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Your Holiday Guide to Cruelty-Free Products

December 7, 2018
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Which means a lot of us are probably scrambling to find the perfect gifts for everyone in our lives. Well, look no further. I’ve compiled a list of my favorite cruelty-free (and vegan, no less) beauty products that make the perfect holiday gifts!

You can find the original post on the lovely Kasia’s blog, Beauty For The Brain! 

If you haven’t checked her out, do yourself a favor! She was kind enough to let me guest post on her blog about the topic, and I figured you all would enjoy this information as well.


Remember, “vegan” does not necessarily mean “cruelty-free.” “Cruelty-free” means that the product was never tested on animals during any part of the development process. However, products that are “cruelty-free” can have animal-derived ingredients such as beeswax or gelatin. So, obviously, the best option for products is to have both labels – vegan and cruelty-free! Here’s the three most common (and legit) cruelty-free labels:


For a complete breakdown of what each certification requires, check out the original post!

And, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…


The Products

Without further ado, here is my list of my favorite vegan AND cruelty-free beauty products!

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

LUSH Celestial Face moisturizer

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-in Product plus Keratin

Dr. Bronner’s Soap

Butter London Nail Polish (polish with silver caps are vegan)

(Thank you again, Kasia, for prompting me to research and learn all of this important information. Dive deeper into what this all means with the post on her blog!)


I am slowly learning to research before I buy and swap out current products for alternatives that are better for the environment, animals, and myself! It’s a long process and it doesn’t happen overnight, but being an educated consumer is important. Just start somewhere! Happy Shopping!

Until next time,


(Cruelty-free certification is done on a voluntary basis, so do your research! Just because some of your favorite brands might not be certified, this does not mean that they aren’t cruelty-free. Also, don’t be fooled by companies using their own logos to abide by their ideas of “cruelty-free.” Make sure you know what you’re looking for and, as always, do your research! If you find conflicting reports while researching, you can always email the company with direct questions about their animal testing practices, if any.)


  • Reply
    Love Life Lavish
    December 7, 2018 at 10:46 am

    Hi lovely

    This is a wonderful post!

    Thank you so much for sharing .


  • Reply
    Chloe Chats
    December 7, 2018 at 11:04 am

    Another fab post! A while back I actually didn’t realise that ‘cruelty-free’ could mean that the product was still not vegan, so it is always important to check! The liquid lipstick sounds great, and the nail polish, that’s a very pretty pink. There’s so many brands out there that I never realised they were vegan, it’s pretty cool!

    Chloe xx

    • Reply
      Lauren Swinson
      December 8, 2018 at 10:49 am

      It was a reality check for me as well!! Yes the length of the list was amazing and it’s nice we have that option. Thanks for reading, lovely!

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    Paula |The Value of a Moment
    December 8, 2018 at 2:12 am

    Great post! I just started educating myself about skincare and beauty products in the last year. It’s utterly shameful how many harmful ingredients are still allowed in US products! I loved your picks, too! I am here for ALL the Lush and Butter London. Two of my favorites! 💕

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      Lauren Swinson
      December 8, 2018 at 10:40 am

      I totally agree, I was shocked when I found out! Thanks for reading <3

  • Reply
    December 9, 2018 at 11:45 am

    Such an important reminder to shop cruelty free and vegan. Also this reminded me how obsessed I used to be with Kat Von D lipstick I’m hopping back on that…

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    December 11, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Wow! I never knew nail polish was tested on animals! When I hear cruelty-free, I automatically think of only makeup. This just goes to show how much I pay attention. But I’m definitely going to make myself more aware of the things I use!

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    December 16, 2018 at 3:55 am

    It’s always great to find more Cruelty free products. I discovered a great new brand recently called The Bon Bon Factory. I’m not sure if they ship internationally, as they are a NZ brand.

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