Until recently, buying beauty & cosmetic products was something I did fairly quickly and without much thought. I typically went for big-name brands or looked for hip/modern packaging. But now that I’m on a mission to support animal welfare in as may ways as possible, cruelty-free beauty products are the only ones for me!
Make a commitment to swap out your current products for cruelty-free ones, one-by-one. For example, if you run out of shaving gel, purchase a cruelty-free product to replace your former choice. This will make an impact not only on animals, but the environment and your health, as well!
Here are some tips that will help you find the right products:
1. Identify the parent company. Some brands that are owned by big companies don’t support common interests. Those large companies could still be funding animal testing in other brands.
2. Read labels. Most boxes, bottles and packages will tell you if the product has been tested on animals. If you’re unsure you can look at the PETA Database of Animal Ingredients to help you decode some of the ingredients. You can also do a quick search with PETA’s cruelty-free company list. The easiest way to determine if the product is ok is by searching for one of these symbols:
3. Check to see if the products are sold in China. For cosmetic products to be sold there, cosmetic companies must test their products on animals. Most likely, then, products from China are indeed tested on our furry friends.
4. Know where to shop: You’ll be able to find cruelty-free personal care products at larger stores like Target, but you’ll find a better selection and have an easier time with labeling-detecting at natural stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s.
Here are some of my favorite cruelty-free companies:
- Bare Essentials
- Dr. Hauschka Skin Care
- Tarte Cosmetics
Feel free to share and comment on some of your personal cruelty-favorites!