I’ve been slowly eliminating non Cruelty-Free products from my daily routine. I started by targeting my makeup, and I think I’ve been doing pretty well, though I’ve had a few slip-ups since making my pledge (I bought Maybelline Color Whispers).
I realized that animal testing doesn’t stop at makeup. Facial cleansers are also a part of that. When Wiji pointed out that newer packaging of St. Ives neglected to include “Not Tested on Animals” as it always had, I was compelled to check my skin care, too. Apparently, they were acquired by Unilever, which is a company that tests on animals.
I’m currently working through a large bottle of shu uemura’s cleansing oil, which is the best makeup remover I’ve tried, by far. I’m still looking for cruelty-free alternatives, but we have that little bit left from the bottle, as well as a few samples, to tide us over while we look for other makeup removers.
Here are cruelty-free facial cleansers I’ve tried so far.
Korres Milk Proteins Cleansing & Make-Up Remover Wipes I use this before cleansing because the ones I’m about to mention are great, except when it comes to eye makeup. That is the hardest thing to find, but I won’t give up.
Anyway, these wipes from Korres are great at removing makeup and breaking down build-up so the cleansers can effectively clean the face without having to deal with taking off the makeup build-up. Unfortunately, I think I was mistaken with Korres’ cruelty-free status. They are distributed by Johnson & Johnson, which is not cruelty-free.
I bought the Korres Pomegranate Cleansing & Make-Up Remover Wipes For Oily & Combination Skin, pre-ban, to replenish these, but after I get them, I won’t be purchasing from Korres anymore.
LUSH Aqua Marina. I bought this on a whim, when I went into LUSH to get my mom some gifts for Mother’s Day. I asked for a facial cleanser, and they had several. I walked away with this one because it said that it was inspired by mermaids… LOL.
It’s great, though. I’ve had pretty good skin since using this, and some of my small breakouts have cleared up. You’d think it would be hard to use, but it really isn’t. Just put a small (like pea-sized) amount on your wet hand, warm it up a little, then spread the paste all over your face. Then, you just rinse, and yay. Cruelty-free, natural cleanliness!
This doesn’t remove eye makeup all that well either, however. Just wanted to note that! It also comes in a tub like this, which they make fresh and in small batches, and sell by weight:
It’s not the most hygienic or ideal, but I can deal with that just fine.
Snoe Beauty It’s Oat-K! It’s Alright! Foaming Cleansing Oil. Since the LUSH soap was great at cleaning but crap at removing eye makeup, I was on the hunt for makeup remover. This is made from several things like pili nut oil, oat extract, goat’s milk, and acerola cherries.
I emailed them re: their cruelty-free status and never got a reply. However, I found this on their Facebook page, so without further evidence that says otherwise, I’ll consider them cruelty-free.
This is OK, and I love the smell, though my sister hates it. It says that it can remove waterproof mascara, but from personal experience, eye makeup removal using this product leaves a lot to be desired.
Anyway, I hope that helps! I’m so surprised at how hard this is proving to be. I saw a makeup remover in PCX a few days ago, and it said that it was cruelty-free. I’ll try to check that out next, after I use up all of these things.
Do you have any suggestions for me?