ASOS is super popular for online fashion, and is often the first place people go to when looking to buy clothes online - however ASOS also stocks many beauty products and can be a good spot to save some dollar on your favourite items thanks to promotions like discount codes and it's handy to get your hands on product lines that may not be available to you locally. But, which brands are cruelty free?
I recently received an exciting package filled with Arbonne samples. These included a mini selection of the Calm range, RE9 Advanced, and RE9 Advanced for Men. I also tried out the Shea Butter Hand Cream and the It's A Long Story mascara. What do we think of the vegan and cruelty free skincare ranges from Arbonne?
Urban Veda is a skincare brand based around balance and wellness, and improving the health of our skin against everyday factors such as pollution. The brand also follows the principles of Ayurveda, a medical system based on the belief that overall wellness is based on the balance between mind, spirit, and body. The Soothing Exfoliating Facial Polish is tailor made for sensitive skin, prone to acne, rosacea, sunburn and rashes - but does it really bring your skin into balance? Lets find out!
Tints of Nature offers cruelty-free, high quality at home hair colour, but did you know they also have an award winning haircare range? The hydrating range is vegan-friendly, affordable and packed with natural, organic ingredients to leave your hair smell gorgeous and feeling bouncy and soft.
Although it's 2017 and most companies have come to realise that we don't like animal testing, a fair few number of beauty brands are still putting profits before paws. This our list of companies that still test on animals right now, so that you know which ones to avoid.
I think it's time L'Oréal puts the welfare of animals over profits, and stops purposefully issuing anti-animal testing statements. I hope that the action taken by the FDA will encourage L'Oréal to be more truthful in the future and that they will stop violating legal loopholes, but I wish for nothing more than the end of cruel, unjustified treatment of animals that has already caused so much pain and suffering.
Finding cruelty free makeup on the high street can be hard, mainly because companies use vague language or just elude from the whole topic. That's why it's nice when a company uses a logo or issues a statement on their products that you can then go away and research for yourself - because of course you can't always trust cruelty free labelling! I'm writing this post because I want to share the wonders of Next's nail polishes. I fear that cruelty free beauty hunters are missing out on an absolute gem.
I was recently at a party where a live band played a cover of All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor after introducing it “one for the ladies”. My boyfriend and I simultaneously rolled our eyes, but looking around me at women laughing and dancing, I wondered whether I was being needlessly offended. I have realised that skinny shaming can be just as bad as fat shaming - as all body shaming. It makes women feel just as isolated and lonely. It makes women feel just as unhappy and unsatisfied with their body. All bodies deserve love and self care.
Lavera is a brand I discovered recently when I was researching brands to publish The Complete Guide to Cruelty Free Beauty. Lavera has been producing a huge range of cruelty free beauty, skincare and haircare for over 25 years. The All-Round Cream is intensely moisturising, and the rich, buttery texture is gorgeous! It's a really great cream for anyone who suffers with dry skin, or prone to the occasional dry patch such as knees, elbows and heels.
This is the complete guide to buying cruelty free in the UK. Please note I have not included any cruelty free brands on this list whose parent companies test on animals. You can find out where the products are available from, and you can click on the brand name to take you straight to the website!
There are quite a few cruelty free logos and signs that we see on beauty products nowadays, but how do we know which ones we can trust and which ones we can't? There are three main logos that can be seen globally across a range of products. These include the logos of Leaping Bunny, Caring Consumer, and CCF (Choose Cruelty Free) all of which are discussed in this post!
Benecos Natural Beauty is a completely natural brand, BDIH certified, cruelty free, and they also offer a range of vegan products. Today we are having a look at the glamour mascara, nail polish in you-nique and the quattro eyeshadow in the shade coffee and cream.
If you are a long time reader of Friendly and Free, then you will probably noticed I am quite a fan of Barry M. This is a quick review of the Colour Correcting Wand in lemon. In the correcting wands collection, Barry M also does purple, to brighten the skin, and green, to neutralise redness. I'm just trying out the lemon one - which claims to "eradicate" dark circles.
I really like this foundation. It's cruelty free, affordable, looks great and it's easy to apply. One major issue though is that there are not nearly enough shades offered. This foundation is great for lighter skin tones and normal/dry to oil skin types, but there needs to be a wider range of shades! I'm hopeful that Barry M will release this foundation with a wider selection.
Living Nature is a certified natural skincare and cosmetics company from New Zealand. Founded in the late eighties whose ethos has maintained the values of providing natural and authentic beauty, ‘doing no harm to our world’ – I think this is a really nice legacy to promote environmental care and sustainability whilst doing good for our skin wellbeing.
I have seen in the community that makeup brush blog posts are quite popular, so I have decided to create a post sharing my brush collection. All of my brushes are synthetic and cruelty free. Including: The Everydays, the Ovals, the Lotties and the Ecotools!
Frame is an acronym Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments, they are a research organisation who are dedicated to develop new and valid methods that will replace the need for laboratory animals.
Lots of shops on the Great British high street have launched cosmetic lines from Next to New Look. It's hard to know what's cruelty free and what isn't with so much on offer, but here is a handy list of well-known brands and there animal testing policies.
Botanicals Natural Organic Skincare is an online shop that provides a range of products from skincare to beauty. The company’s ethos is focusing on using and promoting natural, organic ingredients.
So last week I finally got a much needed haircut. I've been wanting to cut my hair short for a while and I thought just before my birthday would be as good time as any. Because I was cutting so much of my hair I decided to donate my hair to the Little Princess Trust, a charity that provides free wigs to children suffering from cancer, and alopecia, across the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
I use lip balms all day everyday. My lips get super dry, especially when it's cold and windy out. But which ones are cruelty free and which ones are actually any good? Here are some of my favourite, go-to lip balms.
Lippy Girl make a range of makeup products that are eco-friendly, natural, organic, and vegan friendly. Both the ingredients and the final products are not tested on animals and they also do not contain chemical preservatives.
Noughty Hair Care make and sell a range of hair care products, including four types of shampoo and conditioner, as well as a leave-in conditioner and detoxifying two-in-one shampoo. The main selling point of Noughty is that the products are made up of 97% natural ingredients.
Parent companies have long been an issue when it comes to buying cruelty free cosmetics. It refers to when a bigger company owns a smaller company. The problem is that some smaller companies that are against animal testing are owned by big companies that test on animals.
The Clean It Up shampoo is gentle enough to use everyday and is infused with vitamins, nutrients and proteins. It has Keravis oil for vitality and strength, and Argan oil for vitamins A and E, as well as omegas 3, 6, and 9. The Soften Up conditioner contains the same benefits but is lightweight and leaves your hair tangle free. (£9.99 each).
The Sleek Matte Me Liquid Lipstick is described as being an ultra-smooth matte lip cream, which I agree with. It is a very cream texture and glides easily on to the lip which makes application easy. It is also pigmented and only needs one swipe for full coverage and colour.
Fudge Urban is a fairly new, innovative brand from Australia, with a whole range of bright and eye catching hair care products. They are against animal testing which is great and certified cruelty free on Peta's companies list. This is our review of Miracle Ends, Feel The Heat and Sea Salt.
Sleek MakeUP is one of the fastest growing makeup brands on the British High Street, and with the range of products they consistently release, it is no surprise why. Their products are high quality, good value, provide such a range of colour and most importantly cruelty free.