There is one moment in my childhood that I think about to remind myself I'm going down the right path when I occasionally question everything (it's in my nature). When I was about 8 years old, the internet nerd I was decided to start a blog to bring awareness to animal cruelty. I think I first learned about the cause on Tumblr or some sort of free speech website, and I was so passionate about putting an end to animal abuse that I thought my little blog would help. If anything, it taught me my true love for animals and symbiosis; and that this is likely a cause I'll be fighting for the rest of my life.
Not everyone thinks of makeup when they think of animal cruelty. People usually think of factory farming or puppy mills. The first thing that really caught my eye as a youngin' was the photos of bunnies being tested on. It was truly heartbreaking, and from that day forward I made a pact to myself that I'd never use products from Suave, Herbal Essences, St. Ives, Neosporin, Covergirl, etc.
Thanks to individuals who have large voices and the smaller masses— like me and my little blog— who continue to bring awareness to the cause, we've created a large enough demand for the cosmetic and personal care product industry to make cruelty-free products. Below are my everyday favorite cruelty-free & eco-friendly products.
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer ($45)
This is tricky, and it's very common in the cosmetic industry. Laura Mercier does not test on animals, but its parent company Shiseido does. In order to sell cosmetics in China, the law requires all products to be tested on animals if they were manufactured outside of the country; that's why many big companies do not pass as cruelty-free in order to reap the sales of the Chinese market. That being said, funding a cruelty-free brand like Laura Mercier in the states might encourage Shiseido to focus its efforts on cruelty-free products. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer is my every day foundation. It's so lightweight and creates a natural feel. I found the oil free version to work best for my skin type.
Brush with Bamboo (4 for $20)
Brush with Bamboo formulates 100% plant-based and eco-friendly toothbrushes. Right up my fricken alley. Over 4.7 billion plastic toothbrushes are manufactured each year, which end up in our landfill or our oceans and in the cauliflower we grow and the algae we eat. Especially if you're a Type A and change your toothbrush every month like your mother told you to, Brush with Bamboo is perfect because you don't feel guilty about throwing it away since it's fully biodegradable. If you're interested or already adamant about living a zero-waste lifestyle, this toothbrush is a great tool.
Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick ($34)
Charlotte Tilbury has vegan lipsticks that I LOVE. The shades are so versatile and they stay on for hours, which is really all a simple gal needs in a lipstick. Just be careful when shopping Charlotte Tilbury— while they are cruelty-free, they also have many non-vegan products. Make sure to check the label or ingredients tab to confirm it says "vegan friendly".
Manna Kadar Bronzer Highlighter ($21)
I love duos because it just means less space in your makeup bag 😂. I discovered Manna Kadar a few months ago through VeganCuts, an awesome monthly subscription box with cruelty-free cosmetics (they also have vegan snack boxes too). Every month I noticed the VeganCuts box get better and better. This month's box featured a rose water toner, balancing mist, nutrient eye serum, coffee scrub, gel liner and Frank & Whit Face Mask which brings me to....
Franklin & Whitman Oak Lane Face Mask ($24.95)
Seeing pretty much any product with less than 5 items on the ingredients label brings me so much joy, and Frank & Whit products always nail it. The Oak Lane Face Mask consists of raw cacao, turmeric and activated charcoal which helps to draw impurities and toxins to the surface of your skin.
Delicious Mint Cocofloss (3 for $22)
This is by far the coolest product on the market right now. Cocofloss was created by a dentist and an artist who saw a demand for vegan dental floss in the market. The floss is made out of polyester, vegan wax, coconut oil and minty or subtle fruit notes depending on your flavor. Better yet, it's vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free and paraben-free. Truly a clean wax. The fruity flavors are made with synthetic and natural ingredients, so opt in for the Delicious Mint flavor (only natural ingredients) if you're looking for something sans synthetic additives.
Pacifica Stellar Gaze Mascara ($14)
I discovered Pacifica mascara when I was first transitioning to a cruelty free and natural beauty routine. I was familiar with the brand because I always loved their roll-on perfumes. Pacifica's mission is to deliver the purest products in recyclable packaging, which is incredible. I can't WAIT for all companies to get on this bandwagon. All Pacifica products are formulated without animal testing, animal ingredients and parabens, sulfates, peanut oil, petroleum, triclosan, mineral oil, and other ingredients you don't want on your skin.
Handcrafted Goodies Hemp Facial Pads (5 for $3)
When I first came across Handcrafted Goodies hemp facial pads on Etsy, I thought it was pure genius. Why had I not seen this before? Why doesn't everyone just buy these? -me, at 2 am buying aaallll the hemp facial pads. The pads are made out of 100% organic cotton and hemp, and are also 100% reusable. You would use them just as you would use those cotton rounds you buy from your local drug store, but you throw them in the wash after with your towels after instead of throwing them in the garbage. Less waste & money saved!
Well that's all folks. Hopefully this post gets you thinking about ways to make a change in your daily routine! Even if they are subtle changes, every bit of plastic you DON'T buy tells manufacturers that we need to produce less & waste less. I hope you guys join the #zerowaste movement and as always, practive #cruelyfree in your daily life!