It’s spring—also known as festival season—and we’re counting down the days until Coachella and hundreds of other music festivals begin. From sunscreen that wasn’t tested on living, sensitive animals to vegan leather boots for dancing the night away, here’s an expertly curated festival survival kit of cruelty-free and vegan necessities:
Give ‘Em Lip
A sheer moisturizing lipstick with an iridescent shine looks equally gorgeous with a natural face or full-glam makeup. Pair it with your favorite holographic accessory to channel your inner ethereal self. On the outside, the shiny gold tube looks stylish—and inside, Axiology’s natural formula will leave your lips nourished and ready to face the elements. Best of all, no bunnies had to suffer for you to look so fabulous.
A comfortable boot is a must-have for your festival feet—not only to accentuate your style but also to give you the comfort and protection that you need when you’re walking from stage to stage. Ditch boots cruelly made from mutilated cows and kick up some desert dust in a pair of 100 percent vegan Texas-style cowboy boots from PETA business friend Kat Mendenhall. If the Old West isn’t your style, you can “take a walk on the ethical side” with a pair of boots from Nae. This vegan, eco-friendly company works with all sorts of innovative materials, such as pineapple leaves, cork, ecological microfibers, and recycled plastic bottles.
Keep your hands free while keeping your treasures close with one of the dozens of backpacks and mini bags from fashion company Matt & Nat. For over 20 years, it has experimented with different recycled materials, such as nylon, cardboard, rubber, and cork. It’s committed to using only vegan materials—something that all companies should aspire to. Want to carry your animal rights activism wherever you go? Try out PETA’s “Not Your Bacon” Satchel Tote.
Keep the sun off your face and neck with a cap that’ll pair perfectly with your favorite sundress: the lifeguard hat. Rip Curl offers a straw version that’ll go with just about anything. For a more rustic look, try out The Sunnydip—made with 100 percent seagrass—from Australian hat producer Lack of Color. Shoppers, beware: These hat styles can sometimes include a leather strap—which you should always avoid.
Embrace a boldly bright hair color. Even if it’s just for the festival season, you can proudly rock bright tresses and express your inner unicorn without harming animals. The dyes from vegan hair color superstar brand Manic Panic will give you electrifying locks that will look stunning in your selfies and help you stand out from the crowd.
Low Key LBD
In the heat of the day, you’ll want to wear something that feels as light on your body as it does in your luggage. Check out ASOS DESIGN’s Mini Square Neck Sundress With Tie Straps, made from breathable cotton, or the polyester-and-spandex blend Mini Cami Dress made by Fashionkilla. Both options look effortlessly elegant, while perfectly camouflaging all the colorful drips from your melting popsicles.
If just the thought of standing in the hot sun among thousands of other people makes you sweat, deodorant deserves a place on your festival shopping list. Clean Queen Vegan Deodorant by Tarte comes in a cute and compact cylinder stick, making it perfect for easy packing and discreet touch-ups.
Now that you’ve freshened up your pits, it’s time to think about your face. Whether you are planning to wear a full face of makeup or want to keep it more natural, defined lashes are a necessity. Try Pacifica’s Aquarian Gaze Water-Resistant Long Lash Mineral Mascara. The waterproof formula lengthens and separates lashes while nurturing them with ingredients such as coconut oil and vitamin B. Choose either black or blue, then simply apply and forget about it. You’ll look great—even if you take a Super Soaker to the face.
While you navigate the festival campuses and sprint from stage to stage, the last thing that you need is a painful sunburn. Keep your skin safe with a vegan sunscreen that wasn’t tested on sensitive animals. Kiss My Face Sun Spray Lotion combines a convenient, non-aerosol spray bottle (aerosols aren’t allowed at Coachella), an SPF of 50, and a nourishing formula with ingredients such as safflower-based Hydresia.
Last—but definitely not least—we found a must-have multitasker that simultaneously handles your hydration and safeguards your ID and credit cards. Since Coachella doesn’t allow glass or metal bottles, you’ll be happy that you chose Contigo’s AUTOSEAL Kangaroo water bottle. Not only is it leak- and spill-proof, it also has a handy storage pouch for cash, cards, and that hot DJ’s number—and the directions back to your glamping tent.
Whether you snag all the treasures from our cruelty-free and vegan festival survival kit or just a few favorites, your Coachella style will be cool, comfortable, and, most importantly, compassionate.
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