Being a vegan does not mean you have to reject society and move away to a remote location where all the other vegans live as hippies (but that would be great, right?). As a vegan I still wear makeup, style my hair and yes I do use deodorant. So I’ve decided that I’m going to talk you through the beauty products I use as a vegan.
First lets talk makeup, whilst it is increasingly becoming more popular to create makeup at home, I am yet to give this a go. So in the mean time, I had shopping at Superdrug, a store in the Uk. The important thing to look for when shopping makeup brands is the cruelty free logo! Great you’ve found it and I found mine with MUA makeup line, but it does not stop there. I did my research about makeup brands and found many to be cruelty free, easy right? No. I still so often see this mistake being made, and as a cruelty free vegan I feel it is important to avoid cruelty free brands that sell to china or other countries with the same law.
China is one of the countries that require products coming in to be tested on animals, by law. However, there is a way around this and that is if the item is sold online and not in store. This is a common misconception with brands that market themselves as cruelty free as many people do not know about this law. So if the cruelty free makeup you use sells to china, it is more than likely tested on animals.
Another issue I have come to find with cruelty free makeup brands, is that if you look a little further up the chain they can be owned by a company who tests on animals. Personally, I feel that I don’t want to give my money to these kind of companies. So I seek purely cruelty free companies.
After using MUA for a while I found out about an ingredient called Lanolin, which is used in a lot of makeup. Lanolin is a wax that is extracted from sheep. With a bit of research and a lot of thought I decided this is wrong, as it is a byproduct of the meat industry, therefore it is not vegan; In my books, strictly speaking.
In the beginning of my vegan makeup journey I found it difficult to find brands in store that are solely vegan. So I decided to shop the cruelty free brands, although only using their items that do not contain animal products. Now, here is where I hold my hands up whole heartedly. Now that I live in Spain and do not have access to cruelty free makeup I have turned to Asos own brand. Their makeup is cruelty free but does not market themselves as vegan. The items I have obtained so far do not contain any animal products, although I am yet to investigate further.
I found over the course of my journey that there are in fact full vegan brands that can be found online, unfortunately they’re a little out of my price range. Although my aim for the future is to cover my face in purely vegan brand makeup, because as we all know kindness is beauty.
Rub a dub dub I’m in the tub, but only if it is cruelty free! In England I used to use my trusty go to Superdrug own shampoo and conditioner. Although with moving to Spain, my hair and shampoo products have moved up in the world too. I now shop from Marks & Spencers own cruelty free brand! Thank my stars that I live on the border of Gibraltar! Otherwise I don’t know where I’d go to get all my bath time products.
I am yet to look into the deodorant situation over here, as I’m still living off the two cruelty free Superdrug own I bought with me. Although I am confident I will find everything I need at Marks and Spencers.
Another plus about living near Gibraltar is that they have a Morrisons and a shop which stocks Waitrose products. This is a gigantic plus as both their own brand bathroom supplies are cruelty free! Lucky me. So ladies and gentlemen, next time you’re going to scrub up or glam rock remember, cruelty free is beauty.
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