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@nclabeauty now has vegan lip scrubs + lip balms!! πŸ’‹βœ¨ π™Žπ™π™‚π˜Όπ™ π™Žπ™π™‚π˜Όπ™ is a 100% natural, vegan lip scrub formulated with organic beet sugar and agave nectar to gently exfoliate and cleanse your lips. It also contains Vitamin C and E to help hydrate and brighten lips! 😘

π˜½π˜Όπ™‡π™ˆ π˜½π˜Όπ˜½π™€ is a 100% natural, vegan lip balm formulated with shea butter, cocoa butter, avocado butter, and coconut oil. I'm obsessed with this lip balm! It smells like watermelon candy πŸ‰ and keeps my lips hydrated and smooth without leaving a waxy residue behind! πŸ’•

NCLA has so many colorful flavors of Sugar Sugar and Balm Babe including:
πŸͺ Almond Cookie
πŸͺ Horchata
πŸͺ Red Velvet
πŸͺ Watermelon
πŸͺ Pink Champagne
πŸͺ Lavender
πŸͺ Matcha Tea
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NCLA is a cruelty-free and 100% vegan beauty brand ✌🏻🌸
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#ncla #nclabeauty #balmbabe #sugarsugar #veganlipbalm #veganlipscrub #gifted

@nclabeauty now has vegan lip...

Right?! πŸ˜’βœ¨ (via @hummusmem3s)

Right?! πŸ˜’βœ¨ (via @hummusmem3s)

Choosing cruelty-free DOES matter to the hundreds of thousands of animals that are routinely blinded, poisoned, and killed each year for cosmetic testing πŸ’‰πŸ€πŸ‡ Vote with your consumer dollars and help put an end to these inhumane, outdated, and unnecessary tests by choosing to only buy cruelty-free cosmetics and products 🐰🌿✨
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Thank you to all the amazing and incredible cruelty-free companies for committing to never test their finished products, ingredients, or formulations on animals, anywhere in the world πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’–βœ¨ Together, we CAN make a difference! ✊🏻
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(πŸ“Έ via @still___london)

Choosing cruelty-free DOES matter to...

What are some of your fave cruelty-free + vegan skincare brands? 🐰🌿✨ with literally hundreds of vegan options to choose from, making the switch to a cruelty-free skincare routine has never been easier! πŸ’– (πŸ“Έ via @livekindlyco)

What are some of your...

The best things in life are CRUELTY-FREE! πŸ’žπŸŒΏβœ¨ (via @inthesoulshine)

The best things in life...

Weekend mood πŸ’žβœ¨
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Weekend mood πŸ’žβœ¨ . ....

πŸ†• VEGANCUTS FALL MAKEUP BOX IS HERE! πŸ‚πŸ’›πŸ“¦ If you're just getting into cruelty-free + vegan makeup or you're like me, a vegan makeup addict, then you'll LOVE @vegancuts seasonal makeup boxes! πŸ’„ (Get $5 OFF with coupon code: ETHICALELEPHANT)
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Here's a peek inside this season's box:
πŸ’‹ Powder Contour Kit from @aestheticacosmetics
πŸ’‹ Cherry Matte Setting Spray from @pacificabeauty
πŸ’‹ Eyeshadow in the color Garden Rose from @rmsbeauty
πŸ’‹ Makeup blending brush from @labeautesoi
πŸ’‹ Eyeliner pencil in the shade: Bright Eyes from @100percentpure
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The scoop: 5 full-size cruelty-free + vegan makeup products with a total value of $100. You can customize the box by picking your choice of eyeshadow and eyeliner pencil colors! ✨ This season's box supports Sofi and friends at the Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone, MN. 🦁🌿
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Have you tried any of these vegan goodies before? 🧑 I’m obsessed with the cherry setting spray, it smells sooo good!! πŸ’
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#vegancuts #vegancutsmakeupbox #vegancutsbox #gifted #affiliate

πŸ†• VEGANCUTS FALL MAKEUP BOX...

πŸ”₯ BREAKING NEWS: Shiseido acquires Cruelty-Free Beauty Brand, Drunk Elephant for $845 Million! 🐘
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What’s the current situation with Drunk Elephant’s cruelty-free status?πŸ‘‡πŸ»
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Shiseido is NOT a cruelty-free corporation, they DO test on animals when required by law and the brand, as well as, some of their subsidiary brands (like NARS) are sold in mainland China and are required by law to test on animals.
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Shiseido does own two cruelty-free brands, bareMinerals and BUXOM.
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So.. will Drunk Elephant remain Cruelty-Free?
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YES! According to Drunk Elephant, they'll remain cruelty-free and Leaping Bunny certified!!! βœ¨πŸ™ŒπŸ»βœ¨Swipe πŸ‘ˆπŸ» to read their response when asked about their cruelty-free standing after the announcement.
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TL;DR - Shiseido (a non-cruelty-free corporation) acquires Drunk Elephant but they’ll remain committed to being cruelty-free. Drunk Elephant is not sold in-stores in China and has no plans to.
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#crueltyfree #crueltyfreenews #drunkelephant #shiseido

πŸ”₯ BREAKING NEWS: Shiseido acquires...

