What's the Difference Between Cruelty Free Cosmetics and Vegan Cosmetics?

What’s the Difference Between Cruelty Free and Vegan Cosmetics

What's the Difference Between Cruelty Free Cosmetics and Vegan Cosmetics?

Logical Harmony focuses on living a cruelty free and vegan lifestyle. Specifically with beauty and household items. I think that it’s really important to let people know that there is a difference between cruelty free and vegan. For some people, buying vegan products is going to be an easy transition. For others, going cruelty free is all that they can do. Even just swapping handful of your products for cruelty free or vegan versions is great! What each person is able to do is going to be different, and it’s important to take whatever steps you are comfortable with taking.

I urge you to take your own cruelty free pledge. If you can do your part to help by buying all cruelty free products, then it’s definitely a step in the right direction and worth supporting. It’s important, however, to note that cruelty free items aren’t truly animal friendly. They often contain ingredients that require the death of an animal to produce – a process that’s hardly cruelty free. This is why Logical Harmony urges you to buy as many vegan products as you can. Cruelty Free is a great place to start, but please support the truly animal friendly companies and brands as much as possible.

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Logical Harmony focuses on vegan products. To me, this means no animal testing and no animal ingredients. I think that it’s really important to let people know that there is a difference between cruelty free and vegan so that you can each decide which products are the best for you.


What defines vegan?

A product that is vegan does not contain any animal ingredients or animal derived ingredients. This includes, but is not limited to, honey, beeswax, lanolin, collagen, albumen, carmine, cholesterol, gelatin, and many others. To many the term “vegan” also means that a product is free from animal testing as well. Because the term is not regulated, it is often used to simply note that a product does not contain animal ingredients. Items that are tested on animals can claim to be “vegan”.

There are lots of beauty companies that are cruelty free and offer a mostly vegan selection of items. These companies are often more than happy to tell you exactly what items and shades are vegan. If they are unable to give you a clear answer, it’s best to avoid products by that company.

In the same way that organizations provide brands with logos to denote a researched cruelty free status, the same also exists for vegan products. There are two logos that are used to show that a product is certified vegan – the one issued by Vegan Action and the one issued by The Vegan Society. These mean that a product has no animal ingredients or animal-derived ingredients, but may not mean that the product is cruelty free.


What defines cruelty free?

For a product to be cruelty free, there should be no form of animal testing at any point in the creation of a brands products. It’s common for companies to not test the final product on animals, but to test it along the way or to use ingredients that have been tested on animals by a third-party. “Required by law” animal testing is also common. This means that the finished products are tested on animals by a third-party to comply with various regional laws around the world. These products, no matter what the packaging says, are not cruelty free.

If you aren’t sure about a product, it’s always a good idea to contact the company itself and ask flat-out if they test on animals in any way during the creation of the process. Most companies who do not test on animals and whose suppliers do not test will give you a prompt reply stating so. If you do not receive a reply, or if the reply gives you an unclear answer, then it’s best to not purchase products from this company just to be safe.

Products that are not tested on animals are not necessarily vegan. Commonly used ingredients include: honey, beeswax, lanolin, collagen, albumen, carmine, cholesterol, gelatin, etc. If you wish to avoid these ingredients, then buying vegan products would be a good course of action for you to take.


How can you make your shopping easier?

Here at Logical Harmony, we maintain a list of cruelty free brands. Every brand on that list has vegan options. Not only is the list updated weekly, but we check back in with brands to see if there have been changes in their animal testing status. There is no cost to be added to the cruelty free brands list on Logical Harmony. This list represents thousands of hours of work over several years, and includes many International brands.

How to Add the Logical Harmony Cruelty Free Brand List to your iPhone
How to Add the Logical Harmony Cruelty Free Brand List to your Android

If you have an iPhone or Android, you can easily access the list from Logical Harmony on the go. Find instructions on how to do this for the iPhone and Android.

If you are out and about without your phone, look for the official Leaping Bunny logo on product packaging.

Can a company be cruelty free and not have the Leaping Bunny Logo? Yes. Joining the Leaping Bunny Program is free for companies (the only cost associated with the program comes with the optional licensing of the Leaping Bunny Logo), but is also optional. Brands must reach out to Leaping Bunny to start the process and lots of cruelty free brands have not gone through the Leaping Bunny process.

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