Conscious Cosmetics

I tried going vegetarian several times and only once did I make it past a few weeks. After about 7-8 months of not eating meat, I ate a turkey sandwich without blinking an eye or skipping a beat. I was halfway through it when I realized that yes, turkey is meat, and yes, I failed.

It wasn’t the end of the world, it was just the end of a poorly attempted life-change. Although I could have just counted that incident as a mistake and continued to follow a vegetarian diet, I knew that it would prove to be more difficult than simply just ordering salad at dinner. I have been eating meat for almost 20 years, so it would probably take more than 20-something weeks to stick with a non-animal diet.

I gave up. However, I have begun to switch my beauty and bath products to ones that are cruelty-free. I already know some of my favorite makeup products just can’t be duplicated by cruelty-free (or any other) brands, but for the most part the animal-friendy selection of beauty products is accessible and more than acceptable when it comes to quality.

Here are some brands that you have probably seen a million times, yet never knew were consciously made. Please note brands marked with a * are Leaping Bunny certified, which certifies this brand or company lives up to the Leaping Bunny (or gold standard) in cruelty-free production.

Alba Botanica * – Shampoos, Conditioners and Skincare are their popular items. I see AB’s products at CVS and Target all the time.

YES TO – YES TO is an AMAZING company and makes the best makeup removing/facial wipes. Once again, this brand is also found at local drugstores and the like.

Queen Helene * – That’s right, the infamous Mint Julep Masque is cruelty-free along with all of Queen Helene’s products. I am currently using this scrub and love it!

Urban Decay * (owned by L’Oreal, who is NOT cruelty-free) – Besides being cruelty-free, UD offers a variety of vegan makeup while still being one of the best quality brands on the market. Naked Palettes. Need I say more?

Kiss My Face * – Another brand you’ve seen before but may have looked over on the shelf. I currently use their Active Life deodorant and while antiperspirant gives slightly better results, this product is a great alternative for those who want a natural deodorant that actually works.

NYX (owned by L’Oreal, who is NOT cruelty-free) –  Now at CVS and Ulta, NYX is a brand that is making its way into the cosmetic bags of women everywhere. Their Mega Shine lip glosses are my favorite of all time. My color is 155 – Perfect, named after me the pouty pink shade that looks great on everyone.

Tarte – Tarte is another higher-end cosmetic brand (like UD) that offers Vegan products that just blow others out of the water. Try the Amazonian-Clay foundation (my personal favorite) and shop their vegan line here.

LUSH – LUSH cosmetics is like Mary Poppin’s handbag. You go in looking for one thing, and come out with 400. It’s that addicting and that amazing. Everything I have bought from here blows my mind because the product works while being 100% natural…how they make bubble bars and bath bombs from the Earth is nothing less than astonishing. Check out the best cleansing scrub ever that I use here and the best moisturizer I use for  my thirsty skin here.

Love & Toast – The packaging on Love & Toast’s products is artsy and beautiful, which really targets the romantic bohemian side in all of us. I gave my friend a few travel size shower items and she loved them! Also check out their rollerball perfumes; they are some of the best scents my nose hairs have tingled to. Love & Toast is available at Ulta and Whole Foods.

Keep in mind there are a TON more out there, but these are some of my personal preferences that I hope you try and love. If you want to research whether other companies or brands are cruelty-free check out the links below. Stay informed and stay beautiful!

PETA’s cosmetic list – may be outdated

Logical Harmony list

5 thoughts on “Conscious Cosmetics

  1. Great post! As I recently heard about L’Oreal buying Nyx, I am feeling unsure of whether Nyx is still cruelty free. Since L’Oreal tests their products on animals, does this now mean that Nyx has to, too?


    • I think NYX still continues to produce their products under the same standards as they used to, since Urban Decay (who is also owned by L’Oreal) still carries vegan products and such. To my understanding, L’Oreal now owns NYX but shouldn’t be revamping their production system. I know some people will stop buying NYX so they don’t indirectly support L’Oreal,though. It really depends on how strict you want to be as a consumer 🙂


    • I really like them! Their makeup wipes are my favorite product. I’ve tried their shampoo and it is OK, but let me know if you try something else from them that you love 🙂


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