If you have been following my blog since the beginning of the year, you might remember my post about finally choosing to go 100% cruelty-free when it came to buying makeup (if you haven’t read it yet, click here). This wasn’t a very big decision for me. In fact, prior to that I thought that I was already only using cruelty-free makeup (because I didn’t read the fine print). I’m not going to go on about ingredients and China and laws and suppliers, but those are important things to be aware of when making a decision like the one that I made six months ago.
I was pleasantly surprised to find out that there are a large number of brands that are cruelty-free, including a few giants (like Too Faced, Kylie Cosmetics, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Stila, Charlotte Tilbury, Smashbox and Urban Decay). I really thought that my options would be limited, but it has been quite the opposite. To me, hunting for new cruelty-free brands has been a lot of fun, but there are always long lists available online for people who don’t enjoy that. Whenever I shop at Dis-Chem, I always browse through the Essence products, Catrice, LA Girl, Physicians Formula and LOV cosmetics. All of those brands are cruelty-free. At Clicks, I tend to drift towards the Wet ‘n Wild products, Real Techniques and NYX. Unfortunately Stuttafords has closed down, but they stocked products from theBalm, who are also cruelty-free. You can find Smashbox products and Stila products at Woolworths, and my sources tell me that Woolworths’ own beauty brand is cruelty-free too.
I have now expanded to both skincare and hair care. This was slightly more difficult at first, but after a little bit of research I now have a list of cruelty-free brands that I can turn to at any time. The Body Shop, LUSH, Hey Gorgeous and African Extracts have been my go-to brands when it comes to caring for my skin. I am currently using The Body Shop’s Seaweed range (review here) for combination/oily skin, but prior to that I was using African Extracts Rooibos’ budget-friendly Purifying range (review here). Oh So Heavenly also shocked me with their new Hair Scentsations products. I am particularly fond of their Repair ‘n Care range (review here).
One of the best parts about living this lifestyle is hearing about a brand pulling out of China or going cruelty-free. A worthy brand to mention is Stila, who made the change in February 2017. It feels like a victory for our movement- one step closer to changing the system! On the other hand, it breaks my heart to hear about brands that lose their cruelty-free status. NARS is an example of this, and I will never support them.
I have found that I get “the look” from people whenever I mention the words “cruelty free“- in shops, at beauty expos and even in conversations with other people. Is it the guilt? I don’t know. I don’t run around telling people that they are wrong or force my beliefs onto them, but eyes roll whenever the topic is brought up. It must be such a burden being reminded of all of the blood on one’s hands (kidding…). I try really hard not to judge, but I am angry. I am angry with the companies who choose money over ethics, I am angry with the Chinese law that requires cosmetics to be tested on animals, and I am angry with the women and men who refuse to take their blinders off and continue to support these brands. It is wrong, but I can’t help it and I am not going to lie about how I feel on my own blog. People cry over the mistreatment of animals, a mixture of tears and Maybelline Lash Sensational running down their face, only to continue supporting the very people who cause this suffering. Why? Is that really worth it?
I read something on PETA’s website, it said:
If you call it “medical research” you can get away with murder.
Although I cannot say I have the clearest conscience in the world, and I am no superhero, I can say that I have not chosen vanity over innocent lives. Yes, vanity. It sounds extremely silly, doesn’t it? I am not even close to living the life I want to live (one that will not cause any animals suffering) and I still make mistakes, but I have taken the first few steps. I challenge you to do the same.
You’re probably wondering if, after six whole months, I think that this whole thing is worth it? Is it worth not having Bobbi Brown brows, YSL lips or Essie nails? Well, yes.
For more information about cruelty-free beauty and my go-to list of cruelty-free brands, visit Cruelty-Free Kitty.