Cruelty Free Beauty
As a meat eater, I'm no stranger to veganism. One of my closest friends has been vegan going on eleven now (hi Fizz!), my best friend had a stint at it and even my housemate is vegan. When planning a meal out or buying food, I'm very much accustomed to accommodating them by always checking menu options beforehand, reading ingredients labels or even eating vegan meals myself, but being their "beauty enthusiast" friend they turn to when asking about cruelty free beauty brands, the question always required a bit more research. Cruelty free beauty seems to have become quite prevalent in the beauty community recently and I think it's really inspiring and admirable to see this shift. As a non-vegan, perhaps it doesn't make much sense for me to be talking about cruelty free beauty products, but that doesn't mean I can't help my friends out or that I shouldn't educate myself on the topic. Nobody wants to be told their lifestyle choices are wrong, but no one can argue that animals aren't basically the best.
I hope nobody thinks I'm a hypocrite making this post. I've never experienced the "preachy" side of veganism and my vegan friends also encouraged me when I mentioned the idea to them! They're definitely the inspiration behind this post and whether you're vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian or simply want to learn more as a fellow beauty junkie, I hope you can all take something from this. After delving into many lists online researching cruelty free beauty brands, I then went through my collection to see what I had and there was surprisingly a lot! Obviously, there are many, many more cruelty free brands out there, though I can only speak for the ones I own myself. I've tried my best to be as thorough as possible, but information on the Internet can be wrong or change, so please feel free to correct me if any of the following brands I've mentioned are not cruelty free. I also apologise in advance that this post is actually a thousand years long, but I've never been one to skimp on detail and as an important topic, I wanted this to be as comprehensive as possible with a brief story of the brand and my product recommendations. You can see that by length of this post, there are some really incredible brands against animal testing, proving that cruelty free doesn't mean you're missing out!
Before we get into it, we should establish what exactly cruelty free means. Upon research, I was confused when some brands were listed as also being vegan because I thought they meant the same thing, but there's definitely a clear distinction between the two. To give you a brief definition, cruelty free cosmetics have had no form of animal testing conducted at any point in the creation of the product, whether it's the final product, specific ingredients or by a third-party. Third-party animal testing is testing that occurs on products that aren't actually done by the brand themselves. Unfortunately, while a lot of brands state they don't test on animals, they however partake in third-party animal testing, which means they retail in mainland China where cosmetic animal testing is required by law, and therefore making the brand not truly cruelty free. Keep in mind that 'made in China' does not equal 'retailing in China', so if a product is manufactured in China, but not sold in the country, it is still safe to buy. Vegan products, on the other hand, are not only cruelty free, but also don't contain any animal ingredient or animal derived ingredients, including, but not limited to, honey, beeswax, lanolin, collagen and gelatin. There are animal friendly brands owned by parent companies that are not themselves cruelty free, though there seems to be a general consensus that buying from these brands is okay because supporting them means boycotting brands that aren't and still sending out a powerful message. If you feel uncomfortable buying from these brands, however, I've made note of the non-cruelty free parent company for you and have also noted 100% vegan brands. A lot of cruelty free brands strive for vegetable derived substitutes, but in any case, be sure to check ingredients labels for each individual product. For more information, a list of my favourite articles from amazing online sources have been referenced at the end of this post.
Anastasia Beverly Hills
Anastasia Beverly Hills, or more commonly referred to simply as Anastasia, are a brand probably most well-known for their brow products. Believe it or not, I've still never tried their cult Brow Wiz, but it's one of the first things I'll be purchasing when Sephora opens in Melbourne at the end of the year. At the moment, I use their Tinted Brow Gel in Espresso and it perfectly gives shape, colour and holds the brows in place without that awful crunchy feeling. They've also recently expanded their makeup range to contour palettes, liquid lipsticks and much more, making them a cruelty free brand well worth checking out.
While I only own one product from BECCA, it's a brand I feel quite connected to with its humble beginnings in my hometown of Perth. This Australian brand's philosophy is about "creating a natural, flawless look" and you really can't go past the Shimmering Skin Perfectors. I have the shade Pearl, a pearlescent white colour, which I love using as a liquid highlighter or mixing in with my foundation to really make the skin illuminate and glow.
