There are, however, a plethora of cruelty-free, plant-based alternatives that will leave your hair feeling silky smooth and rich in color without costing the earth. See: Bleach London, Aesop, Odacité, IGK Hair, INOAR, Virtue, Beachwaver, Made for Life Organics, Noughty, and Evolve Organic Beauty. Where possible, think of the oceans and opt for brands with recycled packaging.

Noughty Detox Dynamo Clarifying Shampoo



Beachwaver Stay Strong Reparative Conditioner



Inoar Argan Oil System

Aesop Violet Leaf Hair Balm



3. Say no to mink-made false eyelashes

Looking for instant glam? A set of false lashes will enhance any look. Unfortunately, though, most eyelash brands still use fur to make their products, taken from minks that are typically confined to small and inhumane spaces. Help end the cruelty now and opt for fur-free lashes from brands such as Huda Beauty, Velour Lashes, Charlotte Tilbury, Sweed Lashes, Jolie Beauty, and e.l.f Cosmetics.

Jolie Beauty Lashes – Wispy Collection – Lillie


Jolie Beauty

Huda Beauty Classic Lash Monique #3


Huda Beauty

Sweed Nikki Underlash

e.l.f Winged & Polished Luxe Lash Kit

4. Protect your skin (and the animals) with vegan skin care

When it comes to going vegan, skin care—especially your cleansers, serums, moisturisers and balms—can be a bit of a minefield.  Double-check anything that promises to moisturize and hydrate, as it could contain animal-derived ingredients such as squalene (oil that is sometimes derived from the livers of sharks). You can’t go wrong with Drunk Elephant, bareMinerals, some Glossier options, Sunday Riley, Votary, Tata Harper and almost all Dermalogica products.

Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser


Tata Harper

Sunday Riley C.E.O. 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum



Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream



Votary Intense Overnight Mask – Rosehip and Hyaluronic


Space NK

5. Opt for cruelty-free deodorant

Like hair care, most deodorants have been tested on animals and can contain animal-derived ingredients such as bee pollen, chitosan (from shrimp), propolis, stearic acid and urea. Luckily, there are plenty of vegan alternatives from brands such as Schmidt’s, Zion Health, Herban Cowboy, Habitat Botanicals, and Booda Organics.

Booda Butter Cream Deodorant


Booda Butter

Habitat Botanicals Deodorant


Habitat Botanicals

Schmidt’s Earl Grey + Coconut Milk Deodorant



Herban Cowboy Forest Deodorant



6. Smell good with vegan-friendly perfume

When it comes to animal-derived ingredients, the most commonly found among beauty products is, of course, ambergris, which comes from whale intestines—though it is commonly collected on the beach rather than directly from whales. It’s used as a fixative in perfumes, which can also contain musks taken from deer, beaver, muskrat, civet cat, and otter genitals. Fear not: a whole host of vegan-friendly perfume brands have sprung up over the past few years, including Le Labo, Eden, Laboratory Perfumes, and Chantecaille.

Le Labo Thé Noir 29 Eau de Parfum


Saks Fifth Avenue

Eden Perfumes No.483 Pomegranate Noirre


Eden Perfumes

Chantecaille Pétales


Saks Fifth Avenue

Laboratory Perfumes Amber Eau De Toilette


Laboratory Perfumes

7. Swap your regular eyeshadow for vegan alternatives

When it comes to eyeshadow, the more shimmery it is, the more cautious you should be. The chances are that the pearl-like sheen that’s brightening up your lids has been quite literally been taken from pearls, oysters or mussels. Swap these for vegan alternatives by brands such as CoverGirl, Ilia, Urban Decay, Morphe, Milk, and Lime Crime.

ILIA The Necessary Eyeshadow Palette in Cool Nude



Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette

CoverGirl Nudes TruNaked Eye Shadow Palette



Chocolate Diamond Liquid Eyeshadow in Sparkling Bronze


Lime Crime

8. Veganize your lips

From beeswax to carmine (from a type of insect called cochineal), lipsticks can be particularly harmful to the animal kingdom. Luckily, there are vegan alternatives courtesy of Hourglass, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Too Faced and Illamasqua.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Sarafine



Hourglass Unreal High Shine Volumizing Lip Gloss in Child



Illamasqua Beyond Lipstick in Ruby



Too Faced Melted Matte Clover III Lipstick


Too Faced

9. Wear cruelty-free nails

Like eyeshadows, many of the opalescent pigments found in nail polish come from crustaceans, whereas shellac is a resin derived from the female lac bug. Try Lola Makeup, Nails Inc., Peacći, Karma Organic, Lauren B. Beauty and Nailberry.

Lola Makeup By Perse Nail Polish – #10 Free Formula


Lola Makeup

Nailberry L’Oxygéné Oxygenated Nail Lacquer in Noirberry



Karma Organic Spa Nail Polish in Bride To Be


Karma Organic Spa

Peaccí Nail Polish in Gossip




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