As an animal lover, the issue of animal rights is close to my heart. Especially the issue of animal testing in cosmetics.
Personally, it’s a struggle to remain cruelty-free. The beauty products are there (as you will see in the list below, there are plenty of cruelty free options for makeup, haircare, skin and body care), but at the same time, who knows which company is lying, and there are so many other things we use daily that are tested on animals that are not known – for example, did you know your toothpaste is probably tested on animals? What about your batteries? It’s hard keeping up to date and being as cruelty-free as possible, so my personal stance is that I try my best. With beauty products, home care products (especially detergents), with the animals I have in my home and even the food I eat: I always make sure I be as kind to the animals and choose the most cruelty-free version as possible.
Every year, I write about the beauty companies that do not test on animals. Since I have a website with readers, a big part of what I want to do with it is to spread messages and hopefully use this platform for good.
Animals (such as bunnies, mice, primates, dogs and cats) should not have to suffer for the absolutely unnecessary vanity of human beings. They do NOT deserve to be locked up in cramped cages and have chemicals rubbed into their eyes or forced down their throats so we can have “safe” cosmetics. It is completely disgusting and unacceptable to me. Animals are innocent, kind, wonderful creatures that deserve to be treated with respect.
Beauty Companies that Do Not Test on Animals 2014
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And since this is a hot topic, to say the least, to hopefully prevent any arguments (I always get a lot of “hate mail” from posts like this), here are my disclaimers, if you will:
- This list is my personal research and research from the Internet. I am merely trying to show what I learned and trying to spread the word. The “foundation” behind my research is from PETA’s list of companies that do not test. Read the full list here. I also visited individual company websites to see their policy on animal testing, and in some cases, emailed them to ask if they test on animals. Any personal attacks or hate mail will be ignored.
- That being said, I cannot know for sure that the information here is 100% correct. Some companies could be lying about it; and at the time of posting this, things may change as the beauty industry changes rapidly and like I said, this is a hot topic and new information always gets revealed. I update the full list once a year. Also, this not a complete list, I just chose brands that I am familiar with and have an international presence.
- Some of the brands on this list are owned by companies who do test on animals. However my belief is that just because one company is owned by another, it doesn’t mean it’s the same company; they can have different values, ethics, etc. Also I personally support these brands (and am vocal why I do support them) because I hope that will make the parent company will see the success of their cruelty free brands and hopefully make that change too.
- I try to make Beautifille.com as cruelty-free as possible, however I have written about products that are on the “do test” list in the past, because as I said, these things change so quickly. However, I want to support those companies that are actively doing something about it (so far L’Oreal is the only company I see that are funding and making big changes to their animal testing activities). So L’Oreal is “OK” in my books… for now. (And by support I mean just their cause through my site, I still will not purchase their stuff until they officially become cruelty-free.)
Animal Testing Laws – Latest News
I am on the personal mailing list on this topic for PETA and have set up various Google alerts on the topic, so I try my best to keep as up to date as possible on this topic, and will continue to update this article with news:
- Israel banned the import, marketing and sale of animal testing in cosmetics on January 1st, 2013 (source)
- The European Union banned the import and sale of animal tested cosmetics on March 11th, 2013 (source)
- Norway made it illegal to sell cosmetics tested on animals on March 11th, 2013 (source)
- India banned testing cosmetics and ingredients on cosmetics on June 28th, 2013 (source)
- New Zealand is well on its way
- China is making some progress
- Revlon used to be cruety-free, but no longer is.
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