Friday, September 30, 2016

Difference Between Cruelty-Free and Vegan

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Cruelty-Free and Vegan? The BIG Difference....

Hi guys! Today I wanted to explain a question I get often from my viewers, what is the difference between a cosmetic brand being cruelty-free, and vegan? I know it can sound tricky, but it's quite easy to understand. Although they might sound the same, they are very different, so I hope to clarify this for you. Just think of it this way....

cruelty-free = no animal testing
vegan = no animal ingredients

cruelty-free + vegan = no animal testing, and no animal ingredients

What is a cruelty-free product?
A cruelty-free products means the ingredients were not tested on animals. Animals that get tested on can be dogs, cats, monkeys, guinea pigs, hamsters, bunnies, and so on.

Keep in mind that just because a product is cruelty-free, it doesn't mean it's vegan. This means the brand is cruelty-free, but it could contain an ingredient derived from animal not making it vegan. Some brand examples are Burt's Bees, and 100% Pure. Burt's Bees is cruelty-free, but many of their products contain honey, milk, lanolin, and carmine. 100% Pure is also cruelty-free, but some of their products contain honey, same as Lush, and Physician's Formula.

What is a vegan product?
A vegan product means it has no animal ingredients, and by-products. This means the product will most likely contain plant-based ingredients.

Keep in mind that just because it's vegan, the product might not be cruelty-free. This is because even though the product is vegan, their brand might the testing on animals, or their products are being sold in a country like China where they do require animal testing. Bareminerals and Nars are an example. Even though Bareminerals and Nars are cruelty-free, their parent company Shiseido do test on animals.

Can a product be cruelty-free AND vegan at the same time?
Yes, a product can be cruelty-free and vegan at the same time. This means the product wasn't tested on animals AND it doesn't have any ingredients derived from animals.

Some cosmetic brands that are cruelty-free, and vegan are BWC (Beauty Without Cruelty), e.l.f. cosmetics, Pacifica, Red Apple Lipstick, and Zoya are just a few.

What I Like to Buy...
In 2011 I became vegan. In the beginning I wasn't aware of cruelty-free brands, and I didn't know the difference between a cosmetic brand being cruelty-free and vegan. Now everything that I share on my blog and my YouTube channel are products that are not tested on animals, and must not contain any animal ingredients, making them essentially vegan.

Look for these cruelty-free bunny logos.

Cruelty-free brands are always changing. Some will change their parent company, or some brands will start selling their cosmetics in countries that do require animal testing. I am guilty of not keeping up to date and thinking a product was cruelty-free when it wasn't anymore. So don't feel overwhelm. You can make a list that you can have with you when you go shopping. Always look for the bunny logos in cosmetic brands.

Check out the following sites for an updated list of cruelty-free brands...

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  1. If it's not vegan it's not cruelty-free!

    1. Hi Ann, I see it the same way, and I agree. Unfortunately it doesn't work this way with many brands. The product might be cruelty-free but not vegan. Thanks for passing by :))


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