Sustainable X-mas gift tip: fancy vegan make-up brushes from The Body Shop. With a softer feel than a squirrel’s tail, but fear not. They are 100 % cruelty-free, made from synthetic bristles and sustainably sourced FSC wooden handles.
A good brush is the make-up artist’s secret. I’m far from anything close to a visagiste, but nevertheless quite attached to my foundation brush, eye-liner brush, blusher brush and powder brush.
Only four favourites, there are a zillion types more who all look quite interesting but to be honest, I don’t really have a clue how to handle those. Buffer brush, anyone?
The question is, will synthetic brushes perform as good as animal hair brushes? Besides the fact that they are produced without harming a hair on an animal’s head, which gives them a head start to begin with.
The Body Shop brushes
Well, the verdict is simple and therefore the way to go: I don’t feel any difference. For me, these high-tech synthetic fibers perform just as well and feel just as soft and silky.
If I compare two brushes (one animal hair, one synthetic) I can’t pick out the ‘real’ one. But then again, I am no make-up artist.
Apart from the touch ‘n feel, there are more benefits of using a synthetic brush over one made with animal hair:
- easier to clean.
- they repel bacteria and dirt better than animal hair does.
- less shading, if at all.
With prices starting from € 10, take a brush or two. To give or to keep.
The Body Shop story
I remember founder Anita Roddick very clearly from the eighties, a sustainable icon. What she started then is common practice today: business should be a force for good. Ethical beauty with good products which benefit people (the ones who make it and the ones using it) and planet.
The business of business should not be about money. It should be about responsibility. It should be about public good, not private greed.
__ Anita Roddick
Anita Roddick really was (she died much too early at age 64 in 2007) a pioneer at her time and still is a role model for many female conscious entrepreneur’s today. A perfect example of where sustainability meets luxury.