- Aug 25, 2020
- Words by Beauty Bar
The world of beauty has progressed by leaps and bounds since it began. Where we once thought that animal testing was necessary for the creation of products that were safe for human consumption, we have learned that formulations that are safe for animals aren’t always safe for humans. At the same time, cosmetic products that are safe for human use, aren’t always safe for our furry friends. There has been a paradigm shift in the beauty industry that pushes us towards responsible, safe, and effective products that no longer rely on animal testing and there’s no turning back. So if you haven’t hopped on to this trend, then we’re here to offer you some alternatives that’ll help you get on board
We understand that it’s hard to flip the switch with all your products, so why not start with your skincare? We’ve compiled a list of must-have cruelty-free skincare products that aren’t just good for your skin, but good for your soul as well!
KOH GEN DO
Let’s start the list with a brand every makeup aficionado recognizes: Koh Gen Do. This brand is on every beauty lover’s wish list - that is, if it’s not already in their bag of essentials. Not only is this Japanese favorite great for foundation, but they make a great Cleansing Water to take it off at the end of the everyday. To rival the routines of the stars of Vogue’s ‘Get Unready With Me’ series, pair it together with their top quality Organic Cotton Pads, which is a go-to for your favorite Youtube beauty gurus! If you’re on-the-go, their Cleansing Water Cloth is loaded with the same great ingredients as their Cleansing Water formula, but in a convenient package that you can chuck in your bag in case of any makeup emergency!
THE INKEY LIST
Next up is The Inkey List! A brand that focuses on simplifying your beauty regimen so you can target your personal skin concerns at prices that won’t break the bank. The Inkey List makes sure that all its products have as few ingredients as possible, as well as the best ingredients so you don’t have to worry about quality. They’ve got you covered for makeup removal with the Oil & Water Double Cleanser, a one-step cheat for the much talked about, dermatologist-recommended double cleanse. Turmeric & Vitamin E Cream is only one among their wide selection of moisturizers, and it has powerful antioxidant properties that help rehydrate and brighten skin and reduce fine lines. Do you know how some moisturizers you can only use in the day or at night? Yeah, you can use this cream for day AND night, so you don’t have to double up on your moisturizer purchase!
They’ve even got you for all your specific skincare concerns! Specialized products like Retinol for skin renewal or Vitamin C to protect your skin from environmental pollution, a Salicylic Acid Cleanser that will calm inflammation, even a Collagen Booster that helps with skin elasticity and firmness. The Inkey List has an extensive arsenal, and you won’t have to look that hard to find the right combination of products to cater to all your skincare concerns!
f you want to turn your cruelty-free skincare up a notch, try out UpCircle Beauty. Their Coffee Face Scrub Citrus Blend will give you a nice zing in the early morning or Coffee Face Scrub Floral Blend for a romantic end to your day will get rid of dry skin with their combination of reloved top-quality Arabica coffee grounds straight from artisan coffee shops and shea butter! They’ve got a Coffee Body Scrub with Peppermint that’ll leave your skin smooth as the lovely peppermint stimulates your senses, and will add a little pep in your step on your morning commute.
If neither face nor body scrubs are your thing, their Cinnamon and Ginger Chai Soap Bar will keep you invigorated throughout the day with its wonderful warm scents. It exfoliates your face, but is gentle enough that you can use it on your face, as well!
Not only is UpCircle Beauty committed to providing you with great organic skincare products - they make sure that their packaging is as eco-friendly as they can make it, and they are 99% plastic-free
Plant Apothecary is a brand that works great and looks great. They carry quality products encased in a no-nonsense design that will fit in everyone’s bathroom. The Reset Organic Makeup Remover is great and comes in a cute little bottle you can take on your flight for your on-the-go needs. Place the Wash Your Face Organic Face Wash on the bathroom counter to remind the man (or woman) in your life to use more than a bar of hand soap when they rinse the sleep off their face in the mornings. It also makes a great replacement for shaving cream! If masking is more your speed, Matcha Antioxidant Mask might just be your match(a) made in heaven.
If you’re longing for the beach this rainy season, maybe just looking and smelling like you’ve been by the ocean can lift your mood. Ecococo’s Medium Self Tan can get you to sunkissed skin without the sun damage. It gets you tanned quicker than actual sun exposure, moisturizes your skin with Aloe Vera, Acai Berry, and Chamomile so it can be used on the face and body even if you have sensitive skin. What else could you ask for? Their self-tanners are quick-drying so you won’t have to worry about staining your clothes, your couch, or your pets as you wait to wash off their non-sticky formula.
Perhaps you still want to feel like you’re on a lounge chair by the beach without adding color to your skin. Try out their Coconut + Sea Salt Face Mask that assists in clearing up acne and restores hydration to your skin. A beachside spa experience might be what you’re craving, how do Lava Stones strategically placed on your body sound? Take turns with a friend so both of you can spend quality time and unwind together.
If you don’t have anyone to help you place the Lava Stones, a self-done facial might be better. Try a combo of their Morning Sun Skin O’Lixir and a Rose Quartz + Jade Crystal Face Roller massage in the morning to improve lymphatic drainage and brighten your skin!
Yope is THE brand for if you’ve got a full house! Beautiful, whimsical animal illustrations adorn the packaging meant for you, and they’ve got cute animal-shaped bottles for the kids! With products like Liquid Hand Soap that’ll clean your hands, moisturize them, and keep them smelling like a fresh mediterranean garden for the more sophisticated individuals, and their Hand Soap for Kids that’s anti-inflammatory, easy to rinse off, soothing and hydrating, floral and sweet-smelling in an owl bottle for the young and young-at-heart! Whichever one you decide to stock in your home, it’s sure to encourage handwashing in the household!
Maybe you can’t get enough of the hand wash and want more of this cruelty-free skincare brand in your life! No fear, Yope has a coconut and sea salt scented Shower Gel that’ll keep your skin hydrated, happy, and help regulate skin function! If your rugrat is not as enthusiastic about baths as you are, their Shower Gel for Kids will solve that problem in an instant. It’s lavender and berry scent will get your kids asking to shower just so they can get a whiff of their favorite new body soap.
Moisturize with the Hand & Body Lotion so you and your little cutie stay soft and supple throughout the day! It’s also sure to help maintain that great post-shower mood as it envelopes you in the smell of a warm spring day.
Hip, hip, HURRAW! We can’t help but rejoice at the variety of bomb flavors of this balm brand.
If you’re a fan of fruitier flavors on your pucker, Baobab Banana Lip Balm contains cold-pressed oils from Africa’s tree of life. Its nutty flavor combined with the familiar taste of banana leaves an interesting taste on your kissable lips.
A tinted lip balm for the girl-on-the-go. They’ve got it in a classic Black Cherry Lip Balm for that pretty red tint. For that, I just sucked on a grape popsicle effect that you can easily achieve Raspberry Tinted Lip Balm.
For the no-frills, just give me the best lip balm type of person, they’ve got the Unscented Lip Balm that’s perfect for you! It’s versatile and great in case of dry patch emergencies. You can even rub it on your cuticles, or to keep sunburn patches of skin moisturized.
That rounds out our suggestions for must-have cruelty-free skincare brands, and we’re sure there are so many more brands out there! It’s time for everyone to show a little love to brands that show a lot of love to our defenseless furballs, and feather balls of love by creating products for us that don’t test on animals.