Top 5 Tips for Going Cruelty Free | Cruelty Free Makeup & Beauty | Phyrra

Top 5 Tips for Going Cruelty Free | Cruelty Free Makeup & Beauty | Phyrra

Hey guys. Welcome back, and hello to you new people,
too. I’m Courtney. This is Phaedra, and today I’m sharing my
top five tips for going cruelty free. Number one, do it gradually. Don’t throw away everything that you own. When it comes time to replace things, then
choose a cruelty free brand. I know a lot of people, whenever they first
go cruelty free, they just want to do everything all at once. That gets super overwhelming, so don’t do
that. Plus, it’s really wasteful, and you know Earth
Day is just around the corner. Do it gradually. You’ll thank me. Baby steps. Baby steps. Number two, make a list of all of the brands
that you currently buy, then research to find out which of those brands are cruelty free. Then you can keep that list on your cellphone
with you so that you can reference it when you go shopping. Number three, decide what sort of cruelty
free brands you’re going to support. Are you going to support all cruelty free
brands? Does it matter to you if they have a parent
company that’s not cruelty free? Do they need to be 100% vegan? These are all of the different options that
are out there, and you need to decide what’s right for you. I personally support cruelty free brands,
even if their parent company is not cruelty free. I do look for vegan when possible. To me, the most important thing is that they
are not currently testing on animals, and they are not selling somewhere that requires
mandatory animal testing, like China or Brazil. I don’t care if, in the past, the brand is
tested on animals, because every ingredient, including water, was tested on animals at
one point in time. However, that doesn’t mean we need to be testing
on animals right now. I hate the idea of anything being tested on
… I look at my dog, Phaedra, and it would kill me if they were to try to test on her. That’s what I care about. Number four, find trusted resources for cruelty
free information. I personally recommend Leaping Bunny, my site,, Those are all great resources. There are other good sites out there, too,
but those are my top resources. Jen from My Beauty Bunny, Tashina from Logical
Harmony, and I email all of the time, several times a week to discuss cruelty free brands
and their status. We try to make our lists match as closely
as possible. I trust in the Leaping Bunny system more than
anybody else’s. I don’t trust in PETA, because PETA has brands
on their list that are testing in China, so I don’t consider PETA a very good starting
point. I used to recommend PETA as a great starting
point for people who were new, but I just feel like they give their certification to
anyone, so they are not trustworthy now. Number five, and this is probably the most
important thing of all. You need to learn to think critically. In the USA, there’s no legal definition of
what is cruelty free, and because of that, people can put anything they want on packaging
and products. They can say, “Not tested on animals.” They can put a generic rabbit. They can say the finished product is cruelty
free, all of this stuff, but it may not actually be cruelty free. Unfortunately, you cannot blindly trust a
label. There are three different bunny symbols that
you can look for that may or may not mean an item is cruelty free. If you see the Leaping Bunny symbol, you are
assured that the item is cruelty free, because it’s a special bunny. If you see the PETA bunny, it may or may not
be cruelty free, because PETA is untrustworthy. If you see the cruelty free consumer, which
is an Australian bunny, it may or may not be cruelty free, but that’s another one to
look for. Also, even if a product says it’s 100% vegan,
it may not be cruelty free. A good example of this is the brand Batiste. Their dry shampoo is 100% vegan, but unfortunately,
they test on animals, so they’re not trustworthy. Anyway, these are my top five tips. I hope that you find them really helpful. If you found this video helpful, please share
it with somebody who’s looking to go cruelty free, and if you haven’t already, go ahead
and click the Subscribe button down below so you don’t miss my next video. Thanks so much for watching.


  • Allison Cohen says:

    Looooove your makeup today! good tips, that's what I'm doing

  • Sharon Baker says:

    Batiste!!! Oh no!!! I've told many people that they're CF!!! Crap crappity crap!!!

  • Michel says:

    Great tips! Love this makeup and hair combo on you!

  • Gretchen says:

    I will NEVER understand how you can be a vegan company but not cruelty free. Total derp on their end.

  • brandy troutt says:

    thank u for this!

  • Natasha Lena says:

    You look stunning with this hairstyle…So lovelie❣ Bisou xoxoxoπŸ’œ

  • ViZiO Music says:

    Great video!

  • aftonfarm63 says:

    You look absolutely stunning today! Thanks for the great info.

  • Jenn S says:

    This hairstyle is gorgeous on you!!

  • Frida says:

    Great advice, thanks!

  • AC says:

    I'm digging this wig πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ

  • Liz Bzz says:

    this is very helpful!

  • Emily Rachel Gilley says:

    Very helpful. I have loads of old products to go through and cannot afford to do all replacing in one fell swoop. For example I had probably 6 months worth of akin care to go through before I made an order with The Ordinary. It was worth it to my wallet to use up what I had, though. There are also things I haven't found replacements for but I have found them for most things by going really slow and reading a lot. Good luck, everyone!

  • Denise Phillips says:

    Thank you for the cruelty free tips, I have learned a lot about it from your videos. I am using up old products -partly as I can't afford to shell out for new everything all in one go – but also because that gives me time to research what items I want to use as replacements and experiment with new CF brands at the weekend. I can't afford for a new CF foundation to disappear whilst I'm at work! Your hair and make up – especially the eyeshadow – are simply stunning today.

