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A Guide to Having a Cruelty-Free and Clean Routine

by Haylee Holt


Maybe it's time we start having our self care routine reflect our values! I am not an influencer. I just care. This article is to HELP you. In this article, you will find an explanation of what it means to be cruelty-free and clean. In addition, you will find products, brands, reviews, and mission statements that support this lifestyle change. Just by reading this article, becoming aware of this situation, and talking to a friend, YOU can make a difference in an animal's life and YOUR OWN.


What does it mean to be "cruelty-free"? Why should we care?

In a world where we have the power to choose which products we buy, why not buy products that reflect our values? If you are like me, you do not mean to harm anyone or anything, animals included. It is so hard to find products that are made with clean ingredients, have a decent price range, prove trustworthiness, produce quality results, AND do not test on animals... UNTIL NOW. I have gone through product after product, website after website, blog after blog, review after review, until I found the products that I wanted to endorse. Why go cruelty free? It's easy. I do not want to hurt cats, dogs, mice, fish, rats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, farm animals, birds, mini-pigs, and non-human primates. As an adult, I am figuring out what I stand for and how I contribute to companies that share the same values as myself. Some companies claim to be a cruelty-free, but how do you really know that is true? Being cruelty-free means not testing on animals ANYWHERE that you sell your product. If you want to take it one step further, you can make sure your product is vegan, or not derived from any animal products. The reason I emphasize anywhere is because some companies say they do not test on animals, but they sell their product in mainland China. The Chinese government required all self care products be animal tested before being sold in China. Therefore, any companies that sell in mainland China are NOT cruelty-free. There are many companies that refuse to sell in mainland China due to how these laws are against their values. We have the power to contribute to the success of the companies that share what we believe in. The more we buy from cruelty-free companies and the less we buy from companies that believe in animal testing, the more we change the market. Every purchase counts! Every recommendation counts. Once you find out how amazing these products are, you will NEVER go back.


If you shop around a store and take a quick look at a random product, look for the Leaping Bunny! Eight national animal protection groups banded together to form the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC). The CCIC promotes a single comprehensive standard and an internationally recognized Leaping Bunny Logo. They work with companies to help make shopping for animal-friendly products easier and more trustworthy. If you see the BUNNY, HOP in line!


What does it mean to have "clean" products? Why should we care?

It's easy to find clean products. Just try to avoid parabens, sulfates, phthalates, bleach and silicone. Why may you ask? Parabens are known to disrupt hormone function. They are linked to breast Cancer and reproductive toxicity. Sulfates cause irritation to your eyes, skin, mouth, and lungs. Additionally, they can cause severe acne on sensitive skin. Phthalates, AKA endocrine disrupting chemicals, after absorption, act as "estrogens that interfere with metabolism and normal hormonal function." Silicone pins down bacteria, impurities, dirt, and sebum. The pores enlarge, and then blackheads and acne form. Bleach can lead to mercury poisoning... Enough said there. Either way, you should stick to finding a product that has all natural ingredients that you RECOGNIZE on the back of the bottle or in the description. Also, a good rule of thumb is the less ingredients, the better.


What if I am going out to a specific place?

Some places care just as much about this as we do! If you're looking to get your hair done, any Paul Mitchel salon or Paul Mitchel affiliate salon uses 100% cruelty-free products. So don't bow out, get a blow out! Wash away your worries about animal testing with their amazing products during your service. As for nail salons, I have not found one that claims all of their products are cruelty-free. However, you can easily bring your cruelty-free nail polish with you so that they can give you a manicure that is worry free! I've done it before and the workers are really cool about it!


But what about this...

There are some things that are cruelty free that you probably are not aware of. This includes baby powder! There is no need to find a substitute.


Cruelty-Free & Clean Products

Brands I recommend include: Sun Bum, L., Pacifica, Love, Beauty, Planet (LBP), Burt's Bees, Not Your Mother's, Honest, NYX Professional Makeup, E.L.F, M. Skin Care, Physicians Formula, Essence, It's a 10, YourGoodSkin, Ella Mila, Zoya, Himalaya, Suave and Burst. Keep a look out for those brands! Below, I have listed some of the products I recommend within those brands and all the information you need to know about them!


#1 - Sun Bum Premium Sunscreen Face Lotion

  • Found at Target

  • $12.99

  • 3 fl oz

  • Cruelty-Free

  • Paraben-Free

  • Vegan

  • Gluten-Free

  • Phthalate-Free

  • Hypoallergenic

  • Oxybenzone-Free

  • Octinoxate-Free

  • No Added Fragrance

  • Dermatologist Tested

  • My Own Review: It's really nice! It's not too oily, a little thick, and does not cause breakouts.

