UPDATE: This story was originally published on January 17, 2014.
It’s a common misconception that finding effective and truly cruelty-free beauty products — that means sans animal testing and animal byproducts — is a daunting and expensive task. Not so! We found 20 gorgeous goodies are easy to spot at your local drugstore, provide excellent results, and cost no more than $20. Animals and beauty mavens, rejoice!
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Desert Essence's ingenious little oil is ideal for busting blemishes, healing dandruff, freshening your gym bag, and soothing midday stress.
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This whipped anti-aging cream is tough on wrinkles without ravaging your skin, and the whopping 4 ounce jar is a steal.
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Backstage at every runway show and red carpet, these bad boys are a makeup artist staple. Not only can they cleanse and remove stubborn makeup, but they're so gentle on the skin.
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The Godfather of cruelty-free since 1980, Paul Mitchell recently rejected selling products in China on principle (the country mandates animal testing on all cosmetics), showing that money doesn’t always win out over core values. This massive 16.9 ounce version of the classic can be left in for thicker hair or rinsed out for fresh volume.
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Silky soft, synthetic bristles and gorgeous design make these animal-friendly brushes a makeup artist favorite.
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Frequent flyer? This oh-so-pretty kit packed with natural coconut cleansing wipes, day-to-night face cream, lit-from-within illuminator, and rosy lip tint in travel-friendly sizes will actually make you look forward to showing TSA your carry-on.
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With its million-and-one uses (body wash, shampoo, facial cleanser, laundry soap, toothpaste — though, we pause at that one…) and heavenly scent, this organic, convenient bar soap will even make washing your skivvies in a hostel sink feel glamorous.
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As if you hadn't heard, bushy, statement brows are a must-try trend. And, this fine-point pen allows you to fill in sparse areas with ease. It also works wonders for enhancing (or faking) beauty marks.
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This four-color pan is great for faking an endless summer glow. Even better? It doubles as a neutral eye shadow, saving you valuable makeup bag space and time.
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Feeling non-committal? Weleda’s four-piece kit gives you pocket sized, natural hydration in scents like citrus and pomegranate. Stash one in your desk, car, purse, and by your bedside for an anytime pick-me-up.
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Chase away the winter blues (and fly-aways) with this rich shampoo that smells like an island paradise.
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Sport an indelible bubblegum pink, ruby red, or berry pout with these long-wearing stains. Top with some balm or gloss and you’ve got a winning look that lasts all day.
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We all need a little polish every now and then, and Yes To's gentle scrub smells like a bowl of ripe summer berries — a welcome whiff during this polar vortex.
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With an ingredient list that boasts more than 20 of the world’s most nutritive and precious oils and extracts, Shea Moisture's emollient wonder isn't just for babies.
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Leave it to flower child (and our Editor-at-Large) Drew Barrymore to create an affordable cosmetics line in irresistibly cheery shades. This three-free polish (free from free of DBP, Toluene, and Camphor) in “May Flowers” has us dreaming of warmer weather.
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This shimmery gloss lends a sheer, popsicle shine and keeps lips moisturized for hours with organic shea butter and natural emollients.