Shopping for skincare is overwhelming enough, as it is with so many products vying for our hard-earned cash, but when you want to ensure that the cleanser you are buying is not just cruelty-free but vegan too, you may end up leaving the store with a headache.
The good news is that veganism is no longer a niche lifestyle choice. Brands are reacting to the rapidly rising number of vegans – up from 150,000 in 2006 to more than 540,000 today, according to the Vegan Society – by reformulating their products to meet buyers’ demands.
Testing on animals has been banned in the EU for nearly 15 years. And since March 2013, it has also been against the law to sell cosmetics products in the EU that have been tested on animals or contain ingredients that have been.
To confirm that all products on this list are 100 per cent cruelty-free, brands were asked to clarify that they do not test on animals at any stage of supply, production or retail and are not on sale in China, where imported products must be tested on animals before entering the market. Some of the brands are certified by the relevant bodies, such as Peta or Cruelty Free International, while others have pledged to always abide by ...