#2 - L. Organic Tampons

  • Found at Target

  • $6.99

  • Includes 30 regular absorbency tampons

  • Cruelty-Free

  • Paraben-Free

  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate-Free

  • GOTS Certified Organic Cotton

  • No chlorine bleaching, pesticides, fragrances or dyes

  • BPA-free compact plastic applicator for comfort and convenience

  • For every L. product you purchase, one is made accessible to a person who needs it

  • My Own Review: This is a lot like Tampax Pearl but way more value-based. It is easy to use and comes in various sizes.




#3 - Pacifica Island Vanilla Perfumed Hair and Body Mist

  • Found at Target

  • $11.99

  • 6 fl oz

  • Cruelty-Free

  • Paraben-Free

  • Vegan

  • Phthalate-Free

  • Alcohol-Free

  • Clean Ingredients: Aqua (Purified Water), Parfum (Pacifica’s Own Fragrance Blend With Natural And Essential Oils), Polysorbate 20, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate

  • My Own Review: It is a perfume with a light, perfect scent year round. It's very sweet, and good for your hair and body.




#4 - Love, Beauty, Planet Yuzu & Vanilla Blooming Fresh Liquid Hand Wash

  • Found at Target

  • $3.99

  • 13.5 fl oz

  • Cruelty-Free

  • Paraben-Free

  • Vegan

  • Phthalate-Free

  • Sulfate-Free

  • Dye-Free

  • Ethically Sourced Vanilla

  • My Own Review: A texture similar to Bath and Body Works gel hand wash, but with a very floral scent. It does not leave your hands chapped. It is not hard to rinse off.




#5 - Burt's Bees Watermelon Chapstick

  • Found at Target

  • $5.49

  • 0.30 oz

  • Cruelty-Free

  • Paraben-Free

  • Phthalate-Free

  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate-Free

  • Beeswax, coconut oil and watermelon seed extract to nourish

  • My Own Review: This has a light color unlike a lipstick. Just like a cherry chapstick, it gives a warm tone with a thick and moisturizing texture.




#6 - Love, Beauty, Planet Rose Hand Cream

  • Found at Target

  • $4.99

  • 1 oz

  • Cruelty-Free

  • Paraben-Free

  • Vegan

  • Phthalate-Free

  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate-Free

  • Dye-Free

  • Ethically Sourced Rose

  • My Own Review: It's very thick, great for the winter. It lasts long, but you half to rub it in well for it to spread.




#6 - Love, Beauty, Planet Coconut Water & Mimosa Water Volume Conditioner

  • Found at Target

  • $6.99

  • 13.5 fl oz

  • Cruelty-Free

  • Paraben-Free

  • Phthalate-Free

  • Silicone-Free

  • Dye-Free

  • Argan Oil

  • Coconut Oil

  • Plant Based Detangler

  • My Own Review: With this light sent and moisturizing texture, your hair comes out shiny. You can put it on your roots without an oily effect.




#7 - Love, Beauty, Planet Indian Lilac and Clove Leaf Positively Shine Shampoo

  • Found at Target

  • $6.99

  • 13.5 fl oz

  • Cruelty-Free

  • Paraben-Free

  • Vegan

  • Phthalate-Free

  • Sulfate-Free

  • Dye-Free

  • Coconut Oil

  • Ethically Sourced Clove Leaf

  • Plant Based Cleanser

  • My Own Review: This has such a beautiful scent. It removes dirt without removing the good oils in your hair. It does not leave your hair feeling straw as most shampoos do.




#8 - Love Beauty, Planet Argan Oil and Lavender Body Lotion

  • Found at Target

  • $6.99

  • 13.5 oz

  • Cruelty-Free

  • Paraben-Free

  • Vegan

  • Phthalate-Free

  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate-Free

  • Dye-Free

  • Plant Based

  • Argan Oil

  • Ethically Sourced

  • My Own Review: It has the most amazing scent filled with florals and soothing oils. It rubs on very thick, but it is extremely moisturizing. You must rub it in very good. It will be white for the first 30 seconds until it is either rubbed in or soaks through the skin.



#9 - Not Your Mother's Travel Size She's a Tease Volumizing Hairspray

  • Found at Ulta

  • $3.29

  • 2.0 oz

  • Cruelty-Free

  • Clean Ingredients

  • Cruelty-Free

  • Gluten-Free

  • Oil-Free

  • Paraben-Free

  • Silicone-Free

  • Sulfate-Free

  • Vegan

  • Mineral

  • My Own Review- It does not have the best smell for the first few seconds. It holds your hair for the whole day without being sticky. It's light-weight feeling and amazing results make it the best hairspray!

  • Side Note: If it is an online only product or not at a store near you, Ulta allows you to buy a product online while in the store THROUGH them and they ship it to your house FOR FREE. If you buy a product normally online through Ulta, you have to pay for shipping. Always go into the store, and if you can't find it just order it through the current worker!




