Updated: Mar 16, 2019
Welcome to my blog! And thank you for your interest in Fara Wood Pure Beauty MUA. Before getting into products I love, I thought it would be good to start with why I only use cruelty-free, vegan and organic makeup products as well as to educate those not familiar with these types of products as to why they are a better for you. I’m hoping this post will help you to make conscientious choices that are right for you.
I’ll define what each of these terms mean as majority of people mistake them for all meaning the same thing and explain why you should care.
Cruelty-free: The product was not tested on animals. However, it may contain animal-derived ingredients like milk, lanolin, honey, royal jelly, and carmine.
Why you should care? Without using horrid detail let’s just say animal testing is a lot more cruel than you think as there are no regulations against ‘lab’ animals, and let your imagination run on that. All sorts of animals are used from what is most commonly known as household pests like mice to man’s best friend. And with all the knowledge, technology and advancements in science today there is NO valid reason for a cosmetic company to still be testing on animals! There are alternatives to animal testing and already quite an extensive list of safe ingredients to choose from, but these companies CHOOSE to test on animals so that they can come up with new, innovative ingredients at less cost to increase their profits.
“By supporting cruelty-free companies instead of the ones who choose to test on animals, you’re sending the whole industry a message in the only language they speak: money. They know that they won’t be getting your business unless they stop testing on animals. If enough consumers boycott companies that test on animals, we can truly make a change and influence more companies to go cruelty-free” ~ crueltyfreekitty.com/cruelty-free-101/why-switch-to-cruelty-free/
Vegan Friendly: The product does not contain any animal-derived ingredients but still could have been tested on animals. Which in my opinion this label shouldn’t exist as it is an an oxymoron. Rest assured, none of the products I use are ‘vegan friendly’.
The next 2 categories are what I look for when choosing makeup products on top of it being cruelty-free as I believe it is important to be aware of what you put on your skin and in your body. Products in these categories generally use fewer ingredients most of which are plant-based, fewer chemicals and avoid using harmful toxins.
Vegan: The product does not contain any animal-derived ingredients and we are to assume that the product was not tested on animals. However, this still could be a possibility depending on what country your in.
Organic: The product is essentially natural, with naturally derived ingredients and free of harmful toxins like parabens, chemical dyes, fragrance and petroleum. But can still contain animal-derived ingredients like milk, lanolin, honey, royal jelly, and carmine.
Clear as mud?...lol Don’t worry if your still not sure, the simplest way to figure out if a product is one or more of the above is to look for the following logos from these trusted organizations on the packaging. As well as visit PETA for an official list of cruelty-free and vegan certified products
Certified Organic – unfortunately there is not a universal governing organization for organic beauty products and labels may vary. The main thing to look out for are the ingredients it does NOT contain that are highly toxic such as:
· SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate)
· DEA (Diethanolamine)
· DEOA (Diethanolamine)
· And any ingredient that begins with the word ‘natural’ such as natural color and natural fragrance if you are sensitive in most cases this means that synthetic chemicals were used to create the color or fragrance.
Until a few years ago these product categories were considered to be for those with an “alternative” lifestyle and now are quickly moving into the mainstream market with many cruelty-free and vegan certified brands on the market for all budgets in response to the rising demand for these products which in turn shows an optimistic future for animal-free beauty products becoming the norm.