Female or male, skin care and personal care are usually essential. So why not pick the ones that not only help yourself but animals, as well? Whether it be face scrub, body wash, shampoo, makeup, deodorant, or perfume, there is no reason that an animal has to suffer, animal derived or tested. Because so many people have their favorite products which they buy without even thinking about, here’s the opportunity to really consider what you are supporting when buying a product that tests on animals. Also, be aware of those skin care items that say they are cruelty free but do in fact have animal ingredients in them! One example of this would be St. Ives’ Blemish and Blackhead Scrub.
Now don’t get me wrong, St. Ives has an amazing, effective line of lotions, skin care, and body wash, but it is misleading when seeing that a good majority of their products is 100% vegan, and out of the blue pops out or two that is not. UPDATE: ST.IVES TESTS ON ANIMALS!
With that being said, of course, keep buying from these companies; just don’t use their products that have animal ingredients. Sure, we all slip here and there and are stuck with the product with these unfriendly substances, but what good will throwing it out be? We live and we learn, it’s all a part of the process. Of course, it’s important to always read labels. It’s not just key for ingredients, or cruelty free labels, but for those who have allergies or allergic reactions to certain chemicals or ingredients. Why even read the labels or get educated on whether your products test on animals or not? Well, simply animal testing is indeed unnecessary. Animal testing is a horrible experimentation done on usually rabbits, monkeys, cats, dogs, mice, rats, to name a few. These animals are simply bred for experimental use and are seen as a bunch of specimen. But really, there’s more to it than that and these animals do feel! These experiments involve shocks, injections, tubes, chords… all leading up to an insincere and terrible death. It’s not a question whether these animals want to have these procedures done or not, because well, who would? The chemicals used on these animals while they are tied down, crying, or screaming in fear, is no walk in the park. In fact, these animals do not even have pain killer to help ease their pain, even a slight amount. These companies see these animals strictly as data, so why would they put money into their comfort when they will just be killed anyways? A common myth that leads people into the continuous use of animal tested products is that “When you test shampoo on animals, you simply rub it on their fur. Animal testing usually involves applying chemicals or products to animals’ shaved skin or eyes. In one of the most commonly used tests, researchers put chemicals into their eyes and record the state of the injured eye for 21 days.” Why would anyone choose to support this cruelty when there are so many companies who don’t do an ounce of animal testing? In fact,“The United States does not require tests on cosmetics.” There’s clearly no need to waste another penny on products that support this heartless act of experimentation on animals when there are many alternatives available to you for a cheaper, cleaner price. But, let’s not forget those who use the myth that animal testing is necessary for our safety. According to Doctors Against Animal Experiments Germany, “Animals may well be complete organisms, but they are the wrong ones. Animals and humans differ considerably with regard to anatomy, physiology and metabolism. Even animals of different species can react quite differently to chemicals and pharmaceutical drugs. It is not possible to predict whether a human will react identically or differently based on the results of experiments conducted on animals.” With that being said, it is sure that the practices placed upon these animals does not ensure safety and/ or effectiveness of a product, considering it be tested on an animal with different functional components. With technology advancing, there is really no reason to buy products tested on animals at all.If you’re curios as to what exactly these alternatives can be, you can find out here. As for some top companies that have cruelty products, I will gladly list a few of my favorites: Tom’s of Maine, (
St. Ives now tests on animals!), Mary Kay, Arbonne, Urban Decay, LUSH, Bath & Body Works, The Body Shop, & Essence. You will be surprised to find that companies you never knew, tested on animals, or did not, all along. To find out more companies that do not use animal testing, you can either go to here for great resources or here, and even download a free app for your device: Cruelty-Free, for cruelty free companies, & Animal-Free, for those secret, derived ingredients.
Once again, be aware of cruelty free companies that contain animal derived ingredients. As always, check those labels!
For those who are still not convinced of the cruelty behind animal testing, take a look below. Warning, this is graphic and may cause extreme discomfort, especially to young audiences.