We love hearing from our readers, and lately we’ve been receiving more and more requests to write about high-performance cruelty-free beauty options. The question is well-timed, as I made an intention this year to be more mindful of the process behind the things I put on my body. It’s a big undertaking—overwhelming at times—so I decided to start small and commit to using products that are cruelty-free as a personal step one.
For me, the biggest takeaway from this recent decision is that being conscious doesn’t have to come at the expense of your appearance. There are superior products out there that aren’t tested on animals, many of which are also certified organic. Keep scrolling for this editor’s top-shelf recommendations.
Gwyneth Paltrow’s new line of beauty products is everything. I could not be more obsessed with how wonderful they are. Truly, though, who better to help jumpstart a commitment to cruelty-free cosmetics than Miss Goop herself? Not only does Juice Beauty not test on animals, but all of the company’s products are certified organic and gluten-free.
Stowaway Cosmetics aren't just adorably packaged, they are also cruelty-free. The company’s concealer formula also happens to be life-changing. It’s super thick, so it's perfect for covering up sunspots, dark circles, and pesky blemishes. I use it literally every day. Sometimes I even carry it in my leather jacket when I’m out at night for touch-ups.
I haven’t tried this yet, but it’s high on my list after I fell in love with another mascara that I learned is tested on animals and contains coal tar, a known carcinogen banned in the E.U. Thanks to a post by the David Suzuki Foundation, I learned to identify coal tar in the ingredients list by scanning for “C.I.” followed by a five digit number beginning with 75 or 77. I've heard only amazing buzz around Organic Glam’s mascara when it comes to both length and color.
We’ve written about Plant before and how all of the company’s products are food-grade. Plant is also cruelty-free and chemical-free, and the packaging is 100% biodegradable. It doesn’t get much more socially responsible than that. I apply a generous amount of the Soothing Chamomile Face Cream to my face and neck most mornings. I love how it feels and interacts with my sensitive skin.
This company is probably my favorite mainly because I haven’t tried an RMS Beauty product that wasn’t amazing. (I've tried most of them.) Developed by longtime makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift after she began to experience health issues tied to her beauty routine, this line is cruelty-free, organic, and is the perfect offering for achieving that no-makeup makeup look. The packaging is also fabulous; you’ll want to keep it front and center on your beauty shelf.
Which cruelty-free beauty products have you tried and loved? Tell us below!
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