6 handy tips for switching to cruelty-free products forever!
So you want to make a change in the world, and you’re aware of how cruel and unnecessary animal testing is, maybe you're vegan or on the journey to making your beauty routine cruelty-free. Where do you start? Making the switch to cruelty-free cosmetics can be confusing, especially with all the beauty brands currently available on the market. Here are 6 tips to follow for a permanent — and smooth — transition to cruelty-free and vegan products!
1. Make the change gradually.
You might be tempted to throw out your complete makeup collection, skincare arsenal, bath products, and home cleaning supplies and just start over. For most people, this can be overwhelming! Start by looking at each of your products, and evaluating them, but don’t feel pressured to make changes right away. Instead, just replace your products gradually as you run out.
2. Don’t throw unfinished products away.
We all know that chemicals should not be poured down the sink, and that plastic containers should always go in the recycle bin. Instead of throwing products that are half-used away because they’re made by a brand that tests on animals, please respect the environment and don’t waste anything! If you don’t want to finish up your old cosmetics, consider giving them to a friend or offering them to a fellow makeup or skincare lover. If you need help recycling old cosmetics check out this handy article by the guardian.
3. Learn about cruelty-free brands.
This is really important when making the switch to cruelty-free products. For beginners, we recommend the Leaping Bunny’s list of certified brands. The easiest way to keep up is to hit favourite or print out cruelty-free brands list from a trusted source.
4. Look out for the bunnies.
Proceed with caution, and verify by looking at cruelty-free brands lists! On some packaging, you might find a little bunny logo. These logos try to tell you that the brand in question is cruelty-free - but be careful! - not all bunny logos are created equal. There are only 3 specific bunnies that you can trust: the Leaping Bunny logo, PETA’s Caring Consumer bunny, and the Choose Cruelty-Free rabbit. Any other bunny logo is not an official logo and does not indicate that the company is cruelty-free. So watch out lovelies!
5. Don’t forget the essentials.
Deodorant is another product you might take for granted, a large portion of the deodorants you’ll find in shops are tested on animals. We highly recommend ditching those and making the switch to an aluminium-free, natural deodorant. Toothpaste, dental floss, and mouthwash are also mostly tested on animals. There’s also laundry detergent and cleaning supplies. It's a lifestyle choice, as you're beginning to learn!
6. Discover new brands and have fun!
One of the great things about switching to cruelty-free products is being able to discover new brands that are kind to animals, to the environment, and to your health. During our ongoing quest for products that aren’t tested on animals, or contain animal produce, we’ve discovered a tonne of wonderful brands you'll love that aren’t necessarily found in shopping aisles and retail stores. We're positive you will too! We wish you the best of luck, and don’t shy away from smaller companies, hand-crafted cosmetics, and green beauty brands!
Ofcourse, if you don't want to do all the searching yourself, we'll send you 5 or more cruelty-free and vegan beauty products every month, easy peasy!