A DIFFERENT KIND OF BEAUTY POST
As of late I have become more and more aware of how we impact the environment. Yes, prepare yourselves for some hippy bull…
I recently decided that I was going to start paying attention to who I buy products from. It hit me that I’ve always ALWAYS been against hunting and using animal fur, skin etc. for anything other than the means for survival BUT I have never really considered the beauty products I use and animal testing. Personally I see no need for it. I don’t believe an animal should die for means of fashion or decoration. Obviously we have the right to choose what we wear, how we decorate our homes and what products we use but I wanted to share my personal viewpoint on the matter.
When it comes to my clothes and beauty products I want to make sure no animals are harmed in the process. Perhaps I will talk about my views on meat, zoos, farms and veganism at a later date.
We are all aware that brands often use animals to test their products to make sure it is safe for humans. Personally, I think it is unnecessary in this day and age. Surely we should know by now what is going to be harmful and what isn’t? Animals are being bred and imprisoned for human benefit and vanity. It’s something I feel quite strongly about.
BRANDS WHO DON’T TEST ON ANIMALS
Recently I threw away my make up and beauty products (that I have with me) that are tested on animals. I replaced them with products from The Body Shop. Not only are Body Shop the first international cosmetics brand to be recognised under the Humane Cosmetics Standard for their Against Animal Testing but they also have 5 core beliefs: Support Community Fair Trade, Defend Human Rights, Against Animal Testing, Activate Self-Esteem, and Protect Our Planet. This surely is a good thing? They concentrate on fair trade, the planet and animals. Guess who is always going to be shopping from here from now on? Unfortunately, the owner of The Body Shop, L’Oreal, does test other products on animals.
Another brand I have recently purchased from (for the first time!) is LUSH. Again, like the The Body Shop, they are incredibly dedicated in fighting against animal testing.The products smell gorgeous, are handmade and are natural. What’s not to love? LUSH also did a performance where they showed a human getting the same treatment as animals that get tested on. You can read that article here.
I was so glad that my favourites Soap and Glory also do not test on animals.
BRANDS THAT DO TEST ON ANIMALS
I was so shocked when discovered many of my favourite brands (using this search tool) test their products on animals. So, I decided to research the companies websites to see what they say on the matter:
- Some companies no longer test on animals in the UK and Europe, some no longer test ANYWHERE.
- There are brands that test the products where it is legal and then sell it Worldwide.
- Many companies test on animals because it required by law (Rimmel London, Benefit etc). However, if I were owner of a company who was against animal testing, then I wouldn’t sell to countries where it’s the law to do so.
Here is some more information on testing cosmetics on animals. It’s a good idea to check the FAQs on websites to see if they test on animals. If there isn’t an answer there, they probably do.
It’s now my mission to try to use brands that do no animal testing whatsoever.
WHY DOES IT BOTHER ME?
Imagine your rabbit having things sprayed in their eyes. Imagine them being locked in cages in cold laboratories. Imagine your cat being flung about by it’s tail? Your dog dragged by it’s ears. Animals being burnt, shaved and experimented on. Science has come a long way. Surely by now it should stop.
Watch this video. It’s only 60 seconds but it cuts deep. I don’t believe people when they say they love animals but still don’t care about products being tested on them. Believe whatever you want but remember those creatures feel pain, just like humans.
I’m not preaching, I promise. And I know from personal experience how hard it is to go completely “animal cruelty free”, especially as I am not a vegan. But I try my best. I am actively avoiding beauty products that test on animals to the best of my ability but I am by no means 100% cruelty free. It’s important to remember every little helps and I’m getting there one step at a time.