My Top 5 Cruelty Free Brands

Thursday, 30 July 2015
It's been over a year since I stopped using make up and beauty products that are tested on animals. And I have to admit that it's been really hard. When you look into it, almost all brands are associated with animal testing in some way. And brands that claim they are cruelty free are constantly being 'outed'. Like for example, when I first went CF Bourjois were considered to be a cruelty free brand but it has since been discovered that they actually sell in China and cannot be considered so. With things constantly changing it can be hard to keep on top of knowing who to trust and who not to trust. I'm beginning to settle down now and I feel a lot more confident about who to buy from. I've discovered that I have some firm favourites that I keep going back to for products. So I thought it would be good to showcase my favourite cruelty free brands. Going cruelty free can feel restrictive at times so it's been good to remind myself of how many great products are still available to me.

Barry M - Not a lot of people know this but Barry M's products are all cruelty free and most of them are vegan(I think all of them are vegan but I'm not 100% sure so I'm going with most of them!). It's really weird that they don't advertise this more as it is such a big selling point! Barry M is the first place I visit when I'm looking for a new nail colour. I have to admit I'm not the biggest fan of their regular range of nail varnished but I do love the new gelly shine ones as I find that they dry a lot quicker and are just generally a lot better. I've been wearing the Papaya shade pretty much constantly for about 3 weeks now. I have two days off a week, Wednesday and Sunday, which are the days where I paint my nails. So I've been taking off the chipped stuff and putting the same shade straight back on because I love it so much. The gelly shine ones are so shiny, duh, and really do give the effect of a gel manicure. A girl that I work with actually asked if I'd had my nails done the first time I wore this! So Barry M have earned themselves a spot in my top 5 cruelty free brands because of their cheap nail polishes that are amazing quality. I haven't tried much in the way of their other products but I will definitely be trying out some more. 

The Body Shop - I've yet to try a body butter that I like more than The Body Shop's offering. They have such a wide range of scents to try out that I don't think I could ever get bored. It wasn't until I went to the Edinburgh store's Christmas Event that I realised just how much thought and work went into all of their products and just how many they have. I'm a really big fan of their skincare in particular. I've tried out two cleansers and two moisturisers in the past year and I've been really impressed with their quality and by how much they helped my skin. My favourite scents from The Body Shop are coconut, satsuma and strawberry.

Urban Decay - There was a bit of an issue with Urban Decay as they announced that they would be expanding into China. If you don't know, China requires animal testing by law and therefore any brand that sells in China needs to pay for animal testing and cannot be considered cruelty free. Due to public backlash Urban Decay pulled out of China which means that luckily I can still buy from them. I think the most iconic product from Urban Decay is obviously the Naked Palette. I haven't bought any new eyeshadows since I got mine and it's been almost two years. The colour scheme in this palette is perfect for creating eyeshadow looks for any occasion. My favourite everyday look is Sin all over the lid with Naked and Buck in the crease, Their primer potion is also a great product. You apply it over the eyelid before applying eyeshadow and it keeps it in place all day.

Soap & Glory - I am absolutely in love with Soap & Glory products and I have been for years. There are very few that I disliked. All of their packaging is absolutely gorgeous and the instructions usually contain some form of pun. When a brand is willing to have some fun and create a bit of banter it's so nice and refreshing. I think a lot of brands try to be uber professional and try to make their products seem really posh and much more high end than they actually are. Soap & Glory don't test on animals and they never have so I know that I can trust them when looking for a new product. They launched make up a few years ago and to be honest I haven't tried out much of it but their bath and body products are good enough to have me convinced the make up will also be really good. My favourite product of theirs are their body scrubs. I think my favourite is a two way tie between The Breakfast Scrub and Sugar Crush. Their shower gels are also amazing and last for ages.

Lush - I think Lush are pretty much the ultimate cruelty free brand. Not only do they make amazing products but they actively campaign for animal rights both in the UK and worldwide. The majority of their products are vegan(generally the ones that aren't contain honey). I've been using their products for so many years now and whilst there have been a couple that I didn't enjoy for the most part they are all wonderful. It was Lush who really sparked my awareness in animal testing for beauty products and I guess I owe a little bit of my inspiration to them. I also love that Lush are so innovative as a company and are constantly striving to release new and exciting products. I would absolutely love to visit their Oxford Street store to get my hands of some of the exclusive products! Is it bad that I'm considering planning a trip to London specifically to go there? Yes it probably is but I don't really care. I would say my top 3 products from Lush are the Avobath Bath Ballistic, Cupcake Face Mask and Karma solid perfume.  Do you have any suggestions?

So those are my favourite cruelty free brands. Which brands are your favourites?

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