Cruelty-free and vegan products are growing in popularity amongst many skincare and beauty brands. However, what is the difference between the two labels and why should you choose vegan or cruelty free products? After all, how is skincare related to animal welfare, and are brands truly still testing on animals? In 2021, we are continuously trying to buy consciously and become responsible consumers. This post will tell you all about vegan and cruelty free products.
What are vegan skincare products?
Vegan skincare products are produced without using any ingredients that come from animals. This means that no part of the production process was using any animal-derived ingredients. In addition, vegan skincare extends to not having any honey, pollen, or other by products. Unfortunately, the term vegan only refers to the ingredients. This means that unfortunately, some vegan products have been tested on animals and therefore are not cruelty free.
What are cruelty free skincare products?
Cruelty free skincare products have not been tested on animals. So, while they may have ingredients that are animal derived or animal by products, in the later stage of the development there has been no animal testing. This label on the package only refers to the testing process. As a result, it is possible to have non vegan products that are cruelty free.
Why get cruelty free and vegan products?
The best thing you can do for the animals, is to choose skincare products that are both vegan and cruelty free. This way, you are taking care that the ingredients and the testing process is kind to animals.
How can you ensure the products are vegan and cruelty free?
Some brands are fully vegan and cruelty free and will proudly advertise it everywhere. Unfortunately, these claims are not necessarily verified. In Australia, there are specific logos that are placed on certain products that have been certified vegan and cruelty free. Look out for the little bunny ears and a little green V. Your best chance to ensure the products you are buying are vegan and cruelty free is to familiarise yourself with the official logos. These are typically created and checked by companies such as PETA, The Vegan Society, or the leaping bunny.
What are some surprising non vegan ingredients?
The thing about skincare products is that non vegan ingredients can sneakily sneak into the ingredients list. They can be hard to spot, therefore keep an eye out for some of the following. These ingredients include lanolin, collagen, albumen, carmine, gelatine, or cholesterol.
So why should you choose cruelty free and vegan products?
Honestly, we should put more pressure on companies to take responsibility and move towards a kinder world. Why do our beauty products need animal derived ingredients? You have the power to vote for the kind of future you want to live in. Plant based ingredients can be just as powerful and beneficial to our skin. So, let your skin be the best it can be, all the while protecting animals. Check out our wide range of NO FACE beauty products that are leading the way in Cruelty Free and Vegan beauty.