I’ve been a make-up lover since my early teens. Actually, it makes me cringe now when I think back to all those awful make-up looks I tried out all those years ago. But hey, you have to start somewhere right? It seems to have taken a while but I’ve finally found my make-up style for now and I don’t think it’s so bad (I guess you could say it’s a sort of a pin-up style- muted eye shadows, simple eye liner, with the occasional red lipstick been thrown on every now and again). So hopefully when I look back at this period in my life I won’t be cringing quite as much. Here’s to hope!
Anyway, way back when I was first experimenting with the delights of make-up I never really thought about testing on animals. I didn’t understand that by buying a certain product I might be contributing to a poor little bunny rabbit being blinded in the name of ‘science’. I’ve always loved animals and when I first discovered that this was happening I was devastated. The thing that gets to me most is that most people seem to be of the opinion that testing on animals for cosmetic purposes is outright wrong and shouldn’t be happening. However, when push comes to shove they still go out and buy products by companies who routinely test on innocent animals for no apparent purpose. After all, testing on animals does not make a product better, it merely informs you that you should avoid putting such a product in your eye… and should this happen accidentally you should wash out with warm water. Thanks for clearing that one up L’Oreal, without you testing your latest shampoo on that rabbit I would have no doubt poured said product into my eye to give them a good old clean. What an idiot I am.
I’m getting side-tracked here. I guess what I’m trying to say is that ignorance is bliss for some people. They still want to go out and buy that new product and wish to be kept in the dark about the things that happened to enable it to be considered ready for sale. There are so many make-up companies I used to love before I made the connection of what my money was going to pay for, but having learned what goes on I can’t justify buying these products any more. I did some research online and was devastated to learn just how many top branded companies still test on animals. At first I was at a bit of a loss as to what to do and what to buy, but after a little more research I discovered that despite the number of companies that do still test there are a growing number of top companies that don’t. In order to live a cruelty free life you don’t have sacrifice on looking and feeling your best.
.::So let’s get down to business:
I’m going to give you a run down of just a few cosmetic companies that I have discovered are cruelty free. I will do further posts explaining each company in a little more detail as time goes by. Click the links, as they appear, to find out a little more about each company!
- Badger balm
- Barry M
- Beauty without Cruelty
- Bobby Brown
- Crab tree and Evelyn
- Dr Hausheka
- Faith in nature
- GOSH cosmetics
- Green People
- Hard Candy
- Laura Geller
- Laura Mercier
- MAC cosmetics
- Neal’s Yard remedies
- Too faced
- Urban Decay
Shops and Supermarkets:
I thought I would group these together in a separate list for ease of use! Each of these shops and supermarkets produce a range of their products that are not testes on animals. The products are listed to next to the names.
- Aldi (own brand toiletries and household cleaning products)
- Co-op (all own brand products)
- Marks and Spencer’s (own brand make-up/ toiletries and household products)
- Next (own brand make-up/ toiletries)
- Sainsbury’s (own brand toiletries only)
- Somerfield (own brand toiletries)
- Superdrug (all own brands)
- Tesco (all own brands)
- Waitrose (own brand toiletries only)
Please note: This is by no means a complete list, and please feel free to inform me of any other companies you feel are of note as there are no doubt countless other cruelty free companies that I will have missed off. It is my aim to keep adding to this list as I learn and discover more. So please keep checking back!