Recently – I was approached by a company that wanted to send me some of their lash products and promote them on my blog. 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 you’re using 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 out there – farmers cram animals into small, filthy cages until they eventually rip off their skin to make fur products including lashes, and coats.

Fur farmers use the cheapest killing methods available, including suffocation, electrocution, poisoning, and gassing. Why? Well if you think about it, how do you kill them without ruining their fur? They use these methods to 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. However, 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 animals in the process.

1. House Of Lashes

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.

House of Lashes also carries a white lash adhesive – it’s by far my FAVOURITE lash glue, and I’ve tried TONS!

They have tons lashes to choose from – natural to super dramatic. They are a bit more on the expensive side – $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/vegan and are made from either human hair, or synthethic fibers depending on their styles.

My favourites are:

Amore

Queen B

I Recently discovered these – ‘Goddess’ which are almost IDENTICAL to Iconic FYI! (just cheaper)

3. Ardell Lashes

I’m sure most of you have heard about Ardell – they are quite popular. You can find them at most drug stores, beauty supply stores, or order online. They are also 100% cruelty-free and vegan. I wear my Ardell lashes when I’m going for a more natural look.

These are called 105 black, and I usually buy a pack of 6 at Sallys Beauty Supply or Shoppers Drug Mart.