It seems to me that Ireland is a bit of an afterthought in the eyes of the top dogs in major cosmetics companies. This makes it super finicky to try and find cruelty-free brands in this fair land I call home.
Why cruelty-free brands you say? For starters, cruelty-free products are a whole lot nicer for the four-legged citizens of Earth, who get to escape treatment that I shan’t divulge, in the interest of sparing us all the thought. Secondly, usually, companies who are a little bit more self-aware leave out other nasties that are harmful to you. More often than not, cruelty-free products don’t have parabens (AKA SUBSTANCES OFTEN FOUND IN TUMOURS) and other yucky stuff. Yay to steering clear of murder and carcinogens!
If you choose not to buy cruelty-free products, that’s okay! Obviously in a perfect world, we all would, but that’s not a world that we live in and everyone is entitled to spend their money how they please. If, on the other hand, you are an Irish lass or laddie who is on a quest for some widely available cruelty-free products in Ireland, here you go. You can thank me later.
Lush – Lush make some pretty fab makeup products that are all-natural, never tested on animals and usually vegan. Mid-range price but they last quite a while.
Too Faced – Pretty high end and pricey makeup that you can buy in Debenhams and online.
Urban Decay – Celebrate, lovers of the Naked Palette, Urban Decay is vegan! Super happy times! This pricey but amazing cosmetics brand is available in Debenhams, Brown Thomas and online!
Tarte – This brand is only available to Irish customers online, I believe, but is supposedly amazing. I have never tried any of their products but am very excited to try their Amazonian Clay Foundation sometime soon as I hear very good things about it. Also pretty pricey.
Nars – Nars’ parent company, Shiseido is not cruelty-free, but Nars continues to care for furry and feathered friends everywhere. Available in Brown Thomas and online for a steep enough price.
Bare Minerals – Again, owned by Shiseido, Bare Minerals is cruelty-free and of a very high quality. Available in Debenhams, Boots, Brown Thomas and online. It is cheaper than some of the aforementioned brands but still expensive enough.
ELF – Cruelty-free apart from their brushes . Available online only, with free shipping when you spend $25. Very cheap and of a slightly lower quality.
NYX – NYX’ parent company, L’Oreal is not cruelty-free. NYX products are available online at Littlewoods.ie and are very reasonably priced.
Physicians Formula – Widely available in Ireland for a while now. May be bought for a reasonable price. Be aware, however, that Physicians Formula products often contain talc.
Wet n Wild – Cheap, cheap, cheap makeup that is available in Dunnes Stores.
Pacifica – This company makes some of the most delightful rollerball perfumes. What the hell happened to rollerball perfumes?? They were the best and were so damn portable. I miss them so much. Anyway, these are slightly dear for what they are but available in Holland&Barrett and The Hopsack in Rathmines.
GOSH – Not very expensive and available in lots of places all over Ireland.
Body Shop – Not too expensive at all and available in (surprise, surprise) the Body Shop.
Obviously, these products are generally of a higher price but hey, you get what you pay for. I personally prefer to spend on a few choice products than on lots of cheap ones! Anyway, godspeed stocking up on cruelty-free makeup. Let me know if I missed any out!
NB: Since writing this post, Tarte and Urban Decay have been acquired by companies that do test on animals. Sad stuff, indeed. Instead, check out E.L.F, Barry M and Crabtree and Evelyn!
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