Are Your Beauty Products Cruelty-Free?

Komal Basith

There was once a time (we’re talking pre-Philo Céline) when being a beauty consumer with a conscience meant having to deal with products that featured questionable fragrances, short shelf lives and frumpy, unattractive packaging.

Today, nothing could be further from the truth– many of the beauty world’s superstar brands are actually natural, organic and perhaps most importantly, cruelty-free, which means that they don’t test on animals or use animal by-products – but you’d never know it just from looking at them.

You can thank plenty of things for this; a growing worldwide concern about the impact of our daily choices on the environment and the animals that live in it (editor’s note: India just banned the import of products that test on animals), advancements in cosmetology that now allow brands to harness natural properties without compromising on usability – and then there’s all that gorgeous, super luxe packaging.

Frankly, there’s never been a better time to make smarter, kinder choices about your beauty products! To get you started, here are some of our very favourite sites – all of which deliver to India, and all of which feature products that have never been tested on animals. Happy shopping!


Where do you go when you want product recommendations from Gwyneth Paltrow? This site, which, in addition to top picks from A-list stars and beauty industry royalty alike, also features handpicked products from eco luxe brands like Ilia, RMS and Tata Harper. There’s also a great sampling system that allows you to choose 6 products before committing to buying the real thing.



Featureing chemical-free, cruelty-free luxury beauty products, Embody stocks some of our very favourite brands, including Rahua (try their incredible hair masks for smooth, glossy hair). This is where we go when we need to stock up on foundation – there’s an extensive selection of mineral makeup in every shade under the sun.



If you like to know exactly where your products come from, Naturisimo is the site for you. In addition to featuring an extensive ingredient list for each product, the site also includes information on country of origin, animal testing, and which eco-friendly criteria each product falls under. There’s an extensive selection of everything from mascara to sunscreen. Best of all? The site offers free international shipping.



From luxury scented candles to organic deodorant (it’s a thing, and we guarantee you’ll never go back to the regular kind after trying it once), Love Lula has it all – with free international shipping, too. Particular favourites here include RMS Beauty, a coconut-oil based luxury skincare and makeup line and Trilogy, who we especially love for their famous rosehip oil which works like magic on both acne scars and dull, dehydrated skin in general.



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