It’s sad that we live in a world where we have to be concerned about how our products are developed, but the unfortunate reality is that animal testing and inhumane practices are common in the beauty industry, much more common than most people understand or want to believe. There are some companies, however, who have taken a stand against animal testing, and refuse to do it in the creation of their products. Supporting these brands over those who test on animals may seem like a small thing to do, but one person can create a ripple effect, and the more business we take away from companies with unethical practices, the stronger the message we can send to them. This is why I strive to only use products from companies who refuse to test on animals, and make a stand for ethical business practices, and always look for the bunny!
One of my favorite cruelty free businesses to use is LUSH, who I have written about in previous blog posts. Not only are the against animal testing, but they also support ethical business practices all around, and are involved in global charities and fundraising. All of their products are made with natural ingredients that were obtained ethically, and it’s nice to know that when I purchase from the company, some of that money is going to help causes around the world.
For makeup, one of the brands I love to use is Too Faced, who also fights against animal cruelty and refuses to test their products on animals. Their makeup is high quality, and although a bit pricier, worth the money. They even include lists on their website as to which of their products are vegan-friendly, which do not contain parabens, and are overall open with their practices and ingredients.
For drugstore makeup, I LOVE E.L.F. It’s cheap, it works well, and I can buy a lot of it at once without blowing insane amounts of money, which of course is a win. It is also completely cruelty free, and all of their products are vegan except for a select few brushes which are made with animal hair. You can find them at most Target and Walgreens, and their amazing liquid eyeliner, which I worship, is only $1.
Another brand I buy from in excess (they have so many sales, I can’t help myself) is Bath & Body Works, which is where I get a lot of my body spray, shower gel, etc. They are also cruelty-free! No animal testing there, just a lot of really awesome stuff that smells really good.
These are just a few of my favorite and most used brands, but there are so many more who fight against animal cruelty and unethical business practices. For more information on whether or not your favorite brands are cruelty free, the PETA website has a pretty expansive list of brands that do and do not test on animals. If you don’t know, it’s possible you could be using a company who is continually involved in animal abuse, and by purchasing their products, you only continue that cycle of abuse. It important to be informed in your decisions, and I encourage you to support brands who oppose animal testing!
Photo Creds: The Guardian, Too Faced Cosmetics Logo, E.L.F. Cosmetics Logo, The Odyssey Online