*Can You Ever Be Sure That Your Cosmetics Are Completely Ethical?

Wednesday, November 01, 2017
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Ethical cosmetics used to be fairly rare because there were only a couple of companies that actually cared about it. Not many customers cared about it either but now that is changing. Ethical and environmental concerns are becoming a bigger factor in people’s decisions about what they decide to put on their skin and in their bodies. Cosmetics companies have responded by putting a bigger focus on these things and finding ways to make their products in a more responsible way.

Any products that have been tested on animals were completely outlawed in the European Union in 2013 so you don’t need to worry about that so much. However, that doesn’t mean all products are completely ethical. Even if the products sold in this country are made responsibly, that doesn’t mean the products they sell elsewhere are. In China, all imported cosmetics have to be tested on animals by law, so if you’re buying off a company that sells to China, you’re still encouraging animal testing. 

The ingredients in some of the products may also be taken from animals, or the manufacturing process might be damaging to the environment so it’s difficult to tell whether the products you’re buying are actually ethical or not. Luckily, we’ve put together a list of a few companies that you can be sure are safe.

Aesop is a cosmetics company that started in Australia but have since expanded. They don’t carry out animal testing on their products in any of the countries that they sell to. They also have a policy of extensively checking the laws of any new countries that they move into to make sure that they don’t have compulsory animal testing like in China. All of the products are made from entirely vegan products with the exception of their makeup brushes, so you can be sure that they’re all ethically sourced.

The Body Shop 
The Body Shop pioneered the natural and ethical cosmetics industry when it started back in 1976. They’ve since established themselves as the biggest seller of natural products in the country. It’s also very affordable compared to a lot of other brands and you can find The Body Shop deals with Voucher Codes Pro to make even more savings. The body shop probably offers the best range out of all of the companies because they’re one of the largest, but their real success is in helping to raise awareness of these issues and kickstart the whole revolution in ethical cosmetics.

Becca Cosmetics 
Becca products are pretty expensive compared with some of the other brands but if you’re serious about ethical cosmetics then it’s worth the money. Not only do they make all of their own products cruelty-free, they are also carrying out research to prove that non-cruel methods are actually more effective than animal testing so there is no need for anybody to do it. This is a big step in combating animal testing across the globe so if it’s an issue that you feel strongly about then you should buy Becca products. Trying to find completely ethical cosmetics is getting easier but there are still some out there that can trip you up if you aren’t careful about what you buy.

Have you tried any of these brands? What do you think about vegan and cruelty free products? 

*This is a collaborative post
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  1. I haven’t tried any Aesop products yet but I do love Becca! X

  2. I love the body shop and Becca! I haven't tried Aesop but I'd really love to!
    Chantelle x
    The Girl In The Tartan Scarf

  3. This was such a great and enlightening post! The Body Shop is one of my all-time favourite brands and the fact that they are ethical and cruelty-free just makes them even better! xx


  4. I use all of the above brands so this was reassuring :)

  5. I love the body shop, I really want to try out becca - but I've never heard of Aesop! xx

    Taylor Jane ox | www.taylorjane.co.uk

  6. I enjoy all the mentioned brands, great post xx

  7. This was a really interesting post. The Body Shop have some amazing makeup products right now which are seriously underrated.

  8. It was such an odd move by The Body Shop to join L'Oreal, glad they aren't anymore x

  9. I'm really trying to only buy cruelty free and ethical cosmetics now, so this was a fab post to read! xx

    emily x ❤ | emilyloula.com

  10. This was an interesting read - I love Becca and Body shop products

  11. That is so good Becca is now looking at preventative ways too - that is such a good commitment! :)

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  12. So many good brands mentioned x

  13. I've never tried anything from Aesop but see their products everywhere x

  14. I have always said that you need to research because the brand might not test but you dont know about say one ingredient that came from another place that was tested on animals but not necessarily by the brand

    Andrew James - beautyandtheboy.com

  15. This was a really interesting post - I don't take enough notice to cruelty in beauty brands. It's good to know there are options out there x

  16. I didn't know Becca were so ethical! That's great to know as I've been wanting to purchase from them for ages!
    Alice Xx

  17. I didn’t know Becca were so ethical I have a lot of their products x

  18. I think it's amazing that more and more companies are going cruelty-free and Becca cosmetics sound like such a brilliant company, by not only ensuring their products are cruelty-free, but by also gathering research that non-cruel methods are more effective! Great post :) xo

    Char | www.charslittleblog.co.uk

  19. I haven’t tried many products from Becca but I have wanted to for a while now. I’ve never tried Aesop before and I love The Bodyshop! Fab post Heather! X

  20. I love the body shop! I still haven’t tried anything from Becca but I need too xx


  21. I think it would be fab if all companies went cruelty free, however I don't not buy from brands if they aren't. Not because I'm evil or anything, but just because it's not something I feel strongly about or look into!

    Gemma Louise

  22. I've just sent over a link to this post to my sister! She's very serious about cruelty free and ethical products so she'll find this very useful!
    PaleGirlRambling xo

  23. The brands are all great brands, and brilliant for those following a cruelty free lifestyle xxx

    Zoe ♥ MammafulZo

  24. I definitely agree with being more ethical. I don’t shop with brands that have bad reputation x


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