Essential Guide To Cruelty-Free Beauty

I’m no angel when it comes to buying cruelty-free beauty products, I have my moments where my selfish ID demands for the latest Benefit lipstick and although I do battle with my inner demons, 1/10 the demon will win.

I know many will disagree with my attitude but I’m a strong believer that like with any major lifestyle change, going cold turkey is almost never going to work long term.

I’ve tried on several occasions to become vegetarian and then just stuffed my face with a cheeseburger and think well that’s that! However, since January (a New Year’s resolution) I haven’t eaten any beef, lamb or pork opting instead to quench my meaty desires with chicken and fish. I’ve noticed I not only enjoy more foods like vegetables but I’m finding I’m eating less and less chicken so soon I should become a fully fledged pescatarian and hopefully by the end of the year a vegetarian!

Basically, I’m not saying that you have to throw all of your makeup and perfume out the window but just consider these alternatives, making a small change no matter how small is better than just ignoring the issue completely because it’s too much effort to start making your own face masks and shampoo.

Cruelty-Free Shampoo

Lush has a whole host of shampoos for every type of hair from Daddy-O for blondes to Brazilliant which is great for curly manes like mine!


Cruelty-Free Hairspray

Not only does Bumble and Bumble’s hairspray range smell amaaazzzzing but it offers excellent hold (even with fine hair) without leaving you looking like Worzel Gummidge the next day. My personal fave is their Spray de Mode


Cruelty-Free Face Wash

For a while, I just assumed Simple was cruelty-free because of all their ‘natural’ ingredients but they’re NOT! Instead, try one of Aveda’s face cleansers for a happier you as well as keeping all those bunnies happy! Available for dry, oily and sensitive skin. They also do a range of toners and exfoliators


Cruelty-Free Makeup

Primers, foundation, eyeshadow, mascara, eyeliner, lipstick. Urban Decay has it all. They not only have really decent products, that last all day and look amazing but all of their products are vegan and cruelty-free. Win-Win!


Cruelty-Free Body Moisturiser

Treat yourself because of all the little animals you’ve been kind to with Neal’s Yard Remedies Frankincense Toning Body Cream.


Cruelty-Free Nail Polish

If you’re a fan of Barry M (who isn’t?!) then I bet you didn’t even know you were already supporting the cruelty-free cause and the best thing is Barry M is so easily available on the high street. No effort. Maximum goodness.


Cruelty-Free Perfume

Does anyone else remember Body Shop parties? I had so many of their body mists, I was a musk gal but I bet you never knew they were cruelty-free? A lot of perfumes use animal fluids including ambergris found in the stomach and intestines of about one in a hundred sperm whales. So for an ick-free and cruelty-free alternative Body Shop’s collection.


For All Your Other Cruelty-Free Beauty Needs

Superdrug not only offers affordable and easily accessible beauty products, including everything from shaving cream to sunscreen, but all of their own branded products are also cruelty-free!

Hopefully, I’ve inspired you to try some cruelty-free options or made it seem easier than you would have thought. Let me know if you’d recommend any more items and if you’re keen to learn a little more check out some of the resources used for this post.

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