First I think it’s important to go over what it means to be a cruelty-free lash company. Recently – I was approached by a company that wanted to send me some of their lash products and promote them on my blog, and social media. I asked them if their lashes were cruelty-free and they assured me they were cruelty-free REAL mink lashes. Hmmm.. I thought, how can your lashes be cruelty-free if it’s real mink? They went on to tell me that their “sources” say these mink are on a free range farm and their hair is naturally collected through shedding and brushing.
Can you picture farmers brushing hundreds and thousands of minks? I sure as hell can’t.
Here is the reality:
Not surprisingly, I couldn’t find any images or videos of farmers brushing their minks.
The fur industry is one of the cruelest – where farmers cram animals such as minks into small and filthy cages so that they can eventually rip of their skin to make fur products including lashes, coats, etc.
Fur farmers use the cheapest killing methods available, including suffocation, electrocution, poisoning, and gassing. Why? Well if you think about it, they don’t want the fur to get ruined right so these methods protect the product.
I wore eyelash extensions for 6 years and never had an issue with the synthethic fibers, they looked amazing, and were soft and comfortable. I now apply false lashes because I personally prefer the way they look, I’ve found that no eyelash extensions can give me the fullness that a strip on can.
With that said, here are a few amazing lash companies that truly believe in being able to provide a quality product without having to harm any lives in the process.
I love everything that this company stands for.
“We believe in an Eco-Chic green environment and make all our lash boxes out of highly recyclable packaging. We love animals and pledge to keep our products CRUELTY-FREE and ECO-FRIENDLY forever!”
My go-to lashes here are the iconic lashes. They are quite dramatic, having a dynamic v-formation effect with a criss-cross pattern. They are so beautiful.
Another important thing to mention about this company is their white lash adhesive – it’s by far my FAVOURITE lash glue, and I’ve tried tons let me tell you.
They have tons of different types of lashes ranging from really natural to super dramatic. They are a bit more expensive then most – at $12 US per pair, but the quality is amazing and I’ve been able to use a pair 10+ times.
2. KoKo Lashes
These lashes are super affordable at $6.99 US per pair. They are also cruelty-free and vegan being made from either human hair, or synthethic fibers depending on their styles.
My favourites are:
I recently discovered these – ‘Goddess’ which are almost IDENTICAL to Iconic FYI!
I’m sure most of you have heard about this company as they are quite popular. You can find them at most drug stores, or beauty supplies stores, and order online. They are also 100% cruelty-free and vegan. I usually buy Ardells more natural looking lashes for a more everyday look, and then for a more dramatic look I use KoKo Lashes, or the iconic lashes.
These are called 105 black, and I usually buy a pack of 6 at Sallys Beauty Supply or Shoppers Drug Mart.