Every makeup enthusiast will agree that beauty costs, and no matter how much we have, there is always plenty of room for another contour palette.
It is hard to come out of a pharmacy without having to spend at least €20 on products that boost our self-esteem, but someone, somewhere else, is paying a much bigger price for our ‘on-point’ eyeliner.
In 2013, to animal lovers’ high relief, animal-tested cosmetics had been banned in the EU. However, a lot of beauty companies are using the loophole that states some ingredients can still be tested on animals, which safely leaves their products on the market, with the new and shiny advertisement of ‘cruelty-free’ cosmetics.
Companies that expanded their market in China are required to animal test by law, and brands such as L’Oreal, Benefit, Estee Lauder and Bobbi Brown continue to test their products there while selling them inside the EU.
It’s not always easy to know which brands are cruelty-free, some might consider checking the label to be a waste of time, and some labels do not even provide that information. For example, L’Oréal, which doesn’t test on animals in the United States, pays for destructive testing in China, where tests on animals are required by law for cosmetics.
The good news is that there are over 1,700 brands that are affordable (in some instances cheaper than bigger companies), and PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) has made a cruelty free company database that you can check here.
As a student on a budget, cruelty free cosmetics can be expensive and unavailable in certain pharmacies. To make your animal-loving lives easier, I created a list of cruelty free cosmetics with their prices and locations in Dublin.
- NYX One of the most famous brands that doesn’t test on animals has seen a great success all over Europe. Prices of their foundation range from €8.50 to €17.50, and are accessible in all Boots pharmacies. They also have a range of face makeup (from contour palettes to eye shadows and mascaras) that’s cheaper than MAC and L ’Oréal cosmetics.
- Yes to … ‘Yes to’ brand has a range of body products and shower lotions, as well as every girl’s best friend: wet wipes. Nivea has always claimed that they don’t test on animals, even though they’re not on official PETA list. And while their body products might seem like the cheapest, for a confirmed cruelty free option, ‘Yes to’ is a way to go. Prices range from €4.49 for wet wipes to €11.99 for body scrub. They are all available in Boots pharmacies or in their online shop
- The Body Shop Ireland The Body Shop is well known for their products made from natural ingredients and range of body lotions, shampoos and scrubs. They also sell affordable fragrances: perfumes, eau de toilettes and lotions. Prices for 60ml bottles cost no more than €40, and they all smell as if you spent a 100 quid on them. Body Shop is located in Dundrum and Blanchardstown shopping centre, as well as on the Liffey Street in Dublin City Centre.
- LUSH One of my personal favourites is ‘Lush’. A company that has been making products from fresh organic ingredients, that are only bought from companies that do not conduct tests on animals and humans. Plus, they are all handmade. As a company, Lush supports many charities, where 100% of the profit is given as a donation, and while some consider it pricey it differs only in several euros from big brands that we’re used to buying. Twenty grams of foundation for example costs €13.95. That’s a treat all the ladies out there deserve. They are located on Grafton Street and Henry Street, with always lovely and friendly staff who will help you to find the products that suits you the best.
WHAT TO AVOID WHEN SHOPPING CRUELTY FREE?
Largest businesses that are known for testing on animals are L’Oreal, Estee Lauder, Procter & Gamble, Clorox, Johnson & Johnson, S.C. Johnson, Colgate-Palmolive, Reckitt Benckiser, Church & Dwight, Unilever, and Dial/Henkel.
When looking for cruelty-free cosmetics, you have to look for these things: if a company or brand has an official cruelty-free claim, and if they don’t test products nor ingredients on animals, don’t hire third parties to test on animals on their behalf, and don’t sell their products in China.
Knowing that you no longer condone the suffering of the animals for your personal appearance is priceless.
To make your life much easier and more efficient, sites like Cruelty Free Kitty and PETA provide the lists of cruelty free cosmetics. Make sure you look at the list of all cruelty-free brands by category before your next makeup purchase.
Comment below if you have any preferences when buying cruelty free cosmetics.