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This Vegan Vlogger Advocates For Cruelty-free Beauty–And We’re Here For It!

It's best to be mindful of the products we use everyday and ensure the safety of all creatures from cruel conditions and treatment.

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.

Photo from Veganda Official YouTube

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!)

Photos from Careline Cosmetics Facebook and Colourette Cosmetics Facebook

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.

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