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My Favorite Cruelty-Free Beauty Brands

My Favorite Cruelty-Free Beauty Brands

As a follow up to my guide on finding safer cosmetics, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite cruelty-free beauty brands.

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Cruelty-free skin care and make-up brands have made a commitment to never test their products on animals.

The practice is becoming more and more common with many lines easy to find in stores like Ulta, Sephora, or even Target and Walmart!

Here are just a few of my most beloved cruelty-free products and lines!

Burt’s Bees

Burt’s Bees is one of my all-time favorite brands. Their origin story is amazing and really makes me believe in destiny! With no animal testing for over 30 years, they’ve become an industry leader in responsible business practices. Plus, their products are at least 99% all-natural!

The Sensitive Facial Cleanser with Cotton Extract has completely changed my super dry skin and is recommended by the National Eczema Association. I just love it!

8 affordable cruelty-free beauty brands


Known for their higher-end skincare, Aveda’s core mission is to “care for the world we live in, from the products we make to the ways in which we give back to society” (Horst Rechelbacher, Founder of Aveda).  They also strive to protect the planet’s water and really on natural ingredients and responsible packaging. I was gifted their Hand Relief Moisturizing Creme for Christmas and I’ve been just using a bit at a time to try to make it last. The scent smells like I just came from a spa!

8 affordable cruelty-free beauty brands

Not Your Mother’s Hair Care

Before I started making my own heat protectant spray, I used NYM’s and had great results. I still love their texture spray, though!

8 affordable cruelty-free beauty brands

Baptiste dry shampoo

I’m sure most of my readers and use dry shampoo as much as I do. Sometimes, we just can’t get to washing our hair and dry shampoo saves the day! Baptiste is a well-known brand out of the UK and they have a firm no animal-testing stance. They’re also vegan and sodium-free, so spray away!

8 affordable cruelty-free beauty brands

Cake Beauty

Cake Beauty is a small skin care line based in Canada. I’ve only used their Triple Citrus Blend Butter Balm Hand Cream and their Heavy Cream Intensely Smoothing Body Balm.  They’re loaded with healthy skin ingredients like shea and aloe. Fair warning though – you’ve got to be a fan of the sweet scents for these lotions. The Heavy Cream Balm smells exactly like vanilla frosting!

Mario Badescu Skin Care

Founded over 50 years ago in New York City, Mario Badescu is known for their simple labels and gentle formulas. I like to use their lavender facial spray whenever I need a little extra hydration boost during the day.

If you’re a nail polish fan, I haven’t left you out!

There are plenty of options for cruelty-free products for you, too!

Pretty Woman NYC and Sundays are two nail polish brands that never test on animals.

Both of these companies also follow the “10-free” rule, which means they never include 10 known toxins, such as camphor, formaldehyde, and parabens.

8 affordable cruelty-free beauty brands

Many of my favorite cruelty-free products have been found through my Ipsy subscription box.

For only $10 a month, I get 5 samples (and often full-sized) products in my mailbox. I love that they also send things to try from smaller companies that I might not have been able to try otherwise.

Plus, it’s a very small luxury that I send to myself once a month. If you’re looking to get your own Ipsy subscription, use my referral link to start building your profile. You’ll only be sent products based on what you tell Ipsy you already like!

There are many more cruelty-free beauty brands out there.

Logic Harmony and Leaping Bunny have both made comprehensive lists to get you motivated to make some changes to your skin care and make-up routine!

You can easily and affordably start making the change to safer cosmetics today!

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