Guilt-free Beauty: Pick These Cruelty-Free Local Brands If You’re Shopping For Makeup

Guilt-free Beauty: Pick These Cruelty-Free Local Brands If You’re Shopping For Makeup
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The year is 2021. Technology has enabled us to create artificial intelligence, rovers that can land on Mars, virtual and augmented reality, and many more breakthroughs. Yet, even with these technological advancements, the backward practice of animal testing in the global cosmetics scene prevails.

According to People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals (PETA), Israel, India, South Korea, and member countries of the European Union (EU) are among those which have banned cosmetic brands and ingredients that have been tested on animals. In the Philippines, although Republic Act No. 8485 or “The Animal Welfare Act Of 1998,” which prohibits the abuse and mistreatment of animals, has been signed into law, its implementation is questionable.

It is a good thing that there are beauty brands in the country that continue to uphold animal welfare, which means you can shop without the guilt. Check them out here!

Colourette Cosmetics


This homegrown brand released its first line of affordable lippies in 2015. Since then, it has introduced product innovations focusing on multi-functional makeup that can be used on the eyes, cheeks, and lips. Colourette affirms its commitment to manufacturing cruelty-free cosmetics on its website: “No animals were harmed in the development of our products. Our products are not tested on animals.” Yay for affordable and compassionate brands!

You can shop for Colourette Cosmetics products on Lazada.

Human Nature


Aside from using vegan ingredients, Human Nature is also a PETA-approved beauty brand that does not test on animals! This local line takes pride in being the first and only Filipino company to receive PETA’s statement of assurance, and has gained international recognition for this advocacy.

“The Philippines is sometimes criticized for still allowing cockfighting and lagging behind its neighbors in animal rights. But I’m extremely proud that we can show the rest of the world that the Philippines takes these issues seriously and that products from the Philippines are world-class in every way,” says Anna Meloto-Wilk, president of Gandang Kalikasan Inc. and owner of Human Nature.

You can shop for Human Nature products on Lazada.

Happy Skin


Happy Skin, also included in PETA’s list of cruelty-free brands, makes quality and affordable makeup and skincare lines. Their products are made in beauty capitals like South Korea, Taiwan, and Japan, and they are known for their collaborations with big names like Heart Evangelista, Kathryn Bernardo, and Disney.

You can shop for Happy Skin products on Lazada.

The Body Shop


The Body Shop is recognized by official organizations like PETA, Cruelty-Free Kitty, and Leaping Bunny as a brand that does not “test finished products or ingredients on animals, and neither do their suppliers or any third-parties. They also don't sell their products where animal testing is required by law.”

In 2018, The Body Shop partnered with Cruelty Free International for a petition held on World Animal Day. They collected over 8.3 million signatures from supporters around the world in just 15 months to call on countries of the United Nations (UN) to formalize an international framework to end cosmetic animal testing.

You can shop for The Body Shop products on Lazada.

BLK Cosmetics


Created by actress and TV personality Anne Curtis, who is herself an animal lover, BLK Cosmetics is firm in its stand against animal cruelty, and is among the PETA-certified brands in the Philippines. The company echoes this stand on its website: “Each product is made with a conscience, and none of the formulas or ingredients are tested on any of our furry friends.”

This local brand focuses on uncomplicated beauty, offering “basic” products, while leaving room for creativity. “I call myself a chameleon,” says Anne. “I like to create endless looks depending on my mood: a fresh look today, a bold red lip tomorrow.”

You can shop for BLK Cosmetics’ products on Lazada.

Cruelty-free vs. Vegan: What’s the difference?

As the demand for cruelty-free cosmetics increases, the terms “cruelty-free” and “vegan” can often be seen on the packaging and labels of these products. They are sometimes used interchangeably, but they actually mean different things.

“Cruelty-free” means that the products were not tested on animals during any stage of the development process.

Vegan” means that the product does not have any ingredients that were derived from or are by-products of animals.

However, not all cruelty-free brands are vegan, as they may still contain animal by-products as ingredients, like lanolin, which is extracted from the wool of sheep. In the same way, a “vegan” label does not guarantee that the product is cruelty-free, as it may have been tested on animals. If a product is both vegan and cruelty-free, then it means that it was not tested on animals, and does not include any ingredient from animals either.

Got a new appreciation for makeup with this knowledge? Take these into consideration on your next makeup and skincare purchase. With the advancements available today, beauty does not have to be at the expense of animals anymore. Let us protect our furry friends!

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