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The Cruelty Free Guide

Information and reviews on vegan and cruelty free skin care, hair care, make up and everything in between!

3. March 2014

I’ve been on the look out for a toner that works well for my skin for some time now, and after spending probably way too much money on products that left my skin feeling even worse, I began to look at ways to make my own. After testing some recipes found online, I have finally come up with a combination that I am finally happy with. It’s affordable, cruelty free, will help to soothe and reduce redness and best of all it has no hidden chemicals.

What You Will Need:

¼ cup Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

½ cup Green Tea

A good squeeze of Lemon Juice

½ to 1 cup of Water

After combining all of your ingredients, simply mix well and keep in the fridge. It should keep for about 2-3 weeks. If you feel the smell is too strong, add more water until you are happy with it.

Apple Cider Vinegar works to restore the ph balance of your skin after cleansing, and works as an antibacterial product which can help to treat acne. Adding the green tea and lemon juice will help to significantly reduce redness and will leave your skin feeling refreshed and soothed.

forestunseen said: help! i need a vegan waterproof concealer/or foundation or something similar idk where to look though :/ any help or tips is appreciated!

Hey! I don’t have a lot of experience with waterproof foundation, but I have used the Go Camo Concealer by Australis, and that is incredibly waterproof! If anyone else knows of waterproof foundation help us out! :)

6. February 2014

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Elf (Eyes Lips Face) is a cruelty free cosmetic company that sell affordable products, and are almost 100% vegan. They are extremely great quality and can be bought online or on sites like Beauty joint and Cherry Culture. As of this week, they will also be available at Kmart! Elf is almost 100% vegan, with only the brushes from their Essential range (white handles) containing animal hair. All other brushes and products are free from animal derived products.

7. January 2014

Inika is an all natural, organic and 100% vegan makeup brand from Australia that offer high end cosmetics with a huge colour range. They can be found in various organic beauty salons and chemists, or online on their website.

Inika have a massive variety of colours, especially within their eyeshadow range. You can also request a $1 sample of their Liquid Mineral Foundation here, where they claim “Our NEW 6ml sample sized Liquid Mineral Foundation is enough for up to a week long trial, plenty of time for you to decide whether our Certified Organic Liquid Mineral Foundation is truly for you.”

11. December 2013

If anyone is looking out for quality vegan and cruelty free hair care products, I’d suggest visiting Hairhouse Warehouse. They’re currently selling a variety of value packs for $39, originally valued at $67. De Lorenzo can be pretty pricey sometimes so I picked one up. I also noticed that Priceattack were selling similar packs for $50 with four products included.

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They had a couple of different packs, with the one I purchased including Rejuven8 shampoo, conditioner and an ends treatment cream.

9. December 2013

Australis is an Australian cruelty free cosmetic brand that has a few vegan options. I know that there’s a ‘Vegan List’ floating around the internet somewhere, but I did notice it contains many products that aren’t actually vegan. I contacted the company for an updated list, but unfortunately I couldn’t get one. They do mention if their products are vegan on their site, but since that is a little inconvenient I went ahead and made a new list myself. Hope this helps!

Australis Vegan List

Face

  • 3 in 1 Wipes
  • Make-Up Finishing Spritz
  • Finishing Powder
  • CC Cream
  • Stayput Foundation
  • Mineral Inject Foundation
  • F & F Pressed Powder
  • PP HD Tinted Moisturiser
  • All Over Face & Body Tint
  • Go Camo Concealer
  • Colour Corrector
  • Pressed Powder
  • F & F Pressed Powder
  • Mineral High Lights
  • Blush BFFs
  • Bronzing Brush On Wands
  • Jumbo Bronzer

Eyes

  • Tint My Brow
  • Eyeshadown Cream Duo
  • Intensifeye Quads (OnlyChoc-a-Block & The Big Smoke shades are Vegan Friendly)
  • Eye Pencil Liner
  • 10 HR Wear Pencil Liner
  • Extender Lash Mascara

Lips

  • Velourlips Matte Cream
  • Lip Pencil Liners
  • Pout Paste Stain

Nails

  • Nail Polish Remover
  • All Nail Polish (Colours and Glitters)

Accessories

  • Angled Liner Brush
  • Eye Shadow Brush
  • Contouring Brush
  • Foundation Brush

If you see any mistakes or if I have missed anything please let me know!

sullymun said: This is incredibly helpful! Thankyou so so much :D

Aw thanks so much! I’m just starting out since I’ve realized there’s not that much info for vegans out there. Let me know if you ever have any suggestions! :)

8. December 2013

De Lorenzo is an Australian cruelty free hair care brand that is also 100% vegan. They are available at Price Attack and have a massive range of products. For people looking for a vegan-friendly hair salon, they also have a helpful search tool on their website to help you find a salon that uses De Lorenzo products.

