So accurate 👌🏻😂✨ (via @vegan.meme)

So accurate 👌🏻😂✨ (via @vegan.meme)

So-called “Cruelty-free” products have become increasingly popular in the last couple of years, but let’s take a step back and ask, what exactly does it mean when cosmetics, personal care, and household cleaning products are labeled as “cruelty-free”?
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Products that are labeled as “Cruelty-Free” generally means they weren’t tested on animals, however, there is no standard or legal definition as to what is and isn’t allowed to be labeled as “cruelty-free”. So companies can call themselves and their products “cruelty-free” and it can mean whatever THEY want.
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Misleading? — Yes.
Illegal? — No.
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The FDA, responsible for regulating cosmetics labeling in the US, states on its website, “Consumers sometimes ask about use of claims such as “Cruelty-Free” or “Not Tested on Animals” on cosmetic labeling. Some cosmetic companies promote their products with claims of this kind in their labeling or advertising. The unrestricted use of these phrases by cosmetic companies is possible because there are no legal definitions for these terms.”
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Unrestricted Use. No Legal Definition. — “Cruelty-Free” is now being used as a buzzword by marketers wanting to cash in on the trend.
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But not ALL cruelty-free companies are liars and imposters. Some brands are genuinely committed to not testing their finished products and ingredients on animals, anywhere in the world.
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But HOW do we know which cosmetic brands are telling the truth and are truly cruelty-free in 2020?
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❶ Ask brands if their products or ingredients are tested on animals either by the company, their ingredient suppliers or commissioned to a third party and if they allow animal testing when required by law.
❷ Look for @leapingbunnyprogram brands --the most trusted cruelty-free certification program available!
❸ Check @ethicalelephant’s Cruelty-Free Brand Directory List where we have verified each and every brand's cruelty-free status before we list them (link in bio!)
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 Together, we can end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!
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Thank you for choosing cruelty-free! 🐘 💕

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“It’s not about being perfect! And we don’t know any vegans who walk around saying that they are, or that they cause zero harm. Veganism doesn’t mean causing ZERO harm (that would be delusional)... but it definitely means causing a lot less of it!! And causing LESS harm than before (before being vegan) is definitely worth celebrating and continuing to advocate for.

Don’t let the vegan haters get you down. Usually the people pointing their fingers and trying to find a flaw in veganism are the ones who simply don’t understand it or don’t know what it takes to stand for something.” (Words by @vegan_boss, 📸 via @unmeatfuture)

THIS. 🙌🏻 . “It’s not...

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Cruelty-free is the only way to be!🐇✨

Cruelty-free is the only way...

A quick and easy way to find out if your shoes are VEGAN and whether they were made from animal OR non-animal materials! 👠🌿
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Once you know, you'll never forget! ✨ I've been using this guide for YEARS now and it has saved me so much time and hassle! 💗
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Swipe 👈🏻 to see what each symbol means and which ones are considered vegan materials! 🌱
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NOTE: This pictogram does NOT guarantee whether the glue used contain animal products, please contact the shoe manufacturer/companies to inquire about the source of their glue.
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Never too late for a fresh start ✨ doing something is better than doing nothing 🌱
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I had failed to meet my personal goals to living minimally and more sustainably this month, but I will keep trying to do better — even if it means making some mistakes along the way! 🌎 (via @createcultivate)

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Ultimate List of 70+ Cruelty-Free & Vegan Nail Polish Brands

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Ultimate Guide to Cruelty-Free Vegan Nail Polish
Ultimate Guide to Cruelty-Free Vegan Nail Polish

There are so many cruelty-free and vegan nail polish options on the market right now that I had to share this growing list with you all! I get super excited when I see this many (70+!) cruelty-free nail polish brands that all have vegan options!

What is Vegan Nail Polish?

First, let’s start by asking what makes traditional nail polish not vegan? Certain animal-derived ingredients may be lurking in our nail colors including an ingredient called guanine which is derived from fish scales and used in shimmery nail polish colors; keratin used as a nail strengthener; and shellac which is produced from the lac bug and commonly used as a high-shine hardener.

