of all the things I have recently learned about the make up industry. It really shook me because I had no idea of the horrific product testings that are still happening to so many helpless animals.
Silly me thought all of that lab testing had stopped and was now illegal. I suppose it has gotten better but it still happens. Don't be alarmed - this is not one of those graphic articles because I can't read them either. What I want to do is clarify a few things and provide some information to help others start their awareness journey too!
So lets jump right in. Who knows the difference between cruelty free and vegan? I didn't so I thought I would share.
Cruelty free - Not tested on animals but MAY contain animal products obtained without cruelty.
Did you know that mice, rats, rabbits, primates, cats, dogs, and other animals are locked inside cages in laboratories across the country. All they can do is sit and wait in fear of the next terrifying and painful procedure that will be performed on them.
Now as I mentioned earlier I am writing this with my two beautiful furbabies laying at my feet so how could I possibly buy just any make up with this new knowledge. So I found a list of the good companies and the bad companies. I have thrown out all of the “bad” make up and am starting over to create a brand new fabulous me!
Lets start with the basics. One of the best lists I found is from PETA. I am not an advocate of PETA as they seem to be a pretty controversial organization, however, their list for beauty products is one of the best. You will find two lists. One list has the companies that do test on animals and one list has the companies that do not. The Do Not list is further broken down to show which companiess are also vegan.
Another good website to check is Leaping Bunny which is comprised of eight national animal protection groups banded together to form the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC) promotes a single comprehensive standard and an internationally recognized Leaping Bunny Logo. They are working with companies to help make shopping for animal-friendly products easier and more trustworthy. Click on the banner to learn more and get a free pocket size shopping guide.
I have found there are some companies that fly under the radar. These are very large companies who are not main stream. They only sell through QVC or HSN which are super stores in their own right. I contacted the main companies which are not on any lists and here are the results.
Mally cosmetics - 100% cruelty free but not vegan.
Signature club A by Adrian Arpel - cruelty free but not vegan
Perlier Italian Bath & Body - cruelty free and some products vegan
Serious Skin care - cruelty free but not vegan
It depends on how heavy you like your mascara. My old brand with one, maybe two coats, was really bold and heavy. This mascara required 3 coats but will not budge. The weird part is that it comes off with remover very easily which is really nice because most waterproof ones do not.
I hope everyone has a fantastic upcoming holiday season while looking glamorous and fabulous without harming animals!!! If any one has any questions or comments I would love to answer them!