All good things are wild & CRUELTY-FREE! 🐰✌🏻🌿

All good things are wild...

How often do u do your nails?πŸ’…πŸ» I like to do mine 2-3 times a week. ✨ I find it so therapeutic and I just love changing nail polish colours depending on my mood and the season! πŸƒ

These are some of my cruelty-free and vegan manicure essentials:
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🌿 Soy nail polish remover (acetone-free) by @786cosmetics - love how gentle, yet effective this nail polish remover is!
🌿 Nail cuticle oil - β€˜So Rich,  Love Potion’ by @nclabeauty - love the smell of ALL their cuticle oils!! They have travel-size ones too now!
🌿 Non-Toxic Base Coat by @siennabyronbay, the best sticky base coat I’ve ever used!
🌿 Clear Top Coat by @lovemissfrankie, love this because it’s got a nice, wide-tapered brush which makes application quick and easy!
🌿 Hydrating vegan hand cream by @cakebeauty which smells like French vanilla cupcakes!!
🌿 And the color (swipe πŸ‘ˆπŸ») I have on today is from @siennabyronbayβ€˜s latest collection, the color is called Serenity ✨
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#crueltyfree #crueltyfreenails #vegan #veganbeauty #vegannails #vegannailpolish #missfrankie #ncla #nclabeauty #siennabyronbay #786cosmetics #cakebeauty #gifted

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Cruelty-Free and Vegan Labels & Logos Explained

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Cruelty Free and Vegan Logos Explained

Lately we’ve been ambushed with lots of new beauty products claiming they don’t contain animal ingredients, that they’re vegetarian, vegan, or cruelty-free, but what do these labels mean and should we trust certain logos/labels over others to help us make informed choices? There are companies out there who use something similar to these bespoke woven labels to try to inform us of our choices.

If you’re looking to avoid animal testing, ingredients, by-products, and other sort of animal cruelty in your consumer purchases, then it’s important to familiarize yourself with all of the different labels and logos, what they essentially mean, and who is verifying them. Logos and labels are extremely important when creating a recognizable brand. This is why private label printing can be so useful to businesses selling a product.

Degree of Legitimacy

The degree of legitimacy of each logo/label varies and depends whether there are label standards or an organization who verifies such claims. If no one is policing a claim then manufacturers can use and sometimes even abuse these unregulated labels with the hopes it’ll convince consumers to buy their products.

Cruelty-Free And Vegan Logos/Labels

Using GreenerChoices.org as my primary source and then researching each certification program independently, I’ve created this guide to help you understand common cruelty-free and vegan logos/labels found on beauty products sold in North America. I’ve also included areas of concerns so that you are aware of certain limitations with each logo/label.

“No Animal Ingredients”

no animal-derived ingredients
no ingredients obtained from animals

DEGREE OF LEGITIMACY:

EXPLANATION

  • meaning: this product does not contain any animal ingredients or derivatives
  • no label standards and no organization verifies the use of this label
  • may have been tested on animals

CONCERNS

  • virtually anyone can label their products “no animal ingredients”
  • it’s up to companies what they consider “animal ingredients”, ingredients that do not involve the actual slaughter of animals like honey, beeswax, lanolin, and whey are sometimes not considered to be animal ingredients

“Cruelty-Free”

no animal testing
not tested on animals
we don’t test on animals
against animal testing

DEGREE OF LEGITIMACY:

EXPLANATION

  • meaning: this product and its ingredients were not tested on animals
  • no label standards and no organization verifies the use of this label
  • does not imply the product is vegan

CONCERNS

  • virtually anyone can label their products “cruelty-free”
  • company may commission animal testing of their products to a third party
  • ingredient supplier’s may conduct animal testing of their raw ingredients

“100% Vegetarian”

vegetarian
vegetarian-friendly
vegetarian ingredients
suitable for vegetarians

DEGREE OF LEGITIMACY:

EXPLANATION

  • meaning: this product does not contain animal ingredients or other ingredients resulting from animal slaughter and may contain animal by-products (milk, honey, beeswax, whey, shellac)
  • no label standards and no organization verifies the use of this label
  • may or may not have been tested on animals

CONCERNS

  • virtually anyone can label their products “vegetarian”
  • may use animal ingredients in the manufacturing process (even if they don’t appear in the final product)


“100% Vegan”

vegan
vegan-friendly
vegan ingredient
suitable for vegans

DEGREE OF LEGITIMACY:

EXPLANATION

  • meaning: this product does not contain animal ingredients or animal by-products
  • no label standards and no organization verifies the use of this claim
  • may or may not have been tested on animals

