We’ve all seen those videos. You know the ones: where dogs, usually beagles, are freed from captivity after a lifetime of animal testing. It’s heartbreaking and makes you want to rethink every product you’ve ever bought.
The problem is, the brands that boast to be “cruelty-free” and bear the official Leaping Bunnies stamp of approval are usually expensive and not conducive to any sort of millennial’s budget.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Below we’ve compiled our favorite cruelty-free products that you can actually afford. Still need help finding products on the go? Download the Cruelty-Cutter app — it’s free! You can scan products at the grocery and pharmacy and it will immediately tell you whether or not the product has been tested on animals.
Makeup: Urban Decay’s Vegan Line
Urban Decay has a full range of vegan cosmetics including foundations, lipsticks, mascaras, travel bags, and brushes. Our favorites might just be the sheer lipsticks that come in 10 shades in total. Oh, and they’re only $10 each. You can check out the full vegan line here.
Hair Care: Aveda
Aveda has built their reputation on their plant-based products and promise to test products only on people. Some of their items can get a bit pricey, but for basic hair cair, they can’t be beaten. Our choice is the classic Aveda Shampure Shampoo & Conditioner Duo Set.
Bath and Body: Lush Cosmetics
Whimsical and cruelty-free? Count us in. The items are all hand-made and vegetarian and are thus reasonably priced. Our #1 choice is the Lush Sex Bath Bomb.
Sunscreen: Alba Botanica
The best part about Alba Botanica is they’re actually relatively easy to track down — they’re sold at Walmart! The brand has a full line of sun care products that contain no parabens, harsh sulfates, or synthetic fragrances. Oh yeah, and they’re obviously 100% vegetarian and not tested on animals. Alba Botanica Very Emollient Facial Sunscreen goes for about $13.
Cleaning Products: Seventh Generation
Seventh Generation has a full line of cleaners, disinfectants, wipes, sprays, and so much more. And they are priced just about the same as any other name-brand cleaner. In our opinion, the Disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner is a must-have.
Lotion: Kiss My Face
Do we even need to convince you on this one? Our fave is the Lavender Shea Body Lotion available on Amazon.
Tees: Plant Based Co.
Not only are the products 100% vegan, but Plant Based Co. donates 10% of the proceeds to animal sanctuaries and shelters. Adorable! The “Compassion is Cool” Tee costs only $25.
Face: The Granola Goat
Adorable packaging plus organic products? There’s nothing not to love. This is one of the pricier items on our list, but the products last a long time so it might be worth shelling out the dough Our pick is the Radiance Cleansing Powder for $13.
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. Her favorite Housewife is Bethenny Frankel and when she’s not watching RHONY, you can probably find her obsessing over her tuxedo cat Tom or hoarding drugstore lipsticks.