Parent company is not cruelty free; owned by Kendo
Creating lip products with food-grade antioxidant ingredients that are good enough to eat, Bite Beauty are an all-natural beauty brand whose Agave Lip Mask I simply adore. It's heavy duty stuff; delivering moisture and nourishment to dry, parched lips, and I love leaving this on overnight, though I find it even works well under matte lipsticks, which tend to be on the drying side. I'm eager to try some of their coloured lip products next!
Exuding sheer luxury and opulence with French flair, By Terry are basically everything I love in life. They're definitely on the pricey side, but if you can afford to drop $58 on an eyeshadow, the Ombre Blackstars can't come more highly recommended from me. These cream eyeshadow sticks have become somewhat iconic in the beauty community and the shade I own, Bronze Moon, is pure dreaminess and makes for a sophisticated, smokey and sultry bedroom eyes makeup look.
Charlotte Tilbury is a makeup artist whose relatively recently released makeup range has captured the hearts amongst us beauty bloggers. With her products housed in luxe rose gold packaging, the Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk and K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Penelope Pink have quickly become two of my favourite lip products with their incredible formulas. If you're a little intimidated by bronzer like I am, Filmstar Bronze & Glow is a little on the cooler side and worth checking out for its subtlety. I also have the Luxury Palette in The Rock Chick, perfect for a soft, smokey, grunge makeup look and since introducing her products to my makeup collection earlier in the year, they have definitely been a most-welcomed addition. Next on the wishlist: Lip Cheat in Iconic Nude, Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria and Eyes to Mesmerise in Marie Antoinette.
Hourglass took the beauty community by storm when we all went nuts for the Ambient Lighting Powders some few years ago. I have the shade Dim Light, a "neutral peach beige", which perfectly balances out my yellow-toned complexion, blurs imperfections and illuminates the face, all while still remaining skin-like. The Ambient Lighting Blushes have gone on to be just as popular, the shade, Mood Exposure, a "soft plum", being my favourite. Their Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon is one of my favourite red lip colours ever as it's a perfect in-between of a retro red and a vampy red, and the formula is really long-lasting too. Veil Mineral Primer is the primer. Pores vanish right before your very eyes (seriously. Swatch it on your hand in-store and watch it work its magic!), revealing a velvety smooth base. Then there's the Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil with its waxy formula and arched shape that fills in the brows with ease. Humanely Chic shared a super informative correspondence with Hourglass on her blog that states their vegan friendly products, too.
Illamasqua is what I'd call the cruelty free equivalent of MAC; bold colours, daring looks and all about self-expression. I have their Powder Blusher in Naked Rose, a "neutral beige pink" and their Lipstick in Growl, a "rich mahogany brown", both products high in pigment and super long-lasting. The creative British brand are firm on their stance against animal testing, stating on their company website, "Illamasqua products have NEVER and will NEVER be tested on animals".
Lipstick Queen devotes itself to finding that perfect lipstick for "every mood, every occasion and every outfit" for women. I haven't tried any of the brand's actual lipsticks, though their Invisible Lip Liner is an incredible base for lip colours, helping it to last longer and prevent feathering. Lipstick Queen state on their website that they do not use any animal derived ingredient other than beeswax, though no bees were harmed in obtaining the wax. They don't state whether all products contain beeswax, however, so vegans, be mindful, but a great option for the vegetarians.
Parent company is not cruelty free; owned by Shiseido
Another brand similar to MAC, NARS are an all-rounder cruelty free brand. From base, to eyes, cheeks and lips, NARS deliver on quality amongst their entire product range. We should all know by now that their Sheer Glow Foundation is my favourite base ever (I'm wearing this almost every time I receive compliments on my skin!) and if you're after something light coverage for the upcoming summer months, you can't go past the Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser. Their Radiant Creamy Concealer, quite literally, has you covered and their Blush/Bronzer Duo in Orgasm/Laguna combines two of their cult classic products together. I also really love their Blush in Madly. The lip products are some of the best out there - the formulation of the Audacious Lipsticks is creamy, smooth, pigmented and not at all drying, and the same goes for their Velvet Matte Lip Pencils. I haven't tried much from their eyeshadow range, though I have the Eyeshadow Duo in Habanera, which I love for a pop of colour. While NARS are cruelty free, their makeup brushes are, however, made of animal hair, though they state no animals were harmed.
