Singer and actor Harry Styles has recently dropped a vegan and cruelty-free beauty line! But what’s a cruelty-free beauty anyway?
If a product says “cruelty-free” or has a bunny logo on it, that means it has not been tested on animals.
To know more about cruelty-free beauty, My Pope Philippines chats with vegan vlogger Lory Cusuncad or Veganda. (Read: 5 Beauty Brands That Are Cruelty-Free, Vegan, or Both)
Lory, a vegan beauty vlogger and Animal Rescue Organization founder, just started vlogging in 2020 to “get the word out there that there is [a] better way when it comes to beauty without harming any animals.”
“I have been vegan for almost [four] years now. I have always loved dogs and make-up so when I came across videos of the torture and animal cruelty that go on in the make-up industry, wherein they test on and abuse not just dogs but other animals like rabbits, cats, hamsters, and mice, that’s when I started to question and revisit my life choices and decided to not just go cruelty-free but also vegan,” Lory shares. (Read: LOOK: These Vegan Chocolates Might Just Be the Next Big Thing)
Are Cruelty-free Make-ups Pricier?
According to Lory, it depends.
“Yes and no. Just like other products, there are affordable ones and there are luxury or more expensive ones. It’s really a matter of really knowing what suits you the most but at the end of the day, you know that by both using vegan and cruelty-free products, you are not taking part [in] any animal abuse in any shape or form,” she adds.
Where to Start?
For those wanting to try cruelty-free make-up and skincare products, Lory assures that there are a lot of ways to help them to know if the products they are buying are both vegan and cruelty-free, including the rabbit logo.
Known as the Cruelty Free International Leaping Bunny, the bunny logo is the globally-recognizable gold standard for cosmetics, personal care, and household products. It indicates the assurance that a company has made a genuine commitment to help end animal testing.
“Another way [to know] is by searching for the company’s website and usually under their FAQs, it will tell you their stance about animal testing. (Read: April is ‘Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month’—support it with these four easy tips!)
Where to Buy Cruelty-free Beauty Products?
Fortunately, Lory says, there are a lot of vegan and cruelty-free products now in leading department stores, online shops, and local stores.
Among the local brands that present themselves as cruelty-free are BLK Cosmetics, Bobbie Cosmetics, Careline Cosmetics, Colourette Cosmetics, Detail Makeover, EB Advance, Focallure, and Ever Bilena Cosmetics.