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When I was browsing Ulta with Cristina on Tuesday, we realized that there’s a misconception that it’s expensive to be cruelty-free. So I decided to share some affordable cruelty-free brands with you. You can always verify cruelty-free status by directly emailing the company. Please view my FAQ for what cruelty-free means to me.

Little bebe Phaedra

My favorite resources for researching mainstream companies are My Beauty Bunny  and Logical Harmony. You can also check Leaping Bunny and PETA – Companies that don’t test, Companies that do test. Please remember that neither Leaping Bunny nor PETA are wholly accurate (though I am sure they do try their best), and they most likely will not have indie companies listed.

I purchase cruelty-free beauty products whenever possible. I will purchase from cruelty-free companies that belong to a parent company that is not cruelty-free because I want to encourage  that company to see the value in cruelty-free. Example: I will purchase from NARS or OPI.  I own non-cruelty-free products that I am finishing up and will not repurchase once I run out. Example: I own a ton of MAC, purchased when MAC was CF but it is no longer CF. I am using that up but once it’s gone I will not repurchase unless MAC is CF again. Because I have rosacea, some products I use are under the recommendation of my doctor, such as Cetaphil. I will always do the best I can to  be honest and disclose. With makeup I find that it’s easy to find cruelty-free products. I find it more difficult to find cruelty-free skincare that works with my rosacea.

If a company is not cruelty-free but decides to go cruelty-free, I will support them. I want companies to be encouraged to change their status to cruelty-free.

Some affordable companies to keep in mind (not all of these are cosmetics):

  • Alba Cosmetics
  • BftE Cosmetics
  • Brazen Cosmetics
  • Camellia Rose Skincare (skincare)
  • Candy Lacquers
  • Concrete Minerals
  • Cult Nails
  • Darling Girl Cosmetics
  • Dorian & Dahl Perfumery (perfume)
  • Dr. Bronner’s (soap)
  • Dreamworld Minerals
  • E.L.F. Cosmetics
  • Epically Epic Soap Co.
  • Evil Shades
  • Femme Fatale Cosmetics (makeup and nail polish, Australian)
  • Freeman (face masks)
  • Fyrinnae
  • Geek Chic Cosmetics
  • Glamour Doll Eyes
  • gud (by Burt’s Bees)
  • Hard Candy
  • Haus of Gloi (soaps and perfumes)
  • Jason Natural
  • Kiss My Sass
  • Makeup Geek
  • Manic Panic (hair dye and makeup)
  • Marc Anthony (hair products)
  • Mbeze (deodorants, oil, perfume)
  • Meow
  • Metamour
  • Method (cleaning products)
  • Milani
  • Mitchum (deodorants and antiperspirants)
  • Morgana Cryptoria
  • Nyx Cosmetics
  • Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
  • Paula’s Choice (skincare and makeup)
  • Pretty Serious (makeup and nail polish, Australian)
  • Revlon –  No longer cruelty-free.
  • Seventh Generation (cleaning products)
  • Silk Naturals
  • Sobe Botanicals
  • Sugarpill (affiliate link)
  • The Crystal (deodorant)
  • The Hungry Asian
  • Tom’s of Maine (deodorant, toothpaste, soaps)
  • Trader Joe’s Brands
  • Venomous Cosmetics
  • Wet n’ Wild
  • Whole Foods Brands
  • Yaby Cosmetics
  • Yes to (Blueberries, Carrots, Cucumbers, etc)

  I miss Phaedra’s fur being long like this. She’s such a goof.

Some more expensive companies also worth mentioning:

  • Alison Raffaele Cosmetics
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills
  • Beautisol (sunless self-tanning)
  • butter London
  • essie no longer cruelty free
  • Face Atelier
  • Graftobian
  • Illamasqua
  • Jane Iredale
  • LaVanila
  • Lush Cosmetics (skincare and soaps)
  • NARS Cosmetics
  • Orly
  • Stila
  • Supergoop
  • Tarina Tarantino
  • tarte Cosmetics
  • Too Faced
  • Urban Decay
  • Victoria’s Secret

My list is by no means comprehensive, but I did want to share these options with you, as I think it really helps if you know so that you can keep these companies in mind. This list is accurate to the best of my knowledge.