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Cruelty Free Cosmetics
While there may be subtle differences between products that are cruelty free and products that are vegan, the two often go hand in hand. The primary difference is that vegan products don't contain any animal by-products, whereas cruelty free just means the final product hasn't been tested on animals. Don't forget to check out our blogs on the best cruelty free makeup and cruelty free hair care products.
If you're looking for information on vegan or vegetarian beauty products, our glossary answers all your questions.
See our cruelty free guide to answer your questions like what does cruelty free mean and who should use cruelty free beauty products.
CeraVe SA Smoothing Cleanser
BLEACH LONDON White Heat Super Cool Colour
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade
Huda Beauty FauxFilter Skin Finish Buildable Coverage Foundation Stick
Uklash Eyelash Serum
ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Marine Cream
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream
Urban Decay Lash Freak Mascara
REN Perfect Canvas Clean Jelly Oil Cleanser
Too Faced Diamond Highlighter
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream
Farsali Rose Gold Elixir
Coola Mineral Face SPF 30 Rosilliance BB+ Cream
REN Perfect Canvas Serum
Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Liquid Foundation
Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation
Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup
Nuxe Prodigieux Le Parfum
Uoma Beauty Afro.Dis.Iac Liquid Eyeliner
Uoma Beauty Say What?! Foundation
Sigma Beauty Basic Eyes Kit
Natasha Denona Foundation X+
Augustinus Bader The Body Cream
Uoma Beauty Double Take Contour Stick
Natasha Denona Face Glow Foundation
Aromatherapy Associates De Stress Muscle Bath & Shower Oil
REN Radiance Perfection Serum
St Tropez Self Tan Express Bronzing Mousse
REN Evercalm Overnight Recovery Balm
Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick
REN Flash Hydro Boost Instant Plumping Emulsion
Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamoured Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick
St Tropez Self Tan Purity Water Gel
Bumble and bumble Sumotech
Real Techniques Enhanced Eye Set
Natasha Denona TRANSFIX Matte Concealer
REN Vita Mineral Omega 3 Optimum Skin Oil
REN Satin Perfection BB Cream
Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream
Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Roller Ball
This Works Perfect Cleavage Firming Lotion
Too Faced Born This Way Foundation
Natasha Denona I Need A Nude Lipstick
This Works Stress Check Face Oil
Real Techniques Flawless Base Set
Natasha Denona Blush Duo Palette
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi Usage Dry Oil
Real Techniques Everyday Essentials Set
REN Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30
St Tropez Self Tan Purity Face Mist
REN Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel
Spectrum Collections 10 Piece Essential Brush Set
Skinny Tan 7 Day Tanner
Sigma Beauty SigMagic Brushampoo Foam
TAN-LUXE Wonder Oil Self Tan
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Riche Multi-Purpose Nourishing Oil
OUAI Air Dry Foam
Nuxe Insta-Masque Exfoliating Mask
Sigma Beauty F35 Tapered Highlighter Brush
Marc Jacobs Beauty Glow Stick Glistening Illuminator
Aveda Colour Enhance Blue Malva Shampoo
Coola Sunless Tan Anti-Ageing Face Serum
Saturday Skin Daily Dew Hydrating Essence Mist
Nuxe Creme Prodigieuse Boost Multi Correction Eye Balm Gel
REN Clearcalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser
PIXI Collagen Tonic
Liz Earle Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion
This Works In Transit Camera Close Up
Skinny Tan Tan & Tone Oil
TAN-LUXE The Face Anti-Age Rejuvenating Self-Tan Drops
Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation
Wet N Wild Colour Icon Blush
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Frequently Asked Questions about Cruelty Free products
What does cruelty free mean?
Cruelty free means that the final product wasn't tested on animals. There is occasionally controversy about the legitimacy of cruelty free products: some companies test on animals prior to creating their final recipe or get a third party to test for them, while still claiming to be cruelty free.
However, there are companies that are cruelty free certified, so you can have confidence in their integrity and honesty. Keep your eye out for the leaping bunny logo to be sure you're getting the right products.
Who should use cruelty free beauty products?
The audience for cruelty free and vegan products are usually the same, but anyone who doesn't like the idea of animal cruelty or testing should opt for cruelty free cosmetics.
If you already adhere to a vegan diet but don't pay too much attention to the contents of your beauty products, using cruelty free products may be the next step.
Are there negative side effects of cruelty free beauty products?
While there may be arguments against incorporating a vegan diet into your lifestyle, there are no negative side effects of using cruelty free beauty products. Companies that are famous exponents of cruelty free products work hard to make sure their products don't lose their efficacy.
What are some unknown positives of going cruelty free?
Quite simply, your brush and makeup tools will be cleaner. Animal by-products, such as horse hair, are more liable to contain unwanted bacteria that lingers on your tools for longer.
Cruelty free products are also a staple of smaller businesses, so you're helping to create a fairer trading industry.
Are cruelty free beauty products more expensive?
It's something of an urban myth that cruelty free products are more expensive. This might have been true initially, when the concept was still new, but today cruelty free products are fairly priced due to high demands. You won't have to worry about paying a little extra for a cleaner conscience.
Written by Carly Cochrane, Beauty Editor