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How To Transition To Cruelty-Free And Vegan Beauty

How To Transition To Cruelty-Free And Vegan Beauty

Over the years, the cruelty-free and vegan beauty worlds have grown, and more brands are now emphasizing their cruelty-free and/or vegan stance.

Despite this, there are so many products out there that contain animal products or are created by brands that still testing on animals.

Because of this, beauty shopping can be overwhelming at times, and you might be thinking, “What should I do? How do I carefully select beauty products that are cruelty-free and vegan?” You may have decided that you want to switch to cruelty-free and vegan products (in that case, good choice!) But you might be feeling unsure about how to proceed.

Well, this guide will help you. Switching to cruelty-free and vegan beauty products is a lot easier than you might think. Here are our top tips on transitioning to cruelty-free and vegan beauty.

Understand the definitions

Cruelty-free and vegan are terms that don’t mean the same thing. Having said that, many cruelty-free products are vegan too.

Anyway, a cruelty-free beauty product is an item that has not been tested at all throughout the production and manufacturing process. A vegan beauty product is an item that contains no animal ingredients.

Start small

Switching to cruelty-free and vegan beauty is a process, so take it step by step and take your time. Don’t expect to be cruelty-free and vegan overnight. However, keep up the work and stay consistent so that you can transition quickly.

Do your research

Knowledge is power and Google is your friend, so utilise these resources. Read up articles, blog posts and guides for more information. Consume content – i.e. watch YouTube videos – that focus on cruelty-free and vegan beauty. Research brand with this stance. It’s so easy to find the facts and expand your expertise.

Use up what you have or donate

If you have non-cruelty-free and non-vegan beauty products, don’t throw them away. Yes, you are transitioning and you might want to dispose of those items, but it’s better to use them up or give them away instead of allowing them to go to waste. Once you’ve used up these products, replace them with a cruelty-free and/or vegan alternative.

Check the labels and look out for the logos

When shopping for cruelty-free beauty, you should look out for the Leaping Bunny logo. When shopping for vegan beauty, you should look out for the Vegan Society logo.

Vicky Ly, Creator of Ethical Elephant, provides a detailed explanation about cruelty-free and vegan logos.

 Look out for animal ingredients

When shopping for vegan products, look out for animal ingredients such as collagen, beeswax, carmine, keratin, lanolin, squalane and guanine.

Join online communities

There are websites and social media accounts that are dedicated to sharing reviews and recommendations on cruelty-free and vegan beauty products and brands. Join them, get involved and interact with other like-minded users.

Switch to dupes

There are beauty products that you may love but are not cruelty-free or vegan. This might be disappointing but you can find dupes or similarities. For example, if you see a bold red lipstick that’s sold by a brand that’s not cruelty-free, but you find a cruelty-free beauty brand that sells a similar shade of lipstick.

Switch up your essentials

It’s good that you’ve chosen to make the choice to transition into cruelty-free and vegan makeup and skincare, but don’t forget your essentials too. Start buying cruelty-free essentials such as toothpaste, mouthwash, shampoo, conditioner, body wash and body cream.

Check your makeup tools

Your tools for makeup application should be cruelty-free and vegan, so update your collection with items such as makeup brushes and beauty blenders.

Be conscious when shopping

Don’t make impulsive purchases! Think before you shop. Shopping for ethical (and eco-friendly) beauty products means being mindful of what you’re buying and what you’re applying on your body.

If you follow these tips then you can be sure to successfully go down the wonderful path of cruelty-free and vegan beauty. Most of all, have fun! Switching to cruelty-free and vegan beauty should be enjoyable.

Chichi is a freelance beauty writer from London, UK. She is the founder and editor of The Cosmetic Notebook, a cruelty-free, vegan and natural makeup blog.

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7 Tips For Switching To Cruelty-Free Products (Permanently!)

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You’re aware of how cruel and unnecessary animal testing is, and you want to put your foot down and make a change. Where do you begin? With all the beauty brands currently available on the market, switching to cruelty-free cosmetics can be confusing. Here are 7 tips to follow for a smooth — and permanent! — transition to cruelty-free products!

1. Make it a gradual change.

You might be tempted to overhaul your complete makeup collection, skincare arsenal, bath products, and home cleaning supplies. For most people, this is too much to take on at once! Start by evaluating your products, but don’t feel pressured to make changes right away. Instead, gradually replace your products as you run out.

2. Don’t throw anything away.

Instead of trashing half-used products because they’re made by a brand that tests on animals, please don’t waste anything and please respect the environment! We all know that chemicals should not be poured down the sink, and that plastic containers should always go in the recycle bin. If you don’t want to finish up your old cosmetics, consider donating them to a friend or offering them to a fellow makeup or skincare lover.

