A great way to start off the new year is to incorporate more ethically sourced beauty products into your routine... and it’s easier than you think! More cosmetic companies have begun to go cruelty-free by ditching animal testing. Whether you’re a complete make-up addict or just learning the basics, love to splurge or have a tight budget, there are cruelty free products for you. In the Back Bay of Boston, there are plenty of companies and brands with great finds to help you achieve any makeup look, while supporting our furry friends. Here is a list of animal-friendly cosmetic brands and where you can find in the area.
If you would like to find out more about the companies that are PETA approved, you can search through their Beauty Without Bunnies index to see which brands are cruelty-free.
LUSH Cosmetics are well-known for their luxurious Bath Bombs and great range of beauty products. However, what is not quite as well known is the fact that the company has been against animal testing for over 30 years. Besides having their own strict testing policies, they also have the LUSH Prize of £250,000, which goes to researchers and companies in the alternative testing sector that bring awareness to the cause or find new ways of testing products.
Find LUSH at 166 Newbury Street, www.lushusa.com
It may surprise you that Victoria's Secret has been on PETA's cruelty-free company list since 1991! Not only do they have a tons of fragrances and body lotions, they also have a huge range of moderately-priced makeup to help you look like one of their gorgeous supermodels!
Find Victoria's Secret at 82 Newbury Street, www.victoriassecret.com
The Body Shop
The Body Shop prides themselves on providing natural, ethically produced beauty products. Since their start, they have never tested on animals. In fact, in 1996, they created a campaign against animal testing that gained over 4 million signatures and was delivered to the European Commission. They were also the first international company to sign up to Humane Cosmetics Standard.
Find The Body Shop in the Prudential Shopping Center at 800 Boylston Street, www.thebodyshop-usa.com
At Sephora, you can find a wide variety of cosmetics brands, including quite a few that are cruelty-free. If you're looking to splurge, Hourglass Cosmetics, Nars, Bare Escentuals, Urban Decay, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics and Illamasqua are just a few of the high-end companies Sephora stocks that do not test against animals.
Find Sephora in the Prudential Shopping Center at 800 Boylston Street, www.sephora.com
If you're looking to save money, but still find cruelty-free cosmetics, you don't have to look any further than some of your favorite makeup brands stocked at CVS! Wet n Wild, Burt's Bees, and Physicians Formula are all on PETA's cruelty-free company list. And, if you're looking for makeup brushes, Eco Tools Cosmetics Brushes are also animal friendly!
Find CVS at 587 Boylston Street and 240 Newbury Street, www.cvs.com