I recently saw a post written by Ellie from https://thediaryofellie.com/ all about animal testing and going cruelty free and it has inspired me to write a post about why I have chosen to only buy cruelty free makeup products from now on. Its shocking how many companies within the cosmetic industry STILL test on animals and I have decided to no longer support those companies as I believe that their are so many alternatives.
Many companies try hard to make their consumers believe that they do not test on animals, however, if their products are sold in China then they have to have been tested on animals as China has specific rules for these companies. Although they may state that the products sold to other countries are not cruelty free, the company overall, does use animals to test their products on. I have included an image below from PETA which shows some of the companies which test their products on animals to ensure that they can be sold in China. Some of these companies really shocked me as I had previously assumed them to be cruelty free.
I will admit, I do already own a good few products from some (most) of these brands and I’m quite dissapointed in to the fact that I believed some of them were cruelty free. I will not be throwing out all of the makeup which I currently have in my collection that isn’t cruelty free, however, once a certain product has run out, I will not be re-purchasing it, no matter how much I loved it. I feel that it would definitely be more of a waste me throwing away some products which are reasonably full as I have already bought them now.
PETA is a very useful website for finding out information on this subject and so is Cruelty Free Kitty. So if you are looking for some reliable information then definitely check them out! Cruelty Free Kitty also provides a page which shows many of the places where you can shop cruelty free for makeup and skincare products.
As you may already know, The Body Shop and LUSH are very well known for being cruelty free and have even got petitions which you can sign to help end animal testing. The Body Shop has always been somewhere that I would shop but I had never tried their makeup products before. After seeing so many people love their foundation, I decided to give it a try and have now been using it for months after swapping my Revlon Colorstay for it. As far as I’m aware, Revlon do sell in China so they are not a cruelty free company and I was glad to be able to make this change! I’m very excited to find alternatives which turn out to be even better than what I had originally used!
I know that it may take some time for me to be able to find cruelty free products that live up to the same quality as some of my old favourites such as the Maybelline Lash Sensational, the MAC Prep and Prime, the MAC lipsticks and so many more, but I know that I will be able to make these changes as long as I do research on reliable websites. It is also very helpful that I have many fellow bloggers that I follow that are cruelty free as I can always take inspiration from them!
If you buy from cosmetic companies that do test on animals then that is completely your decision and I won’t try and tell you otherwise but this is my decision and I’m excited to try out new products and know that I am not harming a living creature by what I’m putting on my face. If you do, however, see a non cruelty free product in any of my future posts then it may be because I am using it up or maybe I haven’t done good-enough research (in that case them please inform me).
The image below shows the symbols in which you would find on cruelty free products, I will definitely be looking out for these from now on when makeup/cosmetic shopping.
Finally, I have included a below a list that I found which contains the name of many cruelty free brands which are available in most countries.
Thank you so much for reading this post! I really hope that you enjoyed and that it possibly was an eye-opener in to the cosmetic industry. If anything that I have stated is wrong then I do apologise, I am still learning but please inform me in the comments! Please also check out Ellie’s post here.
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