I’m not one of those vegans that thinks I can bully society into bending into what I think is more ethical and a better fit for my personal lifestyle.
I’m not here to demonize anybody or any certain company. Really, I would love to have all of these brands that aren’t cruelty free to be on the other side of my list in the future. I would not be mentioning these companies and brands if they did not have something to offer to the beauty table.
When that day comes (not holding my breath), I will be the first one singing their praises, front row center with bells on.
1. Swap MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation for Cover Fx Pressed Mineral Powder
I could very easily do a whole blog post dedicated to cruelty free alternatives to MAC products because there are so many well formulated products that have many people dedicated to them. But I’m not going to beat on one brand.
Cover Fx Pressed Mineral Powder is a beautiful powder foundation that can be built up to full coverage on its own or layered over other foundation and concealer products. This powder is smooth as butter and offers a realistic skin like finish. It is matte enough to please oily skin types but still manages to stay smooth and creaseless around dryer areas. What is best is Cover Fx’ shade range which looks realistic from the darkest to the lightest shades.
Your old compact powder wont be missed, I promise.
2. Swap Benefit They’re Real Mascara for Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara
I could very easily find a decent cruelty free mascara with a similar price point as Benefit’s, but I would be doing you an injustice. Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara was created for the mascara lover. It has an inky black finish, big thick brush that evenly coats each lash, and manages to stay on your lashes and off of your eyelids throughout that day (for real).
No need to shell out the big bucks or forgo your personal morals for beautiful eye lashes. Don’t like “extreme” mascaras? This 100% cruelty free brand has a plethora of mascaras to choose from that are all well formulated and best of all, under $5. How can you lose?
3. Swap Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum for Dr. Carver’s Miracle Repair Serum
To all the Olay addicts out there, there is a new serum in town that is flexing his muscles.
For half the price of the Olay serum, Dr. Carver’s Miracle Repair Serum houses anti inflammatory ingredients, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, anti-irritants, as well as a mix of glycolic, lactic and salicylic acid. There is nothing on the market that I am aware of that delivers such a powerful anti aging product at such a low price. This is a must for any skin care addicts out there.
The fact that all of Dr. Carver products are completely cruelty free is just a bonus.
4. Swap Shu Uemura Essence Absolue for Moroccanoil Treatment Original
Thousands, if not millions of people are dedicated to the Moroccanoil Treatment Original, including myself. Strong ethics including sourcing only fair trade Moroccan argan oil and it’s dedication to cruelty free manufacturing is only one small reason to take a second look at this luxury haircare line.
Moroccanoil is not just silicone in a bottle. This blend of argan oil, as well as other smoothing ingredients, treats your hair to intense moisture giving your hair luster, shine, and strength from within. This treatment can be used throughout the styling process in many different ways making it one of the most versatile products on the market to date.
There are countless brands and companies that have tried to cash in on Moroccanoil’s success, but none have come close to the company that did it first.
5. Swap Crabtree & Evelyn Body Products for Lush Body Products
If you needed an excuse to jump on the Lush band wagon, let their vocal and physical dedication to clean manufacturing, high ethical fair trade ingredients, and absolutely cruelty free safety testing be your push.
Lush’s body products are by far the strongest the company has to offer. Lush provides a variety of fragrances and textures so you will be sure to find bath products that suite your personal needs. I personally love their shower jelly’s and fresh cut bar soaps.
6. Swap Makeup Forever’s Ultra HD Stick Foundation for Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick
I swear, Hourglass cosmetics was formulated, manufactured, and brought down from the heavens from God herself. This is one of the few brands on the market that not only does it well, they do it better then there competition.
Hourglass Seamless Finish foundation is no exception to this. While both foundations are beautiful, Hourglass will offer you more coverage, slightly more realistic finish, and longer wearability.
Cruelty free or not, I can safely put my reputation on this product and say, this is one of the best formulated foundations on the market today.
7. Swap Victoria Secret Fragrance for Pacifica Fragrance
With the somewhat recent announcement in entering a market that requires animal testing (unfortunately the sister store Bath and Body Works is no longer cruelty free either), you may be mourning your current fragrance.
I promise you, Pacifica has you covered.
Natural beauty products have come a long way in recent years. Not only are Pacifica perfumes priced well, they are actually very high quality. I would even go as far as to say that they can rival some of the most expensive department store brands today.
Think sugary sweet, feminine floral, smoky warm, and even clean citrus. This isn’t your hippy Woodstock grandma’s natural beauty brand.
8. Swap Bioderma Sensibio H2O for KohGenDo Cleansing Spa Water
KohGenDo Cleansing Spa Water is a wonderful make up remover with a cult following.
Like it’s Bioderma counterpart, this product is oil free and ideal for all skin types. If Micellar water is your thing, this is one to not pass up.
Unlike other luxury brands on the market, KohGenDo decided to stay out of countries that would normally require animal testing which means good news for your skin and good news for the animals.
9. Swap Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation for Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation
Lock it Foundation, having the advantage of being a much younger product, seems to have a more modern formula. This full coverage matte foundation doesn’t settle into fine lines, exaggerate pores, cling to dry areas, and still manages to last an extremely long time.
Kat Von D is very hands on with her name sake make up brand and with the quality and ethics, it really shows throughout her entire line.
10. Swap L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare for L’Oreal Hair Expertise EverPure
Are you surprised that a vegan that proclaims to fully support the cruelty free, ethical movement supports such a notorious brand as L’Oreal?
I’m kind of surprised too to be completely honest but let me explain.
L’Oreal Paris Hair Expertise EverPure is a very small sub-line of hair care products that are loosely based on L’Oreal’s sister brand, Pureology. Like Pureology, the EverPure line is 100% vegan as well as completely cruelty free.
While you can question the motivation from a brand like L’Oreal, which has been at the for front against the cruelty free movement the last decade or so, you can’t deny EverPure’s above average performance, low competitive price, and alignment with cruelty free ethics. If your goal is to become cruelty free but you are not able to afford high quality brands from the salon, this is exactly what you would be looking for.
While supporting independent, cruelty free companies is always ideal, sometimes you just can’t afford to invest in higher priced cosmetics. Looking for decent quality hair products at a low price point that also is cruelty free is like looking for a needle in a hay stack. There just isn’t a lot of affordable cruelty free hair products in the drug store for some reason.
As a vegan, don’t take what I am saying as permission to bend your personal morals and as a licensed hairstylist, don’t take what I am saying as permission to go hog wild on cheap hair products.
If you can afford better, buy better. There are some beautiful cruelty free brands found in salons and lucky for the animals, there is one small option available at most local drugstores.
Let me know in the comments below
What ride or die product are you having trouble giving up? Did I mention any product or brand that you think you could never let go of?
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