Are "Organic" Beauty Products Worth the Hype?
Organic! Vegan! Gluten-free! You might feel virtuous buying products bearing these buzzwords, but what do they actually mean? We asked experts to define six of the trickiest terms in the book.
"Vegan" is meant to indicate that a product hasn't been tested on animals and contains no animal products or by-products, like dairy or beeswax, says Krissi Vandenberg, executive director of Vegan Action. The equally common term "cruelty-free" should mean absolutely no animal testing, says Kim Paschen, program manager at Leaping Bunny, a nonprofit that certifies cruelty-free products. While there are no federal regulations for either label, it's more likely that a product is vegan or cruelty-free if it has a certification seal from an organization like the Vegan Awareness Foundation, PETA's Beauty Without Bunnies program, or Leaping Bunny.
TRY: Dr. Bronner's Organic Lotion,