#10 - Honest Beauty Makeup Remover Wipes

  • Found at Ulta

  • $7.00

  • 30 wipes

  • Clean Ingredients

  • Cruelty-Free

  • Gluten-Free

  • Oil-Free

  • Paraben-Free

  • Silicone-Free

  • Sulfate-Free

  • Vegan

  • Mineral

  • My Own Review: This really light, clean, sweet-scented wipe takes off makeup completely without irritating the skin. It's good for oily skin.

  • Side Note: If it is an online only product or not at a store near you, Ulta allows you to buy a product online while in the store THROUGH them and they ship it to your house FOR FREE. If you buy a product normally online through Ulta, you have to pay for shipping. Always go into the store, and if you can't find it just order it through the current worker!




#11 - NYX Professional Makeup Matte Liquid Liner

  • Found at Ulta

  • $5.62

  • 0.01 oz

  • Clean Ingredients

  • Cruelty-Free

  • Gluten-Free

  • Oil-Free

  • Paraben-Free

  • Silicone-Free

  • Sulfate-Free

  • Vegan

  • Mineral

  • My Own Review: It does not feel too thick with it's thin point. It is easy to apply, but takes a second to dry.

  • Side Note: If it is an online only product or not at a store near you, Ulta allows you to buy a product online while in the store THROUGH them and they ship it to your house FOR FREE. If you buy a product normally online through Ulta, you have to pay for shipping. Always go into the store, and if you can't find it just order it through the current worker!




#12 - E.L.F Cosmetics Baked Highlighter and Blush

  • Found at Ulta

  • $4.00

  • 0.183 oz

  • Clean Ingredients

  • Cruelty-Free

  • Gluten-Free

  • Oil-Free

  • Paraben-Free

  • Silicone-Free

  • Sulfate-Free

  • Vegan

  • Mineral

  • My Own Review: This product is very light weight. It is not too "cake-y" or thick. It does not crumble easily. It is very shimmering, easy to blend, and quick to apply.

  • Side Note: If it is an online only product or not at a store near you, Ulta allows you to buy a product online while in the store THROUGH them and they ship it to your house FOR FREE. If you buy a product normally online through Ulta, you have to pay for shipping. Always go into the store, and if you can't find it just order it through the current worker!




#13 - M. Skin Care Caffeinated Shave Cream

  • Found at Ulta

  • $6.00

  • 4.2 oz

  • Clean Ingredients

  • Cruelty-Free

  • Gluten-Free

  • Oil-Free

  • Paraben-Free

  • Silicone-Free

  • Sulfate-Free

  • Vegan

  • Mineral

  • My Own Review: This cream leaves a cooling sensation. It helps with redness, razor burn, and ingrown hairs. This results in a smooth shave for airpits and legs. Ladies, even though it is made for men, it works great for us!

  • Side Note: If it is an online only product or not at a store near you, Ulta allows you to buy a product online while in the store THROUGH them and they ship it to your house FOR FREE. If you buy a product normally online through Ulta, you have to pay for shipping. Always go into the store, and if you can't find it just order it through the current worker!




#14 - Physicians Formula Extreme Shimmer Shadow Nude Palette

  • Found at Ulta

  • $12.49

  • 0.26 oz

  • Clean Ingredients

  • Cruelty-Free

  • Gluten-Free

  • Oil-Free

  • Paraben-Free

  • Silicone-Free

  • Sulfate-Free

  • Vegan

  • Mineral

  • My Own Review: This is shimmering and beautiful! This eyeshadow stays on without primer.

  • Side Note: If it is an online only product or not at a store near you, Ulta allows you to buy a product online while in the store THROUGH them and they ship it to your house FOR FREE. If you buy a product normally online through Ulta, you have to pay for shipping. Always go into the store, and if you can't find it just order it through the current worker!




#15 - Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara

  • Found at Ulta

  • $2.99

  • 0.13 oz

  • Clean Ingredients

  • Cruelty-Free

  • Gluten-Free

  • Oil-Free

  • Paraben-Free

  • Silicone-Free

  • Sulfate-Free

  • Vegan

  • Mineral

  • My Own Review: I love this eyebrow gel! It helps fill in my eyebrows without giving a fake, "cake-y" look. It is easy and only takes a few swipes!

  • Side Note: If it is an online only product or not at a store near you, Ulta allows you to buy a product online while in the store THROUGH them and they ship it to your house FOR FREE. If you buy a product normally online through Ulta, you have to pay for shipping. Always go into the store, and if you can't find it just order it through the current worker!




