Now that Tarte Cosmetics is no longer a cruelty free company, many former Tarte cosmetic users are jumping to Too Faced vegetarian and cruelty-free cosmetics. Too Faced was founded by husbands Jerrod Blandino and Jeremy Johnson, 15 years ago. Both men got their start in the cosmetic and fashion industry, before coming together to create Too Faced, so named for Jerrod’s pet name for the women who would go from sweet to stressed whenever he was out of their favorite makeup product.
ZAO vegetarian and cruelty free cosmetics was a standout brand at the annual natural products expo, Expo West 2014. Zao offers a product that is full of organic ingredients, packaged in renewable bamboo packaging, and is refillable to reduce waste.
Spring has officially sprung, which means that shorts, swimsuit and sandal season is right around the corner. Who doesn’t love a little color? Whether you’re looking for a deep bronze, or just a little color to ward off your winter-pale skin, we’ve got you covered for sunless tanner, without the guilt.
Maureen Kelly Sells Formerly Cruelty-Free Cosmetic Company Tarte, to Non-Cruelty-Free Kose, Insults Consumers with Smoke and Mirrors
Tarte vegetarian and cruelty-free cosmetics is no longer cruelty-free after selling out to Kose Cosmetics. Hi, all of you cruelty-free fashionistas, Jess here. I’m a contributing writer to Vegetarian Beauty Products and I’m here because I’m upset. No, I’m furious. Tarte, one of our favorite cosmetic brands to review, has sold out to a bigger company, Kose comsetics, who still tests on animals. They then had the nerve to insult its consumers by trying to distance themselves from their new parent company by saying that Tarte will remain cruelty-free, as if consumers can’t figure out that, any dollars that go to Tarte, will ultimately end up in the hands of animal-testing Kose.
Spring makeup trends are fresh, bright and colorful, and can most certainly be worn in a cruelty-free and vegan way. Glamour magazine recently highlighted 8 cosmetic trends taken straight from the runways of the Spring 2014 fashion collections, and we’ve found your vegan and cruelty-free options for each of those trends.
Proposed Cosmetic Animal Testing Ban Law: Interview with Cruelty Free International’s Monica Engebretson
Perhaps some of the biggest news in the effort to stop cruel testing of cosmetics on animals hit the US this week: U.S. Representative Jim Moran (D-VA) introduced the Humane Cosmetics Act, which would eventually ban testing cosmetics on animals in the United States. The bill would allow a one-year phase in period to stop cosmetic testing on animals, followed by a three-year phase in period for a ban on the sale of cosmetics tested on animals.
Lippy Girl Makeup was founded on the goal to produce professional-grade cosmetics that are organic, vegetarian and cruelty-free. Their cosmetics are also free of nasty chemicals commonly found in other commercial products. Lippy Girl primarily offers lipsticks and blushes. They recently released their line of vegan lipsticks: Vegocentric Organic Vegan Lipstick.
We all know that makeup brushes are often made with animal fur, and so we have to be diligent to make sure that the brushes we buy are made of synthetic materials. But just because a beauty tool doesn’t have animal fur, doesn’t mean that it’s cruelty-free. For instance, the Shu Uemura company is famous for, among many other beauty products, their eyelash curler, which has a cult following. But Shu Uemura is owned by L’Oreal, who still tests their products on animals in order to sell to the Chinese market. Luckily, there are many excellent beauty tools that don’t come at the cost of compassion.
Lip balms and salves in tins are convenient to slide into the smallest of handbags, and a popular way to keep your lips hydrated and healthy, especially during cold winter months. But many of the most popular products on the market are made with beeswax or petroleum, which are neither vegan or healthy. Here are our favorite options that are moisturizing, while being free of chemicals and cruelty:
It’s so easy to be dazzled by the wide array of cruelty-free and vegan beauty products on the market, that we often forget that there are simple options that do so much, while being simple and inexpensive.