If there’s one thing I don’t get about the beauty industry (as well as the excessive use of plastic in product packaging, that is), it’s how so many brands still test on animals.
While products that have been developed using animals are still accepted in many countries, there are currently 41 countries that have limited or banned the practice, including the UK, Australia and New Zealand.
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Unfortunately many brands from other countries that do opt to test on animals are sold in the UK, including Benefit, NARS and Bobbi Brown, so you have to be careful when choosing which beauty products to pick.
If you want to join in the movement, here are some cruelty-free beauty brands you can start with.
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Love drinking coffee? You might like using it on your skin too, as caffeine is great for brightening and protecting the skin.
UpCircle discovered this early on and started its brand with a coffee scrub. It’s now expanded its product list to include moisturisers, serums, and more — all infused with natural, vegan ingredients and cruelty-free practises.
The brand also has a return, refill, reuse program. Learn more about it here.
Coffee Face Scrub for Acne, £14.99 – buy now
Night Cream with Hyaluronic Acid & Niacinamide, £18.99 – buy now
Hydrating Face Serum, £14.99 – buy now
Products made with natural ingredients can be tricky to use for those with sensitive skin, but Pai Skincare has cracked the code.
The beauty brand, founded by Sarah Brown, uses only organic and vegan ingredients. It also does patch-testing on people to ensure that its products are good for those with sensitive and eczema-prone skin.
Rosehip Oil, £24 – buy now
Carbon Star Detoxifying Overnight Face Oil, £39 – buy now
Middlemist Seven Rose Cream Cleanser, £34 – buy now
Faith in Nature
Founded by Rivka Rose in 1974, Faith In Nature has been prioritising nature and its inhabitants even before the sustainability and cruelty-free movements became a thing.
From body wash, to shampoos and conditioners, it has everything you need to keep your beauty cupboard stocked at home for an affordable price too.
Grapefruit & Orange Body Wash, now £4.63 – buy now
Dragonfruit Shampoo & Conditioner, £9.99 – buy now
Grapefruit Hand Soap, now £1.60 – buy now
Evolve Organic Beauty
Organic skincare made in small batches. That’s what you can expect from Evolve Organic Beauty.
The brand has products that cater to your needs from head-to-toe. Not only are they cruelty-free, but they’re also made in an Eco Studio that’s 100% wind-powered and uses low energy lighting.
Now how do I get one of those at home?!
Hyaluronic Serum, £30 – buy now
Cotton Fresh Natural Deodorant, £10 – buy now
Lip Treat – Vegan Lip Balm, £10 – buy now
The brand that needs no introduction, Glossier is the go-to for those who want an effortless, woke-up-like-this look. But did you know that it’s also cruelty-free?
That’s right. All their products across make-up, skin care, body care and fragrance haven’t been tested on animals.
Milky Jelly Cleanser, £8 – buy now
Boy Brow, £14 – buy now
Priming Moisturizer Rich, £29 – buy now
If you don’t it yet, get to know this cool girl-approved make up and skincare brand straight from New York City.
The best part, aside from the products’ performance of course, is that they don’t test on animals!
Hydro Grip Hydrating Makeup Primer, $34 – buy now
KUSH Volumizing Mascara, $13 – buy now
Vegan Milk Moisturizer, $38 – buy now
If you’re interested in trying mineral make up, look no further than bareMinerals.
The brand has been in the game since 1995, offering clean products free of harsh chemicals to ease our skin.
One jar of their foundation is sold globally every 18 seconds, so you know you’re onto a winner.
Original Loose Powder Foundation, £29 – buy now
SKINLONGEVITY Long Life Herb Serum, £52 – buy now
Original Liquid Mineral Concealer, £24 – buy now
You didn’t think we’d forget about Lush, did you?
The British brand has been creating handmade skincare, beauty and bath products since 1995 and has been championing cruelty-free beauty from the start.
Dream Cream Hand and Body Lotion, £5.50 – buy now
Intergalactic Bath Bomb, £5.50 – buy now
Honey I Washed My Hair Shampoo, £9 – buy now
The Body Shop
It’s not just The Body Shop logo that’s green, but the products too.
The brand has always been against animal testing. It first made a call against the practice in 1989 and has continued to do so through its Forever Against Animal Testing program.
Himalayan Charcoal Face Mask, £18 – buy now
Drops of Youth Concentrate, £28 – buy now
Hemp Hand Protector, £12 – buy now
Rihanna’s out here serving us looks and giving us cruelty-free beauty options.
The singer’s beauty brands don’t test on animals and they make sure this is observed in every step of the production.
Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, £37 – buy now
Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer, £20 – buy now
Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Face Primer, £33 – buy now
Vibrant, bold, and cruelty-free. You can count on the brand to give you eye-catching make up options, many of which are vegan too.
All Nighter Setting Spray, £26 – buy now
Stay Naked Foundation, £31 – buy now
24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, £17 – buy now