt’s Bees

While not vegan–as many of their products contain beeswax–Burt’s Bees is cruelty-free. The company has selection of 18 lipsticks, which are also ultra-hydrating. Their other products include lip balms and moisturisers.

Barry M

Barry M is a makeup range is one of the most extensive out there. With a huge range of lipsticks and eyeshadows available, there’s always a fantastic choice. One of the best parts about Barry M is their nail varnishes; they have a coconut infused polish which helps to keep nails healthy. Their newest collection includes iridescent mermaid-inspired colours.

Finding the right product for you can be difficult, but there are options out there. The leaping bunny symbol signifies product’s cruelty-free status and can be found on packaging. With so many options out there it’s hard to make the transition, and adopt a cruelty-free lifestyle.

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