Listen Up Ladies!

We need to have a little chat..

This time I’m back for a more in-depth conversation about our beauty bunnies. I regularly keep track of the companies that do and do not test. Along with that, I have also started research into vegan companies and will be sharing some of those awesome companies as well.

First, here are the most common symbols that mark if a product is Cruelty Free or Vegan, although companies can and do make up their own symbols-


not tested on animalsleaping bunnycruelty free



One thing I REALLY want to touch base about is companies that are labeling themselves vegan, but truly are not. To show how this happens, I’m going to use one of my most favorite cruelty free cosmetic brands right now- Tarte. I love them and I am extremely happy that they are working their way towards a more clean line of products, but they still have a ways to go.

My favorite foundation of theirs is the Amazonian Clay 12-hour foundation. They claim that this is a vegan product but… if you take a look at their second ingredient and do a little bit of research into it, you’ll find this is actually is not a vegan friendly product.tarte

This ingredient that I’m talking about is Cyclopentasiloxane, also known as D5. When you first look up the ingredient, all you really find is how it is a silicon and widely used in cosmetics, shampoo, conditioners, soaps, etc. D5 by itself is said to be totally fine, but digging a little deeper you find that it can and usually does have traces of cyclotetrasiloxane (D4), which is banned due to its toxicity on reproduction. Cyclopentasiloxane also can be associated to toxicity to the environment, mainly affecting marine life.

The point of Veganism isn’t just to avoid any products that come from animals, but to also use clean and natural products that don’t harm our planet, right? So this doesn’t sound so vegan friendly does it. Always, always, always check out products ingredients if you’re looking for vegan products! Just because something says it is so, doesn’t actually make it so.

Since I have been diagnosed with a hormone imbalance/sensitivity disease, I’ve become very interested in what I am putting in and on my body. You shouldn’t be aware of these things just because there is something wrong diagnosed with you though. You should be vigilant about these things regardless. Knowledge is power and if more people become educated on these things, the bigger the difference that can be made.

GUESS WHAT: The EU has over 1,400 chemicals that are banned in the use of cosmetics alone. Canada has about 600. The US only has about 30. Nothing wrong with that… right?

Moving on..

Here is my updated version of common Cruelty Free brands-

*-Leaping Bunny Certified

(V)- Vegan

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills
  • Arbonne (V)
  • Bare Minerals (Parent Company Sheseido, is not CF)
  • Beauty Blender (Sold in China, but blenders and cleansers are not part of their testing laws)
  • Beautycounter
  • Becca
  • Burts Bee’s *
  • Buxom
  • ColourPop
  • Conair
  • Dermalogica*
  • EcoTools
  • ELF
  • Hard Candy*
  • The Honest Company
  • iT Cosmetics
  • Juice Beauty
  • Jeffree Star*
  • Kat Von D
  • Lush
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty
  • Method Cleaners (V)
  • Mrs Meyers Cleaners*
  • Murad (Parent Company Unilever is not CF)
  • NARS
  • Nexxus
  • NYX
  • Pacifica (V)
  • Paul Mitchell (In salons in China, but not sold in stores so does not have to follow testing laws)
  • Physicians Formula
  • Proactiv
  • Pür
  • Pureology (Owned by L’Oreal who is not CF)
  • Smashbox
  • Tarte (Owned by KOSE who is not CF)
  • The Body Shop*
  • Trader Joes company
  • Too Faced (Owned by Estee Lauder who is not CF)
  • Urban Decay (Owned by L’Oreal who is now CF)
  • Whole Foods brands
  • Toms of Maine* (Owned by Colgate who is not CF)
  • Wet n’ Wild

The companies below are NOT Cruelty Free-

  • Avon
  • Bath & Body Works
  • Benefit
  • Bobbi Brown
  • Calvin Klein
  • Chapstick
  • Clean & Clear
  • Clearasil
  • Clinique
  • Colgate
  • Coppertone
  • Cover Girl
  • Crest
  • Degree
  • Dial
  • Dolce & Gabbana
  • Dove
  • Energizer Holdings (Schick, Gilette, Hydro Shave, playtex, eyc)
  • EOS
  • Estee Lauder
  • Eucerin
  • Frebreeze
  • GAP
  • Garnier
  • Gucci
  • Hawaiian Tropic
  • Herbalife
  • Jergens
  • John Frieda
  • Johnson &J Johnson
  • Joico
  • Kielhs
  • K.Y
  • Lancome
  • Listerine
  • Laura Mercier
  • LORAC (questionable)
  • L’Oreal
  • Lubriderm
  • Lysol
  • MAC
  • MakeUp Forever
  • Marc Jacobs Fragrances
  • Mary Kay
  • Matrix
  • Maybelline
  • Michael Kors
  • Morphe
  • Nair
  • Neutragena
  • Old Spice
  • OPI
  • Origins
  • Pantene
  • Playtex
  • Ponds
  • Purell
  • Redken
  • Revlon
  • Rimmel London
  • ROC
  • Sally Hansen
  • Schick
  • Scope
  • Secret
  • Sensodyne
  • Sephora house brand
  • Skintamate
  • Speedstick
  • Stila
  • St. Ives
  • Suave
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • Tresemme
  • Trojan
  • Vaseline
  • Veet
  • Vera Wang
  • Versace
  • Victorias Secret
  • Walgreens house brand
  • Woolite
  • Younique

Now it’s a lot easier to figure out if a cosmetic company is cruelty free over a household product company. Below I’ve found products that are cruelty free, and some that are also vegan, to replace those household brands with.

  1. All Purpose Cleaner: 409 Ecover
  2. Dish Soap: Dawn Method
  3. Household Cleanser: Ajax Bar Keepers Friend
  4. Laundry Detergent: Tide Ecos by Earth Friendly Products
  5. Air Freshener: Glade Citrus Magic
  6. Glass Cleaner: Windex Mrs Meyers
  7. Bleach: Clorox biokleen

Some Vegan household brands are Allen’s Naturally, Method, Dr Bronner’s, Sun and Earth, Mrs Meyers, Citra-solv, or DIY your own!  They’re all over Pinterest and very easy to make!

Beauty Brands replacements

  • Bar Soap: Dove Kiss My Face
  • Shower Gel: Olay Yes to Carrots
  • Toothpaste: Crest Tom’s of Maine
  • Shampoo: Suave Avalon
  • Conditioner: Pantene Freeman
  • Deodorant: Secret Certain Dri
  • Nail Polish: Maybelline Wet n Wild
  • Nail Polish Remover: Sally Hansen Acquarella
  • Shave Cream: Gilette Kiss My Face
  • Tampons: Tampax Maxim
  • Hand Sanitizer: Purell Dr Bronner’s
  • Feminine Wash: Summers Eve The Honey Pot

It’s not bad to have a few products that aren’t cruelty free and you don’t have to throw them all out at once and buy all new everything. It’s hard to switch certain products when they do what you need it to do. I’ve been at this for a little over a year now, and I still use the Joico and Matrix brands for my hair because I haven’t found another cruelty free brand that suits my needs for my hair yet. As for my make up and skin care, I’m slowly now starting to switch to vegan brands.

Be educated about your products ladies. If you’re going to use something; know what’s in it, where it comes from, and if it’s being tested on animals.

*Have any questions? Need help with a product? Drop a comment below or contact me privately!


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