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Their product claims include;

  • Plant ingredients
  • No animal testing or ingredients
  • No Petrochemicals
  • Quality Endorsed Company
  • Australian made & owned.
8. December 2013

Innoxa is a cruelty free cosmetic and skin care brand with quite a few vegan options, and can be found in Priceline or Myer. Here’s a list of their vegan friendly products available from their website.

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8. December 2013

I’ve recently been doing some research into organic and cruelty free hair masks, as my hair has become extremely dry and damaged, and I didn’t want to pay a whole lot of money for a hair mask with strange chemicals. Two things that kept popping up is the use of Olive Oil and Coconut Oil as a hair treatment. I have tried both, and using coconut oil as a hair treatment worked a lot better than olive oil. Here’s how I did it.

Any coconut oil should work, but I used this organic one I got from my local Woolworths.

1. Melt about 2 tablespoons of oil in the microwave for about 10 seconds, or until it become smooth and transparent.

2. Apply to hair. I did this by dipping the ends of my hair into the oil itself, and then pouring the rest over my head. Make sure your hair is dry before putting the oil on.

3. Relax! You can leave the oil in as long as you want, even over night. I left mine in for about an hour.

4. Rinse! Important: Before wetting your hair in the shower, apply shampoo straight to the hair. I used quite a lot, and lathered it all over my hair. This is important, as mixing the oil and water together will make it a lot harder to wash out, and you will be left with very oily hair. I shampooed twice, but you can do this three times if you feel like you need to. Follow with conditioner, and dry as usual.

This is the best thing I have ever done with my hair, it’s the softest and shiniest it has ever been, had plenty of volume and wasn’t oily in the slightest. I’d definitely suggest trying this before buying expensive hair masks or treatments.

8. December 2013

Sukin is an Australian company with a variety of hair and skin care products. They are all 100% vegan and cruelty free, and contain no harsh chemicals.

imageSukin would have to be my favorite skincare brand. It’s affordable, smells great and is easily available, being sold at Priceline, most pharmacies and many organic/health food stores.

Natural Deodorant-After going vegan, I soon discovered that vegan deodorant was a very rare product that would take me months to find. Anything that I did find, was either wildly expensive or smelt like body odor. Sukin Natural Deodorant is the best smelling cruelty free deo I’ve used so far. It has a nice fresh smell, lasts for a very long time and retails at about $5.95.

Sensitive Cleansing Gel-As someone with very sensitive skin, finding a cruelty free cleanser that was gentle and still worked was a life saver. It smells lovely and leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh. Retails at $9.95

Hydrating Mist Toner-This mist toner is amazing. I use it whenever I feel like it, after I cleanse my face or just throughout the day. It’s very hydrating and alcohol free. Retails at $9.95

Nourishing Lip Treatment-This lip treatment smells and tastes great. Although I find it a little expensive for a lip balm, I still enjoy using it, and find it very hydrating. Retails at $7.95

For anyone considering trying Sukin, I’d definitely recommend it. Everything I have tried so far works great, and I can’t wait to try the rest of their range.

7. December 2013

Hi, welcome to my vegan and cruelty free blog! Here you will find information and reviews about cruelty free skin care, hair care, make up and everything in between…

Skincare and makeup can be a difficult area in terms of finding out what’s cruelty free and what isn’t. As a vegan of two years, I still find myself lost and confused, and have found that there is not a lot of helpful information out there. This blog is here to help anyone who is as confused as I am, and hopefully you can get something out of it! 

All of the information on here is gathered by my own personal research or by contacting companies themselves. If you see anything on here you don’t think should be here, please let me know! I would love any feedback or information you guys have.

Enjoy and thanks for looking!