Choosing cruelty free beauty products is a simple way to make your gift list more ethical or to find a great gift for vegan friends and family. All of the brands below have been chosen because I have personally used an item from their range. None of them currently sell into China, where animal testing is required by law and none of them are owned by a parent company that tests. That’s why you won’t see some names you might have expected such as Body Shop or NYX.
Remember to check the shipping dates for Christmas if you plan to buy a cruelty free beauty gift online. If you need a source for something that catches your eye but can’t find it in your country let me know on Twitter or Facebook and I’ll try to help.
Cruelty Free Beauty Picks
Day to Night Brush Set – Eco Tools
This cruelty free beauty set contains a pointed concealer brush, a round powder brush, a lip/liner brush, a shadow brush and a smudge brush. These can be stored in a bag and used to create a quick smokey eye for a night out after work! Eco Tools brushes are packaged in reusable cases, printed on 100% tree-free paper made from 80% bamboo and 20% cotton.
Eco Tools deliver only to US on their own website but they are available in most local pharmacies, select supermarkets and online. Check their extensive international stockist list for the options, such as Amazon UK or Superdrug.
Everyday Smoky Eye Palette – Eyes Lips Face (ELF)
A gorgeous set of ten colours that will make creating multiple styles of evening eye a breeze. These make a great cruelty free beauty alternative to the popular strip palettes of other major brands and look just as chic. ELF use synthetic beeswax and lanolin alternatives and partner with PETA so many of their products are suitable for vegans. Their products are manufactured in China, but as they do not retail in China they are not subject to their animal testing regulations .
Check the many country-specific sites for delivery information.
Mini 8 Piece Brush Set – Lily Lolo
£19.99 (Delivers Worldwide)
Standard, high quality Lily Lolo brushes in a mini size and cute wrap for every day use. The durable case includes 8 super-soft brushes for eyes, lips and complexion, plus a pocket to keep small items organised. These brushes are vegan friendly, as are 95% of their products and you can rest assured that Lily Lolo is a well respected name in the cruelty free beauty industry.
Glossy Lips Set – Beauty Without Cruelty
This very stylish cruelty free beauty set from bwc contains a Natural Infusion Lipstick, a Soft natural Lipgloss that will help protect lips from harsh weather and a bwc Lip Brush. These are attractively packaged and could be gifted without any additional wrapping, for extra eco points! All bwc products are suitable for vegans and have been a strong leader in cruelty free beauty for many years.
Eye Shine Shadow & Glaze Palette – Barry M
£6.49 (Delivers Worldwide)
Barry M works with organisations such as the Humane Society International and many of their products are vegan. This palette is filled with classic jewel-tone powder shades and comes in a very stylish turquoise box. Despite their low prices Barry M offers surprisingly good products that make great stocking fillers or components for a DIY cruelty free beauty gift basket.
Holiday Polish Trio – Pacifica
Pacifica – all round cruelty free beauty, offering products that are gluten-free and 100% vegan. They also actively engage in recycling, carbon offsetting & charitable activities. These polishes are deemed “7 Free” which means they are without or “free of” the toxic chemicals one would usually find in nail polish – parabens, phthalates (dibutyl phthalate), toluene, xylene, camphor, formaldehyde and resin.
Pacifica delivers to US and Canada on their own site. They are available in UK through Honesty Cosmetics.
Know any other great cruelty free beauty brands? Let us know in the comments section below.