So you may be wondering, “what is all of the hype with cruelty-free cosmetics”?
In the year 2017, some of the world’s most famous cosmetic brands, such as Avon and Estee Lauder, are still testing their products on animals. While some companies blame the process on the “country’s regulations” for the area in which they are selling to, and other brands pay third party companies to complete the testing, the fact of the matter is that our cosmetics are causing great harm to animals that did not sign up to “take the heat” of our mistakes in the lab.
However, as a society, we continue to purchase these products because when are in a cosmetics store looking at the flashy packaging and the sparkling rose-tint of this summer’s hottest blush, the idea of animal cruelty just doesn’t come to mind.
According to “DoSomething.Org”, “Over 100 Million animals are burned, crippled, poisoned, and abused in US labs every year”. While countries such as Israel and India have already banned the idea of animal cruelty for the price of beauty, most American brands still partake in this inhumane act.
When you choose brands that test on animals, you are most likely not just purchasing cosmetics that could have contributed to the suffering of an animal, but there could also be actual animal parts within your cosmetics.
Specifically, an ingredient in Givenchy’s Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick in shade “Marble Rouge Revelator” contains “Lanolin Oil”. “Lanolin is the excretion from wool-bearing mammals and is found in most lipsticks and makeup removers”.
As if that news wasn’t bad enough, the Colour Pop Cosmetics eye shadow in shade, “Come and Get It” contains the ingredient carmine, which is also called “cochineal”. “Cochineal is extracted from the cochineal, specifically the female, a species of insect that belongs to the order entomologists refer to as the “true bugs’”. In other words, cosmetics brands crush these cochineal beetles in order to produce a red powder that will aid in the production of creating the “perfect” red shade for their lipstick.
Unfortunately, these two ingredients are just the beginning of the long list of animal products that are sneakily imbedded within the cosmetics that women rub onto their skin on a daily basis.
If you are hoping to get a new start in avoiding cosmetic brands that are placing these uncleanly ingredients into your body, considering that much of what we place on our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream, here are the top 5 cruelty-free cosmetic brands of 2017:
Pacifica Cosmetics: Talk about affordable, cruelty-free, and high-quality cosmetics, Pacifica is a brand that is transforming the cosmetics industry by recreating popular shades with healthier ingredients in order to show customers of all ages that healthy makeup can still make a statement. With their products being sold at Target, Ulta, Whole Foods, and online, Pacifica Beauty is most certainly accessible. Pacifica’s goal is to prove that natural cosmetics can deliver great results through making eye-shadow palettes that have an array of both natural and bold colors. My favorite palette would have to be the “Solar” palette, which contains shadows such as “Mermaid Aqua” and “Glow”. They are also known for their irresistible perfume scents, such as “Sugared Amber Dreams”, which no pun intended, is a treat to your scenes. All of their products are 100% vegan and gluten-free, and to top it off, all of their packaging is 100% recyclable so they can have pride in their title as an eco-friendly company.
Axiology Beauty: Axiology Beauty lipsticks are a force to be reckoned with. With their tag line being, “sustainably sexy”, their bold colors not only contain natural ingredients, but their bright pigmentation allows them to compete with the best. While the brand does contain natural pink shades, such as “identity”, they also contain fun and spunky shades, such as the light purple lipstick called “Enlighten”. Their “ingredients page” allows their customer to feel comfortable with their products, as each ingredient is shown as a fruit, vegetable, seed, nut, or plant. Talk about natural goodness!
Au Natural Cosmetics: The purpose of this cosmetic brand is in the name,: “natural”. Au Natural Cosmetics sticks to their policy of acquiring their ingredients from their “farm to face” program, in which they promise their customers the highest quality ingredients. Their “Celestial Organic Crème Highlighter Stick”, is clearly a fan favorite, as it features pure ingredients such as jojoba seed oil and lavender for the ultimate dewy glow. In addition, their “Organic Crème Eye Shadows” blend seamlessly for the ultimate smokey look that you can take from daytime to night.
Elate Cosmetics: Elate Cosmetics don’t just see their products as self-enhancing beauty tools, but as a true act of self-care because of how their natural ingredients truly soothe and heal your skin. The company stands by their policy of only using natural ingredients and it shows through their intriguing color pallets that represent the natural colors that you would find in nature. Definitely check out their “Universal Cremes” and the natural tones within their “Create Eye Colour” eye-sh Once you pick out your favorites, you can even purchase a Bamboo Pro Palette for your collection, which truly makes you feel like a makeup pro!
Orglamix: The Orglamix website is the holy grail of vegan eye-shadows. Endless shimmery shades are available in a loose, cream, and pressed fashion. The website has makeup tutorials and shade suggestions for every eye-color and each shade has specific notes from the owner of the company, Tracy, that will allow you learn great tips and tricks as to how you can get the best wear out of the shadow of your choice. In addition the brand offers makeup kits with pre-made looks that allow your makeup routine to become quick and simple, but also eye-catching and unique.
With high-quality cosmetics brands, such as these, there is truly no reason to resort to brands that are causing great harm to animals. After all, if an ingredient that is a part of your makeup routine is considered to be risky to the point where it needs to be tested on animals before it can be “tested” on you, do you really want to rub these chemicals onto your skin anyway? Treat yourself in the year 2017 to ingredients that will not only give your skin a glowing look on the outside, but ingredients that will truly nourish your skin and body from the inside-out.