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.
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