Cruelty Free & Vegan Faves

As customers, we have a voice. The more we make it known that vegan/cruelty free products are in demand, the faster we will see them popping up in stores.

Over the past year and a half, I’ve been slowly transitioning into a vegan lifestyle. Living in Toronto, there are more than enough vegan options to choose from food-wise. Finding vegan and cruelty-free lifestyle products has proven to be a little more difficult, but with a little research (and help from you guys!) I’ve managed to discover new products that I love and think you guys will love too. This is a long one, so go grab a snack and a drink 😉

When it comes to transitioning to a vegan & cruelty-free lifestyle, it doesn’t have to be overnight. In fact, it shouldn’t be. I see no point in throwing away perfectly good and full-sized products because that’s simply just wasteful to me. As for clothing, that’s a little bit difficult and can be controversial for some. I own a few winter items that contain animal materials like wool. Am I throwing them away? No. I will continue to wear them until they fall apart because I don’t have the means to spend $600 on a winter coat at the moment. However, I am making a conscious effort  to buy new clothing that does not contain any animal materials and new body care that is vegan and/or cruelty free. Every step in the right direction counts. With that being said, if anyone knows a good brand of vegan winter boots please do let me know! Now onto the products!

– beauty / body care –

Animal testing is just one of those things that I don’t see any logic in for more reasons than one, but I’ll spare you the horrific details. For any makeup or body care product, I always look for the cruelty free bunny symbol and for the word vegan. When in doubt, I refer to Leaping Bunny and Cruelty Free Kitty for a list of approved products. If you’re still unsure, don’t be afraid to reach out to the companies and just ask! As customers we have a voice, and the more we make it known that vegan/cruelty free products are in demand, the faster we will see them popping up in stores. Luckily, there are tons of products to choose from whether you’re browsing the drugstore or a high end makeup counter.

NOTE: all products/brands listed are cruelty free. Vegan products/brands are indicated by *

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz In dark brown. It stays on as long as I need it to, and the small tip and spoolie on the other end helps me achieve defined brows that don’t look to drawn on
  • RMS Beauty Magic Luminizer This + bronzer = GLOW. Brings a little life back to my skin because the sun in Toronto is seemingly nonexistent once August is over
  • Physicians Formula Organic Wear Mascara
  • Physicians Formula Magic Mosaic Bronzer
  • HURRAW Lip Balm So smooth without the use of beeswax. My current favourite scent is Earl Grey, and there are WAY more scents to choose from than non-vegan lip balms.
  • Urban Outfitters Nail Polishes I love the shade ‘dreamy’ and always get compliments on it
  • Nelson Naturals Toothpaste* I’ve always been curious about natural toothpastes. I haven’t gotten around to a DIY version, but hope to do so in the near future. Not going to lie, this toothpaste is very different to “conventional” kinds but I have grown to love it.

– reader favourites –

I took to Instagram and asked you guys what some of your favourite products are. Here’s a list of products if you’re in need of even more recommendations. A huge thank you to everyone for your suggestions!

Too Faced / Primed & Poreless Pressed Powder*, Chocolate Bronzer*, Grande Hotel Cafe Palette

LUSH / Shampoo & Conditioner (some are not vegan – make sure to ask!)

Pacifica* / Hand Cream & Body Butter, Sea Foam Complete Face Wash, Dream Youth Moisturizer, BB Cream

Kat Von D / Immortal Lash Mascara, Everlasting Liquid Lipstick*

100% Pure / Coffee Eye Cream

RMS Beauty / Under Eye Cover Up, Magic/Living Luminizer

Bare Minerals / Complete Coverage Concealer

Becca Cosmetics / Highlight

W3ll People / Mascara

Sukin* / Super Greens Face Moisturizer, Face Scrrub

ILIA Cosmetics / Lipsticks

– fashion / lifestyle –

I love to support small businesses, especially if they’re based in Toronto or Canada. From time to time I will shop ‘fast fashion’ but am slowly working towards buying secondhand or simply DIY-ing things. I stray away from clothes and shoes that contain leather, suede, fur, wool, cashmere, etc. However, I am personally (right now) not opposed to purchasing items with those materials if they are secondhand. This of course may change in the future.

  • Jewels by SJB Gorgeous jewelry handmade in Toronto. From vegan cuffs, bracelets, and necklaces to timeless pieces that anyone (vegan or not) will love. My personal favourites are the ‘Simply Sweet Sterling Silver Cord Choker’ and the ‘Circle Choker Necklace’ (both pictured below). Shop these beautiful pieces here.
  • MATT & NAT ‘Brave’ Backpack This backpack is everything. I have been eyeing it for ages and finally bit the bullet and decided to make an investment. It’s stylish, fits my laptop AND my aesthetic, and is manufactured sustainably without harming a soul. What more could a girl ask for?  Read more about MATT & NAT here.
  • Urban Outfitters Acrylic Scarf Acrylic scarves are a great alternative to wool – they have the same look & feel while still keeping you warm which is an absolute necessity living in Canada.
  • Zara Faux Leather Jacket It’s inexpensive, stylish, and doesn’t smell weird. Need I say more?

Choosing cruelty and vegan products is easier than I thought it would be! If you’re not quite ready to make the dietary switch, your everyday products are a great place to start. I hope you enjoyed reading (or skimming through) this post and I really hope it helped you discover at least one new thing.  Please let me know if this is something you’d like to see more often! What are some of your favourite cruelty and vegan products at the moment?

All my love,

J.F

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