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Vegan Products for a Cruelty Free Lifestyle

Vegans not only avoid eating animals, dairy, eggs, honey, and other animal sourced foods, but also avoid using any products that contain animal sourced ingredients.  You may be surprised at the wealth of top quality, vegan beauty, personal care, and household products out there.  Now it’s easier than ever to help live a cruelty free lifestyle and be beautiful at the same time.

Kiss My Face Face Factor, Face + Neck SPF 30 is great for those who do actually see some sun, but don’t want to feel the harmful effects.  This vegan formula contains alpha lipoic acid, green tea extract, and a linoleic ester to help protect you from the sun’s rays and prevent wrinkles.

For a great vegan lip balm option, try theBalm To The Rescue Vegan Lip Treatment.  Instead of including beeswax like non-vegan lip balms, this lip treatment contains moisturizing ingredients like jojoba and shea butter.  Plus, all net proceeds from the sale of this product go to Pug Rescue.

Urban Decay makes some truly gorgeous vegan beauty products.  Not everything they offer is vegan, but they do clearly denote which items are vegan on their website.  All of their 24/7 Lip Pencil shades are vegan – these 6 dazzling shades glide on easily and stay on all day or night.  Urban Decay Lipstick is another product that comes in all vegan shades.  With an assortment of over 20 different colors, you’ll definitely find the right hue for you.

For an effective and safe vegan deodorant, there’s Crystal Roll-On Body Deodorant Crystal.  This natural deodorant is made of mineral salts and protects against odor causing bacteria without fragrance.  Another great thing about this deodorant is that it goes on clear!

Many toothpastes, even natural ones include non-vegan ingredients like animal derived glycerin and propolis (bees collect this from trees, sap, and other botanical sources, so it is therefore not vegan).  Tom's of Maine Natural Anticavity Fluoride Toothpaste in Spearmint, on the other hand is free of all animal derived ingredients and works great!  The fluoride in it helps protect against cavities and the spearmint in it helps it taste great.

If you’re looking for a vegan soap that doesn’t include things like tallow (cow’s fat) or other animal derived ingredients, try Dr. Bronner's 18-in-1 Pure-Castile Soap in Hemp-Peppermint.  This natural soap gets you clean with vegan ingredients like saponified coconut, hemp, olive oils, and peppermint oil.  It also smells so refreshing and leaves you feeling sparkling clean!  It’s a concentrated soap, so you’ll need to dilute it with water in a 1:100 ratio for optimal results.

Vegan household products are not as rare as you might think.  Seventh Generation’s Natural Liquid Dish Soap in Lavender Floral and Mint is hard working and smells great!  It’s a non-toxic, biodegradable formula that is tough on grease and comes in a wonderful, recycled and recyclable bottle.  The essential oils of lavender, ylang ylang, lime, spearmint, and peppermint will make washing the dishes a treat.

For those who use the dishwasher to clean dishes, there’s Earth Friendly Products WaveJet, Auto Dishwashing Spot & Residue Eliminator.  Instead of dishwasher additives with potentially harmful chemicals, this spot and residue eliminator contains water, natural earth salts, and coconut oil derived surfactants.  Even with its vegan, natural ingredients, it is still as powerful or more so than other non-natural brands!

A great vegan laundry product is Ecover Ecological Stain Remover.  This stain remover has plant based ingredients and gently removes grass, dirt, blood, grease, and other stains from your clothing.

Even if you do not follow a vegan lifestyle, you can still choose to use vegan products in your daily life.  You’ll be helping save animals’ lives and be sending the message that cruelty free is the way to go!