Increasingly, skin care and cosmetics companies are ditching the animal testing and opting for a cruelty-free approach to beauty and cosmetics. No one wants little bunnies to suffer for the sake of mascara!
From big brands to small, more and more are choosing to cut back on the harm they’re doing to animals, the planet, and human beings.
All in all, that’s a major improvement for anyone who cares about reducing their impact and making the world a better place.
But there’s a difference between ending animal testing and creating natural vegan products — one that isn’t always clear to consumers.
Here’s everything you need to know about vegan skincare and why it might be the best choice for your day-to-day.
Knowledge Drop: What’s the Difference Between Vegan Skincare and Cruelty-Free Skincare?
The difference between cruelty-free skincare and vegan skincare can be totally confusing.
What’s key to remember is this: just because something is labeled cruelty-free, doesn’t mean it’s vegan.
If something is vegan, that means that none of the ingredients originated with an animal. No animal ingredients, animal by-products or animal-derived products. Instead, everything comes from plants.
The same goes for vegan skincare, vegan clothing, vegan food, vegan anything!
Cruelty-free, on the other hand, generally refers to products that aren’t tested on animals.
Those products could still include animal ingredients, however, like cow’s milk, honey, cochineal dye (red pigment made from crushed beetles), and lanolin (a fatty substance derived from sheep's wool), among others.
So, if you want to opt out of animal ingredients and animal testing, vegan skincare is the way to go.
Vegan Cosmetics and Skincare: Why They’re Better for You
Vegan cosmetics and vegan skincare products are actually better for your skin. But why? What difference do a few animal ingredients make?
Well, eliminating animal products from your skincare means eliminating a lot of the issues and additives that can come along with them, especially if you have sensitive skin or any other specific concerns.
In addition, plants are the primary source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, all of which are the ultimate way to hydrate, protect, and nourish your skin.
So, it’s worth taking the time to make sure it’s only natural, non-toxic ingredients that you’re using on your epidermis.
Natural Skincare: A Win for Mother Earth
It’s not just you and the animals who will benefit from natural, vegan skincare. Opting for plant-based ingredients is actually better for the planet, too.
The process of raising and processing animals for food and other ingredients is extremely hard on the environment. Animal agriculture actually causes more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire transportation sector, combined.
So while driving a hybrid is awesome, cutting back on animal ingredients is even better!
The animal agriculture industry is also a leading cause of deforestation, pollution, and dead zones in the ocean — so opting for plants as an alternative helps to cut back on all this bad news.
It’s all about reducing that environmental footprint.
You Don’t Need to Be Vegan to Benefit from Vegan Skincare
Just because you choose to use vegan products doesn’t mean you have to label yourself vegan or change your whole lifestyle.
These are inclusive products that are good for ALL skin types, regardless of how you eat or what you wear.
Vegan skincare ingredients are natural, minimal, and nourishing, so they’re less likely to lead to irritation or other issues that can come along with chemicals, animal ingredients, or other additives.
Plants are the greatest source of nutrients and good-for-you antioxidants, so no matter what, natural skincare is a win for your skin!
Think of it this way: would you rather put vitamin C, rosewater, and aloe on your skin — or polyethylene, parabens, and toluene?
Plant-based ingredients are the good-for-you way to get that glow you’re going for.
Fleur & Bee: Know Who You’re Buying From
At Fleur & Bee, we’re a small, close-knit team that’s super passionate about amazing skincare, affordability, and natural ingredients.
Quality skincare shouldn’t be complicated, so we designed our line with that in mind. All of our products are 100% vegan and cruelty-free; no parabens, gluten, sulfates, or artificial fragrances. All of our ingredients were carefully sourced by our team.
We also donate one percent of sales to help distribute menstrual hygiene products to women in need.