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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 are cruelty free beauty products more expensive and what does cruelty free mean.
ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Marine Cream
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
Huda Beauty Naughty Nude Eyeshadow Palette
The Ordinary Concealer
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade
Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector
The Ordinary 100% Niacinamide Powder
CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser
Olaplex No. 8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask
Urban Decay Lash Freak Mascara
Huda Beauty Easy Bake Loose Powder
Uklash Eyelash Serum
Lime Crime Venus XL Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced Diamond Highlighter
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream
Farsali Rose Gold Elixir
Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara
Lime Crime Venus XL II Eyeshadow Palette
St Tropez Self Tan Purity Face Mist
Lime Crime Venus Palette I
Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation
REN Vita Mineral Omega 3 Optimum Skin Oil
Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Palette
REN Evercalm Overnight Recovery Balm
Uoma Beauty Say What?! Foundation
St Tropez Self Tan Purity Water Gel
Lime Crime Venus Palette III
Dose of Colors Meet Your Hue Foundation
REN Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel
Uoma Beauty Double Take Contour Stick
REN Radiance Perfection Serum
This Works Stress Check Face Oil
REN Perfect Canvas Serum
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz
Lime Crime Bushy Brow Precision Pen
Nuxe Reve De Miel Body Oil Balm
Lime Crime Plushies Lipstick
Herbivore Lapis Balancing Facial Oil
Lime Crime Matte Velvetines Lipstick
Lime Crime Wet Cherry Lip Gloss
Uoma Beauty Black Magic Metallic Lipstick
This Works Perfect Cleavage Firming Lotion
Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser
Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzer
This Works Perfect Legs Skin Miracle
Real Techniques Everyday Essentials Set
Urban Decay All Nighter Concealer
Uoma Beauty Badass Icon Matte Lipstick
Nuxe Creme Prodigieuse Boost Blur
Aveda Damage Remedy Restructuring Shampoo
Herbivore Prism Exfoliating Glow Serum
Real Techniques Flawless Base Set
Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation
PIXI Rose Oil Blend
Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick
PIXI Overnight Glow Serum
Uoma Beauty Stay Woke Concealer
Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation
Uoma Beauty Boss Gloss Liquid Marble
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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