#16 - Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara

  • Found at Ulta

  • $4.99

  • 0.304 oz

  • Clean Ingredients

  • Cruelty-Free

  • Gluten-Free

  • Oil-Free

  • Paraben-Free

  • Silicone-Free

  • Sulfate-Free

  • Vegan

  • Mineral

  • My Own Review: This has a very clean look without seeming clumpy. It makes my eyelashes look flawless and spread apart for day or night use.

  • Side Note: If it is an online only product or not at a store near you, Ulta allows you to buy a product online while in the store THROUGH them and they ship it to your house FOR FREE. If you buy a product normally online through Ulta, you have to pay for shipping. Always go into the store, and if you can't find it just order it through the current worker!




#17 - It's a 10 Travel Size Miracle Leave-In

  • Found at Ulta

  • $12.99

  • 2.0 oz

  • Heat Protectant

  • Clean Ingredients

  • Cruelty-Free

  • Gluten-Free

  • Oil-Free

  • Paraben-Free

  • Silicone-Free

  • Sulfate-Free

  • Vegan

  • Mineral

  • My Own Review: This can revive your damaged hair! A little bit goes a long way. Don't spray too much at your roots or it will get greasy. It will protect your hair from heat, detangle it after a wash, and condition it throughout the entire length of use.

  • Side Note: If it is an online only product or not at a store near you, Ulta allows you to buy a product online while in the store THROUGH them and they ship it to your house FOR FREE. If you buy a product normally online through Ulta, you have to pay for shipping. Always go into the store, and if you can't find it just order it through the current worker!




#18 - Essence This is Nude Lipstick

  • Found at Ulta

  • $3.99

  • 0.12 oz

  • Clean Ingredients

  • Cruelty-Free

  • Gluten-Free

  • Oil-Free

  • Paraben-Free

  • Silicone-Free

  • Sulfate-Free

  • Vegan

  • Mineral

  • My Own Review: This lipstick is very moisturizing and smooth!

  • Side Note: If it is an online only product or not at a store near you, Ulta allows you to buy a product online while in the store THROUGH them and they ship it to your house FOR FREE. If you buy a product normally online through Ulta, you have to pay for shipping. Always go into the store, and if you can't find it just order it through the current worker!




#19 - YourGoodSkin Brightening Exfoliating Wash

  • Found at Ulta

  • $8.49

  • 4.2 oz

  • Clean Ingredients

  • Cruelty-Free

  • Gluten-Free

  • Oil-Free

  • Paraben-Free

  • Silicone-Free

  • Sulfate-Free

  • Vegan

  • Mineral

  • My Own Review: The scrub texture feels so soothing on your face. Your face becomes smooth after a wash. It does not seem to have a scent. It's very cleansing!

  • Side Note: If it is an online only product or not at a store near you, Ulta allows you to buy a product online while in the store THROUGH them and they ship it to your house FOR FREE. If you buy a product normally online through Ulta, you have to pay for shipping. Always go into the store, and if you can't find it just order it through the current worker!




#20 - Ella Mila Soy Nail Polish Remover

  • Found on Amazon

  • $11.49

  • 4 oz

  • Cruelty-Free

  • Soy Based (Acetone-Free)

  • For use with Nail Lacquer (Not intended for Gel Polish)

  • Lavender essential oil

  • Vitamin A, C, E

  • Vegan

  • Certified by PETA

  • Ingredients: Dimethyl Glutarate, Dimethyl Adipate, Methyl Oleate/Palmitate/Linoleate/Stearate, Trideceth-8, Lavandula Officinalis Flower Oil, Proprietary Vitamin Blend - A, C & E: PEG-8 Dimethicone, Octyldodecanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid & Silica, Sodium Propoxyhydroxypropyl Thiosulfate Silica

  • Prime available with free shipping

  • My Own Review: It has such a nice smell! It does not burn or irritate your skin or nails. It leaves them feeling moisturized and healthy.




#21 - Zoya Nail Polish

  • Found on Amazon

  • 0.5 fl oz

  • $10 a bottle

  • Cruelty-Free

  • Formaldehyde-Free

  • Formaldehyde Resin-Free

  • Dibutl-Free

  • Toluene-Free

  • Camphor-Free

  • TPHP-Free

  • Parabens-Free

  • Xylene-Free

  • Ethyl-Free

  • Tosylamide-Free

  • Lead-Free

  • Vegan Friendly

  • Prime available with free shipping

  • My Own Review: There are such beautiful colors to choose from! It keeps my nails healthy. It goes on smooth, but comes out very quickly.




#22 - Love, Beauty, and Planet Deodorant Murumuru Butter and Rose

  • Found on Amazon

  • 2.95 oz

  • $6.94

  • Cruelty-Free

  • Aluminum-Free

  • Plant based deodorizers

  • Vegan

  • Recyclable canisters made from 43% recycled plastic

  • Prime available with free shipping

  • Free returns

  • My Own Review: It has a tendency to leave a white film. It has a nice, clean, fresh scent and covers the smell of odors. In addition, it prevents an excess amount of sweat.




