One of the joys of being a vegetarian with an interest in fashion and beauty, is that so very often I get lectured on how my beauty products are tested on animals and are harmful – most of the times by non-vegetarians. I then must proceed to explain to them that certain brands do not test on animals and actually support animal rights. This usually turns into an endless discussion which I will not get into right now because it is quite tedious, and anyone who cares about animal rights has had this kind of argument at one point or another.

So, the point I’m trying to make with all of this, is that it is possible to look beautiful and have an amazing make-up and body care routine without hurting any furry (and non-furry) creatures. These are some of my favourite brands, none of which test on animals and deliver amazing results!

Lush

Personally I am a long time fan of Lush, mostly for skin care, but recently have started using their hair care line regularly. The ethos of Lush is built around respect for animals, environment and ethical buying practices. They have a very wide rang of products, including body care, skincare, hair products and make up, so there is no shortage of choice, and they deliver amazing results, plus the scents are absolutely amazing

The Body Shop

The Body Shop make a commitment to respect both animals and the environment, which is why they have been campaigning against animal testing for over 25 years, and also supporting a number of animal welfare programs. This brand has a long-standing tradition of cosmetic creativity and ethical practices in doing so, as can be seen in many of their campaigns. With seasonal and limited editions and accessories, among others, in addition to their regular collections, the body shop offers pretty much everything you need for your daily body-care routine.

Lime Crime

Certified vegan and cruelty-free by both PETA and Leaping Bunny, Lime Crime is definitely revolutionising make-up as we know it. Born as one of the first digital-only stores, it’s taken the internet by storm, designing outrageously eye catching shades on lipsticks, eyeshadows and more. Whoever thought that blue and black would be in the mainstream?

Marc Jacobs Beauty

This may come as a bit of a surprise for some, but indeed, Marc Jacobs Beauty is cruelty-free and paraben-free. They are not vegan, as they still use some animal byproducts, like beeswax, but their products and separate ingredients have not been tested on animals, at any point in the production process.

Marc Jacobs is already a proven designer, and continues to deliver great creativity with his beauty line as well, so it should come as no surprise that the quality is top of the line.

 

Last but not least, something that gets looked over very often; hair colour. Here are my two favourite choices for fantasy hair colour, and some regular hair colours. Keep in mind these are semi-permanent hair dyes, they don’t last as long as permanent dyes.

 

Arctic Fox

Founded only in 2014, Arctic Fox has grown tremendously since its start. This brand, apart from being vegan and cruelty free, donate 15% of their earning to prevent animal abuse, and collaborate with Second Chance and the International Fund for Animal Welfare. This is a very remarkable thing in such a young brand.

A very good advantage of these hair dyes is the conditioner that is incorporated into the actual colour, which helps rebuild hair after being subjected to chemical stress (for those of us who bleach it beforehand) and lasts longer than the average semi-permanent dye.

Manic Panic

Founded in 1977, by NYC-born sisters, Tish and Snooky, started off as a punk boutique and boomed into success in the 90s. Their line of products are proudly labeled as vegan, and have won the PETA2 awards twice! With highly pigmented hair dyes and the promise of electric tones, or pastel shades, they definitely are pioneers in their business.