How I´m Going Cruelty-Free

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I wrote a whole post about cruelty-free blogging a while back as I feel this topic is so important for me personally. Yet I never really did something about this. I was just sitting on my knowledge of this problem for all the time. To my defense, I was in kind of a catch 22 (who isn´t really); while I was really against animal testing I was also so in love with makeup and so many "bad" brands. With all the "How Cruel Is My Makeup Bag?" videos going around lately (especially the ones by Hannah Witton & Tessa Violet) I got kind of a bad conscience. So like them I´ve decided to take baby steps towards a more ethical makeup collection.

While I checked if my makeup was cruelty-free and marking the products that aren´t I had to find out that about 80% of my makeup is not cruelty-free or that the brands have not made clear statements. That´s a lot! Especially if you consider that I usually don´t even wear that much makeup on a daily basis.

Here are a few steps that I will take in order to have a more ethical makeup collection.
1. Mark all products that are not cruelty-free or pending (check!)
    - the brand itself counts, not the parent company
2. Try to use up all of these products & find cruelty-free alternatives
    - because throwing them all away doesn´t really make sense
3. Don´t buy products in a rush but consciously decide whether I really want/need to make to purchase (obviously check if the brand is cruelty-free)
4. Buy more quality, cruelty-free products instead of cheap products
5. Don´t forbid myself to buy not cruelty-free products but remember points 3 and 4 when I do
    - you know because the attractiveness of the forbidden

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I totally understand that not everyone can or wants to buy only cruelty-free makeup. All of this is really just my personal decision. I just think it´s important to be aware that this problem exists (& by no means is it the only ethical problem surrounding makeup). If, like me, you want to start being more ethical in your makeup choices but don´t know where to start I´d recommend setting yourself little goals. For me this has made it much easier. You can also check out the Cruelty-Free and Vegan Brand List on Logical Harmony (which probably everyone has heard of by now). I´ve used it to check all of my products and while I´ve been surprised by how many brands are not cruelty-free or pending I´ve also been surprised by how many amazing brands are cruelty-free.

Just on a quick last note, I really don´t want to sound preachy here, this is all just my personal choice. I simply wanted to inform you guys about why and how I´m going cruelty-free and maybe inspire people who where previously thinking about going cruelty-free but aren´t sure how to start. Also I´m totally aware that "cruelty-free" only refers to animal testing while human workers might still be exploited. If you want to know more about this check out The Truth About Cruelty Free Makeup by Rowan Ellis. I also did a post on the problem with the ingredients used in our makeup which is another pretty bad situation that we´re kind of oblivious to.

As you can see our makeup is really not a problem-free zone. Personally, I feel it´s just important to know about all of these problems and make decisions based on that. The best decision definitely being to go completely without any makeup and if you´re brave enough to do that I tip my hat for you! I don´t really want to do this and am not sure if I´d feel super comfortable just giving up makeup all of a sudden.

9 comments

  1. I'll check out the list. I don't know if you saw it or not, but there was video of a German Shepard being repeatedly FORCEFULLY made to swim while filming A Dog's Purpose. I plan to boycott over that...just speaking of cruelty to animals!

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    1. Funnily enough, I just saw that video after I read your comment. That is so terrible! I keep thinking about animal cruelty a lot lately. I find molecular psychology so interesting but so many experiments are done on animals which is so horrible! Why can´t we just leave them alone?!
      xx Lisa

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  2. I have to look into this more. I really want to go cruelty free with my make-up as well
    Dora
    http://www.adropofindigo.com/

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    1. Definitely do! I´ve been reading a lot of posts and watching a lot of videos lately and it just makes it clear how cruel the industry really is to animals.
      xx Lisa

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  3. I've been thinking a lot about going cruelty-free for some time now as it's always growing on my conscience. But, like you, I was shocked to discover just how many brands aren't cruelty free! Something I have realised though is to completely change all of the products you usually rely on on a daily basis, from shampoo to toothpaste to makeup, is a massive job and so it's gotta be a change I make gradually! I'll definitely be taking a few tips from this post and I've started by just doing some research around the topic to get an idea of good cruelty free brands to bear in mind next time I'm at the drugstore or wherever!

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    1. That´s such a good plan! Yes, it´s definitely a lot of work and I don´t really see a sense in just throwing all the products I own out. I´ve sorted a few out that I´m going to give to friends but I bought them when I wasn´t aware of it all so I´m using them up and looking for cruelty-free alternatives after that. I think just the makeup is definitely the easiest part. Finding cruelty-free shower supplies and skincare seems a bit more difficult though.
      xx Lisa

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  4. I'd love to go more cruelty free with my makeup, especially since it's nothing something I wear much of. Apparently going organic with your hair care is a good idea to! x

    www.sheintheknow.co.uk

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    1. Do it! It might seem like a challenge at first but actually I´ve found it to be quite easy! Oh, I will so keep that in mind & do some research into organic hair care. Thanks for the tip lovely!
      xx Lisa

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  5. These are great tips! I'm definitely trying to go cruelty free! It's hard to find alternatives but I know there are some good ones out there!

    http://www.abeautifulchaos.co.uk

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