#23 - Himilaya Botanique Complete Care Whitening Toothpaste

  • Found on Amazon

  • 5.29 oz per bottle

  • $20.98 for a pack of 4 bottles

  • Cruelty-Free

  • Plant-based enzymes from Papaya and Pineapple to remove surface stains

  • Neem keeps the mouth clean

  • Pomegranate helps reduce plaque

  • Peppermint essential oil

  • Bleach-Free

  • No harsh abrasives or harsh foaming agents

  • Fluoride-Free

  • Triclosan-Free

  • Sulfate-Free

  • Carrageenan-Free

  • Gluten-Free

  • Prime available with free shipping

  • My Own Review: This toothpaste leaves my mouth feeling fresh and clean! It does not burn or irritate my mouth. My teeth look considerably whiter after only three uses.



#24 - Lavender Field Hand Sanitizer Spray



#25 - Suave Essentials Body Wash Creamy Cocoa Butter and Shea

  • Found at Walmart

  • 28 oz

  • $2.94

  • Cruelty-Free

  • Cocoa Butter

  • Shea Butter

  • Honey

  • Milk Protein

  • Vitamin E

  • My Own Review: This makes showering feel like you are at a spa! It has such a creamy, moisturizing texture that leaves you feel refreshed and soft.




#26 - Burt's Bees BB Cream with SPF 15

  • Found at Ulta

  • 1.7 oz

  • $14.99

  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with a light tone base

  • Anti-Wrinkle Cream: Clinically shown to offer 9 benefits, this mineral rich face lotion visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

  • Clean Ingredients

  • Cruelty-Free

  • Gluten-Free

  • Oil-Free

  • Paraben-Free

  • Silicone-Free

  • Sulfate-Free

  • Vegan

  • Mineral

  • My Own Review: This is perfect! It works as a moisturizer, concealer, and sunscreen. It's light and does not cake on my face.

  • Side Note: If it is an online only product or not at a store near you, Ulta allows you to buy a product online while in the store THROUGH them and they ship it to your house FOR FREE. If you buy a product normally online through Ulta, you have to pay for shipping. Always go into the store, and if you can't find it just order it through the current worker!




#27 - Burt's Bees Natural Acne Solutions Maximum Strength Spot Treatment Cream

  • Found at Target

  • 0.5 oz

  • $9.99

  • Cruelty-Free

  • Phthalates-Free

  • Paraben-Free

  • Sulfate-Free

  • Dermatologist Tested

  • Salicylic acid from Willow Bark plus licorice and tamanu

  • My Own Review: This product is a miracle! I put it on a bad breakout for two nights and it completely went away! SCORE!



#28 - Tom's of Maine Whole Care Mouthwash

  • Found at Target

  • 16 fl oz

  • $5.49

  • Cruelty-Free

  • No Added Fragrance

  • Dye-Free

  • Phthalate-Free

  • Paraben-Free

  • Sulfate-Free

  • fights cavities

  • restores minerals

  • strengthens enamel

  • freshens breath

  • cleans between teeth

  • NO artificial dyes, sweeteners or preservatives

  • My Own Review: I absolutely love this. It does not burn your mouth, but it still keeps it fresh, minty, and clean.

#29 - Burst Coconut Whitening Strips

  • Found on the Burst Website https://www.burstoralcare.com/product/whitening-strips

  • 7 treatments of top and bottom (14 strips total)

  • $32.29

  • Cruelty-Free

  • Ingredients: Vegetable Gylcerol, Deionized Water, Carbomer, Carboxymethyl, Coconut Oil, Dead Sea Salt, Sage Oil, Lemon Peel Oil

  • Enamel Safe

  • Dentist Formulated

  • Natural Ingredients

  • Works in 30 minutes

  • My Own Review: I have YET to try this product. I am very excited to try it out! I found this on many blogs. Although, I need to further my research to be CERTAIN it is cruelty-free. However, this is WAY better than Crest. Crest tests their whitening strips on animals for sensitivity levels and time periods... YIKES.




About the Brands (Straight from their website!)


Sun Bum

"We care about the planet. We care about the animals. We care about our families. So, of course we don’t use any ingredients that could hurt any of them."


L.

