I Hope This Post Doesn’t Annoy You

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.

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(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

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When it comes to skin and body there are also plenty of cruelty-free options:

  • Lush
  • Supergoop!
  • Trader Joe’s brand
  • Yes To
  • Aesop
  • The Body Shop
  • Pacifica
  • Burt’s Bees

More cruelty-free drugstore brands can be found HERE.

Haircare brands that are cruelty-free:

  • Drybar
  • Giovanni
  • John Masters
  • Moroccanoil
  • Oribe
  • Paul Mitchell
  • Wen

More cruelty-free haircare brands can be found HERE.

Nailcare brands that are cruelty-free:

  • Butter London
  • Deborah Lippman
  • China Glaze
  • Julep
  • Zoya

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! 



  1. April 28, 2016 / 7:10 am

    Informative! THank you!

  2. April 28, 2016 / 7:38 am

    I am not vegan, although I have been vegetarian for a very long time, no one should judge another convictions like that. I am not a fan of the hating vegans that chastise someone for being a meat eater. It is a very personal thing, and we each arrive at different conclusions based on what we like and don’t like…
    I think it is great you want to take steps to not support animal testing, and you taught me something today…
    I use a lot of natural products but Tresseme is one in my very cabinet right now. I had no idea.

    • Kristina
      April 28, 2016 / 11:32 am

      Thanks Karen! I agree with you, but then I am weak! Adam and I went vegetarian for a year and eventually transitioned back into meat eating. We try to make conscious choices like cage free eggs and free range meats, but admittedly we don’t always do that and we often eat out. I’d like to be more conscious of those choices as well moving forward.

      I use the Tresseme Keratin Smoothing Serum and will need to find an alternative as I’m almost out. If you have any recommendations please let me know! 🙂

  3. April 28, 2016 / 8:55 am

    Darn, I was hoping the post would annoy me but it didn’t. 🙂 I am sad to say I use cover girl and have for my whole life. 🙁

    • Kristina
      April 28, 2016 / 11:33 am

      Hahaa! I’m glad it wasn’t too bad! 🙂

      If you wanted you could switch to Elf. I have found their products to be quite good for the price. The blushes are VERY pigmented so you have to go light, but otherwise their products are quite good. The only thing I would recommend staying away from are their primers – so greasy.

  4. April 28, 2016 / 10:59 am

    I agree with what your friend said, it is better to take small steps in a cruelty free direction than to do nothing at all. I’m a vegetarian, but not vegan. A lot of my products are on the cruelty free lists (yay, Hourglass! UD! Too Faced! NARS! Bite!) but not all of them (darn you, Lancome perfume that I love).

    • Kristina
      April 28, 2016 / 11:36 am

      Thanks Heather! I was nervous to publish this post because I have a friend of a friend who is very … passionate, and I could see her expressing some backlash to a post like this.

      There are so many NARS products I’ve been wanting to try. Now I have a good excuse to go on a little NARS shopping spree 🙂

  5. April 28, 2016 / 12:35 pm

    I hardly ever wear makeup or use lotions and I use Dr. Bronner’s soap because they use sustainable practices and don’t test on animals. I definitely agree with your vegan friend. A small step is very good… and big! I am mostly vegan. I do eat eggs, but I get them from the farmer’s market where they have smaller chicken coops and often allow the animals to roam freely. I completely agree with you about your feelings about animals. It’s terrible how some are treated and it just makes me sick to see animals that are used for cosmetics testing. You should not worry about annoying people. If you feel passionate about this issue, scream it from the rooftops. Who cares what a few vegans or vegetarians think about it! They should be supportive and happy to see you moving in a cruelty free direction. Good for you and thanks for saying something about this.

  6. April 28, 2016 / 4:56 pm

    Beagles don’t eat much?! When we had a beagle, we had to put baby locks on the cabinets and hide the garbage cans in them because she would eat EVERYTHING. Every beagle I’ve ever seen is like, at least 5 lbs overweight. (That assessment of why they use beagles made me laugh, even though I was really sad about it because I love beagles.)

    Thanks for sharing this. I like NYX but their foundations don’t work for me. I’ll have to give them another try because right now my favorite brands (Maybelline and L’Oreal) are on the naughty list 🙁

  7. April 29, 2016 / 4:52 pm

    Wow, I really had no idea that any companies are STILL testing on animals. Talk about bliss. I currently use MAC products because they take back their empties but will definitely be switching brands once I run out of the current supply. Thank you for an eye-opening post!

  8. Susan
    April 29, 2016 / 9:12 pm

    Wow, thank you so much! Rick and I have done a great job at making sure we eat food (meat and eggs included) that are raised cruelty free and organically. But I am sad to say, I haven’t done my homework with our personal products! As soon as we use up what we currently have I am making list and making sure to replace with only cruelty free items. Many of these, I do already use. But I cringe when I see some brands I use that still test on animals. Thank you for opening my eyes and reminding me I have some work to do!!

  9. B
    May 2, 2016 / 5:04 pm

    Informative post. I’m a vegetarian but somehow forget about cosmetic animal testing!! Derp! Once I finish up my current goods, I’ll surely be making better purchasing practices. New reader here (and new runner, finished my first half yesterday), really enjoying your blog.