Sometimes, the cost of beauty is very high, and one of the highest costs is paid by the animals that many brands use to test their products. This is why we should start consuming more cruelty-free products.
On April 13th, the Humane Society International launched a short film entitled Save Ralph, and I have to admit I was shocked. In the video, we meet Ralph, a rabbit whose job is to be a lab animal. In the story, we see the effects that the experiments have on animals, and it’s a very impactful video.
We’re all looking for that perfect lipstick color, the best waterproof mascara, and that blush that adapts to our skin color. But, no product in our beauty routine needs to be tested on animals, especially now that we are all aware of the cruelty implied by animal testing.
Thanks to advances in science and technology, we have many alternatives that do not involve testing on animals. We can use computers to generate models that predict the results and effects of certain ingredients or we can use donated skin tissue for testing. Finally, we can also make cell cultures that replicate the human body’s reaction to certain products.
According to the information from the Human Society International, there are currently 7,000 safe cosmetic ingredients. We don’t need to keep looking for ways to make beauty products, and no animal should have to suffer in the name of beauty.
After seeing the light, so to speak, I decided to look for cruelty-free beauty brands. The offering is much more extensive than what I’d expected, and there are options in all price ranges. Here are 6 brands that you should get to know.
With a wide range of personal care products and cosmetics, this store is a beauty junkie’s paradise. All of the items have received the “cruelty-free” designation, and the brand also offers vegan options. If you’re ever in London, ask for their “naked makeup,” zero-waste products, and packaging-free items.
Approved by: PETA / Cruelty-Free Kitty / Ethical Elephant
This brand offers a variety of products like shampoo, hydrating creams, conditioner, lip balm, and more. Their items are vegan and contain CBD, which provides softening, hydrating, and relaxing properties for the skin and body. They are also cruelty-free, which makes them a perfect option.
Approved by: PETA / Leaping Bunny
Kim Kardashian’s beauty line is a great success. At first, some doubted the functionality of her products, but over time, they’ve proven the skeptics wrong and become favorites for many women. Another point in their favor is that they don’t test their products or ingredients on animals.
Approved by: Cruelty-Free Kitty
This brand’s products are cruelty-free, making it a great option. Their Le Marc Lip Crèmes, in 32 different shades, and their Highliner Gel Eye Crayon are excellent options. These high-quality products are sure to become musts in anyone’s makeup bag.
Approved by: PETA / Cruelty-Free Kitty
This perfume brand has become a favorite over the last few years. Their scents have captured the attention of many, and they also have a variety of other products like creams, lotions, and bath gels. A plus is that none of their products are tested on animals.
Approved by: PETA / Cruelty-Free Kitty
This brand is a winner. Their philosophy is one of helping us get our skin back to its healthiest state, and the brand is also cruelty-free. All of their products are a mix of natural and synthetic ingredients that make for a perfect combination. Some of my favorites are the C-Tango multi-vitamin eye cream and the Drunk Elephant F-Balm electrolyte face mask.
Approved by: Leaping Bunny / Ethical Elephant
These are only some examples of brands that don’t test their products or ingredients on animals. If you are thinking about trying to use only these types of products, I recommend getting information from organizations like PETA or Leaping Bunny and websites like Cruelty-Free Kitty or Ethical Elephant. Each of these sources contains expert knowledge on this subject, and they provide a wealth of information.
The truth is that many brands in our makeup bag are in one way or another tested on animals, whether it’s that perfect nude or red lipstick, that new fragrance that we love, or even the shampoo we use. The truth is that we’re all guilty, but not because we want to be part of the problem. It’s just a question of being informed.
Remember that, at the end of the day, we’re all consumers who have the power to make certain decisions. That’s why it’s important to start to transform our habits, even if it’s just a little bit. If we stop buying from brands that continue to perform animal testing, we are telling them that they need to change. I know this sounds impossible, but I think it’s the best way for us to help do our part.
After having this recent change of heart, I’ve decided to start in on this journey. It’s an adventure that won’t be easy and will take lots of time. The goal is to lead a life in which we only use cruelty-free beauty products and makeup.