"L. is dedicated to the rebellious notion that people with periods everywhere deserve better. No ingredients you can't pronounce. No exhausted cliches. Just the quality you expect and the authenticity you deserve. The pillars below guide us in every aspect of what we do, from creating beautiful, high quality products to partnering with businesses and organizations that align with our purpose. L. implements a model of solidarity, prioritizing collaboration and partnership. We design our products for ourselves and you because better products create more demand. And more demand creates more opportunity for change. We believe that personal care products should leave you happy and healthy, with karma on your side. L. strives to bring accountability to the personal care aisle, sourcing certified organic cotton for our tampons. Natural products for a natural process! Beyond that, we are committed to increasing access to personal care products that dramatically impact the lives of people with periods around the world. That’s why for every L. product sold, one period product is made accessible to someone who needs it. And in Ethiopia, a study showed that 56% of girls report missing school because of inadequate access to period products. Sadly the barriers to access affecting people with periods who do not identify as women are scant, but we know those barriers are very real. At L., we believe that periods should only end sentences. Not education and opportunity."


Pacifica

"Let’s make what would be trash into something better, by closing the loop. We use PCR in our packaging, and we make it easy for you to give your empties a second (or third) life with our recycling program. Nature is our muse. For nearly 25 years, we have strived to do right by our planet, from the ingredients we source to the pretty packages we create. We make it easy for our community to help the environment too. We have been Cruelty-Free and Vegan since day one. These are not buzzwords for us. We are fearless in our mission to transform beauty by leading with love and compassion. You should not have to choose between effective or clean, beauty or health, self or environment. We create clean products across all categories that are accessible and make you feel beautiful. No need to compromise."


Love, Beauty, Planet

"Love Beauty and Planet was started by a group of like-minded people who believe that looking good and doing good should go hand-in-hand. We are obsessed with fantastic beauty products, those that we would love to use ourselves too. That’s why we started with one simple goal: whatever we do must be good for beauty and give a little love to the planet. As we work towards making you and the planet a little more beautiful, we want to share our journey with you. We also look for ideas, feedback and inspirations from every corner, so if you have a small act of love to share, please ping us on our social channels or the website."


Burt's Bees

"We select nutrient-rich ingredients to help support a strong and healthy skin barrier. We strive for 100% natural origin formulas, and all of our products are over 95% natural origin. We formulate without phthalates, parabens, petrolatum, sodium lauryl sulfate and other chemicals of concern. A true love and appreciation for animals (especially bees) runs deep in our organization. We’ve completed more than 100 visits to date to trace and monitor our key raw materials. We invest globally in communities that support our supply chain, helping to safeguard access to clean water, support women’s and children’s empowerment, and promote health, safety and biodiversity. We proudly participate in the Global Shea Alliance, Responsible Mica Initiative, Natural Resources Stewardship Council, Sedex and AIM-Progress. Our packaging is recyclable curbside or through TerraCycle. With your help, we can close the loop to ensure it doesn’t end up in landfills or oceans. We avoid over-packaging, limit mixed materials and use innovative recycled materials whenever possible. There is an average of 52% post-consumer recycled content in our plastics.We choose high-integrity materials available in high post-consumer recycled material content like aluminum, steel, paper, glass, and plastics that are more readily recyclable (like PETE, HDPE, and polypropylene)."


Not Your Mother's

"At Not Your Mother’s our mission is to create the highest quality, salon comparable haircare items at the most affordable prices. We strive to create products made just for you – products that will help you achieve the modern, stylish looks you crave – and provide outstanding customer service so you have the most relevant answers to your beauty needs.

At Not Your Mother’s we want you to make it a rule: have a happy hair day!"


Honest

"I created The Honest Company because you shouldn’t have to choose between what works and what’s good for you. We’re a wellness brand empowering people to live happy, healthy lives. And we’re also people, just like you. When our founder couldn’t find one brand to trust for all her everyday needs, she had to create it. And she knew that there had to be others out there looking for safe products, simple solutions and clear information about their choices, just like her. If you want trusted, effective products that work for your family, your home and yourself, you’re Honest, too. We know that everything you put on, in and around your body matters. A lot. That’s why we hold ourselves to an Honest standard of safety and transparency. We even develop many of our formulas right in our in-house lab. We also believe that a happy, healthy life should be a right, not a privilege. Since day one, our social initiatives and community partnerships have ensured that more people have access to safe, effective options when they need it the most."


NYX Professional Makeup

"A fierce community of independent spirits, we believe in unstoppable self-expression.

Together we empower every proud makeup junkie to live, dream, and experiment at full volume. Always bringing you pro-level makeup, the most expert formulas, the highest-grade pigments, and making them accessible for everyone. And never stopping our belief that the bright side is the right side. Compassion for living beings is at the core of our brand, which is why NYX Professional Makeup is certified by PETA as cruelty-free. This means we do not test our products or ingredients on animals, nor do we ask anyone to test on our behalf. As part of our pledge to offer more conscientious choices, our selection of vegan-friendly faves is growing all the time. Formulated without any animal-derived ingredients or byproducts, our vegan formulas still pack a punch when it comes to crazy-rich pigment and high-performance products — you will not be disappointed. Additionally, we support the LGBTG+ Community. Building a global network of proud allies so everyone can be supported as they should be. We are in loving partnership with the Los Angeles LGBT Center. The NYX Professional writes new rules and leaves their mark on the city. Self-taught and self-made, they are empowered innovators who express their creativity through the media they own. They embody the spirit of LA – its freedom, its boldness, and its colorful personality. As the Hollywood dynamic shifts, the NYX Professional moves with it, building communities and creating with inclusivity."


