Hi dolls! Have you ever purchased a beauty product and seen that cute little bunny on the packaging & felt good about your purchase knowing that it’s cruelty-free? Well, there’ alot more behind cruelty-free(and vegan!) beauty and I’m here to inform you on all things cruelty-free and vegan beauty!
When it comes to cosmetic testing, there is relatively no reason for products to be tested on animals as there are so many factors that are different with animals than humans. Most of the time cosmetic testing isn’t even required, yet companies will continue to test on animals because they insist on developing and using “new” ingredients; these new ingredients do not have any safety data, so they say that testing is necessary for these new ingredients. To sum it up, if companies simply used the thousands of existing cosmetic ingredients available, they would never have to animal test. That’s how cruelty-free companies work.
Here, I’ve put together a list on companies that are cruelty-free, offer vegan products, and/or their parent company is not cruelty-free.
Now, when it comes to vegan products, this means that there are no animal ingredients used in the production of these products. Some good vegan beauty brands are:
You’re probably wondering – how can I tell if there are animal ingredients in my products and what they are? Well, I’ve compiled all of the most commonly found animal ingredients in our cosmetic products.
You can find out if these are in your products by scanning the label and keeping an eye out for any of the above ingredients.
Here’s the shocker: There are still many, many companies that test on animals for relatively no reason, and even I was shocked as I put this list together of these companies. Here they are:
About 100,000-200,000 animals suffer and die just for cosmetics every year all around the world. They include rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats and mice. Dogs and monkeys are never used to test cosmetics anywhere in the world, they are used to test other types of chemicals.
Cosmetics companies can stop animal testing immediately and still produce new, safe and exciting beauty products, simply by manufacturing the cruelty-free way. Companies do so by using the thousands of ingredients with a long history of safe use, because they have existing safety data and require no further testing. Making use of growing numbers of non-animal safety tests can better predict how humans will react to chemicals. More than 40 non-animal tests have been validated for use, and these modern alternatives can offer results that are more relevant to people, often more cheaply and quickly, too. That’s because non-animal tests represent the very latest techniques that science has to offer. For example, there are a number of skin tests available that use human reconstructed skin (EPISKIN, EpiDerm and SkinEthic) versus animal skin.
I hope that this article was helpful to anyone either curious about cruelty-free beauty, vegan beauty, or the overall safety of animals and how they are treated within the beauty industry. For more information visit The Humane Society International at http://www.hsi.org
Author: Grace Michelle
Grace Michelle, is a pro-makeup artist and a very talented one at that. She resides in Buffalo, NY with her family and loves all things makeup and beauty related. You can find her articles here discussing anything beauty and makeup related (trends, tips, and more!) Follow along with her @gracemichellle on IG.