You might not remember Lush’s extreme window display of a woman — Jacqueline Traide — being treated like an animal being tested for cosmetics, but it sure made an impression on some. After that display, more people became aware of the real conditions that animals go through, and cruelty-free products got a boost in the marketplace.

 

If you are wondering if a product you are using is cruelty-free, there is no better resource than the product itself. Similar to how companies love plastering “organic” whenever it applies, the same goes for cruelty-free. On the back of your product, if says “vegan,” “not tested on animals,” or “cruelty-free,” you feel confident that it is.

 

However, keep in mind that just because it says “natural” or “organic,” that does not mean it is cruelty-free. Below are our favorite cruelty-free products — some having high potential for being vegan and organic as well! For some Frequently Asked Questions about going cruelty free, visit Go Cruelty Free‘s website.

 

 

Bubblegum Lip Scrub (hautemimi.blogspot.com)

1. Lush: Possibly the most popular of all natural and hand-made cosmetic products, this line is also very passionate about cruelty-free cosmetics (their passion shows even on their bags!).

 

They invented the bath bomb, possibly the most popular of all their products, and they have a wide range of other products that deserve just as much attention! From basics, like shower gel and moisturizers, to the cosmetic essentials, like foundation and eye shadows. Try their delicious organic sugar lip scrubs, or even their hand-made soaps that are cut fresh in store and sold by weight! Whatever ends up suiting your fancy, you are bound to find at least one favorite product.

 

 

NYX Matte Lipstick (pinterest.com)

2. NYX: Possibly one of the most affordable make up lines is also cruelty-free! NYX boasts a wide range of products like lipsticks, nail polish, blush, and eye shadow — anything they can create with a wide array of colors to choose from.

 

Recently, NYX has released a new line of lipsticks inspired by macarons. So not only can you get in on the latest make up fashion, but you can be sure that no animals were harmed in the making of your fabulous look.

 

 

Burt’s Bees Hand Creme (feelunique.com)

3. Burt’s Bees: Their philosophy is not only inspirational, but very telling to how they want to run their business, “Most companies look out for the bottom line. We do, too. In fact, we have a triple bottom line: people, profit, planet. You can’t have one without the other two.”

 

Burt’s Bees has such a wide range of beauty products–from tinted lip balm to hand creams to organic shampoos–that you could essentially live off these products and not miss out on anything. If you have to pick only one, however, their Almost Milk hand cream is exceptional for those who have chronic dry hands.

 

While none of their products are tested on animals, not all of them are vegan (for example, if they contain milk, beeswax, or royal jelly). However, it is quite impressive that all of their ingredients are derived from natural places that make for amazing products without the worry of chemicals.

 

 

Yes to Blueberries Face Wipes (refinery29.com)

4. Yes to Carrots: This line of skin care and other beauty products is possibly one of the most trending ones this year. Yes to Cucumbers Facial Towelettes have actually been featured in Allure magazine as one of the Best of Beauty in 2011.

 

Yes to Carrots has a wide range of lines of different products including anti-aging blueberry, nourishing carrot, soothing cucumber line, and a tomato line for clear skin. No matter your skin type or what you are after, there is something to love in this line of products.

 

What do you think of these cruelty-free cosmetic companies? Which ones are your favorites? Which would you add to the list? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @kateeb790!