E.L.F

"Your originality is our inspiration. From full-on maximalists to fresh-faced minimalists, we have a product for everyone—and every look in between. Look good and feel good—all our formulas are 100% vegan, no animal testing and made without the nasty bad-for-you

stuff. Totally guilt-free. 100% vegan and cruelty-free, worldwide. Free from phthalates, parabens, nonylphenol ethoxylates, triclosan, triclocarban, and hydroquinone. All skincare

is also free from sulfates. We make quality products at get-real prices. Because we know beauty."


M. Skin Care

"M. Skin Care goes beyond shaving. The line offers a full range of skin care solutions to exfoliate, hydrate, cleanse, soothe and firm men’s skin. Skin’s needs change every day men should have the right tools to address any concern. We use high-quality, globally-sourced ingredients to effectively penetrate the skin and deliver professional-level results at home. These innovative problem-solvers do all the heavy lifting."


Physicians Formula

"It all started in 1937, when leading allergist Dr. Frank Crandall created Physicians Formula as an expression of love for his wife Edith, who suffered from lupus and longed for makeup that wouldn’t aggravate her sensitive skin. Since then, we have continued Dr. Crandall’s concept of “healthy beauty.” To this day, every one of our products is carefully crafted and tested to meet our strict requirements: they are hypoallergenic, safe for sensitive skin and eyes, and created without any of the 150+ known harsh ingredients found in other personal care items. We never allow any of the 150+ known skin irritants into anything we make."


Essence

"We’re a small team dedicated to bringing affordable, fun, and high quality products into the serious world of cosmetics. So why choose just one lipstick, eyeliner, nail polish, eye shadow, lip gloss, (you get the point!) when you can try them all? Beauty is being who you are, who you want to be and having fun while doing it. We think real beauty with a real story is inspiring – which is why we love our consumers! Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, it doesn’t have to be so serious, it should be fun. Beauty doesn’t have to cost a lot. We prove every day that excellent quality and innovation is not a question of price.

95% of our products are manufactured in Europe. Our ingredients comply with the strict standards of the European Union Cosmetics Directive and United States FDA. The contracts with our clients state that they must manufacture products in compliance with European union law, which strictly prohibits testing on animals. We donate to Operation PROM which provides resources, opportunity and mentoring to students in need. We donate to Feeding America which feeds America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger. We donate to Dress for Success which promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. We donate to Family-to-Family (F-to-F) which is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3), non-profit national hunger and poverty relief organization dedicated to connecting, one-to-one, families with enough to share to impoverished American families with profoundly less. Their program creates a bridge between communities with “more” and some of our country’s poorest areas."


It's a 10

"Our story began with an idea that everyone should have great hair. Behind our brand is a team of creators, salons, and stylists. But our most valuable asset has been our loyal customers and clients who continue to support It’s a 10 Hair Care products.We are a proud supporter of the Leaping Bunny Program and encourage all our customers and clients to shop cruelty-free. By shopping cruelty-free, you are supporting companies that do not test on animals throughout any phase of product development, including ingredient testing."


YourGoodSkin

"Life is all about finding balance in your work, home, family and relationships. The same applies to your skin, because balanced skin is healthier, radiant and more beautiful. Giving you the confidence to feel as good on the outside as you do on the inside. YourGoodSkin is a brand new skincare range developed by a team of leading dermatologists to restore your skin’s natural balance. Powered by a unique antioxidant complex of Green Tea and Vitamin C, it gently works to visibly improve the health of your skin in just 28 days of its natural cycle. And by health we mean oiliness, dryness, texture, tone and radiance. Everyday concerns that can affect us all. YourGoodSkin then goes on to maintain this healthy appearance for the long term, so your skin keeps up as you move through life. But what really sets YourGoodSkin apart is that it was co-created by a community of thousands of women. Women just like you, who share the same skincare issues and worries. And who want products that really work for them whatever their age, color or skin type. Over two years, they openly shared their stories and experiences with us, and each other, of how their skin behaved. Not just on the good days, but on the bad days too. They told us what they liked and what they didn’t. And it was this constant conversation that helped shape the YourGoodSkin brand so that our team of expert dermatologists could create the perfect range of skincare that answered the needs of real women with real concerns."


