A Guide to Cruelty-Free Beauty Shopping

A Guide to Cruelty-Free Beauty Shopping

Many of the products in our everyday life are tested on animals, and while this may be acceptable for some life-saving medicines and treatments, it does not have to be accepted for things that are used on an optional basis, like skin-care products and makeup. Some companies are working to make sure all of their products are cruelty-free, and if you want to convert your future purchases into only those that are cruelty-free, there are many resources available to help you do so.

What Does "Cruelty-Free" Mean?

"Cruelty-free," at its core, means that a product has not used any animal testing during any part of its development process. Since there is no regulation of this term, however, it's impossible to avoid products that do tests on animals simply by buying products labeled as "cruelty-free." Many of the tests done on animals involve putting substances in the eyes or on the skin of small animals like mice and guinea pigs. These substances are often irritating to their skin, and there is typically no treatment given to help ease their discomfort. With the advances in technology we now have, the practice of testing products on animals is largely outdated and unnecessary.

Cosmetic Animal Testing Statistics

  • More than 500,000 animals die each year while taking part in animal testing.
  • In 2015, around 400,000 dogs and monkeys were used in the testing of new products.
  • In the U.K. in 2018, almost 2 million experiments were conducted on animals, and of these, almost 100,000 caused severe reactions.

What Is "Leaping Bunny Certified"?

Leaping Bunny certification is the brainchild of a team of eight animal rights groups. If a product is Leaping Bunny certified, consumers can be confident that animal testing was not used during any step of its development process. Consumers can use the Leaping Bunny app to locate products that are cruelty-free as they shop. To help people locate products that are cruelty-free, PETA also has a list of companies that have stated that they work only under the guidelines required to be cruelty-free. While this list is easier to get on than the Leaping Bunny list, it can still be a great resource for helping you decide which products to buy.

A Guide to Cruelty-Free Makeup Brands

Many cruelty-free options for makeup can be found easily at most drugstores. While the misconception is that all cruelty-free makeup is expensive, the truth is that there are many affordable options that are Leaping Bunny certified or at least listed as cruelty-free by PETA.

Some brands go above and beyond in their dedication to being cruelty-free, while others may do very little to merit using the words "cruelty-free," so it's important to research companies' policies before purchasing if they are not already certified by Leaping Bunny.

Makeup Brands That Don't Test on Animals but Don't Have Leaping Bunny Certification

If a makeup product is missing the Leaping Bunny certification, it's not necessarily an indication that they test their products on animals. There are many companies committed to cruelty-free practices that have not gotten this certification. But it's also important to note that many recent marketing campaigns for makeup, skin products, and hair-care products have used images of bunnies. Be careful when you see a bunny to ensure that it is the actual Leaping Bunny label and not just a marketing ploy.

Makeup Brands That Test on Animals, According to PETA

Many popular brands are still using animal testing in their production processes. New laws may change some of the processes and development strategies for these products' production, but for now, it's important to pay close attention to the brands you're buying and how their products are made.

  • There are many reasons companies still use animal testing, but often, necessity isn't one of them.

What Is the Difference Between Cruelty-Free and Vegan Cosmetics?

Although many people might at first assume that vegan products are cruelty-free and vice versa, this is not necessarily the case. "Vegan" means there are no animal products or by-products in the final cosmetic item being purchased. This means that the product does not include honey, beeswax, gelatin, or other products derived from animals. A vegan product can technically still use animals in its testing and development, while a cruelty-free product cannot use animals in its development but can have dairy, honey, or other animal products as ingredients. There are also many products that fall into both camps as cruelty-free vegan items.

  • It can be tricky sometimes to know which products are cruelty-free and which are vegan. There are many guides available to you, though, to help in your search.

Information on Compassion for Animals and Animal Welfare