Whether you’re a new or veteran vegan, shopping for beauty products that fit with your ethical lifestyle can be tough. We’ve pulled together five tips and reminders to help you maintain your vegan and cruelty-free beauty routine with ease.
1) Do your product research in advance.
There’s nothing worse than being stuck at the drug store with limited or no vegan choices. If you have a bottle of shampoo or lip gloss tube that is almost empty, why not plan ahead? Look up stores that carry alternative beauty products. A good place to start would be a local Whole Foods or Sprouts, an independent health food store or even a conventional grocery store that has a large health food section.
2) Learn which non-vegan ingredients to avoid.
It can be almost impossible to determine if a product is vegan without knowing the source of the ingredients. For example, ingredients like squalane, glycerin, stearic acid and collagen could be derived from vegetable sources or from the saddest animals ever. Even beeswax has pseudonyms that are hard to recognize—propolis cera, cera alba and apis mellifera to name a few. We recommend reviewing the PETA Animal Ingredients List before shopping so that you know which ingredients to look out for.
3) Look for certified vegan and cruelty-free products.
If you don’t want to rely on your own ingredient investigations, you can buy products that are certified vegan and cruelty-free. Look for logos from PETA, Vegan Action, Vegan Society and Leaping Bunny to name a few. Remember that cruelty-free does not necessarily mean vegan and vice versa. It’s best to find products that are both if you really want to make sure that no animals were harmed in the making of the product.
4) Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
If you’re not sure where to start, don’t be afraid to ask the staff at the store you’re shopping at if they know of any vegan and cruelty-free options you should know about. Better yet, ask a fellow vegan friend if they have any products or stores to recommend.
5) Shop online.
Last but not least: Shop the Internet! It is still one of the best places for you to find vegan and cruelty-free beauty products, especially if you shop with us at Vegan Cuts! We do all of the research for you so that you can stock up on all of your beauty essentials. If you’re looking to discover new brands, try our monthly Beauty Box.
Good luck and happy shopping!
Blog post by Danielle Chabassol