I first read about this tag over at Morag’s cruelty free blog Mo’ adore and because both the questions and answers were so thoughtful, I decided to join in.
1) How long have you been on your cruelty free journey?
Six years. I’d shopped at The Body Shop (when it was owned by Anita Rodick) from around the age of 13 but I went full steam ahead after meeting my bloke who gave me Peta’s booklet of cruelty free companies and info, which he regularly referred to.
2) What made you decide to go cruelty free?
I love animals and don’t want them to suffer pain and fear for my vanity or cleaning products.
3) What has been the hardest product to find a cruelty free dupe for?
Beauty: Veet roll on leg wax. I’m useless with a tub and a spatula and manage to cover everything around me in wax! A nice roll on type of product would be nice.
Home: Washing up liquid where you don’t need to use a quarter of the bottle each time you wash up.
4) What’s the best cruelty free dupe you’ve found?
It’s not a dupe exactly but since Urban Decay and The Body Shop became owned by L’Oreal I missed their brown smokey eye shadow palettes/cubes until I found i-Devine in Au Naturel palette by Sleek.
5) What product or brand do you wish was cruelty free?
All of them!
6) What’s your holy grail cruelty free brand?
Makeup: Sleek/Barry M Skincare: Neal’s Yard Remedies (and their lip glosses).
7) Name one cruelty free brand we might not have heard of?
Sniffy Wiffy. Their products have little illustrations on the label reminding people to check their bits daily to detect signs of cancer early on and they donate a portion of profits to cancer charities. You can also choose from a massive range of scents for your chosen product.
8) Are you a vegan? If so, for how long and have you had any struggles? If not, why not?
People joke that I’m accidentally vegan because I’m a vegetarian with a dairy intolerance but the truth is I do still eat dairy sometimes (damn you goats cheese and béchamel sauce – so difficult to replicate when you are a rubbish cook).
Veganism is also about not using any animal derived products so I’ve added more ‘pleather’ rather than leather to my wardrobe and I don’t eat honey or Haribo (hooves) etc. anymore. When me and the bloke brewed our own beer we used used something vegan to do the filtering rather than isinglass which is derived from the swim bladders of fish. I often ask if bars have vegan beer which is usually met with “We have gluten free ones.” That’s great and everything but….???
9) What’s your favourite local vegan friendly venue?
Unicorn in Chorlton is a vegan grocers and mini supermarket. It literally has everything you can think of for a vegan and eco friendly lifestyle! I’ve heard V Revolution cafe in Manchester’s Northern Quarter is wonderful but I eat mainly in the evening when it’s closed – nooo! Pizza Express are always very accommodating for dietary needs.
10) You have 30 seconds to convert someone to a cruelty free lifestyle – what would you say to them?
If you really thought about it – the only reason you aren’t at least partly vegan is because you are putting your own selfish needs in front of an animals needs. Little changes by a lot of people can go a long way. Go on, just try it!
Feel free to join in!