What is this cruelty-free and vegan stuff all about? 


Here at Righteous Beauty we believe no animal or creature needs to be harmed in the pursuit of a blinding highlighter or smokey eye. It is entirely possible to look kick-ass without compromising our planet and those we share it with. 


Many people have heard of cruelty-free. Simply put, it means no animal testing was involved in the making and designing of a product. Many companies choose to use an official cruelty-free logo but if a product does not have the logo this does not necessarily mean they test on animals! As these logos are officially sanctioned by organisations such as PETA, there are charges involved in using them and often smaller and independent brands will go without.


So if a company is cruelty-free, does that mean they are vegan too? NO! Cruelty-free simply refers to animal testing. It does not include any ingredients used in the product. Many are unaware that a lot of our common cosmetic staples use a wide variety of animal sourced ingredients. Some of these are listed below:


Carmine (crushed beetles)

 a red dye found in lipsticks and blush

Guanine (crushed fish scales)

 a shimmering, light diffusing material found in mascaras, nail polish and lipstick

Tallow (animal fat)

a very common ingredient used across a whole range of cosmetics

Lanolin (wool excretion)

found in lipsticks, makeup removers and creamy cosmetics

Squalene (shark liver extract)

used in eye makeup and lipsticks


These are just a few! And often they are hidden in the ingredients list with fancy sounding names like Isopropyl Lanolate or Stearic Acid. But don't be concerned! We have done all the hard work so that you don't have to. Every product we list on our site is 100% cruelty-free and 100% vegan. In fact, all of our brands are completely vegan so there is no need to get the glasses out and double check our packaging!