Being vegan is not necessarily just a characterization of what you put into your body, but also on it. There are a variety of harmful chemicals that we apply to our skin in our makeups, lotions, soaps and other beauty products, and many of them are derived from animal sources. Also, before many of these products are approved for testing, they are tested on animals, who are subjected to the physical effects of these toxic substances before humans are. I could spend quite a long time talking about the various examples of animal cruelty in both the food and health industries, but instead I am going to talk about a company, Beauty without Cruelty that markets its products as 100% cruelty free, meaning that none of them have been tested on animals. If you check out their site, you will see that they have a wide variety of entirely vegan and cruelty free color cosmetics, hair, skin, and body care products. Not only are they good for the animals who they are sparing being tested on, but these products are also free from synthetic and engineered fragrances, parabens, and several other chemicals that are harmful to our skin. Because I wanted to show how being vegan isn’t just about what you’re eating, I decided to give this brand a try – they were even nice enough to send me one of their lip glosses free to review for you!
Because lip gloss and chapstick is so easily absorbed into your lips, and often taken into your mouth when you talk and eat, I am more picky about what kinds I use. I’m also big on natural looking make up, so I decided I’d try their neutral Apricot Shimmer shade. I think that it’s not as dark as it appears in the picture, and a bit more shimmery, but I didn’t have a problem with that. It matched my natural lip color quite well, giving it an added shimmer. The consistency is not super glossy, which I also like because it stayed on longer than something wetter might have. Also, I’m not a fan of super-shiny lips. I brought it along with me on a week long camping trip (that’s where I’ve been all this time X: ) and found that it didn’t make me look over done for the setting. The tone matched well with my Physician’s Formula nude palette, so if you use similar colors in your eye make up, then this lip gloss matches perfectly. While this one is great for every day use, they also have it in six other shades – perfect for any occasion.
If you’re interested in using your buying power to support cruelty-free products that are also healthy for your skin and body, give Beauty Without Cruelty a try. Their items are a little bit more expensive, but for the quality product you are getting, they’re definitely worth it.