Whether you're just transitioning into Cruelty-Free cosmetics, are 100% Cruelty-Free, or are 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan, it's important to know how your beauty products are made, and what they are made out of.
As Bruce from Finding Nemo once said,
"Fish are friends. Not Food."
The same goes for all of our other animal friends, they should not be harmed in the name of our own beauty.
So today, I thought I would go over the basics when it comes to what it means to be Cruelty-Free and Vegan, where well-known companies fall, and some tips when it comes to shopping.
Let's get started!
- (of cosmetics or other commercial products) manufactured or developed by methods that do not involve experimentation on animals.
- a company did not test their product or ingredients on animals during any phase of development.
- A product that does not contain any animal ingredients or animal derived ingredients.
- Made without ingredients including; honey, beeswax, lanolin, collagen, albumen, carmine, cholesterol, gelatin, yogurt, lactic acid (there is plant derived lactic acid, contact the company to find out if it is animal or plant derived)
Let's Make It Simple
Cruelty Free= No Animal Testing, May Contain Animal Ingredients
Vegan= Does Not Contain Animal Ingredients
So yes, your products that are "Cruelty-Free", may still contain parts of an animal, now how is that not cruel?
Also, animal testing is not required by law in order to sell a product in the United States, it is required in certain other countries, but any company that wishes to sell a beauty product on the market in the U.S. doesn't need to test their products on an animal first....but many CHOOSE to.
There is some debate about whether a company is still Cruelty-Free if their parent company does test on animals, or owns companies that test on animals. That is completely up to your moral and personal beliefs. The company itself can still be Leaping Bunny Certified Cruelty Free but owned by an animal testing parent company.
The last note on "Cruelty-Free". When products are labeled "No Animal Testing", or "Cruelty-Free", as these terms are not legally regulated...yet, it's still possible that certain ingredients in the product were tested on animals, not necessarily the final product you see on the shelf. So be sure to check Logical Harmony's Website for the full list of Leaping Bunny Certified Cruelty-Free Brands!
So the next time you're at Sephora, Ulta, Target, or any other stores that you like to frequent for your beauty purchases, make sure that the company is certified Leaping Bunny Cruelty-Free and look for the little white bunny on the packing.
Here are the some of the most widely known cosmetic brands and their Cruelty-Free and Vegan standing. If a brand has no acronym, it is not cruelty free or vegan.
(CF= Cruelty-Free, V=Vegan)
Acure Organics- CF
Anastasia Beverly Hills- CF
Bath and Body Works-
Bumble & Bumble-
Cover FX- CF
Eco Tools- CF, V
Jane Iredale- CF
Josie Maran- CF
Juice Beauty- CF
Kat Von D- CF
Make Up For Ever-
Pacifica- CF, V
Paul Mitchell- CF
Perricone MD- CF
Physician's Formula- CF
Real Techniques- CF
Red Apple Lipstick- CF, V
Sonia Kashuk- CF
Sunday Riley- CF
Too Faced- CF
Urban Decay- CF
Wet n Wild- CF
As you can see, you're more likely to come across non-cruelty-free brands than cruelty-free ones. There are many companies that fall into a grey area, so be sure to check that Leaping Bunny Complete List if you have concerns about a brand.
You don't have to purge your makeup or get rid of anything to make the right decision when it comes to animal cruelty. Next time you need to make a purchase, just think twice and ask yourself, "Is this brand cruelty-free?", "Do you want your money to go towards more animal research for cosmetic purposes?"
Companies ultimately are out to make money, so the only way to change methods and final products are to demand it as a consumer.
When we demand something, companies oblige. If we want Cruelty-Free, they can and would make it happen, we just have to speak up.