Before you start rummaging through your make-up bag and throwing everything you own away it’s good to know why it’s so important to not buy animal tested products and how you are going to be helping the hundreds of animals that are killed every year. I have written a blog post all about animal testing so that might be a good place to start. Another key thing to know is what brands you are looking for, so what brands do and don’t test. I know when I first started looking into animal testing I was so overwhelmed with the amount of companies that still test that I thought it would be impossible to cut them all out. I have been putting together a list of all the cruelty free brands, and so that will be up on here very soon as a reference.
It’s easy to turn a blind eye to the facts, and although you may agree that testing on animals isn’t right, the key thing is to act on this and not just ignore what you know is happening. Reading more blog posts, or watching YouTube videos or documentaries are all great ways to get more insight into the issues we are facing and will hopefully give you the motivation you need to make the changes.
Okay so here is where things get a bit controversial. On one hand I passionately disagree with animal testing but on the other I am a student with no money, who is trying to run a beauty blog being sent products from various companies. So I am in a bit of a pickle. I would love to have the luxury of being able to go to my make up box chuck out everything that I know comes from a brand that tests and then fully restock with all new cruelty free products but my bank account unfortunately won’t allow it. But that doesn’t mean I am in any way okay with animal testing I am just going about my clear out in a different way. What I have done is bought some little stickers and then I sat down with all my make up, skin care, and hair care and marked everything that was tested on animals.
Although I didn’t throw every thing out at once, once I started labelling things it got me so angry at how many companies still tested that I did end up throwing quite a lot of stuff away there and then. I also put aside the products that were tested on animals that I hardly ever use as I knew they would sit in my draw collecting dust so there was really no point holding on to them. The tricky part was finding out that some of the product I love and reached for everyday tested on animals. With these, I marked them up with a sticker and decided to use them until they were finished and then obviously not re purchase them, or talk about them on this blog as I don’t want to advertise companies that agree with testing on animals, no matter how good they are.
Since going cruelty free around the same time as I became vegan which was around seven months ago, I haven’t spent a penny on anything that has been tested on. I check everything I buy, which at first can be very time-consuming. But is it really too much to ask to spend 5 more minutes deciding what shampoo to use in order to save the lives on innocent animals from laboratory experimentation? There are tones of great high street and higher end cosmetics brands that are cruelty free so why not give them your well-earned pennies rather than saying you think its okay to harm hundreds of animals for the sake of buying the lipstick your friend has.
I would love to hear if you have any tips for going cruelty free? It’s something I am so passionate about but I know it can be daunting at first so I want to help in whatever way possible. If there is any posts you think would help raise awareness please let me know in the comments. All the products shown in the pictures in this post are cruelty free. I plan to post the list of cruelty free products I mentioned above, so you can use it as reference when you’re next on the hunt for beauty products and want to make sure you’re not funding animal testing. I hope this post has helped.