Why Vegan, Cruelty-Free and Organic Skin Care Matter
They are more than just trending words to catch consumers' attention; vegan, cruelty-free and organic matters when it comes to skin care - here's why:
The greatest benefit of vegan skin care products is that they are created without the use of ingredients from animals or animal by-products. This means that vegan products are formulated without causing harm to any living being. Not only can you apply them to your skin with a clear conscious, you're also helping the environment. The commercial, mass farming of animals is considered one of the biggest causes of climate change.
Plants have been used for centuries to naturally treat many skin conditions and vegan products tend to be formulated with natural, organic ingredients, that are gentle on even the most sensitive skin types. Rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, vegan products are primed to nourish and repair your skin.
The realities of animal testing are heart breaking. Rodents, rabbits and dogs, isolated in cages, and put through procedures that can be frightening and painful. A cruelty-free product is one that has not been tested on animals. It's easy to assume that a product that is vegan would also be cruelty-free, but sadly that's not always the case. You should always look for the little, leaping bunny on the label, signifying a cruelty-free product!
On March 1 2018 a Bill that will prohibit cosmetic animal testing and the sale of cosmetics developed or manufactured using cosmetic animal testing passed third reading in the Canadian Senate. It looks like this will soon be law in Canada and a wonderful step forward for animal protection!
We never have and never will test on animals - only willing friends and family :)
When 'organic' is used in reference to skin care, it's important to note that the stringent guidelines applied to food are not also applied to skin care products. Just because a product has 'organic' on the label does not mean you can take that at face value - it's always recommended to read the ingredients in depth!
When we refer to organic skin care products we mean ones that are made with plant derived ingredients and other naturally occurring ingredients (like clays) that are free from pesticides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers, or GMO, and thus, free from the health risks and environmental harm associated with such chemicals and processes.
Most mainstream skin care products do contain chemicals (we talk about some of the worst ones to avoid, here). Whereas organic ingredients in skin care products are free from harmful toxins, high in nutrients and tend to be thoughtfully and sustainably harvested.
A Modern Hippie® makes choices based on the impact that they will have on their health and the environment. Which is why choosing vegan, cruelty-free and organic skin care products just makes sense. Our products are consciously created, safe and sustainable, and made with your health and the health of the environment in mind.