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Cruelty-Free Brands at Ulta (UPDATED FOR 2019!)

Cruelty-Free Brands Available at Ulta

Trying to figure out what the cruelty-free brands at Ulta are? This guide can help! For many beauty lovers, big chain stores like Ulta are one of the main places where we purchase cosmetics, skincare, and hair care. Ulta is unique in that they carry both high-end and drugstore brands. This makes it easy to do a lot of your beauty shopping in one place. Being aware of the cruelty-free brands at Ulta can be a challenge simply because they carry so many brands.  In an effort to make things easier for consumers, I wanted to create and share this list of cruelty-free brands at Ulta.

Take this guide of cruelty-free brands at Ulta with you the next time you go to an Ulta store (details on how to do that are in the post!) or reference it for easy online cruelty-free shopping!

Curious about some of the brands sold at Ulta aren’t cruelty-free? That’s also in the post!

Popular cruelty-free products sold at Ulta:

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Cruelty-Free Drugstore Brands

Cruelty-Free Drugstore Brands

Looking for cruelty-free drugstore brands? This guide has you covered! Many Logical Harmony readers ask for help finding good drugstore products from cruelty-free brands. Many people believe that it’s hard to find cruelty-free drugstore brands, or difficult to find cruelty-free and vegan options at the drugstore. Thankfully, there are now more cruelty-free drugstore brands than ever before!

That’s why I decided to create this list of cruelty-free drugstore brands. This guide includes brands that offer cruelty-free brands that can easily be found at drugstores or large chain stores such as Target, Ulta, CVS, Walgreens, Superdrug, Priceline Pharmacy, and more! It’s exciting to see these stores catching on to the fact that people want to purchase cruelty-free drugstore brands and to see them start to carry more and more cruelty-free options.

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An Update on Flower Beauty’s Vegan Status

An Update on Flower Beauty's Vegan Status

A couple of weeks ago Logical Harmony reported that Flower Beauty may no longer be a vegan friendly brand. While I have been unable to receive clarification or a response from their PR firm that I was talking to (as well as Flower Beauty themselves), I have talked to the Flower Beauty about it in the past week and have received clarification from them.

At this time, Flower Beauty is not a completely vegan line. They are still completely cruelty free and have a lot of vegan options, but there are animal ingredients used in some items. I was told that they do use beeswax and carmine. Their glycerine and other potentially animal sourced items are, as I was originally told, plant based. So please read all packaging and look for beeswax and carmine before purchasing.

To add even more interest to this situation, fellow cruelty free makeup blogger Christine, of MakeUp Guinea Pig, let me know that after reading my last post about Flower Beauty (Flower Beauty may No Longer be Vegan Friendly), she went and looked at the ingredients of items she had purchased when the line first came out. One of the lipsticks lists carmine as an ingredient. While I had received word of and saw packaging with “may contain carmine” listed, this is the first I have heard of carmine appearing on an ingredient list. None of the Flower Beauty products I own or looked at in stores listed either beeswax or carmine as an ingredient.

In regards to the “may contain carmine” statement, I was unable to get clarity about if this was still true or not. I was originally told that this statement appeared because Flower Beauty was using shared equipment. I’m unclear as to if this statement is still on some packaging because of shared equipment or if these items actually may contain carmine. The brand has not responded with any further details about this statement.

While I have requested to work with the brand to create a vegan items list, I am not sure that this will happen. I can understand them being hesitant because it’s a big task to keep it updated. Many brands that do have a vegan section often let it fall out of date. Even when working with this brands and buying items on vegan lists, I still think that it’s best to always check the ingredient list yourself.

I was unable to get clarification about the miscommunication that happened. It is concerning to me that a brand’s PR firm and customer service team were saying something very different several months ago. Do I believe this was done intentionally? Not at all. This is clearly a case of people internally not being on the same page about the products and their communication. Does it impact my trust in the brand? Most definitely.

The brand has been apologetic about the miscommunication and has done a great job of talking to me about this situation. I am assuming this is being handled internally, as it should be, and hopeful that the brand will be more clear about this in the future.

At this time, Flower Beauty will be placed back on the cruelty free & vegan brands list as a cruelty free brand with vegan options.

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Flower Beauty May No Longer Be Vegan Friendly

Flower Beauty May No Longer Be Vegan Friendly

Readers of Logical Harmony, it’s with a very sad heart that I write this post. Flower Beauty has just informed me that they are still cruelty free, but that Flower Beauty may no longer be a vegan friendly line.

January 9, 2014 – Please find an update on this situation in the post An Update on Flower Beauty’s Vegan Status.

I previously had received the following statement from their PR firm. I also received the same statement from their customer service team.

