Transitioning Your Products: How To

First things first, you’ve taken the first step and decided to only shop Cruelty Free. Yay!

Second things second, now you are looking at all your products. Everything you use, from primer to conditioner to hairspray.

It can be overwhelming, but don’t worry! Here’s a quick step-by-step guide to help you!

  • Get an idea of the various brands you are using. Check the ‘Good Brands’ list above!
    (This list is not definitive; If there are some products you are unsure of feel free to contact me and I can look into it. As a new blog the list is still growing and I’m still researching!)
  • Have a look and see which brands from the list you would like to try. You may have some ‘trial and error’ moments but that’s totally normal. Ask for samples or expert advice in store if its available!
  • Don’t throw away products that you aren’t finished with!
    (It took me about a year to fully transition everything, and even to this day I’m still changing one or two bits! I still have some Essie nail varnish and I’m using it up before I throw it away, I just don’t buy it anymore.)
  • It’s best if you change one or two products at a time. It would be far too overwhelming to try change everything all at once. Pick something like your foundation, get a CF one you are happy with, and then focus on the next item you are changing.
  • Don’t put yourself under time pressure! Every item you buy that is CF is making a huge difference. Plus, you probably want to spread out the financial end of things too.
  • Be conscious of the vast amount of cosmetics and other products you use; I never even considered things like toothpaste and cleaning products until I read about CF versions of them that are available.
  • No one is perfect; we are all bound to buy bits and pieces that we later discover to be from a brand that tests. Don’t worry – it’s all a learning curve.
    Mandatory animal testing in Mainland China unfortunately isn’t going to change overnight, but we are all speaking with our choices.

Post your Cruelty Free pics on Instagram and tag @crueltyfree_ireland I would love to see all your shopping!

H x

Burt’s Bees, E.L.F. & Inglot

Burt’s Bees are one of the few companies whose products carry the Leaping Bunny symbol in Ireland. Their products range from lip balms, to lip sticks, toner, cleansers… The list goes on! They do not test on animals nor do they ask others to do so on their behalf.

There was a rumor last year that they were starting to sell in China and therefor their products would have to be tested on animals by law. Today, they do sell in China. The (positive) catch though is that they offer a ‘direct-to-customer’ service, posting products directly to the customer. This way they bypass the mandatory law.

Their range of products can Bee found in Boots, McCabe’s and The Health Stores around the country.

My favourite quote from their site, which pretty much sums up the brand:

We’re basically a bunch of hands-on, tree-hugging, greased elbow do-gooders. It’s kind of what makes our company special. We think the bees would agree.”



E.L.F. only became available in Ireland in 2017, with stands popping up in Penney’s. The excitement when I saw it! Today, SuperDrug and McCabes host a range of their products. It is very affordable and a nice quality. I’m a huge fan of their clear primer, seen in the photo below. It has such a velvety feel when you apply it to you face.

Not only is it a cruelty free brand, but it is a vegan brand too, including their synthetic vegan brushes. You can read more details on the Ethical Elephant link below!



I emailed Inglot during the week and am still awaiting a response; however, it was not difficult to find some convincing information on their website:

“We are extremely proud to state we do not test on animals.”

On the Maltese Inglot website, I found the following too:

“Inglot do no harm to animals and do no animal testing for reasons of good conscience. Additionally, we insist that our suppliers do not test raw materials on animals on our behalf. We conduct our own, independent tests to assure that our products and ingredients are safe and worthy of your trust.”

It is fabulous to see such certainty and passion about insuring their products are not tested.

They have an amazing selection of nail varnish, something which I struggled with initially when I first started buying cruelty free. I used to love Essie, Rimmel and L’Oréal colours, all of which I have had to stop buying.

I haven’t found any evidence that Inglot is vegan, but if I get a reply with more information I will post an update!


Next Stop: Boots Own Brand & No 7

I can only speak for myself, but every fortnight I seem to go into Boots and just hand over majority of my pay check and come home with bags and bags of goodies! Usual story, ‘go in for some deodorant’, but come out with bubble bath, 4 bottles of shampoo and conditioner, a spare eyebrow pencil, (because, that’s one thing you don’t want to run out of after putting on one eyebrow!) along with everything else!