Samantha Chapman and Nicola Haste, sisters of Pixiwoo fame, are the brains behind Real Techniques. Offering both vegan and affordable makeup brushes, the Your Base Flawless Core Collection contains two of my most favourite brushes - the Buffing Brush, which is my go-to for foundation and the Contour Brush, which I actually love using to blend out concealer. The Your Finish Perfected Blush Brush is the softest and fluffiest brush and a great one to diffuse highly pigmented blushes. Another one of my favourites is the Brow Brush from the Your Eyes Enhanced Starter Set and I actually prefer it over the MAC 266 Small Angle Brush. All synthetic brushes made from Taklon, the Real Techniques range work well with both powder and cream products and are the best place to start if you're looking to invest if your first set of "nice" makeup brushes.
Parent company is not cruelty free; owned by KOSÉ
Given how much the beauty community have raved on about this brand, I surprisingly only own one product from Tarte! I have their Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed and if you're after soft, nude flush to the cheeks, this is your blush. Their blushes are unfortunately, not vegan, but this eco-friendly, all-natural brand still offer a great range of vegan products.
Bringing cruelty free colour cosmetics using cutting-edge ingredients, I've been using Too Faced's Shadow Insurance since I first got into high end makeup all those years ago. The only other product I own from the brand is the Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer in Ross and Rachel, which as my OTP, I had no choice but to buy, and I love the warmth it brings to my complexion. As beautiful as their eyeshadow palettes look, I already own a substantial collection, and there's only so many neutral eye colours a girl needs!
Parent company is not cruelty free; owned by L'Oréal
If you've been around the beauty community for a while, you may remember that in 2012, Urban Decay announced its plans to sell in China. A month later following a lot of consumer backlash, the brand then decided against it, proving people do have power towards change! The brand are probably most well-known for their Naked Palettes, of which I own the original and Naked 2, the Naked 3 being a bit too warm-toned for my liking. I also have their single Eyeshadow in Mushroom and All Nighter Setting Spray, which works amazingly to set makeup and help it last longer. I've tried their Primer Potion in the past, though I prefer the Too Faced Shadow Insurance over it. I also thought it might be interesting to note that while L'Oréal are not cruelty free, during my research, I found out that the beauty conglomerate are starting 3D Printing Human Skin, which is a great step towards stopping animal testing.
There's no point in investing in high quality makeup if you don't have the brushes to match and to me, Zoeva are top of the range, yet like Real Techniques, are pretty affordable. Unfortunately, not all of their brushes are made from synthetic materials (including all brushes in the Rose Golden Luxury Brush Set that we all adore, sob!), though the brand have a dedicated page to their Vegan Collection. I recommend the 102 Silk Finish Face Brush, which applies foundation beautifully.
With their elegantly long caps made to give extra control in application and little ribbon bows, the Ciaté Paint Pots are the cutest bottles of nail polish I've ever come across. After a massive clear-out of my nail polish, I don't own any Paint Pots anymore, though I do love their Underwear Base Coat and Speed Coat top coat.
Uninspired by the limited selection of colours and fragrances in nail polishes and soaps from cruelty free and carbon neutral brands, Anna Ross began Kester Black right here in Melbourne in 2012. The brand has both CFF (Choose Cruelty Free) and Vegan Society accreditation and is even committed to supporting local business. I was lucky enough to be given one of their nail polishes from my internship and in the shade Prenup, it's a cute lilac colour, which is one of my most favourite nail colours to wear. I love my pastels! The proudly Australian made brand's nail polishes follow the "Five Free Formula", meaning it contains no Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin or Camphor, and their soap range is free from palm oil, parabens, sulfates and petrochemicals. An Aussie brand well worth getting behind.
Nails Inc. are a British brand who celebrate their heritage by naming all of their nail colours after iconic places in the UK and London streets and boroughs. I own one of their nail polishes in the shade Baker Street, which is apparently the shade Beyoncé was seen wearing after giving birth to her daughter, Blue Ivy. A true royal blue colour, it's fun, yet sophisticated and I'm also a huge fan of the brand's new packaging. Very luxe!
