Ever since I was 11 years old and found a PETA flyer on animal testing on the floor of my local Texas grocery store, I have cared deeply about finding non-animal tested products. Back then, the landscape was kind of grim, but now, we have a big, beautiful, cruelty-free playground to rejoice in. I think that, all things being equal, anyone with a soul and a brain would opt for a cruelty-free product over an animal tested one, right? But so often we put blinders on and saunter in to the CVS to buy L’Oreal, Maybelline, Pantene, etc or to the local mall to purchase the latest Chanel or Lancome color du jour. I used to be meek about my thoughts on people willfully buying animal tested products because I thought that people simply didn’t know, but with so much education and so many resources out there (see below), there’s really no excuse. There’s no color or formulation beautiful enough, no brand chic enough to merit buying cosmetics or personal care products that are tested on animals.
I am so excited to collaborate with Leaping Bunny to share some of my favorite spring beauty finds that are both vegan and Leaping Bunny-certified. What does that mean? Well, the Leaping Bunny fights the good fight of working with companies to ensure that animal testing is nowhere in their formulations, ingredients, or production processes. To bear the Leaping Bunny symbol means that companies care and are part of the solution. While the Leaping Bunny symbol doesn’t mean that a product is vegan, many are, and all of the ones that I’m loving on today are, because well, I’m me and we’re here.
Cruelty-Free, Vegan Spring Favorites with Leaping Bunny
If you’re anything like me, you’re craving spring with a not-so-silent desperation. It’s when the weather thaws, breezes get warm, shoes become open-toed, and your skincare and beauty routines beg for a little change. And, as a lover of beauty goodies and animals, my first stop is usually The Leaping Bunny site to get the 411 on companies that eschew animal tests (because those are the farthest thing from beautiful). I’m so excited to share some of my favorite vegan, Leaping Bunny-certified products for spring – all the warmer-weather gorgeousness you crave minus the animal cruelty means it’s going to be one gorgeous season!
Skin: As the weather changes, you may find your skin detoxes a bit (that’s a nice word for “breaks out” or “acts crazy”). Products that used to work well in the winter, may be too heavy for your daily routine in the spring. It’s important to give your skin some TLC and I love getting a fresh start with suki’s Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser (which smells amazing and smoothes out winter-weary skin). It whisks away dryness and blemish-causing dirt whilst leaving skin hydrated and plump. For extra hydration, I top off my routine with Desert Essence Jojoba Oil for day or Intelligent Nutrients Certified Organic Anti-Aging Serum for evening. I also love 100% Pure’s Coffee Bean Eye Cream for wide-awake, depuffed peepers day or night. Sunscreen is a must year-round, but in the spring it becomes imperative, and I am bananas about Kiss My Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 40 (because you can never have too much protection). For my body, I hydrate with Indie Lee’s exotic Patchouli and Sandalwood Moisturizing Oil (smells like a Moroccan bazaar and the packaging is crazy chic) and fake a glow with Nature’s Gate Glow Lotion.
Makeup: Warmer weather and longer days call for makeup that goes the distance without making you look like a cast member of the Real Housewife of the New Jersey Malls. After cleansing, moisturizing, and sunblocking, I even out and protect my skin with DeVita’s incredible Moisture Tints BB Cream and add faux glow and contour (I’m pretty Downton Abbey pale, so a little goes a long way and doubles as a nice neutral eye shadow!) with 100% Pure’s Cocoa Pigmented Bronzer. Spring is all about just-pinched cheeks, and one of my favorites is Modern Mineral’s Love in the Afternoon mineral blush (a perfect peony pink, and great name, to boot!). I top the look off with a few coats of Beauty Without Cruelty’s Full Volume Black Mascara and Aubrey’s Natural Lips Sheer Tint in Strawberry Frost (a shimmery, sheer berry), and I’m good to go! If I want a more dramatic look, I use Aromi’s amazing Liquid Lipstick in Preppy Red or Rich Rosewood (you can also apply a little to your fingers and tap on cheeks for a more pronounced cream blush that lasts all day).
Hair: I’m a fine haired gal and a lover of dry shampoo. Skinnyskinny’s Rose and Black Pepper Dry Shampoo is a revelation on days when you’re in a rush or want to make your style last a day longer. When I hit the showers, I have an aromatherapy experience with Acure’s gorgeous Lemongrass and Argan Stem Cell Shampoo and deep condition with Giovanni’s 2chic Ultra-Sleek Conditioner, which banishes tangles and frizz like a boss.
Scent: Nothing sends me in to a new season like the perfect scent and I am crazy about Tata Harper’s Love Potion, a hypnotic, yet light blend of the world’s most precious and unfettered aphrodisiac oils. It mellows beautifully on skin and sticks around all day. And the old school atomizer bottle is too chic not to store on your vanity. Spritz your hair, skin, and clothes to leave admirers wherever you go.
My Favorite Cruelty-Free Beauty Resources
We’re so lucky to have so many lovingly curated sites and informative blogs for finding cruelty-free, vegan beauty products. Here are some of my friends and favorites. Check them out and be sure to show them love.
- Leaping Bunny
- Vegan Beauty Review
- Logical Harmony
- My Beauty Bunny (not everything is vegan, but there’s a robust vegan section and all appropriate products are denoted as such)
- Vegan Cuts (everything in the marketplace is both vegan and cruelty-free, and their beauty boxes are a bomb way to discover hot vegan beauty goodies)
- Petit Vour (vegan luxury beauty box. I know you guys be swooning :))
- My weekly columns on Refinery29. And if you like these, it’d be extra special if you shared and commented on ’em. Why? Because R29 is a mega force in the beauty world and hearing that their readers appreciate and want cruelty-free and vegan content is a good thing.