1. Are Flower Beauty products tested on animals as a finished product? Either by Flower Beauty, a parent company,  an affiliate or a 3rd party company.  There is no animal testing done on any formula or ingredient.  This includes raw materials for our formulas.  We are not affiliated with any companies that tests product ingredients on animals. Our products do not contain any animal-derived ingredient.  Our cosmetics lab has signed a Statement of Assurance through PETA.  Our ingredients are non-toxic according to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.  

2. Are Flower Beauty products tested on animals during production? Either by Flower Beauty, a parent company,  an affiliate or a 3rd party company. See above

3. Are the ingredients used to make Flower Beauty products tested on animals at any point? Either by Flower Beauty, a parent company, an affiliate or a 3rd party company. See above

4. Does Flower Beauty have any vegan options (items without animal ingredients)? See above – they are vegan

5. When using ingredients, such as glycerin, that can be derived from a plant or an animal, does Flower Beauty use the animal based item or the plant based item? Plant based item

A couple of months ago, I emailed again asking about the product packaging that was surfacing with “may contain carmine” on the labels. The response I received stated again that they products were vegan and do not contain any animal by-products. I asked if they would help me explain to my readers about the labels. The response I got stated that it was added to packaging due to the cosmetics being produced in a shared equipment factory. They said that they assured me the line was vegan and did not contain carmine or any other animal ingredients.

As I’m sure you have noticed, Flower Beauty has been heavily promoted on Logical Harmony. Most of my personal makeup stash was swapped out for the Flower products. They were cute colors, very good quality, and budget friendly. I was telling anyone and everyone about them!

The other day, I received a tweet from Logical Harmony reader @MsMollyGirl who said she saw a tweet from the brand stating that they were cruelty free and not vegan. I immediately reached out to the brand and got the following response via Twitter

Flower Beauty May No Longer Be Vegan Friendly

We are sorry if there was a misrepresentation of our products. FLOWER Beauty is not vegan. We are cruelty free.

My heart sunk immediately. This is a brand that I had been assured by both their PR and customer service was cruelty free and completely vegan. I had been telling friends, readers of Logical Harmony, and other bloggers about them. I mentioned them to multiple press sources when being interviewed about vegan beauty. I spent hundreds of dollars on their products. And now it turns out that they may no longer be vegan or, even worse, may never have been. I especially feel badly that I have unintentionally spread mis-information about this brand. Thinking of all the animal loving consumers that may have purchased their items based on my recommendation and now to find out this… I have no words to describe how I feel and can only offer incredibly sincere apologies to everyone.

Flower Beauty is still cruelty free. Which is great. But the idea that multiple sources had once assured me they were completely vegan and now to have one say that they are not… It’s hard to take. I have reached out to them about the possibility of putting together a list of vegan options that I can publish here. I have also reached back out to the PR contact I have to see if they can shed some light on this. I have my fingers crossed that there is still some truth to what I was told multiple times by this brand and hopes that they offer vegan options.

If any more news comes out of this, I will update here on Logical Harmony. In the meantime, a disclosure will be added to all previous posts that mention Flower Beauty. Since the Cruelty Free & Vegan Brands List includes only cruelty free brands with vegan options, and it’s unclear at this time if Flower still offers any, they will be moved to the Grey Area list for the time being.

January 9, 2014 – Please find an update on this situation in the post An Update on Flower Beauty’s Vegan Status.

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Logical Harmony featured on Babble – 25 Beauty Steals Bloggers Are Loving

Logical Harmony featured on Babble - 25 Beauty Steals Bloggers Are Loving

I was just featured in a Babble article on beauty steals that bloggers love talking about one of my favorite cruelty free and vegan products – Flower Beauty Lipstick! The Kiss Stick Lip Color in Camelia Charm is one of my essential beauty products. Read the full article 25 Beauty Steals Bloggers Are Loving on Babble.com.

Other animal friendly items included in this feature are E.L.F.

Update 12/24/2013 – Readers of Logical Harmony, it’s with a very sad heart that I write this post. Flower Beauty has just informed me that they are still cruelty free, but that Flower Beauty may no longer be a vegan friendly line. http://bit.ly/1c48dsH

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Logical Harmony featured on Babble – Underdog Beauty Tips

Logical Harmony featured on Babble - Underdog Beauty Tips

I was just featured in a Babble article on Underdog Beauty Tips talking about one of my favorite cruelty free and vegan products – In Your Prime Perfecting Primer from Flower Beauty! As I state in the article, this budget primer gives the high end primers a serious run for their money! Read the full article Real Women’s Underdog Beauty Picks: Products That Deserve More Hype on Babble.com.

Other animal friendly items included in this feature are Orly and Urban Decay (please note, they are cruelty free but their parent company is not).

Update 12/24/2013 – Readers of Logical Harmony, it’s with a very sad heart that I write this post. Flower Beauty has just informed me that they are still cruelty free, but that Flower Beauty may no longer be a vegan friendly line. http://bit.ly/1c48dsH