Ella Mila

"Quickly becoming one of the most sought-after nail polishes, this line of lacquer was born from the simple idea of creating an eco-friendly yet high-end product. Initially inspired by the twin daughters (darlingly named Ella and Mila) of one of the founders, the luxury brand took sail. All the liquid lipsticks are enriched with Vitamin E and have a refreshing mint scent to ensure your lips are moisturized and smelling fresh throughout the day. With a passion for color and dedication to healthy beauty, the founders strive to provide fashion-forward beauty products without compromise. In addition to being chip-resistant, quick-dry and high-shine, ella+mila nail colors contain no Acetone, Animal-Derived Ingredients, Bisphenol-A, Camphor, Ethyl Tosylamide, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Gluten, Glycol Ether of Series E, Nonylphenol Ethoxylate, Parabens, Phthalates, Styrene, Sulfate, Toluene, Triphenyl Phosphate, Xylene, making it a seventeen chemical-free product. Ella+mila polishes are also PeTA-certified. The newly-launched line of lippies does not contain the following: Paraben, Phthalates, Lanolin, or Gluten. Like their nail lacquer, these lippies are also vegan, cruelty-free, and proudly made in the USA. The deeply-admired luxury beauty brand continues to allure the world with its creamy formula and dazzling array of colors."


Zoya

"Art of Beauty was founded in 1986 by Zoya and Michael Reyzis. They had a shared vision, which evolved from a small nail salon into a spa focusing on natural nails, skin care and alternative European herbal treatments. Today, the company has grown to become a manufacturer of the most innovative professional beauty products ever created. Our brands include Zoya, Qtica, Smart Spa and Zoom. Zoya, originally a classical pianist in Russia, earned her Cosmetology license in 1979 when she and her husband Michael immigrated to the United States. While pianist jobs were limited, the world of cosmetology offered a new profession and a means by which to build a new career. Through Zoya’s hard work, and a demand for quality and healthy, natural ingredients for her clients, it became evident that there was a need for the perfect products. Responding to his wife’s requests. Michael, an advanced chemist, developed and patented unique products such as anti-wrinkle treatments and shampoo and conditioning treatments for the salon & spa. He also created the first working fast drying topcoat and the longest wearing, toxin free natural nail polish, revolutionizing the nail industry. Today, Zoya, Michael and everyone at Art of Beauty focus on creating the highest quality products available to professional salons and spas. Through brands like ZOYA Nail Lacquers, QTICA Treatments and QTICA SMART SPA, Art of Beauty offers salons and spas superior quality, convenience and incredible value. As the first to remove toxic ingredients such as toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and DBP from its formulations, Art of Beauty maintains its focus on the health and well being of salons, spas and consumers."


Suave

"At Suave, we focus on one thing. Creating quality products that don’t cost a fortune. It’s simple, but to us, it’s everything. Because we’re about benefits, not fancy bottles. We’ve always believed that great quality products shouldn’t be a luxury. That’s why in the 1940’s, we were one of the first brands to bring salon-quality hair care to the hands of the general public. From our first hair tonic in the 1930’s to our new hair and body formulas made with select natural ingredients, we’re always working to create new products that meet your needs. And we don’t just say our shampoos, conditioners, and lotions work as well as premium brands, we scientifically prove it. So you can trust we’ve got the good stuff."


Burst

"All our products have a similar sort of process. It goes something like this… First off, Hamish and/or Brittany usually have a deep and intense experience. The light of a new oral care star rises. They become obsessed. They brainstorm late into the night. They sleep little… Later, when they recover (and have breakfast), they take it to our incredible team of Dental Professionals. This is where the magic happens. Literally 1000’s of brains go into overdrive. Our messaging platforms go berserk. Every tiny detail gets picked apart by every pro worth their salt. Then, after the Pros have spoken, Hamish is packed off to the factories to make dreams come true. Tasks are set and lights flash as 3d printers whirr and spin. In time, prototypes are made. Hamish comes home exhausted but satisfied. Cue more berserk messaging and testing and coffee drinking. The whole experience is wonderfully intense and, when all is said and done, something emerges out of the madness which is truly amazing. Each product is a labor of love and it could not have any more professional input if we tried. As you can see, it’s one long ol’ road to glory but what it does mean is that our products really are the best in the business."


Last Words...

I hope that this article finds you well. I had gone through so much trouble transitioning into this lifestyle myself. I wanted to help anyone who was struggling with making their routine match their values. I am not an influencer. I just care. I want to educate people so that I can make a difference. Words can make a difference, and so can your everyday choices. I know many people do not even think about this or do not have time to think about this. I hope this eliminates time it would take to research this topic and search for products. However, you can never do enough research! Inspire the world, save the animals, save your body, and look and feel damn good while doing it!



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