Vegan ethical cosmetics: the kinder alternative


Support the beauty companies that are heading in the right, humane direction.

If using ethical cosmetics is important to you, cosmetics labelled ‘vegan’ may be the best way to go. With this label, not only is animal testing eliminated, but it is also guaranteed that no animal by-products are used in their manufacture. There is another, perhaps more important, reason that using vegan products is the wiser choice. These cosmetics do not have chemicals and additives like parabens and manufactured fragrances that most non-vegan cosmetics contain. In fact, organic ingredients are preferred and commonly used.

Finding completely vegan cosmetics may mean a trip to a specialty or natural foods store as they are not widely available… yet. Hence, choosing ethical cosmetics may be easier the more we choose to go up that route. Let’s start by knowing what to look for on the label.

Avoid animal products by checking for these ingredients:

  • Lanolin
  • Tallow
  • Elastin
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Propolis
  • Lard
  • Milk Products

There are many choices for vegan cosmetics and this list has a few that we can start off with. Of course, each women needs to find the product that works best with their skin type. These companies have received great reviews from their customers:

  • E.L.F.
  • Arbonne
  • SEVI
  • BWC

Well, they certainly have easy to remember names, don’t they?

It is worth noting that many ethical cosmetic companies are working hard at also becoming cruelty-free. PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has an extensive database that you can search for more information on your favourite makeup brands. Consider supporting companies that are heading in the right direction.

Watch this great clip that explains how cosmetics are made.

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