I found out about this beauty brand through Grav3yardgirl a few years ago and I've never heard anyone mention them since. While SpaRitual dabble in bodycare, nail polish is their specialty and I have the shade, It's Raining Men, described as a "pearl blue shimmer" and it makes me think of the sky and sunsets whenever I'm wearing it. So dreamy.
I remember hearing a lot about Zoya when I first got into watching beauty YouTube videos, though the hype has definitely died down in recent years. Zoya take a healthy and an all-natural approach to their nail polish formulations, and I have no idea why no one talks about this brand anymore because some of their colours are simply stunning. I recommend checking out the shades, Ibiza, Ki and Jem.
Aesop are an Australian skincare brand committed to acting in a "responsible, accountable and transparent manner". They do not commission external parties to test their products and also use human volunteers for irritancy testing. I've raved on and on about their Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm as my all-time favourite hand cream and their Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash is my hand sanitiser of choice. I absolutely adore the Primrose Facial Hydrating Cream, which is my nighttime moisturiser and you can't go past their most famous product, the Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque.
I've only tried one product from Alpha-H and that is the cult classic, Liquid Gold. Working as an overnight facial to brighten and revitalise tired, ageing skin, the "original acid toner" dramatically improves the the complexion, reducing the appearance of hyper pigmentation, sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles. You don't need to use a serum or moisturiser over the top of it, so it's a treat for lazy days. This product will forever be in my skincare routine.
Hailing from New Zealand, Antipodes have a green beauty ethos, using sustainably cultivated plants, local production and recyclable packaging. They've been approved by the UK Vegetarian Society and all products are free from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and animal ingredients resulting from slaughter. The only animal by-product Antipodes use is honey (because honeybees must make honey to live) and I own three of their products, all of which I highly recommend. The Reincarnation Pure Facial Exfoliator is a super gentle and soothing manual exfoliant, their Worship Superfruit Antioxidant Serum is something to look into if you're after anti-ageing products, and then there's the Joyful Hand & Body Cream, which is rich, hydrating and smells exactly like Diptyque's Baies Candle (aka Heaven).
The Body Shop
Parent company is not cruelty free; owned by L'Oréal
When I think of The Body Shop, I think of weekends spent in the city with my primary school friends, trying out all of their different Body Butter scents in-store. To this day, I'm still a huge fan of them, especially during the winter when my skin is dryer. Rich, buttery and coming in a wide variety of scents, it's no surprise they're iconic and one of the brand's bestsellers. A company that not only stands against animal testing, they also support community fair trade, activate self-esteem, defend human rights and protect the planet. If you're looking to start consuming more ethically, you can't go past The Body Shop.
After using Johnson's Baby Shampoo to clean my makeup brushes for many years, I decided to see what all the fuss was about over Dr. Bronner's Pure-Castile Liquid Soap, and I was blown away when it actually cut down the time of the dreaded task by half. It's not exactly the cheapest option out there, but a little product goes a very long way and I'm happy to support a brand that is cruelty free and also sources its ingredients ethically. Minus their Organic Lip Balms and Organic Body Balms that contain beeswax, Dr. Bronner's products are Certified Vegan and their soaps are even safe enough to wash your pets with!
Cruelty free and dermatologist recommended, Embryolisse are a French skincare brand most famous for their Lait-Crème Concentré. I first introduced it into my routine in 2012 and it's been a love affair ever since. A multitasking moisturiser, Lait-Crème Concentré also primes the skin, can be used as a makeup remover or even as a hydrating face mask, and while it does contain the controversial mineral oil, I've never found it to be an issue with my skin. A cult favourite within the beauty community and used by makeup professionals, the French sure do know how to do skincare.
Combining beauty with science, Grown Alchemist use certified organic ingredients in their formulations and believe beauty is better without the use of harmful artificial chemicals. Organic ingredients not only have a higher count of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and essential fatty and amino acids, but they're also better for the environment, which Grown Alchemist is so passionate towards sustaining. I currently use their Watermelon & Vanilla Lip Balm and out of all the lip balms I own, it's by far one of my favourites. It provides deep nourishment and sinks into the lips fast, making it the perfect prep for any lip colour. Not only does this Australian brand have a lot of love for nature, they also respect animals. No products or product ingredients have been tested on animals and they also do not contain any animal ingredients.
