Confusion between Vegan and Cruelty Free

Hello all! Happy Saturday!

I wanted to write something that explains you the difference that separates the terms “vegan” and “cruelty-free”. Many people assume that by being cruelty-free it is automatically vegan and vice versa. NO! Definitely not!

The general definition of vegan is NO animal byproducts are used. In diet, vegans do not eat milk, cheese, eggs, honey and etc because they are from animals. In cosmetics, vegan cosmetics do not use any animal byproducts such as lanolin, carmine, beeswax and so many more.

By being cruelty-free, it means the products are NOT tested on animals to determine if the products are safe for public to use. Some brands and products are cruelty-free but it uses lanolin (wool grease), beeswax, carmine (boiled beetles to produce red pigment) and other different types of byproducts even whale sperm. Vegan cosmetics means it is FREE of any form of animal derivatives.

Cosmetics, skin care and hair care brands will have labels that indicate that their products are BOTH cruelty-free and vegan if it is. If the brand and product does not have “vegan” label which means it is NOT vegan regardless of its cruelty-free status.

Your definition of vegan and 100% cruelty-free is entirely up to you. However, I personally prefer to purchase BOTH cruelty-free and vegan cosmetics. If you are unsure which brand or product is vegan, please feel free to email me a question at

Go Cruelty Free!



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