Your Guide to Cruelty-free beauty products

As society moves towards more conscious-living practices, it’s natural that the market for cruelty-free beauty products is on the rise. Fortunately, there are a whole heap of products on the market to help keep your conscience as clear as your skin. When researching for this article, a few things came to light: Cruelty-free does not always equal eco-friendly; Cruelty-free also doesn’t always equal vegan, Vegan doesn’t always equal eco-friendly, but vegan will always equal cruelty-free. To clarify the differences for those who I have thoroughly confused:

  • Vegan means no animal by-products exist within the product at all. This means products containing beeswax don’t count as vegan.
  • Cruelty-free means that the products or their ingredients (third party) were never tested on animals (but could contain animal by-products).
  • Eco-friendly means that the products (and their ingredients) are not harmful to the environment and the packaging is recycled/recyclable.

Also remember, just because a brand sells a vegan product, don’t assume that all their products are. Below is a guide to some of the loveliest products that will tick all the boxes, without skimping on quality or luxury.

NAILS:

You might be surprised to find that a lot of nail varnishes are not considered cruelty free. The ingredients to look out for are: Guanine or ‘pearl essence’ (made from fish scales ,it gives varnishes that shimmery effect), Carmine (made from crushed up beetles to give red varnishes that strong colour) and Oleic acid (sometimes used as a thickener, it is derived from animal oils and fats). Below are a few alternatives to consider:

ZOYA: Created by husband and wife, the namesake quick drying nail varnish is one of the world’s leading natural polishes and the first to remove toxic ingredients such as toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and DBP (dibutyl phthalate) from all the products in the range.

MAGGIE ANNE: Produced in the UK, this award-winning nail polish has over 30 colours available. Its wide flat brush allows easy application, giving that ‘spa’ finish.

SPA RITUALS: With a strong focus on the environment, Spa Rituals consider all angles

when creating their products, from the packaging to the products themselves.

WAXING:

Obviously, by its very name, waxing cannot automatically be considered vegan, even though there are loads of vegan options available. This is where the differentiation between vegan and cruelty-free comes in. But for the sake of the list, I will include only vegan products as they are all cruelty-free as well.

ADAM AND EVE: As a distributor for professional beauty products, Adam and Eve offer far more than waxing with all their products boasting the vegan title. Their wax line is called Jax Wax Australia​ and comes in 7 fragrances and colours. Free from any parabens and fully vegan this product will leave your clients feeling as fresh as they are smooth.

SIENNA-X: Made in the UK, Sienna-X offers a range of waxing products form hot waxes, creme waxes, strip waxes, wax business starter kits and training. Their packaging looks amazing and the peppermint is great for the more sensitive skin types. As a distributor (of their own brand) they also have a range of professional tanning and eyebrow products to spoil your clients with.

MASSAGE OILS:

Massage oils are the one area where vegan doesn’t always ensure cruelty-free; most massage oils are vegan by accident (because the product requires only plant derivatives) but may still be tested on animals. So it is important to look out for the cruelty-free logo.

BUDDHA BEAUTY: This award-winning brand has an amazing range of massage oils. These include pregnancy, renew, revive and relax. Using a combination of essential oils and only natural ingredients each oil serves a unique purpose depending on your clients’ needs.

TISSERAND: Blended here in the UK, Tisserand are experts at sourcing 100% pure essential oils. In their own words, their massage oils are “created to benefit both body and mind”.

ESPA: One of our favourite products, ESPA provides a luxury range of body oils. Therapists need to be trained to use these products to ensure they are tailoring the consult to the client’s needs. LMS is teamed up with the ESPA training centre for those therapists who will be working with the product.

SKINCARE:

Skincare can be a very overwhelming thing to shop for. There are literally thousands of skin care products on the market promising exceptional results. Choosing an ethical brand that also delivers is a challenging task. Luckily we have the one for you.

ESPA: This brand of skin care is used by 95% of our clients and for a very good reason. As a brand, they have a very strong focus on the environment ensuring that all packaging is recycled/recyclable and never testing any products on animal at any stage of the production. They are not fully vegan as some products will contain honey, beeswax or wool, however, they have very strict policies on cruelty-free sourcing of these ingredients.

When shopping for your spa essentials, look out for the logos below. If in doubt, contact the company and make sure that none of their ingredients are tested on animals either (third-party testing). Whilst it does take more time remaining an ethical consumer, with enough effort together we can create a truly cruelty-free world.

 

Written by Nicola J Mitton for the London Mobile Spa. All rights reserved.

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