CONCERNS

  • virtually anyone can label their products “vegan”
  • may or may not use animal-derived substances in processing the product (even if they don’t appear in the final product)


petalogo

DEGREE OF LEGITIMACY:

EXPLANATION

  • meaning: the company and their ingredient suppliers do not conduct, commission, or pay for any tests on animals for ingredients, formulations, or finished products.
  • verified by PETA
  • requires companies to complete a short questionnaire and sign a statement of assurance
  • companies pay to use and license the cruelty-free bunny logo

CONCERNS

  • no testing/monitoring is performed, therefore the meaning of this logo depends on the honesty and accuracy of written statements
  • does not mean the product is vegan


DEGREE OF LEGITIMACY:

EXPLANATION

  • meaning: none of its products and ingredients have ever been tested on animals by it, by anyone on its behalf, by its suppliers or anyone on their behalf and must not contain any ingredients derived specifically from killing an animal or provided as a by-product from killed animals
  • verified by Choose Cruelty Free (CCF)
  • CCF also will not accredit companies unless all parent and subsidiaries are also accredited
  • requires companies to fill in the Questionnaire & Application for Accreditation (Q&A), including a legally binding contract
  • companies pay to use and license the CCF rabbit logo

CONCERNS

  • no audit system is performed but companies on the CCF List are required to undergo regular re-accreditation to ensure that they continue to meet the CCF Accreditation Criteria.
  • some limitations to types of animal ingredients used but some vegetarian products can still be certified


DEGREE OF LEGITIMACY:

EXPLANATION

  • meaning: the company and their ingredient suppliers do not conduct or commission animal testing of their products
  • verified by Leaping Bunny
  • requires companies and their ingredient suppliers to commit and pledge to the Leaping Bunny standards
  • companies agree to be audited once every three years by an independent assessor, or, in the case of smaller companies, a β€œspot-check,” commissioned by the CCIC and performed by an accredited auditor
  • companies pay to use and license the Leaping Bunny logo

CONCERNS

  • does not mean the product is vegan


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DEGREE OF LEGITIMACY:

EXPLANATION

  • meaning: the company and their ingredient suppliers do not conduct, commission, or pay for any tests on animals for ingredients, formulations, or finished products and do not contain any animal ingredients
  • verified by PETA
  • requires companies to complete a short questionnaire and sign a statement of assurance
  • companies pay to use and license the cruelty-free and vegan bunny logo

CONCERNS

  • no testing/monitoring is performed, therefore the meaning of this logo depends on the honesty and accuracy of written statements


Certified Vegan

DEGREE OF LEGITIMACY:

EXPLANATION

  • meaning: the product is vegan, defined as containing no animal ingredients or by-products, using no animal ingredients or by-products in the manufacturing process, and not tested on animals by any company or independent contractor.
  • verified by Vegan Action
  • companies provide signed written statements by the manufacturer with documents proving they meet the criteria
  • companies pay to use and license the certified vegan logo on a given product

CONCERN

  • no testing/monitoring is performed, therefore the meaning of this logo depends on the honesty and accuracy of written statements

trademark-logo

DEGREE OF LEGITIMACY:

EXPLANATION

  • meaning: this product and ingredients do not contain any animal product, by-product or derivative and must not involve testing of any sort on animals by the manufacturers or on its behalf, or by any third parties
  • verified by Vegan Society
  • companies provide signed written statements by the manufacturer with documents proving they meet the criteria

CONCERNS

  • no testing/monitoring is performed, therefore the meaning of this logo depends on the honesty and accuracy of written statements


Use of unverified labels

Just because a product uses one of the unverified labels like ‘no animal ingredients’ or ‘cruelty-free’ doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re misleading or lying to you. As conscious consumers, we need to be mindful of the legitimacy behind these labels. We can usually get more specific answers just by emailing or contacting the company directly. If you feel like they’re dodging your questions or giving you generic answers, you might want to consider purchasing from another company that is more transparent about their manufacturing process and ingredients.

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5 Comments
  • Shardae L.
    May 9, 2019

    As a brand that is just getting started and strongly focuses on being vegan and cruelty-free, your blog was extremely informative!!!!

    Thanks so much!!!

  • Dominique
    April 17, 2018

    Thanks for making this guide, it’s very informative and useful!

  • AlinaCosmetics
    January 26, 2018

    I want to point out to everyone that from 2013 The European Union banned animal testing. Therefore, all cosmetics made in the European Union are cruelty-free. They don’t even have to have any symbols or acknowledgment of that fact. It is the Law of the Land.

  • liz Williams
    July 7, 2016

    Thanks for the info- very interesting! It has ooened my eyes even wider! Will share on facebook

  • Rika @ VM
    August 7, 2015

    Love this guide, thank you for putting this together and making a difference for animals!

β€œMake ethical choices in what we buy, do, and watch. In a consumer-driven society our individual choices, used collectively for the good of animals and nature, can change the world faster than laws.”― Marc Bekoff

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