September 8, 2014
Now let me give you a little background on my stance on animal cruelty before we begin this highly requested post... I choose not to eat pork, red meat, lamb or any other game for that matter but I do eat skinless, boneless chicken on occasion, fish/seafood regularly and turkey for Thanksgiving. I made this life choice when I was really too young to have decided such a thing (around 9 if I remember correctly) and I don't eat those things because I can't bare to think about how those animals are treated before they are killed for our consumption. Honestly I could give up chicken too if I think about it long enough. But although I won't buy fur for the same reason, I do buy leather goods so do me a favor and save your judgement. We are in the Trust Tree and I'm sharing my personal opinions on this matter. Just as I do not judge you for eating a bloody steak across the table from me at dinner, I expect the same. So onto the topic of cruelty free cosmetics... it seems you're either 100% on board or you just don't care either way. Do I buy products solely on them being cruelty free? No, but when I have a favorite brand that has the bunny on the label I do get excited and tend to repurchase far more often. From the research I've done, there is no reason that any brand should have to test on animals and surely no reason for China to demand that all products sold in the country be tested on animals. The way I look at it is that if your product is full of such sketchy chemicals that it is not safe to be tested on humans, then it probably shouldn't be produced and sold to the masses. Now if you choose to go a complete 180 and only use cosmetics that are sold at markets and health food stores, that is up to you however I'm going to give you a few choices for every category you need for basic every day makeup that are not tested on animals or are PETA approved at both department stores, as well as drug stores.
Upon doing my research I must admit, I was most shocked at the brands that DO test on animals and I may take that into consideration when making my next cosmetics purchase (see list below). If you are wanting to move in the direction of cruelty free cosmetics, please refer to this list of suggestions:
*This list is not complete nor does it encompass every brand available but these are just some of the stand out brands I found.
Kat Von D
The Body Shop
The Body Shop
Essie used to be on this list but since it's been bought out by L'Oreal who does test on animals, it is unclear if they will remain cruelty free.
DRUGSTORE CRUELTY FREE BRANDS
Flower by Drew Barrymore
Real Techniques Brushes
BRANDS THAT DO ANIMAL TESTING/OR SELL TO CHINA THEREFORE ALLOWING ANIMALS TESTING ON THEIR PRODUCTS
Cle de Peau
La Roche Posay
Now if you do not see your favorite brand on my Cruelty Free List, don't panic. Simply contact the brand via email and ask - that's what I did for the brands that I couldn't find on any non animal testing lists. Jouer and Charlotte Tilbury for example are either too new or too small to be on any major lists but when I reached out to the brands, both responded right away confirming they do not do animal testing, nor do their third party vendors.
I hope this helps if you needed a little nudge in the cruelty free direction or if you were just curious! Either way, thanks for stopping by and keep this list handy when you are ready to make your next big makeup purchase :)
Remember, if you see the Leaping Bunny... your product is safe!