For many that use cruelty free and vegan cosmetics, it can be hard to find drugstore options. You may want them because you are traveling and need something that’s easily accesible or because you’re on a budget. Walking into the drugstore looking for cruelty free and vegan items can be an incredibly frustrating task. It seems like more drugstore brands test on animals than are cruelty free. Don’t get discouraged! There are still several brands out there that provide you with cruelty free and vegan options!
Bonnie Bell – Remember the days of Pink Lemonade scented lip balm? This childhood favorite remains a cruelty free brand. They have a few vegan options, but always make sure that you are reading the ingredients list as some of their items contain lanolin and beeswax.
Burt’s Bees – A cult favorite of cruelty free cosmetics junkies and begans, Burt’s Bees offers a wide range of products. Everything from lip balm to shampoo to baby powder. While few of their products are vegan, it seemed best to include them in this list for those just looking for cruelty free options. It should be noted that while Burt’s Bees remains cruelty free, their parent company is not.
ELF (Eyes Lips Face) – This is one of my favorite brands. Not only are they extremely affordable, but all of their products are cruelty free and vegan. They offer everything from pressed powder to gel eye liner to makeup primer.
Kiss My Face – This cruelty free skin care line expanded into lip balms, tinted lip balms and now lip glosses. While they are not vegan friendly (they currently all contain beeswax) they are a great option for cruelty free shoppers!
Milani – Known for offering bright and bold shades with lots of pigment, this cruelty free line is for people who aren’t afraid of color. They have several vegan options, but packaging often doesn’t include ingredient lists so be sure to check online before you buy.
Orly – This line of nail polish is completely cruelty free and vegan. They make everything from a variety of base and top coats to the latest trendy nail shades.
Physician’s Formula – This is another brand that makes nearly everything you could possibly want. They have an amazing range of bronzers and face powders that few drugstore brands can compete with. This brand also now offers the only cruelty free BB Cream available at a drugstore! They are cruelty free and have many vegan options.
Wet’n'Wild – Many associate Wet’n'Wild with their teen years. Their products are incredibly affordable (starting at 99 cents!) and they offer a decent range of items. Recently, this brand has started offering more trendy colors and higher quality items. All of their products are cruelty free, and many are also vegan.
Even though you may skip over many of the mainstream drugstore brands, there’s no reason to feel like you are missing out on anything. L’Oreal, CoverGirl, Revlon, Maybelline, Almay, and Rimmell all test on animals. However, with more and more brands stepping up to offer quality items and a larger range of items, my guess is that you won’t miss these brands at all!
What are your favorite cruelty free and vegan drugstore brands? Which drugstore beauty products do you love?