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Going vegan/ vegetarian/ cruelty free.
To those who message me wanting tips on going vegan or changing their cosmetics to more animal-friendly versions, it can seem like a huge undertaking but there is no need to take on more than you can manage. I think the feeling that people must do it all at once is why people fail.
Try making one solid decision on this per week regarding your diet at first, whether its that you will cut out fast foods/ red meat/ chicken… pick one and stick to it. Leave sticky notes to yourself on your fridge, in your purse, in your car. Set reminders on your phone to go off every x amount of time to remind you of your decision of the week (this is how i stopped chewing my nails).
The best way to break a habit is to replace it with another one so as you cut one thing out, add another one in. Buy some vegetables you’ve never cooked with before or buy yourself a cruelty-free beauty product. This way instead of thinking “i can’t have this” you’ll be thinking “i could have that but i’d rather have a banana”. You have more control of your will than you think, exercise that. You have the power to save LIVES and its a great feeling. Its not something reserved for a select group of people, its something EVERYONE can do.
When it comes to things like finding vegan cosmetics or vegan leather products it can seem like its going to be really hard to find but actually its a really rewarding challenge. I post vegan brands all the time and peta/ buav/ leaping bunny all have lists of products on their websites.
I find it so much more rewarding and satisfying to find great cruelty free products and you could too.
I see a lot of vegans on social media give people a really hard time when they try and ask about making the change and basically alienate people. Yes, you know how the meat industry works and you know that its up to us as humans to make moral decisions but not everyone is as aware as you.
Encourage people to make good decisions, show them what making the change can achieve, show them how many animals lives they’d save if they gave up meat. HELP people make that change instead of focusing on what awful people they are.
I know its frustrating that this is how our world works but sadly this is how people have been raised and theres nothing we can do about anyones past, help change their future.
I know this is probably going to piss off the hardcore vegans but i’m really just trying to give a realistic point of view. Just my thoughts.
To Clear Up Any Confusion...
Animal testing is not required by law. It is a industry standard. It is important to understand the difference between these two symbols:
1. This symbol tells the consumer that this product is not tested on animals. And that is it exactly. It is important to understand that this means the product was not tested on animals, but the individual ingredients COULD have been.
2. This is the leapingbunny.org symbol (the symbol which the blog is named after) created by the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC) in 1996. CCIC is a crew of several different parties working together to make a new industry standard. The symbol means that the product is 100% cruelty free, including ingredients.
In short, there are many different ‘bunny’ symbols out on the consumer market today that may confuse you. Making a conscious decision to look for the second symbol will ensure that you are using products that did not harm, or cause suffering towards any animal.
A-Z List of Cruelty Free Beauty Brands
- Amazing Cosmetics
- Bare Escentuals (Bare Minerals)
- Eco Tools
- Gourmet Body Treats
- Hard Candy
- Jack Black (for men)
- Kat Von D
- LA Fresh
- Obsessive-Compulsive Cosmetics
- Pristine Beauty
- Rachel Perry
- Sephora Brand
- Urban Decay
- Wholefood Farmacy
- Xingu Amazonia
- Yes Pure Intimacy
- Zen Spa
For a more in depth list of cruelty free cosmetics visit My Beauty Bunny
If you’re ever out and about shopping and you don’t have a list at hand of cruelty free makeup, look for the leaping bunny (seen below) on the packaging somewhere. Not all makeup lines are registered with the Leaping Bunny Program however, so you can always ask!
from now on i’m only buying make up from the body shop and urban decay.
totally changing hairdyes and shampoos and any other products i use too. absolutely cannot stand animal testing, and knowing the amount of products i use are initially dropped into rabbits eyes and burned into their skin makes me so angry.
if the leaping bunny isn’t printed somewhere on the packaging, i refuse to buy it.
Lush's makeup line is expensive, but I feel like it's worth it for getting such natural, vegan, cruelty-free products
So I’m going to buy their facepowder and colour supplement
also maybe some more eyeliner (because I finally got my technique perfected for putting the damn stuff on)? We’ll see how broke I am first.