Being vegan isn’t just about the food we eat. It’s so much more. It’s a lifestyle that promotes healthy, happy living for all creatures, whether they’re human, mammal, avialae, fish, reptile, or insect. In essence, vegans support a cruelty-free life for all living beings. We need to pay attention to what we eat, what we wear, and what beauty products we use.
As a new vegan, I learn something new every day, and each day, I’m changing for the better. It’s a process, to be sure, and one that I’m so grateful to be experiencing. It’s not that my eyes have been opened, because I knew that things like animal testing and factory farms existed. It’s that my open eyes are actually seeing. I compare it to hearing vs. listening. One can hear what someone is saying, but if they’re not listening, they miss the meaning of the interaction.
One of the biggest struggles I’ve had thus far is trying to find a beauty product that is truly cruelty-free. I’m a freak about my moisturizers, and it’s this little part of going vegan that has cost me the most money. In the process of trying to find a product that I like, and is actually 100% cruelty-free, I’ve learned that most of the sales associates who sell beauty products, don’t give accurate information. It’s up to me to do my homework before I purchase, or I risk wasting money.
For example, I needed to replace my Olay eye cream (which worked wonders) for a cruelty-free brand. Olay is owned by Procter & Gamble, and they sell to China, which means that their products are tested on animals. Anyway, I went into my local Sephora and asked the woman to show me products that didn’t test on animals. She assured me that Origins was the best. I had heard of this company, and she seemed to know what she was talking about, so I purchased the $41 jar (tiny jar) of eye cream. It was after my purchase that I found out that Origins is owned by Estee Lauder. They are not cruelty-free, because they also sell to China. Needless to say, it was back to the drawing board.
There are many products that are given the cruelty-free thumbs up by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals [PETA], but I don’t like to order beauty products, I really need to feel them before I buy them. Which means, I want a product that is sold locally. After doing a lot of searching, I found that Trish McEvoy’s products earned PETA’s rabbit ears symbol for being cruelty-free. Granted, not all of her products are vegan, but the ingredients in her eye cream, gentle cleansing wash, and beauty booster moisturizer do not contain animal products.
I used to use McEvoy’s products and I liked them. But I was always one to try the newest products and brands, so I stopped buying them. Because I know that she puts out a great product I’m feeling confident that my skin will continue to look and feel as good (hopefully better) as it does now. I’ll let you know if I need to switch. In the meantime, if you’re looking for cruelty-free products, go to PETA’s website and search for cruelty-free, vegan products. They have a comprehensive list to help you find what you’re looking for.