As a model working with some of the world's best makeup artists, Josie Maran asked herself, "Does beauty have to be bad for us?" and when she couldn't accept no for an answer, she then set out to create a line of cosmetics that embodied both "luxury and conscience". Using 100% Pure Argan Oil as her signature ingredient, I have a small sample of the stuff, which my lovely friend, Jennifer, gifted to me. It really does feel luxurious, all while making the skin appear supple and radiant. Josie Maran uses pure, Fair Trade Argan Oil, which is also grown and harvested responsibly by co-ops of Moroccan women who earn a living wage. Partnering with earth-loving, women-empowering organisations and using eco-friendly packaging, Josie Maran is a brand so deserving of our support. You can find a list of her vegan products here.
Pulling out of China, closing all Chinese retail locations and no longer being affiliated with Johnson & Johnson (their former American distributor company that tests on animals), Korres are another brand to add to the cruelty free list! As noted on Cruelty Free Kitty, the brand's product safety testing now includes the use of non-animal testing in the lab, and clinical tests on volunteers under the supervision of dermatologists and special practitioners. I have three of their Lip Butters in the scents Mango, Wild Rose and Jasmine, and while they make amazing tinted lip balms on their own, I also love wearing them underneath matte lipsticks for added moisture. While Korres do all three makeup, skincare and haircare, I kind of think of them more as a skincare brand in general, which is why I've put them under this category.
With a strong ethos behind them, Lush are passionate towards fighting against animal testing and their products are handmade fresh locally, as well as being 100% vegetarian (there are many 100% vegan products to choose from too). Using little to no preservatives or packaging, Lush also believe in making their own fragrances and you can always smell whenever there's a Lush store around! I've been a fan of their Snow Fairy Shower Gel in the past, though I find it a bit too sickly sweet for my liking now (pictured above is my housemate's bottle as I currently don't own anything from them!) and it pains me to no end that I don't have a bathtub in my apartment because you cannot go past Lush bath products, especially the Bubble Bars! Last year, the brand raised funds to support LBGTI campaign groups with their #GAYISOK soap and in Australia, they are currently promoting their Go Naked Campaign, which raises awareness for excess packaging in products and promotes body image positivity by using unedited photos of real and beautiful women employed by the brand.
Parent company is not cruelty free; owned by Avon
Liz Earle are a cruelty free brand all about using high performance, quality and safe ingredients, the responsible sourcing of them and using plant oils and extracts for their unique chemistry that really make a difference. Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser is perhaps the longest-standing product in my skincare routine and one I could never ever be without as it's made a world of difference to my complexion. I also absolutely adore their Instant Boost Skin Tonic and Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion for how gentle, refreshing and soothing they feel on the skin. None of Liz Earle's ingredients are derived directly from animals, though some of their formulations contain beeswax and Manuka honey, all products being suitable for vegetarians.
Mecca Cosmetica is the Australian equivalent of Sephora in the US and Space NK in the UK. Stocking all my favourite luxury brands, their in-house Mecca Cosmetica Signature Line is just as high end and I'm so in love with their To Save Face SPF 30+ Facial Sunscreen, I can't wait to give the To Save Face Superscreen SPF 50+ a go next once the former has run out. Not at all sticky or greasy, it feels like a regular nourishing moisturiser on the skin and I'm not even interested in trying a sunscreen from another brand! I've also been using their Kissable Lips Smoothing Lip Exfoliant for a good few months now and it's quickly become my favourite lip scrub ever as I appreciate the refined sugar granules and convenient squeeze tube packaging. Mecca Cosmetica are against animal testing within their Signature Line and are the official stockist for the majority of my favourite cruelty free brands.
Almost all vegan
Deeply committed to respecting animal life, NUDE are a skincare brand involved in developing alternative methods through support of the “Fund for Alternatives to Animal Testing” in the United States and the Opal Program in France. Almost all vegan, there are six products within their range that aren't (read their FAQ to find out which ones) and I absolutely adore the ProGenius Treatment Oil, which works wonders to hydrate my parched skin during the colder months. Not too long ago, I sampled their Perfect Cleanse Omega Cleansing Jelly and I loved it so much, I can't wait to pick up the full size! It's very similar to the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel.
