Cruelty free on a budget
11 March was a historic date – it marked the day that the European Union implemented its landmark ban on selling animal-tested cosmetics. Please join SAFE in calling for New Zealand to urgently do the same!
In the meantime, we need to be proactive ourselves – but how do you make sure you’re not hurting animals whilst being mindful of a small budget? We all love a bit of luxury in our lives, but sometimes cost can be a concern for many of us. The great news is that cruelty-free products are easier than ever to find and you really don’t have to spend a fortune! Here are just a few of my favourite ‘not tested on animals’, SAFE Shopper budget buys that you can find locally or order online.
If you are ever unsure about which brands are not tested on animals, SAFE makes it easy for you with SAFE Shopper, an online searchable list and downloadable booklet of products available in New Zealand. Check it out at safeshopper.org.nz!
We love Lush at SAFE. Not only do they sell great products, they have a fantastic history of campaigning actively against cosmetic animal testing. As anyone who has walked past a Lush store knows, it all smells amazing too! I especially love the solid perfumes at $10.90 and their solid shampoo bars that seem to last forever. Order online or buy in-store.
Until now we had to make do with ordering Eyes Lips Face products from Australia but now E.L.F. has their own New Zealand website. With an all-vegan range and eyeliners and lipsticks for just $5, it’s not to be missed! You can also still order from Elf Australia.
Natures Organics sells a range of shower gels, shampoos and conditioners that are organic and vegan, use plant-based packaging – AND are only around $6 a bottle in The Warehouse and supermarkets like Countdown.
Ro-Vie Cosmetics sells gorgeous products that are vegan and contain no nasty chemicals. Although slightly more pricey at $20 for an eye shadow, they promise to last for one year with every-day application. Bargain!
For even more thriftiness, check out SAFE’s ever-growing DIY Cosmetics Pinterest board.
Why not post your favourite SAFE Shopper beauty finds in the comments below? Happy shopping!