Since my decision of going vegan, I have been being far more selective with everything I buy. The first obvious aspect of my life to change was the food I ate, however living a vegan life is not only a diet it is also a lifestyle, which includes every aspect of my daily life like clothes, household products, beauty products and so on. For this post however, I will focus on the beauty part [if you want a blog post about household products and/or food please leave a comment 🙂].
Unfortunately on the beauty world, I was mesmerised by the amount of companies that still test on animals [it’s 21st century!?] and also horrified that many of them I had purchased and were now sitting in my makeup/skincare collection.
” Many companies lie about their
cruelty free status..”
One of the first things I understood was that many companies lie about their cruelty free status. They will nicely write a statement in their website declaring they ‘do not test on animals except when required by law’; This statement, I understood very quickly, is used by the brands that sell in China mainland, which requires by law for the products to be tested on animals, therefore the reason why these companies not being considered cruelty free.
+ SO WHAT EXACTLY MEANS BEING CRUELTY FREE?
Companies that are considered cruelty free do not conduct tests on animals and do not sell in China mainland. I advise to check Logical Harmony for a full list of cruelty free brands.
+ AREN’T CRUELTY FREE PRODUCTS VEGAN?
No. Vegan products are not tested on animals and do not contain any animal derived ingredients.
Personally, I do not believe that a product that is not tested on animals but has animal derived ingredients is truly cruelty free, so I choose and buy vegan products as much as possible [certain things you can’t unfortunately find a vegan version like certain medicines, for example].
Now if you just went vegan, you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed just like I did at first, and it is ok to feel like that. But do not panic, overthink or throw your products away to buy vegan versions, as that will create more waste. It is possible to do it and after some research you will find similar products to the ones you have but that are vegan and it is easier than what it seems.
“Do not throw your products away
to buy vegan versions..”
I always look up on a few websites before purchasing any product to make sure it’s vegan or simply google ‘ is [product x] vegan?’, usually if I don’t find anything on google I just assume it is not and don’t buy it.
You can check the following websites/ YouTube channels to help you finding vegan alternatives: Logical Harmony, Ethical Elephant and Rhian HY.
+ MY VIEW
Now that I explained the differences between cruelty free and vegan products, I want to say that I do still have products that are not vegan or cruelty free simply because I do not believe that you should throw away everything and buy new ones. I did sell some products and gave others away so right now I have very few that are not cruelty free or vegan. I believe also that a vegan lifestyle it is a journey and it takes time to change and replace things in your life [like I did with my handbags and shoes], nobody is perfect and we do all make mistakes, but ultimately my goal is for every purchase I make now I make a compassionate choice, a vegan choice.
What are your thoughts on this subject?
Do you shop cruelty free or vegan?
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