UPDATE as of 24/11/15: No longer cruelty free
Omorovicza harvests minerals from the world's largest source of healing thermal springs in Hungary, delivering smooth, hydrated and visibly rejuvenated skin. Last year, I decided to try out the cult classic Queen of Hungary Mist, and purifying, hydrating and the perfect pick-me-up, this really is top-of-the-range stuff. Extravagant in both price and quality, maybe one day when I win the Lotto, I'll be able to give their Thermal Cleansing Balm a go, which sounds like the most luxurious cleanser ever. For more information on their vegetarian and vegan products, you can read their FAQ.
With a similar ethos to Grown Alchemist, Oskia believe in the efficacy of all-natural ingredients. Their products contain 98% natural or nature-identical ingredients and are designed to improve the skin's condition from both the inside and the outside. When everyone started raving on about the Renaissance Cleansing Gel, I just had to see what all the fuss was about and I have to say, this cleanser definitely lives up to the hype and has now become a staple in my routine. The pink gel-to-oil cleanser rich in minerals and enzymes, melts into the skin to remove impurities and makeup, and reveals a clean, soft and radiant complexion. I love it as the first step in my double cleanse and I'm interested in giving their Renaissance Mask a go next.
Parent company is not cruelty free; owned by Unilever. Almost all vegan
With only four products within the brand that aren't vegan (read their FAQ to find out which ones), I've been a huge fan of their masks for a good few years now, my favourites being the Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask and Invisible Pores Detox Mask. I've also enjoyed using the Radiance Perfecting Serum in the past, though not so much the Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel because of its watery consistency and the fact that you can't use it on the eyes. I have, however, heard great things about the Evercalm Cleansing Milk, which I'd like to replace it with and I'm interested in trying their Clarifying Toning Lotion too. For a high end brand, REN are quite reasonably priced, so they're also worth looking into if you're on a bit of a budget.
Soap & Glory
With cute, kitsch packaging and tongue-in-cheek, pun product names, Soap & Glory have strict guidelines in place to uphold their 'no animal testing' policy. Their biggest retail partner, Boots, uphold these same standards and fund the organisation, FRAME, which is the Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments. While they do carry a small makeup line, most of it is unfortunately not available in Australia. Soap & Glory, however, do some of the best body products out there, the Sugar Crush range being my all-time favourite for its addictively sweet citrus and vanilla scent. In the summer, I love whipping out the Sugar Crush Body Wash, Pulp Friction Body Scrub and Sugar Crush Body Buttercream, while In the colder months, I favour the more "warm" fragrance of The Breakfast Scrub and Smoothie Star Body Buttercream. Their Heel Genius Amazing Foot Cream is another one I love and I've tried The Righteous Butter Lotion and the Hand Maid Hand Cleansing Gel in the past, both of which I also recommend.
"This Works" is a pretty bold claim to make, but with each product tested and evaluated by an independent panel until deserving of the title, from what I've tried, they really do work. As someone who prefers showering at night (to sleep in as long as possible, obviously), I love using their Deep Sleep Shower Gel and combined with their Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, both products help with my night owl tendencies. The aromatherapy blends of their products are soothing and calming, helping to destress and relax, and the brand uses the highest quality ingredients that are 100% natural. This Works believe in being socially responsible and aim to create products that are not only good for us, but also the environment. All packaging is recyclable, no raw ingredients are tested on animals, products are free from unnecessary chemicals, they strive to use fairly traded ingredients, use organically grown plants where possible, and lastly, promote the use of sustainable sources for raw ingredients.
