One of the biggest struggles that every vegan woman faces is finding good vegan makeup and beauty products that have also not been tested on animals. It can be tricky and time-consuming to check every ingredient listed in your go-to makeup product. Besides so many seemingly innocuous ingredients may actually be animal derivative and you wouldn’t even know. Most of you may not even know that you are smearing your lips with bug juice everyday, as most lipsticks contain carmine – a red pigment derived from cochineal insect often listed as carmine, natural red 4, C.I. 75470, or E120. Not just lipstick, carmine is found in most makeup products, right from your nail polish to eyeliner, mascara, blush, eyeshadow and even foundation. Even most organic and natural makeup products contain carmine. Other common animal ingredients found in many makeup and beauty products are lanolin (derived from the oil glands of sheep), beeswax, gelatin, tallow (yielded by boiling the animal carcasses), guanine and keratin.
Finding cruelty-free alternatives may seem like a challenge but even a city like Dubai has so many vegan-friendly and cruelty-free brands that you will be surprised. To speed up your search, we’ve prepared a list of the best vegan-friendly and vegan beauty brands in Dubai, most of which are also clean aka made with natural and organic ingredients.
The above list includes some of the best vegan-friendly (VGF) and vegan (VG) makeup and beauty brands available in Dubai, along with the stores where you can find them. This is not a comprehensive list but is a guide to help you make a vegan switch in your beauty cabinet. All the above brands are not only vegan-friendly but are also cruelty-free, which means they have not been tested on animals at any point in production. They also don’t sell in a country where animal testing is required by law.
The new age beauty and make-up products match the performance of mainstream brands sans cruelty or toxic ingredients. For example, Kat Von D’s liquid matte vegan lipsticks offer super pigmented color that doesn’t budge off for hours, Oh Tiff 5-free (free from five harmful chemicals commonly found in nail polishes) vegan nail colors stay on long and feel so light on the nails and Sante’s voluminizing vegan mascara that delivers voluminous lashes without the clumping and is enriched with castor and almond oil.
COMPANIES THAT TEST ON ANIMALS
You should also know the brands to avoid. Some of the most popular and easily available brands in the market are either tested on animals or contain animal ingredients. Changing products you have been using for years may seem like a daunting task and seem nerve-racking. But when you know that they are a product of cruelty, making the transition becomes easier.
Below is a list of popular brands that test on animals.
Some brands claim they don’t test on animals unless required by law. This means that mandatory animal testing is required by law for the products to be sold in certain countries, like China. Many companies don’t care about animal cruelty and allow animal testing in such cases. Many companies on the above list also sell their products in China, which means they are not cruelty-free.
Another problem is, many beauty brands claim they are cruelty-free, however, they may still contain animal ingredients. If you didn’t know the difference between vegan and cruelty-free, click here. So you need to make sure that not only the product you are buying is cruelty-free but is also vegan.
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