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Ever found yourself wondering what the difference is between Vegan and Cruelty-Free? They’re terms that are flashed around in the cosmetic industry, along with plenty of confusion about what they actually mean and whether they’re interchangeable. We know that not all skincare and makeup is created equal and there’s a few important differences between these two classifications:

For a product to be classified as Vegan, it must not contain any animal products or ingredients derived from animals. To be classified Cruelty-Free, both the end product and the individual ingredients must have not been tested on animals at any point in the manufacturing process.

But here’s where it gets a little murky. A product may be ‘accidentally’ Vegan in its ingredients, but may have been tested on animals. Likewise a product may be Cruelty-Free, but it may contain ingredients derived from animals, like beeswax, honey, collagen and carmine (crushed bugs). If you’re scanning the ingredients list wondering what’s animal-derived and what’s not, resources like PETA’S (People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals) comprehensive list of animal-derived ingredients, are helpful.

Cosmetic companies, natural included, may not be Vegan as a whole but a selection of their line or certain shades may be Vegan. If in doubt, always inquire about individual products. For a full list of Vegan and Cruelty-Free Australian makeup and skincare brands, refer to Choose Cruelty Free (CCF), an independent, non-profit organisation and accreditation body. If you identify as a Vegan and live a Vegan lifestyle, more than likely you also want your products to be Cruelty-Free. In this case, look for accreditation symbols from PETA and CCF to ensure what you’re buying is both Vegan and Cruelty-Free.  

In an ideal world, Vegan and Cruelty-Free cosmetics would also be free from synthetics and chemicals. Unfortunately it's not always the case; as a conscious consumer it’s important to buy from a trusted retailer of clean beauty and natural skincare products. And because we recognise that each of us come to the clean beauty journey with a unique set of values, be they Vegan, Cruelty-Free, 100% Natural, Plastic-Free or Certified Organic, we’re making it easy to ‘shop your values’ with our new Vegan category

Here's our Ultimate List of Vegan Beauty Essentials, as put together by our uber talented in-house makeup artist and long-term practicing Vegan, Bernie. And why she considers these must-have items for your Vegan Beauty Kit: 

Ere Perez Oat Milk Foundation |  ‘A beautiful "skin-like" textured foundation with buildable coverage and great colour selection.’

Gemma Vendetta Pressed Mineral Foundation | ‘Perfect  for on the go touch ups, it works fabulous for setting foundations. I used it for all events and photoshoot makeup.’

MV Organics Rose Soothing & Protective Moisturiser | ‘It’s a great skin soothing moisturiser and primer in one and works well on all skin types’.

Ere Perez Carrot Colour Pot in "holy" | ‘The perfect flush shade. A little bit goes a long way and can double up as a lip stain too.’

Lily Lolo Natural Mascara | Lengthening, volumising and the blackest of black mascaras. You can build an instant false lash with one coat!’

Lily Lolo Finishing Powder in "flawless silk" | ‘The perfect powder for setting makeup and under eye concealers as it's so finely milled.’

Ere Perez Arnica Concealer | ‘A super high cover concealer that’s great for any blemishes or pigmentation but can also be thinned down for around the eye area.’

Lily Lolo cheek duo "Coralista" | ‘This duo has a beautiful highlight that will work on so many skin tones. It also has a coral blush which again, is so buildable it compliments fair to medium skin.

Lily Lolo Bronzer in "Honolulu" | ‘Great for adding a touch of colour to the skin and for contouring as well!’

Kjaer Weis Lipstick “Believe” | ‘A great base shade that works well with all skin tones. Rich and nourishing for dry winter lips.’

Kylie's Professional Mineral Goddess Eyeshadow | ‘So many colour options, amazing colour pay off and they stay on so well!’

Wotnot Naturals Facial Wipes | ‘Fabulous for very sensitive skin and eyes. It also removes waterproof mascaras so easily without irritation, which is a must.’






Words | Sophie Parslow

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