Vegan nail polish do not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.

What is Cruelty-Free Nail Polish?

In addition, we also want to make sure we’re not supporting or buying from any nail polish brands that test their products, ingredients or formulations on animals, anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, some of the most popular and widely available nail polish brands are not cruelty-free, mainly because they choose to sell their products in mainland China, where animal testing is required by law for all imported cosmetics (including nail polish).

Nail polish brands that are not cruelty-free in 2019 include OPI, Essie, Revlon, Sally Hansen, L’Oreal, Sinful Colors, Chanel, Givenchy, Dior, Tom Ford, and Christian Louboutin.

Cruelty-free nail polish are not tested on animals, anywhere in the world.

All of the nail polish brands listed in this post are cruelty-free meaning they don’t test on animals. Although some of the brands may not be entirely 100% vegan, I made sure to only include ones that offer vegan nail polish products. Please note that brands that are not marked as being “100% Vegan” may carry other nail care or cosmetic products (like cuticle oils, remover, lipsticks, eyeshadow palettes, skincare) that may not be vegan.

Scroll down for a comprehensive list of all 70+ cruelty-free and vegan nail polish brands!

Quick Guide: Vegan Nail Polish

Below is a quick guide to vegan nail polish where you’ll find our recommendations for:

  • Drugstore vegan nail polish
  • Gel vegan nail polish
  • Non-toxic vegan nail polish
  • Water-based vegan nail polish

Drugstore Vegan Nail Polish

If you’re looking for drugstore vegan nail polish at Target, Wal-mart, Ulta, London Drugs, CVS, or Superdrug, we recommend trying out Zoya, Pacifica, ORLY, ella + mila, Mineral Fusion, ELF, Barry M, and Piggy Paint. All of which are relatively affordable and under $10!

Gel Vegan Nail Polish

Get a professional gel manicure in the comfort of your home with these cruelty-free and vegan soak-off gel polishes: Madam Glam, NCLA’s Gelous?, Dimension Nails, Color Club’s Gel, and ORLY GELFX. You will need an LED or UV lamp when using these vegan gel polishes.

Non-Toxic Vegan Nail Polish

For those of us that want cruelty-free & vegan non-toxic nail polishes that contain fewer chemicals but without compromising on durability, quality, or nail color options, we highly recommend these vegan non-toxic nail polishes: Sienna Byron Bay, Londontown, VEQUE, SpaRitual, NCLA, 100% Pure, and Lauren B. Beauty.

Water-Based Vegan Nail Polish

Want a non-toxic, virtually odorless nail polish that is safe enough for your kids to use? Give water-based nail polish a try! Almost all water-based nail polishes don’t contain any animal ingredients but some brands may be selling in China where animal testing is required by law. We recommend the following cruelty-free water-based nail polishes: Honeybee Gardens, Piggy Paint, Acquarella, SOPHi, Snails (S’N’B), Pure Anada, and Color Club’s Water Color Collection.

List of Cruelty-Free Vegan Nail Polish
List of Cruelty-Free Vegan Nail Polish

Guide to All Vegan Nail Polish Brands

Below you will find an updated list of cruelty-free and vegan nail polish brands:

Please note: I have confirmed the following brands mentioned below carry vegan nail polish but some brands may also have other product lines that are not all vegan like nail treatments, lipsticks, perfume, lotions. Brands that are entirely vegan are noted as100% vegan‘ label.

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  • Karma Organic100% Vegan!
  • Kester Black – 100% Vegan!
  • KL Polish – 100% Vegan!

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86 Comments
  • Laurie
    January 26, 2020

    Hi, thank you for this list!

    What about L.A. Colors?

  • Rebecca Young
    August 24, 2019

    How can I buy

  • Megan
    March 11, 2019

    Are Kiss products cruelty free? I can’t find info anywhere on them.

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