Cruelty-Free Beauty, Makeup and Skin Care Options
What's In My Cosmetic Drawers? Should I Call It A Cosmetic Graveyard? OK, I can't believe I'm showing you all of this mess. That is one embarrassing photo! My cosmetics drawer is big and deep and there's stuff I haven't seen in years, no kidding! I wanted to see...read more
I Found My Favourite!!! I've been searching for what I consider to be the best cruelty-free mascara for me. See, mascara is the one thing, other than a good moisturizer that I don't like to skip. Colour me vain, but I don't want my eyes looking like two pee holes in...read more
Do you know Winky Lux? If you don't, it's time to get acquainted. Winky Lux is the cruelty free and nontoxic skin care and cosmetics company with a cult-like following. Natalie Mackey is the brilliant mind and #girlboss behind this brand. I just read an article on...read more
80% of Countries Allow Animal Testing for Cosmetics While there are newsworthy articles about countries vowing to stop animal testing in cosmetics, there is still a very long way to go! It's hard to believe, but 80% of countries still allow animal testing for...read more
What do all the ingredients do? If you've ever wondered what the active ingredients in cosmetic products do for your skin, you're not alone. Vitamin A vs. Vitamin E or C or peptides. What are they all for exactly?!?!?! I've assembled a quick to read skin care and...read more
If you've ever googled tips for good skin care, you can find posts with "100 tips" for good skin. Yikes!!!! I don't have time for that, and I'm pretty sure you don't either. Let's break this down into usable information, shall we? You'll know much of this I'm...read more
Are you on the hunt for some of the best Natural Skin Care that is cruelty-free? I'll be honest; I'm pretty skeptical about the use of "Natural" in skin care and cosmetics so some homework is needed before I'll go along with it. Too often it is just a marketing...read more
Are you getting married soon? Do you have 1 or 10 Attendants for your upcoming wedding? Look no further because there are some sweet Bridesmaids gift ideas! These are not only Cruelty-Free, but they are missing the toxic nasty and can be customized to suit personal...read more
I woke up this morning and was grumpy. I looked out the window, and it's snowing.....AGAIN! We have a foot of hard packed icy snow on our lawn, the ruts on our street are so thick that you cross your fingers you don't meet someone coming the other way, and it feels...read more
Wow! There are a lot of Cruelty-Free Hair Care companies out there now which is fantastic! It makes my job a bit harder narrowing down the choices but based on reviews the list is below. When researching this section, I also found out that there are many commonly...read more
The Face: The Best Cruelty-Free Makeup Brands First off for those of you that have been waiting for my Best Cruelty-Free Makeup Brands page I apologize for the delay. I'm building it now, and I hope it won't take me too long to get it finished! Being the sole...read more
Everything Cruelty-free for your beautiful eyes! Yes, the eyes are the window to the soul, we all know that. What we want to know is what are the best cruelty-free mascara brands, cruelty-free brow gels, cruelty-free eye-liner and eye-shadow have great reviews to...read more
Oh butterLondon! I know, nail polish isn't for the face, but it is part of our beauty routine. I had never thought about nail polish and animal testing, and I did not know how many bad ingredients are in drugstore brands. Now I know, and I shop for...read more
You may be surprised to find your favorites here. If so, you're probably shocked and didn't realize this still occurs. It's not well publicized, a dirty little secret that the companies can be somewhat cagey about on their policies. Fact, if they export to China,...read more
So many labels! Are you wondering what to make of it all so that you're able to make an informed decision? It's not as complicated as it sounds and below I'll give you the low down. I'm going to explain each category individually. Keep in mind that products can...read more
Recently, I was asked what products, other than facial care and cosmetics, fall into the Animal Tested zone? Let me tell you, the list is massive. Pretty much every aspect of personal care is involved in animal testing. Here you go, hair products, soap and bath,...read more
Welcome to The Cruelty-Free Face!
I’m a serious animal lover and my pets are “my babies”. Cruelty-free skin care, make-up and personal care is my passion.
It was a shocker for me to find out that animal testing is still prevalent in skin care and cosmetics. The goal of this site is to inform and give alternatives if moving into cruelty-free and healthier options are of interest to you.
On the right side of this page, you will find a list of humane and healthy ingredient affiliate companies that I can recommend. The Company Guide describes each of my Affiliate Companies in detail and links directly to their sites.
The blog posts give some insight into animal testing practices, lifestyle tips, political changes regarding cosmetic animal testing and product reviews. Have a look through the menu, feel free to leave me a note in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!
How did I get here?
Sadly I had gone most of my life not realizing that most skin care and cosmetics lines are involved in animal testing in one way or another. I feel like I was complicit in the practice of Animal Testing throughout the years due to my lack of knowledge on the subject. Not anymore!!!! I’ve gradually moved into Cruelty-Free products, replacing anything questionable with every new product purchase.
I support small independent cruelty-free companies that are on the cutting edge of product development. Being cruelty-free limits their market on the global scale and I love that they are willing to stick to their principles at the expense of bigger markets.
While researching companies to introduce you to, I discovered that there is a huge bonus! Many of these companies are also a combination of vegan, gluten-free, organic, Eco-certified, chemical-free, paraben-free, synthetic-free and toxin-free. THAT IS AWESOME!!!! The Cruelty-Free and Vegan movement is growing rapidly, so too is Gluten Free, Organic and non-GMO. If you’re confused about any of these terms I have a blog post that outlines what it all means and where cross-over can happen in products. If you have any further questions or just general comments just drop me a note.
The sad, hard truth
White Rabbit Republic estimates that approximately 100,000-200,000 animals suffer and die just for cosmetics every year around the world. Rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats and mice. Dogs and monkeys are never used to test cosmetics anywhere in the world, they are used to test other types of chemicals. So sad for me to think of.
So how hard is it to develop safe and effective cosmetics and skin care? Not hard at all. There are thousands and thousands of existing make-up and cosmetic ingredients that are already proven safe and effective and testing isn’t necessary! That’s how cruelty-free is done.
For companies that still participate in animal testing, they are often looking for the next best “thing” or ingredient. When the new ingredient doesn’t have safety data, it has to be generated before the product can be approved for sale. Usually, that means animal testing, hence a choice made by these companies.
In the past, non-animal tests have not been a priority but it’s beginning to change. It will take some time but my hope is that we will get there. In the meantime, we can do what we can with our purchasing power. Saving animals one product at a time and supporting smart, leading edge and gutsy companies is where I’ll start.
Some of my favourites
To help get you started here is a handful of my favourite products.
You’ll find more Information on the product pages and all about the companies in the Shopping Guide. Have fun looking at all the wonderful companies and products!
Define Me Fragrance Hair Fragrance Mists and Fragrance Oil samples so you can try each one!
Winky Lux The Flower Balm and Matcha Lip Balm
Love Goodly The Subscription boxes come every 2 months and are a fantastic bargain
Real Purity Samples galore. Great for trying out or for travel
butterLondon Nail colour galore and their Iconoclast Mascara my favourite
Mommy Makeup Any wear cream, great colours and texture
R and F is the only thing I use for skin care every day
I know you’ll like the products these wonderful companies have produced as much as I do. Enjoy the cruelty-free journey!
All the best, Sydney