Have you ever wondered why certain beauty and makeup products are promoted as vegan AND cruelty-free – after all, isn’t it all one and the same?

Don’t be fooled, the two are not mutually exclusive!

What are Vegan Cosmetics?

The term “vegan” means the product contains no animal or animal-derived ingredients.

However, it’s still possible that vegan makeup has been tested on animals.

What is Cruelty-Free Makeup?

Cruelty-free makeup on the other hand, has not been tested on animals, but it may still contain non-vegan ingredients such as honey, beeswax, lanolin, collagen, and albumen.

There is an ever-increasing demand for beauty products that have a conscience; ones that are kind to our planet, as well as to animals.

Here are just a few of the reasons behind the surge in interest in vegan and cruelty-free makeup:

  • Consumers are increasingly worried about the inhumane effects of testing products on animals like mice, rats and rabbits.
  • There’s growing awareness of chemicals and harmful ingredients in traditional makeup, and how these may be absorbed by the skin.
  • More consumers are concerned about the environment and climate change, so are seeking ‘greener’ options, including more sustainable packaging.
  • Social media campaigns promoting environmentally friendly products have influenced millions of consumers.

We think it’s tres Chic to be an informed, knowledgeable, and ethical consumer, and to support companies that align with our values.

Modern women expect products to deliver great results, while treating our planet and fellow beings with respect. That’s why over recent years we’re seeing a massive shift away from traditional brands to smaller, independent options – even if they do cost more.

If you are truly serious about using makeup that is kind to animals, you need to be aware of the differences between “vegan” and “cruelty-free”. It’s only when a product is labelled with both that you can be satisfied!