  • Eyes On Allison says:

    I never understood all the decluttering of EVERYTHING not cruelty free. It makes my jaw hit the floor when I see all the wasted product. You already spent the money, the "damage" is done – if you like it, use it up, then replace with something else. This is a random question, and I think I know the answer, but do you do a job outside of your blog/youtube? I'm in awe of your dedication to your blogging and I have no clue how you find the time for it! You do such a great job! I tried blogging when I started my YouTube but gave up on it as editing/filming took more than enough time out of my free time during the week. Great video, Courtney!

  • Kool Klawz says:

    First, your hair and makeup are on fleek! πŸ™‚ Secondly, thank you for the tips. I'm new to makeup, and even newer to choosing cruelty-free and vegan options, and it really helps to have a starting point for reference besides the brands' websites. I often feel weird about being concerned about it in the products I buy, especially since I'm not vegan, but I figure I have to start somewhere, as I am with doing makeup. I plan to compile my list, hopefully over the weekend, so I can cross-reference the brands I own and which ones I need to avoid going forward. Thanks again for sharing!

  • beautybabbling says:

    Thank you! This is a great list and will be a great resource to share with people who are interested in going cruelty free.

  • BeautyJudy says:

    Thank you for these tips and resources!

  • Diana's Adventures says:

    Loving your hair and makeup in this video. Your tips are great. I think it's awesome that you, Jen, and Tashina have conversations about brands. The three of you have been very helpful during my transition. I don't trust the PETA logo either, in my opinion they are a terrible company.

  • Tori Stiefel says:

    Thank you for this! I remember when I first went cruelty free a year ago I laid out all my products and divided them into cruelty and cruelty free. I was so discouraged bc I thought I had to throw away half my collection. So glad I didn't and now I have used up almost everything not cruelty free.

  • Lwhitney says:

    You look fabulous!!!!

  • Marcia Friedman says:

    Great tips, especially for people who question cruelty free. I do look for the Leaping Bunny logo but I don't think I realized there were 3 different ones.
    PS – your eyes look mesmerizing today.

  • Puglove 89 says:

    Yer eye look is stunning …πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

  • jholmie says:

    awesome video! it's so cool to see more and more people spreading information about cruelty-free makeup! <3

  • Noelle Terry says:

    Loving your look-the hair and makeup! Gorgeous and fun!

  • SarahJane says:

    The funny thing is, this is all stuff I learned from your videos a few years ago. Nice and concise way to put it! I'm still slowly going on my way to Cruelty Free. A funny story – I was in the shower wondering about a new shampoo I found (that said not tested on animals and I need to research it) and I thought one of those silly shower thoughts. "I wonder if my razor is cruelty free?" I went "oh, duh.", and pictured someone shaving little bunnies. xD

  • Curious M says:

    🐩🐩🐩🐩🐩! 😍

  • Jen Mathews says:

    This is such a great video – sharing! And thanks for the shout out! πŸ™‚

  • Cindy Ingalls says:

    Great tips and good info!

  • Kyle and Laura Mueller says:

    Great tips!

  • Jasmine Patterson says:

    Great video!! Thanks for sharing πŸ˜„

  • Nay_ B says:

    I just found a good makeup remover that's cruelty free (the wet n wild pink liquid one), so now my makeup collection is 80% crueltry free. Your list has helped a lot!

  • Nicholas Elizabeth Faby says:

    I love your use of colors in this look!

  • Polarbelle says:

    These are good tips. I'm always confused on where to start because I convince myself I have to have a CF list memorized immediately but starting from where I am is really the very best idea. Good list of helpful tips

  • Jana Williams says:

    Thanks So Much Courtney for Helping People Like Me Find Really Good & Reliable Cruelty Free Brands! I Believe That Every Cruelty Free Brand That I Have First Heard About Was From Your YouTube Videos & From Your Blog! I Can't Really Afford to Go Shopping That Much Right Now Because I'm Not Currently Working But When I Do Go Shopping if I Have Any Extra Money I Really Do Try to Stick With Good Cruelty Free Brands! I Know That There May Be a Few Brands Out There That I Use That Aren't Cruelty Free But it's Probably Only Because I Don't Know Whether or Not They are Cruelty Free! I am the Biggest Animal Lover in the Whole World and I Just Think That in This Day & Age There Should No Longer Be Any Reason to Test Products on Animals But I Don't Believe They Should Have Ever Started Testing on Animals! They Should Test on People That Volunteer to Be Tested On or They Should Just Make Sure Not to Make Potentially DangerousProducts! Anyways Thanks Again Courtney for Loving Animals as Much as I Do! Have a Wonderful Day Sweet Girl! – XO – Jana

  • Danielle Jeanette Brown says:

    You are so gorgeous!❀️

  • Patricia Caradonna says:

    Interesting article. Going cruelty free is definitely important to me and doing it gradually is an excellent tip.

  • IamBonnieBBon says:

    I'm shaking with rage at Batiste and you can bet every time I hear or see that brand shown or mentioned, I'm going to be running my mouth either in a comment section or in person on what a deceitful, dishonest brand they are, that's just disgusting! I clearly need to do some reading. I knew about PETA but some of the other things caught me by surprise. Thank you again on helping me on my journey to becoming cruelty free. Now. On a lighter note. Omg you look amazing!!!! Like total next level could be on the cover of a good magazine amazing! The looks giving me a completely modern twist on the Priscilla Presley during her most beautiful years vibe. Do you see it? Idk, maybe it's just me. My Mom and her cousins are serious Elvis fans so I grew up on that whole era. But anyway, your hair and makeup are bangin'! Way to slay ( omg I just said slay. I'm going to go wash my mouth and typing fingers out with soap. Smh @ myself ) so um way your hair and makeup! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Ok even I admit way to slay is catchierπŸ˜‚

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