Sometime in 2015, I decided that I wanted to try and go cruelty free with my makeup and skincare. Although I’m not vegetarian or vegan (for reasons I’ve spoken about before), I do believe in shopping and living as ethically and sustainably as possible.
If you’re looking to remove animal testing from your makeup and skincare routine – whether partially or totally – here are some tips that might help you!
No matter how good your intentions are, you are not going to become totally cruelty free overnight. Heck, I’ve been trying for over a year now, and there are still a couple of ‘cruel’ beauty products that I use.
The best advice I can give is to start small. One way of doing this is to look at your everyday makeup items, and see which ones don’t test on animals Chances are, at least a couple of favourite products will already be cruelty free! Then, start by replacing your ‘cruel’ products with more ethical alternatives once they run out.
If you try and go the whole hog (excuse the pun) straight away, you may well end up feeling overwhelmed and want to give up.
Shop with a plan
Shopping for cruelty free beauty products can be scary and difficult – especially when you’re first starting out. Standing in a bit Boots and being confronted with an array of brands and products is overwhelming. That’s why it’s important to have a plan before you go shopping for what products you want to try or buy.
Don’t just think ‘I need a new blusher’ and head straight to the shops. Instead, do some research before hand. There are lots of great resources online that tell you which brands do and do not test on animals, so bookmark a couple and consult them before you hit the high street. My personal favourites are this list by derpinaMODE, and this one by Leaping Bunny.
Have some go-to cruelty free brands
As I mentioned, shopping for cruelty free beauty products can be overwhelming. Sometimes, it can be handy to have a few go-to brands that you tend to like.
My go-to cruelty free brand is Soap & Glory. Not only are their products reasonably priced, but they do a good range of stuff. If I’m looking for a new product and don’t know what to try, I usually check out the Soap & Glory range
Don’t get too bogged down in parent companies
Parent companies are a much-debated topic within the cruelty free beauty community. Although some brands are totally cruelty free, a lot of them are often owned by big parent companies (like L’Oreal) that aren’t. Some people think that buying these brands means you’re indirectly supporting their parent company, and therefore supporting animal testing. Others look at it another way, believing that by supporting cruelty free brands, even if their parent company tests on animals, you’re showing a demand for cruelty free products, which is ultimately a good thing.
At the end of the day, however, it’s important not to get too bogged down in this. If you feel strongly one way or the other, great. But if the whole thing is confusing don’t worry. Just remember that by opting for even some ethical brands over others, you’re making a small difference in the world.
So there you have it: my top tips for going cruelty free. Let me know in the comments if you have any other helpful hints or tips!