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My Go-to Animal-Friendly Beauty Products

I made the decision to go animal-friendly with all of my household and beauty products about a year ago, which lead to an exciting flurry of discovering some great makeup and perfumes. More recently, in an effort to simplify my life, I switched off of birth control pills for the ease of an IUD, which lead to an unintended and unexpected effect: acne. I’ve never had an issue with this, and it has been distressing. The story, however, has a happy ending…because some natural, cruelty-free products came to the rescue! Here are my go-to brands and products!


The haven of cruelty-free scents! I’ve got a roll-on perfume in Tahitian Gardenia and am on my second bottle of the body wash in the same scent. I also have two of the lip tints which are good enough to eat (and being all natural, it would probably turn out OK if you did…but please don’t sue me if I’m wrong.)

TG Roll On-rs

Burt’s Bees

Some vegans may object to the use of bee-products but a.) it’s all Leaping Bunny certified and b.) anything that supports bees is a plus in my book! I’ve always got a trusty tube of Burt’s Bees chap stick in my pocket and have had great results with Gūd shampoo and conditioner.

Burt’s Bees also provided me with the facial cleanser I needed to get rid of the bumpy mess that my forehead had become: Peach and Willow Bark Deep Pore Scrub.




Back when I had a bit more money, I allowed myself to roam about in the premium section of makeup at Ulta and discovered Tarte. They’ve got a BB cream that actually matches my very pale Irish skin, the BEST mascara (its called Gifted), and Amazonian clay eyeliner-an essential for those who enjoy 1920s style smoky eyes.

Tarte Gifted Mascara


Here is my drugstore priced go-to when I have the urge to buy lipstick. SO MANY COLORS. I like the extra creamy lipsticks and the butter lipsticks. Good liquid eyeliners, and fun-colored mascaras as well.


Desert Essence

The acne spot treatment that saved my self-esteem. I love the smell of tea tree in the Blemish Touch Stick (which weirdly a lot of reviewers on Amazon complained about) and I also love that it works!

Desert Essence

Alba Botanica

Alba makes my everyday moisturizer: Smoothing Jasmine and Vitamin E. However, my experience with their sunblock was not good. I have NEVER had sunblock burn my eyes so badly for so long…I hope they work on this product.



Never fear though, because Aubrey has me covered as far as sunblock goes! It even has green tea antioxidants.


Acknowledgements: I discovered the Burt’s Bees face wash at Jersey Girl Talk  and learned about the Dessert Essence Blemish Touch stick from PETA.

All pictures are from the companies’ websites.