How To Go Cruelty-Free

3 tips to get you started

I started my love affair with cruelty-free products when I discovered Lush Cosmetics. I was maybe 12, and mostly in it for the pretty bath bombs and hopelessly trendy nature of the girls who worked in there. Ever since then I've been obsessed. My skin craves all natural, organic products and it has never disappointed. As a lifetime animal lover, the cruelty-free part of Lush was just a bonus. 

As my love for animals has grown (I seriously wish I could donate all my money to elephant conservations) I have made a life change when it comes to the products I use. I've gone cruelty-free! 

I'm definitely not the type of person to push my beliefs on anyone, and I totally understand when people are not cruelty-free. It's crazy how many companies test on animals! And it's hard to avoid. But if you're like me and want to make a change, here are some tips to help you get started.

1. Do Your Research

I started by looking up all the products I use, and acting surprised when I found out those companies tested on animals. I feel like I know too much, which definitely helped me make the switch. I couldn't even spray my perfume on me after looking at some PETA ads. (I wouldn't recommend it) But I found a great website, Cruelty-Free Kitty, that has lists on lists of info on the brands I should and shouldn't use. It's very helpful!

2. Don't Hurt Your Wallet

Going cruelty-free does NOT have to drain your bank account! It can be a way to save money, and there are a lot of options for any price range. Trust me, you won't be missing out on quality products! More and more companies are making the switch every day. You won't have to settle, and can still get in on any makeup or hair trends with what you have.

3. Start Small

The way I started was that every new product I bought was cruelty free. I didn't just throw away all my makeup and hair products and start fresh. Just because I don't buy from MAC anymore doesn't mean I'm going to throw all that money in the garbage. Use up what you have! Just don't buy from those non cruelty-free brands in the future.

Now that you've decided to take the steps toward a cruelty-free lifestyle, get out there and save the animals! (Just kidding, but seriously)