Hi! I’m leaving for vacation TODAY! I’ve got a non-running post for ya, but I’ll be back tomorrow with regular running/life posts!
If you’ve been reading this blog for more than a month than you probably know I LOVE animals! Of course I love Cecil THE MOST but I have plenty of room in my heart for all animals :). I support several nonprofit organizations like Big Cat Rescue and have written before about the dangers of cub petting.
I was recently scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed and clicked on an article about animal testing practices by large cosmetic companies. It was totally sickening. Even though I’ve known these practices exist I’ve been blissfully ignorant to them.
When talking with my best friend who is vegan, Barbara, I learned that Beagles are actually the most tested on animal when it comes to cosmetics. They make for “good” test subjects because they are docile, a reasonable size and don’t eat much.
The Beagle Freedom Project is dedicated to rescuing beagles from laboratories and can be a great resource if you’re interested in learning more.
I’m not here today to tell you that you should stop using your favorite brands, I won’t share heartbreaking images that will shock you or even publish sad stats and information about the cruel tests that are sometimes performed.
I don’t like when that kind of stuff is thrown in my face when I least expect it and I’m guessing you probably don’t either. Instead I want to share what I think is useful information that isn’t designed to shock or disgust you.
I was hesitant to publish this post because, well quite frankly I am not vegetarian or vegan. I thought it might come off as “fake” because I’m only taking this one, small, easy step when I could commit to a vegan lifestyle. When I spoke to Barbara about it she said she thought it was better to take one small step than no steps at all. I hope that other vegans out there won’t hate on me too much. I’m fully aware there is more that I could do.
Okay, let’s jump into it!
Inexpensive, Cruelty-Free Brands:
First I want to share a few lists of brands that are cruelty (and some that aren’t). Maybe just seeing these lists will encourage you to make a simple switch to a different brand. You may be hesitant to make the switch thinking cruelty-free brands are expensive, but that’s not the case at all. Like all cosmetic brands and products, cruelty-free brands vary in price points.
For example, Drugstore.com has an easy sorting function that allows you to see all of their cruelty-free brands and products very easily. You could order from them or make a list for your next shopping trip. You can also find a list of inexpensive brands and products HERE and HERE.
Brands That Test in China:
Most of you know that I’m a big fan of Bath & Body Works but I recently learned they conduct animal testing in certain regions that require it by law (aka China). L’Oreal, Kiehl’s, Maybelline, Lancome, Clarins, Clinique, L’Occitane and others also pay for tests in China although they don’t test here in the USA. I currently own products from several of these brands. After I finish up what I have I will stop purchasing from them until policies change.
(You can find an extensive list of companies that pay for or run animal testing in China HERE.)
Cruelty-Free Brands by Type:
I’ve found several recently updated lists of brands that do not conduct any animal testing. You can see a large list of makeup brands broken down by type (high end, drugstore, natural, independent) HERE.
Some of the cruelty-free makeup brands include:
- Hourglass, Too Faced, Urban Decay, Tarte, NARS, Anastasia and By Terry
- Milani, NYX, Physicians Formula, Barry M, ELF, Jane
- Au Naturale, Alima, BH Cosmetics, Christopher Drummond
When it comes to skin and body there are also plenty of cruelty-free options:
- Trader Joe’s brand
- Yes To
- The Body Shop
- Burt’s Bees
More cruelty-free drugstore brands can be found HERE.
Haircare brands that are cruelty-free:
- John Masters
- Paul Mitchell
More cruelty-free haircare brands can be found HERE.
Nailcare brands that are cruelty-free:
- Butter London
- Deborah Lippman
- China Glaze
I’m glad to see several brands I’m already supporting on these lists including NYX, Yes To, Lush, Oribe and Zoya. I can already highly recommend those brands as great ones! The rest I’ll have to try out to see what I like best.
Back to running posts on Monday!
Do you use any of these cruelty-free brands? Would love your recommendations!