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7 Etsy Shops Full Of Cruelty-Free Skincare

By Marissa Higgins

When it comes to buying skincare, making a choice can feel overwhelming. There are so many options, and everyone's skin is different. We all know too well the disappointment of hearing how wonderful a friend's favorite cleanser or moisturizer is, only to wake up with a fresh patch of acne, itchy skin, or extra oil after trying it ourselves. 

For people who are curious about purchasing eco-friendly skincare, the world can too feel overwhelming. To begin with, what does it mean to be cruelty-free? How is an item being cruelty-free different from it being vegan or plant-based?

When you buy a cruelty-free product, it generally means that it's been manufactured by methods that don't include testing on animals. This also suggests that no animal was experimented upon to create the product. So this means that not only was the final product (say, your tube of lipstick), not tested on animals, but in no part of the manufacturing process was it (say, while creating the color pigment), either.