Vegan Makeup: Cruelty Free Beauty

April 11, 2012 § 1 Comment

I am proud to present a free giveaway from Arbonne, certified vegan cosmetics, for a lucky reader. The prize package includes a free waterproof mascara ($35 value) and a 20 minute skin care consultation and make up demo with independent consultant Pola Schacter. To enter, all you need to do is follow my blog by email or like the Coriander Kitchen Facebook Page. For two chances to win, follow both. The winner will be contacted by Pola and the prize will be delivered in person in Vancouver, Canada. Congratulations to Ishi Dinim who won this prize. This contest is now closed.

When I was 14 years old, I remember walking home from high school with a friend who had recently become a vegetarian and the topic of make up and animal testing came up. It was the first time that I had explicitly heard of what happens to the animals that are used for the testings. I was very shocked and it was a defining moment in what propelled me to live a vegetarian lifestyle.

Vegan make up has come a long way since I first came became a vegetarian 20 years ago, though you still won’t find any at the drugstore. In general most drug store brands do contain animal products including those that say “animal cruelty free “or “not tested on animals”. A common animal product is carmine, red colouring which is made from female cochineal insects and found in lipstick.

One good place to buy natural vegan make up is at health foods stores. The bigger ones like Choices and Whole Foods Market, carry three to four cosmetic lines per store and vary depending on which location you visit. I like to ask questions about the products in the store and then research them later on the internet. On a few occasions when purchasing vegan products, I have been misled by the salesperson only to find out later that the product was not vegan. Two good resources for researching ingredients is on  PETA’s animal ingredients list and

Another good place to buy plant-based and mineral derived cosmetics is from Aveda, which is inspired by Ayurveda, the Indian holistic science of healing. They sell their products in boutique stores and are a leader in green cosmetics. I like to support companies that are committed to the environment like Aveda who uses sustainable packaging and creatively uses flax in their make up brushes.

For personalized one-on-one service try Arbonne, a Swiss formulated vegan certified cosmetic line,  which is available through one of their independent consultants like Pola Schacter. They are also environmentally conscious and their botanically based products are clinically tested on people. They have a comprehensive colour spectrum, which is great for people with olive or dark complexions and hard to match skin tones. Their products are available for sale through consultant’s websites and can be conveniently shipped straight to your door. As you can see, there are many options available for cruelty free beauty.

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