It’s been illegal to test finished cosmetics on animals in the UK since 1998, and in March 2013 an EU law was implemented that made selling animal-tested cosmetics in Europe illegal, regardless of where in the world testing on animals has been carried out.
Good news, as many of the products you buy are not manufactured in the UK or Europe. This ban stands not just for finished products, but also ingredients. But that doesn’t mean animals are safe.
Even though companies can’t sell animal-tested products within Europe, they can continue doing animal testing in other continents and sell them in other markets, i.e. China. Something to be aware of when travelling overseas.
The UK’s had laws against cosmetics testing on animals for over 18 years, so it’s unlikely that Brexit would have a big impact on the UK domestic cosmetics market.
However, it could potentially mean that products tested on animals elsewhere in the world might be sold on the UK market again, and this basically boils down to which aspects of EU legislation the UK will decide to keep. Keep your ears to the ground for news on that. It’s unlikely we’ll see animal-tested products on our shelves again, but once we’re out of the EU, that’s no longer necessarily a given.
In the meantime, we’re really liking the swathe of vegan and vegetarian beauty products increasingly hitting our shelves.
We’ve got a great feature coming up soon showcasing the best places to head to in Sussex for cruelty-free treatments and products, but in the meantime here’s a little roundup of some vegan and vegetarian brands and products that we’ve tried and tested for you…
1. HealGel FACE 50ml £48
HealGel is both cruelty free and vegan and serves to restore and replenish the skin, with its triple phase hyaluronic acid complex to provide an instant firming and plumping effect.
Stockists: Liberty, Net-A-Porter, Feel Unique, Fortnum & Mason, Fenwicks and Victoria Health.
2. Lavera Re-Energizing Sleeping Cream £16.90
One of Europe’s biggest selling natural, organic, vegan and cruelty free brands. The first of its kind as a NATRUE certified natural cosmetic, this Re-Energizing Sleeping Cream delivers a 5in1 formula to rejuvenate and energize the skin overnight, developing new energy and soft and supple skin for the day ahead.
3. Blank Canvas My Face & Eyes brush set £77
Why not go the whole hog and have a full set of vegan brushes? We love this 12-piece collection for professionals or makeup fanatics.
4. Benecos Quattro Eyeshadow Beautiful Eyes 4.8g £6.95
Benecos makeup is vegan, certified organic and cruelty free, and won’t break the bank. The Spring range is out now and we’re loving this eyeshadow palette.
5. Pixi Hydrating Milky Serum £26
Lovely treat for skin during/after winter, and 100% vegan. Rose flower extract, jojoba oil, and aloe vera nourish, while glycerin traps moisture to the skin for a plumped effect. Get on our faces.
6. Zoeva 128 Cream Cheek Brush £12.50
Apply and blend powder and cream blush products professionally and with a flawless finish. The angled shape perfectly fits the contours of the cheeks. Made with soft vegan Taklon hair – lots of different brushes in this range.
7. Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara £19
Vegan friendly and formulated without parabens this collagen-fuelled product also has a cleverly shaped brush. We love.
8. PUR Cosmetics Hydragel Lift £18
Achieve the perfect eye makeup application with this hydrating all-purpose, cooling eye vegan primer that preps and smooths the skin for better wear throughout the day.
Stockist: Exclusive to www.beautybay.com
9. Elemis Gentle Foaming Facial Wash £28
This cream cleanser carefully lifts away the debris of the day, including all traces of make-up. Launching in Feb, it’s packed with apple amino acids, and packs a bright aromatic punch of lemon, sweet and bitter orange, ylang ylang and petitgrain. Zingy!
Stockist: www.timetospa.co.uk, John Lewis, Debenhams
10. Dr. Hauschka Clarifying Clay Mask £24.50
For all skin conditions; this helps minimise blemishes and enlarged pores. Loess clay with nasturtium and witch hazel binds with and loosens dirt particles, lifting and drawing them from the skin. Blackheads are softened, skin is soothed and the appearance of redness and blemishes diminished. 100% vegan.
11. Dr Bronner 18-in-1 Hemp Rose Pure Castile Soap £6.49
Floral and fresh, this is biodegradable, versatile and made with organic and certified fair trade ingredients, packaged in a 100% post-consumer recycled bottle and completely vegan. Oh, and it smells amazing too!
12. Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Anti-Thinning Shampoo and Conditioner from £7.25
Give your hair a bit of natural, vegan oomph with the power of plants. This sulphate-free blend contains Kakadu plum, pea peptides, clover flower, turmeric and ginseng to stimulate the scalp and provide fuller, thicker hair.