3. Know which brands are cruelty-free.

This is crucial when making the switch to cruelty-free products. The easiest way to keep up is to bookmark or print out cruelty-free brands list from a trusted source. For beginners, I recommend the Leaping Bunny’s list of certified brands. You can also check out my own list of cruelty-free brands which includes correspondence from companies.

4. Know your bunnies.

On some packaging, you’ll find a little bunny logo. These logos try to tell you that the brand in question is cruelty-free, but not all bunny logos are created equal. There are only 3 specific bunnies that you can trust: the Leaping Bunny logo, PETA’s Caring Consumer bunny, and the Choose Cruelty-Free rabbit (see below). Any other bunny logo is not an official logo and does not indicate that the company is cruelty-free. Proceed with caution, and verify by looking at cruelty-free brands lists!

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5. Don’t forget your essentials.

Toothpaste, dental floss, and mouthwash are also mostly tested on animals. I suggest brands like Tom’s of Maine*, Desert Essence, and Jason for all your oral care needs. Deodorant is another product you might take for granted, although a large portion of the deodorants you’ll find in drugstore are tested on animals. I highly recommend ditching those and making the switch to an aluminum-free, natural deodorant. There’s also laundry detergent and cleaning supplies. Some brands to look into are Attitude, Seventh Generation, Method, and Dr. Bronner.

6. Don’t rely on dupes.

Makeup dupes, that is. A dupe is normally considered to be a more affordable alternative to a high-end product. Let’s say you’re swooning over your new high-end designer lipstick, but you discovered that the brand unfortunately tests on animals. You’re looking for an alternative. The $3 dupe you’ve found might be an approximate color match, but you might not be in love with its performance. The result? You’re going back to your tested-on-animals lipstick and you curse the cruelty-free alternative. The real solution? Look into mid-range and high-end brands. You might be surprised to know that Chantecaille, Ellis Faas, and Nars* are all cruelty-free.

7. Discover new brands and have fun!

One of the great things about switching to cruelty-free products is being able to discover new brands that are kind to animals, to the environment, and to your health. During my quest for products that aren’t tested on animals, I’ve discovered a ton of wonderful brands I love that aren’t necessarily found in drugstore aisles and retail stores. I’m positive you will too! I wish you the best of luck, and don’t shy away from smaller companies, hand-crafted cosmetics, and green beauty brands!

*Brands with an asterisk are cruelty-free, although their parent company is not.

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Why choose Cruelty Free Makeup Products and Tools?

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The purpose of this article is to explain why choose Cruelty Free Cosmetics and Tools. Here at Nanshy we strive to support this great cause.

Why choose Cruelty Free?

Animal testing by cosmetic manufacturing companies is an ugly business. Worldwide, millions of innocent animals such as guinea pigs, rabbits and mice suffer from these testing procedures. The tests are conducted to find out whether any of the ingredients or the product itself is unsafe for use by humans. Animal rights activists from all parts of the world strongly oppose these testing operations. Because of their efforts, these operations are now banned in countries like Israel, Norway, India, all EU(including UK)

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However, in countries like China, where beauty market is a $32 billion industry, it is still compulsory to test all the makeup products as well as makeup accessories like brushes and applicators before selling them in the market. It is believed that more than 100 million animals are killed during these testing operations in China and US. In many other cases, the animals are permanently blinded, poisoned or crippled because of the allergic reactions caused by the chemicals which most of these cosmetics have.

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Still unsure why choose Cruelty Free? We should avoid using animal tested makeup products and accessories not just because these products are painted with the blood of innocent animals, but also because these products can prove to be extremely harmful for your skin and eyes. It is astonishing that more than 90 percent of the products that pass animal testing procedures fail at the clinical trials where they are tested on humans. In order to get the approval of the health department, each product or makeup accessory has to undergo at least 50 experiments that require more than 12,000 animals. Most of the tests are conducted by rubbing harmful chemicals on the skins of the animals. Some tests are done by force feeding the animals with lethal doses of the chemicals to determine what amount of the product will cause serious health issues in humans.

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There are many cosmetic manufacturing giants which have stopped following these cruel procedures, since there are a number of alternatives to these brutal operations. Opt for the brands of makeup products and applicators which are approved by organizations like PETA for being 100 percent cruelty free or alternatively you can use organic or synthetically produced products. For example, you can buy synthetic makeup brushes instead of brushes which are made from animal-hair.

There is a perception that synthetic makeup brushes are not as good as the ones made from animal-hair. This notion is absolutely baseless! In fact, synthetic brushes offer you additional benefits such as –

  • Finer Bristles – Synthetic makeup brushes, produced with the help of latest technologies come with finer bristles as compared to animal-hair bristles. This helps you in achieving more precision.
  • Easier to Clean – Synthetic brushes can be cleaned easily and more effectively, thus making you less prone to infections and skin allergies.
  • Suitable for Sensitive Skin – If you have sensitive skin, certain animal-hair brushes might not suit you. Synthetic brushes do not cause irritation of any kind.

cruelty free brushes We, at Nanshy  are proud to announce that all our products are absolutely cruelty free. Our makeup brushes are made from synthetic fibers, which mean no animal fur has been used in their manufacturing. Nanshy is one of the few brands of makeup accessories, which have been approved by PETA organization for being 100 percent vegan and eco-friendly.

