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FriFeb 28

National Vegan Lipstick Day – February 28, 2025

We’re ready to celebrate National Vegan Lipstick Day, which falls on February 28. Can you believe that makeup has been around for over 5,000 years? Yep, wrap your head around that if you can. Makeup has been used since Ancient Egyptian times. Then came cruelty-free makeup products, like vegan lipstick, created for individuals living vegan lifestyles who choose to use products that don’t harm animals or contain animal products. This special day is all about them and their lipstick.

History of National Vegan Lipstick Day

Makeup has been around for ages. Over the years, it’s been a tool marketed to make women feel more presentable and confident. But it has changed very much since your grandma’s days. Today, makeup is used by all sorts of people to express their particular style and aesthetic — from women of varying ages to gender nonconforming individuals and those playing around to express their creativity.

After harmful-use lawsuits, makeup products also saw many changes, from toxic substances used in blush, like asbestos, to glue-like fluids used in some lipsticks. Thousands of cosmetics are made in various ways and serve many different purposes. Still, one massive advancement in the industry is the invention and introduction of vegan and cruelty-free makeup products. Organizations like Cruelty Free International and their partners oversee the certification of corporations seeking ‘cruelty-free’ status. Companies that make beauty and household products without testing them on animals can apply for membership in the Leaping Bunny Program, which allows them to add Cruelty Free International’s leaping bunny logo to their products. This program also establishes global operational and sales standards.

National Vegan Lipstick Day, founded by U.S. makeup brand CakeLipps, is an opportunity to celebrate vegan lipstick nationwide and educate the public about the importance of purchasing vegan lipstick to avoid cosmetics that utilize animal products. We celebrate National Vegan Lipstick Day to honor Grandma Bert, one of the company’s founding members, whose birthday was on February 28.

National Vegan Lipstick Day timeline

Early Makeup Tricks

In China, lipsticks are made from beeswax and scented with oils to give the mouth a more enticing look.

Rouge is Born

Sears offers lips and cheeks rouge for the first time.

Easy, Breezy, Lipstick

Lipstick is sold in cylindrical metal containers created by Maurice Levy.

A Special Day

National Vegan Lipstick Day is celebrated for the first time in honor of CakeLipps’ Grandma Bert, whose birthday is on February 28.

National Vegan Lipstick Day FAQs

Is vegan makeup chemical-free?

Vegan cosmetics may have artificial ingredients also present in regular cosmetics. The primary difference is that vegan cosmetics don’t include animal-derived components.

What are the benefits of vegan cosmetics?

Vegan beauty products perform better because they contain fewer ingredients. They are newer to the market, so many more color and palette options exist.

Is vegan makeup natural?

Vegan makeup products are cosmetics without animal ingredients, byproducts, or animal-derived products.

National Vegan Lipstick Day Activities

  1. Visit a vegan makeup factory

    There are hundreds of cosmetic factories worldwide, but few produce vegan makeup products. Identify a vegan makeup brand, and visit their factory. They will show you around and demonstrate what makes vegan makeup so special. You may even leave with some free samples.

  2. Buy yourself vegan lipstick

    Once you’ve done the research and understand the cause more thoroughly, go out and buy yourself some vegan lipstick! It may even change how you use makeup by giving your daily beauty routine a little more purpose because these products are cruelty-free and nonharmful to animals.

  3. Tell a friend about vegan and cruelty-free makeup

    There is no better marketing strategy than word of mouth. By telling your friends and loved ones about these products, you’re spreading the word about a makeup type that is responsible, harm-free, and considerate of animals. You can even buy some extras to hand out to your friends. After all, sharing is caring.

5 Fascinating Facts About Vegan Makeup

  1. Many countries banned animal testing

    The European Union, Norway, Israel, and India have already prohibited animal testing in cosmetics and the sale or import of newly animal-tested beauty products.

  2. PETA lists vegan makeup

    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in the U.S. provides a search engine and downloadable list of qualified cruelty-free beauty brands.

  3. No animal ingredients are used

    A vegan product contains no animal ingredients, such as milk, eggs, honey, and beeswax, and there are some makeup brushes made of synthetic fur rather than real animal fur.

  4. Look for the leaping bunny

    Cruelty-free products are certified with the symbol of a leaping bunny by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, now known as Cruelty Free International.

  5. Animal testing can be safe

    Cosmetological tests using tissue cultures and the remains of animals slaughtered for the meat industry are alternative ways to test on animals.

Why We Love National Vegan Lipstick Day

  1. Makeup can be fun and responsible

    Let’s face it. Makeup can be amusing, especially when you gather with friends and give each other makeovers. It’s all about creative expression and allowing yourself to play with your aesthetic. Introducing vegan cosmetics shows that something fun can also be kind and humane to animals.

  2. Animal rights are fundamental

    Animals have been treated inhumanely for centuries, especially in the food and cosmetics industries. That’s why it’s essential to look into alternatives and embrace lifestyles that are considerate of animals and animal products. Being proactive and switching up something simple can make a significant change.

  3. Vegan makeup shows the beauty industry is listening

    For years, the beauty industry turned a blind eye to inhumane animal testing, similar to how they produced cosmetics in the 1950s and 60s that were harmful to the people using them. The introduction of vegan makeup to the U.S. and international markets shows that these beauty brands listen and take these concerns seriously.

National Vegan Lipstick Day dates

2025February 28Friday
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