In my bathroom cabinet

I write a lot about food, and even though food of course is a central part of veganism, it’s not all that there is. As I’ve said many times; veganism is not a diet, it’s a lifestyle. A part of this lifestyle is trying to keep your bathroom as cruelty-free as possible, so in this post I will write about some of my favorite cruelty-free – or vegan – cosmetic brands.

Faith in NatureWhen it comes to shampoo and conditioners, I really love Faith in Nature. I’ve tried so many conditioners, and none of them seemed to work on my hair, until I found Faith in Nature. It doesn’t make matters worse that their products come in a lot of amazing, natural scents! Apart from shampoos and conditioners they also make soaps, lotions, deodorants, cleaning products and even pet shampoos, unfortunately not all of these products can be found here in Finland.

Kingfisher toothpasteFor my teeth I use Kingfisher‘s toothpaste. There are other vegan brands out there, but this one is my favorite. It comes in different versions, both with added fluoride and without. I use the Mint-flavored fluoride-free one.

Crazy RumorsI’m addicted to lip balm, I have to admit that. I have to have one in my bag or my pocket all the time so that I can apply it whenever I want, or I will feel like my lips are cracking. So naturally I’ve tried a lot of different ones, and there are several good vegan ones out there. However, my favorite is definitely Crazy Rumors. They give a soft and not too sticky feeling after applying, and keep your lips moisturized. And they come in tons of different flavors, everything from tea to ice cream.

All pictures in this post comes from the company websites.

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The easiest way to recognize cruelty-free products

As a continuation to my last post about animal testing, I wanted to do this quick post about recognizing non-animal tested and vegan products. Companies always want to sound as ethical as possible, and they might paint up a picture of themselves that is not entirely true. A company might for example say that they don’t test their products on animals, but in their case this just means that their final products in not animal tested, but the ingredients in it are.

Finding products with only plant-based ingredients might also be a jungle, because there are tons of animal-derived ingredients in the products we use every day. Some of them have long and complicated names, and there is just no way that you will learn them all by heart. I do have a list with all these ingredients so that I can check if products I buy have them, but sometimes there is an ingredient that might be animal-based, plant-based or synthetic, and there is no way of knowing unless you ask the company. So it is just easiest to stick to the companies that only use vegan ingredients in their products.

There are two main symbols you can look for on a product to ensure it is cruelty-free before buying it:

The leaping bunny

Companies who’s products carry this symbol have not used animal tests in any part of the production.

The vegan logo

There are several different logos that tell you the product doesn’t contain any animal ingredients or that a company is vegan, but the one above (from The Vegan Society) is the most common one. This symbol also indicates that the product has not been animal tested. It is not only found on cosmetics and household products, but also on foods, clothes and other products.

 

All non-animal tested and vegan products will not carry these logos, even though most of them do carry at least one of them by now. There are lists of non-animal tested products made up by different animal rights organisations, as I mentioned in my last post the Finnish organisation Animalia has a list for non-animal tested cosmetics and household products. (However, all products on this list are not free from animal ingredients, only those marked with a “V” as in “Vegan”.) Check with animal rights organisations in your country for lists that are up to date there, but remember also to check what criteria they have for including a company on their list, since some organisations are stricter than others (for example, some might include companies that don’t test their final products on animals, but there might be animal testing earlier on in the process).