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Synthetic Brushes vs Natural – Advantages

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Brushes and applicators are an essential part of our makeup kits. Without them, we can’t really make use of our expensive products correctly, in order to get the desired look. Depending on the bristles, there are two types of makeup brushes – synthetic brushes vs natural. While natural brushes are made from animal hair, the synthetic ones are made up of nylon or polyester fibres.

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Synthetic Brushes vs Natural

People are switching from natural to synthetic, not only because it’s a heart-wrenching fact that millions of ponies, squirrels and minks are killed each year in order to produce these brushes, but also, because synthetic brushes are now capable of offering you a range of advantages –

  • Synthetic Brushes are More Hygienic – Natural brushes have cracks and ridges which are caused by cuticles. This feature has been favoured by many beauty experts since it allows you to pick up more powder, but the same feature becomes a pain when you try to clean the brushes.
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Makeup gets stuck in the cracks, which make them far less hygienic. On the other hand, synthetic brushes made up of taklon fibres have anti-bacterial properties that do not allow bacteria to grow on the surface of the bristles.

  • Texture is Retained – In due course of time, natural bristles become sharp and pokey but synthetic brushes, which are produced with the help of latest technologies, retain their soft texture even after several years of use. This feature is especially useful in case of eye-makeup brushes, since the eye area is very sensitive and if your brush is harsh, you’ll hurt your eyes.
  • Less Wastage – The same pores and cracks that give you a hard time while you try to clean the brushes, also make sure that tons of your products gets wasted. Natural bristles absorb liquid and cream based products. As a result, a substantial amount of your makeup gets wasted.
  • Suitable for Sensitive Skin – If you have sensitive skin, there is a possibility that you’ll develop acne or a skin allergy after using animal-hair brushes.
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Synthetic brushes are more suitable for people with sensitive skin or who are allergic to animal-hair.

  • Longer Lifespan – Like human hair, animal-hair is also prone to breakage and over the time deterioration. Thus, bristles of natural brushes shed more rapidly as compared to synthetic brushes. So you’ll have to replace natural brushes more frequently.
  • More Economical – Both, synthetic brushes and natural brushes are available in different ranges of quality and price.

Natural brushes have always been more expensive since initially, synthetic brushes were not as smooth. But today, synthetic brushes are not only offering you an equivalent quality, but also, a bouquet of advantages and still, synthetic brushes are less expensive!

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6 Reasons Why Switching to Vegan Beauty Products is a Great Idea

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Are you trying to adopt veganism? Sorry to make things even more difficult but you need to realize that vegans not only monitor the food they consume and the clothes they wear, but also the beauty products and the makeup accessories they use in their daily lives.

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If you have decided to switch to vegan beauty, you’ve decided to support an amazing cause and also, now you are all set to pick healthier as well as safer products for your skin. If you still need some more convincing, I bet following reasons will suffice

Benefits of using Vegan Beauty Products

 

  • You Will be Avoiding Dead Animal By-products – By choosing vegan beauty products you will definitely be avoiding dead animal by-products from touching your delicate skin. These by-products include things like uric acid extracted from cows, dead insect extracts, beeswax and what not!
  • Vegan Products are Better Suited for Sensitive Skin – Performance wise, vegan beauty products are considered superior since they have lesser ingredients in them.
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These cosmetics are produced with a handful of ingredients, all of which have been tested positive for inducing health benefits.

  • You’ll be Avoiding Animal-Tested Products – Vegan beauty products are never tested on animals and therefore they are 100 percent cruelty free.

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  • Packaging is Also Important – Vegan cosmetics and accessories come with packaging that has been made from recycled materials. Vegan brands are known to be extremely cautious about their packaging designs and materials.
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It’s important that both, your product as well as its packaging is completely eco-friendly.

  • Are Vegan Products Expensive? – Now you must be wondering if everything about vegan cosmetics is so great then why people buy non vegan products in the first place. ‘Money’ is the answer you are looking for. Vegan products are comparatively expensive.
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But when you are getting such an impressive bouquet of beauty and health benefits, would you really mind spending a few extra bucks? Plus, as far as vegan makeup accessories are concerned, they are always cheaper as compared to their natural/non-vegan counterparts.

  • There is No Dearth of Variety – More and more cosmetic brands are choosing the path of veganism.
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Think of any makeup product or accessory and you’ll find at least fifty different brands selling the vegan version of it.

Search for Cruelty Free and Vegan brands on PETA.org

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