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Ethical Beauty Buys – Everything You Need To Know

Ethical Beauty Buys – Everything You Need To Know
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As most of you probably already know, an increasing number of beauty brands are working to make their products more environmentally-friendly. We’re totally on board with the rise of ethical beauty and, according to our recent Instagram survey, so are all of you!

So, because we believe in keeping you up-to-date with the latest trends, here’s the low-down on all the ethical beauty buzzwords you need to know.

What’s The Deal With Cruelty-Free?

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In very simple terms, ‘cruelty-free’ means that no animal testing took place at any point during the creation of the product. Neither the final product, the intermediate formulas or any of the ingredients were tested on animals. Yep, 87% of you Glossies got that one right!

Which Brands Are Cruelty-Free?

At Glossy, we love bringing you cruelty-free, ethical beauty products. We’re so proud to have filled our January box with brands like Avant, -417, HASK, and CIATÉ, none of which test on animals.

What’s The Difference Between Cruelty-Free And Vegan?

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There’s a strong misconception that vegan products are also cruelty-free but it's not the case. Here’s what you need to know. Vegan products:

  • Don’t contain animal or animal-derived ingredients (like honey, beeswax, gelatin…)
  • Aren’t necessarily cruelty-free

In our survey, almost 3 out of every 5 of you assumed that vegan products are also cruelty-free. This isn’t always the case though! Check the label and make sure it says both vegan and cruelty-free.

Which Brands Are Vegan?

-417 is both vegan and cruelty-free. In fact, the Micro Luffa Foaming Gel from your January box boasts a fully vegan formula, infused exclusively with essential oils, vitamins, dead sea water, Aloe Vera and luffa beans.

You can also explore 10 fabulous vegan brands in our limited edition vegan box too. Get yours here.

What About Organic Products?

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Okay Glossies, there are two basic things to know about organic products:

  • They don’t contain any artificial ingredients
  • They contain at least 10% of certified organic ingredients that were fertilised without toxic or persistent pesticides.

Are Organic Products Less Effective?

One in every four Glossies thought that organic products weren’t as effective as synthetic formulas. It’s a common misconception, but let’s not forget that plants have been used in beauty products for centuries. Filled with loads of active ingredients, natural resources are an effective way of taking care of your skin.

Which Brands Are Organic?

UNANI is a Spanish family-run business that some of you discovered in your January boxes. They’ve been making natural and organic cosmetics for more than 10 years. All of their products are biodegradable and cruelty-free, as well as compliant with the requirements of natural products.

In fact, the name UNANI comes from antique Mediterranean therapeutic culture that used plants to promote physical and mental good health.

What About Eco-Friendly Packaging?

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Decreasing your plastic waste is a great way of creating an ethical beauty routine – and I was so pleased to hear how many of you recycle your finished beauty products! All you need to do is look for any of the above symbols on the packaging.

You can opt for plastic-free packaged products, shop for refillable products or look out for recyclable packaging.

Which Brands Have Eco-Friendly Packaging?

If you received our January edit, you'll already have discovered the amazing skincare brand Avant. It turns out that their products are boxed in responsible, ethical and environmentally-friendly packaging.

That’s right! Avant follows the principle of ‘reduce, re-use, recycle’ to create their designs. That’s why their packaging boxes are completely recyclable AND they’re made from 100% recycled fibres! Plus, they have a recycling program that allows you to posts your packaging boxes back to them. Find out more here.

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