Monday, 16 September 2013

Tips for Going Cruelty Free

I've been cruelty free for the past few years now so I thought I would compile a little list of tips for anyone thinking of/going cruelty free.
  • Start by having a big clear out of all your make up.  I like to try and use up and non-CF items and include them in my daily make up routine: powders, blushers etc.  Set yourself a challenge not to buy a new product until that one is finished/nearly finished.
  • You don't need to bin all your 'bad' products.  I still have quite a few!  Things like blushers and eyeshadows can last for years so there's no point wasting them.  If you really want rid of them then have a blog sale or pass them onto friends.
  • Don't feel guilty if you buy something then realise it's not CF.  It's so easily done, especially at the start.  When I started going CF I would quite often just buy something even though I wasn't sure and do the research afterwards, not ideal but it meant I could try the thing I wanted, and I'd know whether I could repurchase or not.
  • Keep a list of companies who you've found to be cruelty free.
  • Use the Leaping Bunny website to look for brands which are definitely CF.
  • PETA Approved brands are not necessarily cruelty free, they don't do any proper checks into the companies suppliers etc.
  • Email companies and ask them about their policies, it can be really confusing to start with but if you are struggling to understand them then it's probably best to stay clear!
  • If a company sells in mainland China, they are NOT cruelty free.  Hong Kong have different rules I believe but I'm not 100% sure.

Have you got any tips for being or going cruelty free?



  1. I loved this post! I always aim to pick up products that are cruelty free - though unfortunately it doesn't always happen. Its nice to see someone posting about this and raising a little more awareness x

  2. Great post Louise! I don't have the best awareness of Cruelty Free products but I really need to start paying more attention to what I'm using xxx

    1. Thanks Jen! Yeah it can be so hard to start off with :/

  3. This is such a great idea for a post- I always try & buy cruelty free but you're right, it can be really hard to know your options! I recently saw a list on the net of beauty brands that still, directly or indirectly, test on animals at some point in production, and I was really shocked! Nice'n'Easy were there, as was Aussie Haircare. I've come to the conclusion that its so tough to not support those that do test, that now I just buy as few beauty products as possible!

    Sarah-Jane xo

  4. i've been working on my cruelty free stash for almost 2 years and have to remember not to feel guilty when i buy something that isn't CF. great post!


  5. I have a vegan diet and I actively avoid purchasing animal products BUT I am not 100% thorough with beauty products. A lot of the skin care I use is natural, organic, and cruelty free. I fall down when it comes to the make-up. I try to avoid brands I know contain animal byproducts, however, I'm not super strict on it. It's VERY difficult to remove every trace of animal cruelty from your life. And where does it end? Theoretically if we're talking about morals and values, any brand that uses animals in any way shouldn't be bought into.. so that goes for supermarkets (one of the biggest culprits), and those are near impossible to avoid.

    Personally I do my best to stay cruelty free. If I purchase something and learn afterwards it contains certain ingredients, I make a note not to purchase it again.

  6. This is such a helpful post! I always try and buy cruelty free and its so frustrating when info on a particular brand is difficult to find xx

  7. I find it really easy to buy only BUAV approved products, once you know which brands carry the Leaping Bunny logo, and where to buy them, it is not hard at all x


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