The following article was written by PETA
intern Heather Mangal.
Many people, especially nonvegans and new vegans, might think that
vegan products can only be found at specialty shops and natural health stores. That
would not only get expensive but also be inconvenient! And what about those
times when you forget to pack your makeup bag while traveling, and you need to
pick up quick, cheap replacements? Well, it's a good thing that 24-hour drugstores such as CVS,
Walgreens, Duane Reade, and Rite Aid can be found in many cities. Here is a
list of my favorite inexpensive and easily obtainable cruelty-free vegan products that will help beautify you in your time of need.
Giovanni hair care products are
not tested on animals, and most do not contain any animal-derived products. Giovanni has three different lines of shampoos and conditioners: Eco Chic,
Colorflage, and Magnetic. Please note that the Magnetic products are not vegan; they contain lactoferrin. Instead, try some of the vegan products from Giovanni's Eco Chic line. Here are
Tom's Of Maine is one of the pioneers of the vegan personal-care products movement. I can
remember when you had to go to a health store to find the company's products, but
today they are so mainstream that they sit side by side on drugstore shelves
with all the other popular toothpaste brands. Here are a couple of my favorite
Tom's of Maine dental care products:
Tom's of Maine
also makes great deodorants. Check out the following options:
The great thing
about the Palmer's brand is that the company states that it is against animal
testing. The Cocoa Butter Formula line is my favorite not only because there
are quite a few products that are free of animal-derived ingredients but also
because those products fight stretch marks with a vengeance, make scars unnoticeable,
and relieve the driest of skin.
Physician's Formula makeup is never tested on animals, and the company has a special line of organic choices. When buying these products,
be on the lookout for beeswax. In addition, the glycerin in their makeup is not animal-derived, making the following fabulous products
100 percent animal free:
If you have been vegan for a while, you are probably in the habit of checking labels for animal-derived ingredients and the "not tested on animals" promise. If you are new to the cruelty-free world, be sure to check out PETA's database of cruelty-free companies.
What is your favorite cruelty-free and vegan personal-care product from a drugstore?
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