Almost all vegan
Using scientists to help combat bad hair days, Living Proof is co-owned by Jennifer Aniston, along with her long-time hairstylist, Chris McMillan, also being a part of the Living Proof team. While it was initially the beauty blogging community that introduced me to the haircare brand, being the complete Friends fangirl that I am, again, I obviously had no choice but to check the brand out. We all know the iconic 'The Rachel' haircut from the '90s and there's no denying that Jennifer Aniston's hair is still enviable to this day. I bought the travel-size version of their Prime Style Extender during a trip to a Sephora store in Singapore last year and as I only have a small amount, I love using this on special occasions. It's powered by the brand's "miracle molecule", OFPMA, to protect and extend your hairstyle for twice as long, while also detangling, perfecting and correcting cuticle texture. Unfortunately, Living Proof is not available in-store in Australia (yet, I hope!), but you can always look online. Also, you can read their correspondence with My Beauty Bunny on their cruelty free stance and list of non-vegan products here.
If luxury haircare is what you're after, you can't go past Oribe. The Dry Texturising Spray is their cult hit, which lifts the hair to add volume and texture, while also absorbing oil at the roots, so your hair stays fresher for longer. As someone who absolutely cannot stand the scent of drugstore dry shampoos, Dry Texturising Spray has been a most-welcomed addition to my hairstyling routine. The fragrance of Oribe products is the brand's signature scent, Cote d’Azur, which was developed in collaboration with one of the oldest French fragrance houses to be "the perfect morning wake-up call, afternoon pick-me-up and evening mood-setter". The perfect haircare brand for any time, any day and any occasion.
In addition to my love for all things French, the Swedish also know a thing or two about style and luxury. Byredo's products housed in sleek, minimalistic packaging are unique fragrance blends using the highest quality raw ingredients, and are created by some of the world's greatest perfumers. I sadly only currently own one of their products, the Gingembre Candle, which was limited edition during Christmas last year (also sad!), and the warm, sweet ginger scent is just to die for. I cannot wait for the day I call their Gypsy Water EDT my own and I'm also lusting after the Tree House Candle, La Tulipe Hand Cream and Hair Perfume in Bal D'Afrique.
The Diptyque story begins in 1961 on 34 boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris. Bringing us the most decadent scented candles and home fragrances, the French perfume brand are simply adored by beauty aficionados, though with its understated elegance in both aesthetics and scent, it's not hard to discern why. Diptyque completely changed my taste in fragrance (for the better and more expensive!), my all-time favourite being their rose scent. I've owned their Roses Candle in the past and I have the Eau Rose EDT in both roll-on and spray form, which I call my signature scent and reserve mostly for special occasions. I absolutely adore their Baies Candle and Room Spray too, and there are so many more I'm lusting after! Because of Diptyque, I now have an appreciation for the more unique, nuanced scents, and even though shelling out $84 (Mecca have marked up their price, which I find absolutely atrocious) for a candle is quite literally burning your money away, sometimes you just have to treat yourself to the finer things in life. The scent throw of Diptyque candles when not lit is incredible and the empty jars make the most beautiful makeup brush holders. Diptyque is what dreams are made of.
Other cruelty free brands I'm interested in, but don't own anything from because I can't afford it and already have too much: BareMinerals, Chantecaille, Eyeko, Kat Von D, Kate Somerville, Kevyn Aucoin, Kjaer Weis, Makeup Forever, MV Organic Skincare, Sigma Beauty, Sunday Riley and Tata Harper.
I may not be vegan, but I thought it might be kind of interesting to provide a different perspective on cruelty free beauty. I truly admire both vegans and people who buy cruelty free, and while nobody really wants to think about the terrible things that happen to animals or the environment through the way in which we consume, it's only a disservice to remain ignorant on the issue and we, in our own ways, can all speak for the beautiful creatures who don't have a voice. I don't see myself ever going vegan, but I think we can all be a little more mindful and make more ethical choices here and there. Eat a vegan or vegetarian meal sometimes and occasionally, buy from a cruelty free brand over one that's not. Obviously, going fully-fledge vegan and cruelty free is going to have a bigger impact, but collectively, our small choices can still make a difference.
- Logical Harmony - Cruelty Free & Vegan Brand List
- Cruelty Free Kitty - List of Cruelty Free Makeup Brands: A Complete Guide
- Phyrra - Welcome New Readers & Cruelty Free Beauty List
- My Beauty Bunny - Cruelty Free Brands
- Logical Harmony - What's the Difference Between Cruelty Free Cosmetics and Vegan Cosmetics?
- Cruelty Free Kitty - Non-Cruelty Free Parent Companies