Who doesn’t want to look good? I can’t think of a single person. I’m the lowest maintenance person I know, but even I like to make sure I look good when I leave the house. The problem, though, is that so many of the products on shelves are not produced ethically. They are tested on animals, use materials that are harmful to the earth, or are toxic to humans. This week, I’m giving you my favorite ethical health & beauty products and brands for looking good without feeling bad about it.
Lush: My Go To Source for Ethical Health & Beauty Products
While plenty of brands meet my standards for one or two things, Lush checks every box on my list. They are cruelty free, treat their employees fairly and use minimal, recycled and recyclable packaging. They are also incredibly charitable and support causes I believe in. Lush carries products for men, women and children and while they are mostly focused on hair and body care, they also have cosmetics and fragrances. My favorite product (besides the bath bombs, of course) are their deodorants. I used to use Tom’s of Maine but Lush’s doesn’t have a pesky plastic applicator. I buy most of my hair and face products from Lush but I just haven’t fallen in love with their cosmetics yet.
Other Ethical Favorites
Kiss My Face is a great, affordable brand. They carry a wide array of products but my favorite are their moisturizers.
There’s nothing quite as delicious as The Body Shop products. The shops are organized by scent, and I could spend a day just sampling. I prefer Lush for nearly everything but when it comes to makeup, TBS is my preferred choice. Their products are more aligned with what you might expect from a department store brand. Lush’s makeup is more kitschy and the color choices and applicators just don’t cut it for me.
If you need a makeup fix, Urban Decay is ethical and awesome. From primers to tools they’ve got you covered. And, if you’re vegan, they’ve got you covered!
How To Vet Your Products
Like shopping with reusable bags or going to the Farmers Market, you don’t have to complete revamp your shower caddy and vanity at once. Instead, start with vetting your products. Find out if the products you’re using meet your ethical needs. As products need to be replaced, buy from companies you know you can trust. I recommend starting with Leaping Bunny. LB has high standards for how it determines if a company is cruelty-free. While this isn’t the only standard for ethics, companies that are averse to cruelty are generally more ethical on other fronts.
Once you have narrowed down products that are kind to animals, check company websites to see the rest of their practices.
Some people rely on PETA as the arbiter of whether or not a brand is cruelty-free. It’s important to understand, though, that PETA does not research companies. It simply requires them to sign a pledge that they are cruelty-free. This is why Leaping Bunny has a much shorter list.