Animal Cruelty Free Make-up

Guest Post by Beth Gaskin
 
It’s hard to believe the holidays are right around the corner.  That time of year when we all want to get gussied up and look our best for friends and family that we haven't seen since last years holiday season.  It is a time when we pull out all the stops, beauty treatments for our skin, some new make up and maybe even a manicure with some way out color other than our daily natural look which brings me to the point for writing this blog piece.

While sitting in my big fluffy bed having my coffee with my two best furfriends, Jake and Elwood, I look over at my make up tray and think
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.
Vegan - Contains no animal products and is not tested on animals.

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.

Against Animal Testing

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.

www.LeapingbunnyPledge.org Take the Leap to Cruelty-Free Products

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.

QVC

Mally cosmetics - 100% cruelty free but not vegan.

HSN

 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

So that means the Maybelline waterproof mascara and liner that I have used for years had to go!  The problem was I tried lots of brands years ago and everything transferred or ran since I have very oily eyelids.  I live in Florida which means insane heat and enough humidity to choke you!  Hence my new quest began! 

I finally found a combo of products to give me my eyes back. I wore these products all day inside and outside doing chores (to make sure I would sweat) and in the pool and the shower.  These are the winning products and my findings. 

Mascara

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. 

Eyeliner


For my top eyelid only this one held like my old tried and true liner by that unspeakable nasty company and it comes in many colors.  There was only one test this liner failed and that was the shower.  Most of it came off when the water was pelting my eyes.  It did stay on in the pool and passed the sweat test so I still give it the green light because lets face it pelting water at your face is not a normal social occurrence. 

This pencil did move on my upper lid but held like glue to my bottom lash through every thing I put it through so we have a winner for the bottom lash line. 

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!

About the Author: Beth is Mommy to Jake and Elwood who can be found on their blog, The Royal Ruskies and their FaceBook Fan Page