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Cruelty-Free Cosmetics: Beauty Products with Conscience

Cruelty-Free Cosmetics: Beauty Products with Conscience

Ricky Gervais one said, “…you can’t justify torturing an animal for shampoo”, and the same could be said for any other personal care product. In our modern era, there’s really no need to test cosmetics on animals, and as more people choose vegan products over conventional ones, many companies are taking notice and changing their practices to cruelty-free methods.

If you’ve been pursuing a more compassionate lifestyle but have been loath to give up some of your favourite products because you’re afraid you won’t find vegan items of equivalent calibre/value, fear not: there are brilliant alternatives to be found everywhere. You won’t be relegated to smearing ash on your eyelids in lieu of shadow, or rubbing beet root on your lips instead of using lipstick. Instead, you can try out some of the incredible, stunningly beautiful, ethical products out there that are just waiting to help you get to the next level of beauty and glamour.

Below are 12 companies that create gorgeous cosmetics that are as fabulous to use as they are kind to animals.

Urban Decay

Stunning, gorgeous makeup in every colour imaginable. Urban Decay eyeshadow is wonderful to work with, and they have a great array of lipsticks, mascaras, and more. You can find their products in Sephora stores around North America, or via their website.

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E.L.F.

E.L.F.

    “E.L.F.” stands for “Eyes, Lips, Face”, and you can be certain that this company’s makeup is perfect for all three. They have an enormous selection of eyeshadows and lipsticks, and their mascara is incredible to work with.

    Lippy Girl

    As the company’s name implies, the main focus is on lip products: they have 8 scrumptious lipstick shades to choose from, as well as glosses, shimmer, and conditioning balms. Not only are their products free of any animal products, they’re gluten-free as well! Score.

    Ecco Bella

    This company has one of the largest selections of organic, vegan beauty products on the market. From liquid foundations and powders to blush, eyeshadow, lipstick, and mascara, their products are as gentle to your body as they are to the earth. Using ingredients such as carnauba wax, clay, corn starch, sweet almond oil, aloe vera, and tea extracts, they’re able to create a stunning palette of shades to suit any skin tone.

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    Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

    Obsessive Compulsive

      Professional and absolutely gorgeous, all products from OCC are vegan and cruelty-free. They have items for airbrush effects as well as day-to-day wear, and their product line has items to suit every skin tone and type. Whether you’re looking for the perfect tinted moisturizer, or long-lasting lip colour in the most incredible hues imaginable, this is the place where you’ll find it all.

      Glam Girl Naturals

      Both gluten-free AND vegan, Glam Girl Naturals makeup is made with natural plant-based butters and waxes, and contain no parabens or synthetic dyes. Their mineral-based bronzing powders and shimmer dusts are spectacular, and their eyeliner is sleek, precise, and long-lasting. 8 shades of lipstick are available (from nude to crimson),

      LVX

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      LVX Polish

        If you’re a fan of nail polish, this is the place to check out. Cruelty-free, vegan, and made without formaldehyde, these polishes come in over 30 shades. Whether your tastes lie in mattes or metallics, nudes or bright, radiant colour, you’ll find the perfect hue for you.

        Too Faced

        This company creates some of the most elegant, vibrant cruelty-free makeup on the planet. Ethical glamour queens and fashionistas everywhere can find the exact products they’re looking for, from eyelid primer and concealers to lipsticks and blushes.

        Afterglow Cosmetics

        Afterglow Cosmetics

          The first certified gluten-free cosmetic line, Afterglow creates products that are mineral-based and gentle to the body. Free of any synthetic dyes or petrochemicals, these beauty products nourish the skin while still creating gorgeous makeup effects.

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          Origins

          Created without parabens, pthalates, petroleum products, or any animal ingredients, Origins products are full of organic goodness and body-pampering delight. In addition to their large selection of makeup products (including eyeliner/shadow, lipstick, concealer, blush, etc.), they also have an extensive collection of body care items. Check out their website to learn about their body scrubs, moisturizers, shampoos, deodorants, and more!

          Face Atelier

          Face Atelier

            Used by celebrities such as Madonna and Lady Gaga, and on shows such as True Blood, makeup by Face Atelier takes glamour to an entirely new level. There isn’t a single “regular” product that isn’t found among their creations, and every single item is cruelty-free. They have foundation makeup for every skin tone, and it’s customizable in case yours is between standard shades, and they have over 30 eyeshadow colours and 27 lipstick hues to try out.

            Adorn

            Based in Australia, Adorn cosmetics are vegan/cruelty-free and certified Halal. They have moisturizers and other skincare products in addition to their extensive makeup line, and they’re committed to planet-friendly practices as well as organic, healthy beauty products.

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            Last Updated on January 11, 2021

            11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

            11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

            Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

            Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

            1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

            Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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            2. Stress Relief

            Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

            3. Improved Sleep

            Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

            4. Appetite Control

            Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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            5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

            When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

            6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

            Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

            7. Mosquito Repellant

            Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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            8. Pain Relief

            While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

            9. The New Anti-Viral

            Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

            10. Improved Cognitive Function

            Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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            11. Money Saving

            With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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