I was fairly certain that Boots own brand cosmetics and No 7 products were never tested on animals, but just to be sure, I emailed Boots UK to find out.

Here is the response I got:

Thanks for contacting us about animal testing.

Boots and its subsidiary businesses do not test any products or ingredients on animals, and do not commission others to do so on our behalf. In fact in March 2013 it became illegal for any company to test cosmetic products or ingredients on animals in Europe. 

 The issue of animal testing on products and raw materials is one we take very seriously at Boots UK.  For over 20 years our policy for cosmetics and toiletries has been that we do not carry out, or ask our suppliers to carry out on our behalf, animal testing on either ingredients or finished products and you can rest assured that we apply our policy rigorously.

We would definitely like to see an end to all animal tests. We fully support the intentions of the BUAV and take a keen interest in the development and introduction of alternative forms of safety testing.

*BUAV is now known as Cruelty Free International

What this means is that we now have a simple solution to items such as:

  • Nail varnish remover
  • Face Wash
  • Face Masks
  • Deodorants
  • Hand creams
  • Exfolients
  • Make up remover wipes
  • Shaving Cream
  • Foundation Brushes
  • Hand Wash
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Sun Cream

The Boots own range is so extensive and covers all amenities! And the next part of great news – it’s a very affordable range!

No 7 is a fabulous choice for simple makeup too. I love the lipsticks, lip crayons (my personal favorite!) and nail varnish. Even if you aren’t keen on any particular colours, their base and top coats are a great starting point.

Check out some No. & products here . They also have a range of self tanning products.

Check out for more details. Or pop into your nearest shop. Chances are, I’ll see you there with my six baskets!



First Stop: The Body Shop

“Love the bunnies; Fight for cruelty free beauty”

The first thing you may notice when you enter The Body Shop is their promotions about their work with Cruelty Free International. Their aim is to collect as many signature as possible to help end the world of animal testing. Personally, I love the publicity this gives to cruelty free products and the light it shines on the topic. It draws attention to something many shoppers would never even consider.

The Body Shop also promote fair trade – which supports the practice of good trading and independence-building ways of life through the Community Fair Trade Programme. Through this initiative they source their raw ingredients from all over the world. Being the first company to introduce this type of trading for cosmetics, it marked a milestone in the cosmetics industry

However, what some people aren’t aware of is the fact that in 2006, The Body Shop was acquired by L’Óriel. L’Óriel are a major brand who, unfortunately, do carry out animal testing on their products. Their products are sold in China, where it is required by law that all beauty products that are sold in the country are tested on animals (despite claims from L’Óriel that they no longer test). This currently deters some cruelty free enthusiasts from using this brand, despite their work with Cruelty Free International.

However, L’Óriel are currently in the process of selling The Body Shop to a Brazilian company named Natura. This would be great news as Natura do not test on animals. As the Body Shop have not yet updated their website, the sale might not have been closed but it is very close to becoming a cruelty free brand without compromise!




Thanks for checking out the blog this far!

Once upon a time… I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed for the thousandth time that day, and I came across a video that was shared by a page I follow. It was all about how lovely innocent furry creatures were being used in a lab to be test subjects for makeup.

And it really pulled on my heart strings. These beautiful creatures were being used and abused for the sake of our mascara and foundation. Since then, (approx. 2 years ago) I made the effort to research makeup and hair products before I bought them to see if they were cruelty free. If they were, fabulous, into my basket they went! And if not, back on the shelf they went. It took a lot of time to transition all of my products, because I was trying to use up everything I had.

Animal testing, according to Cruelty Free International, is “any scientific experiment or test in which a live animal is forced to undergo something that is likely to cause them pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm.”

More information is available here at:

The aim of this blog is to help make shopping for cruelty free products a bit easier and help cut out some of the research you’d have to do!

Some main points to focus on:

  • Some companies carry out third party testing
  • Some claim products are cruelty free, but the individual ingredients have been tested on animals
  • If a product is sold in China, it is required by law to be tested on animals. Any brand that sells in China therefor tests on animals

I will show some of the fabulous products I love from various brands. You can bookmark or save this blog on your phone so if you’re browsing around Boots and aren’t too sure what you can buy, open this and have a quick look!

*I am not affiliated with any cosmetic or beauty brands. The purpose of this blog is purely informative. Opinions are my own *