Saturday, June 21, 2014

Cruelty-Free Beauty: The Challenge


I think it's safe to say that cruelty-free beauty, and the topic of animal testing is a hot topic issue within the beauty community and industry. While many companies have stood up against animal testing, deciding to go "cruelty-free", many others have chosen to stick with it because it is the most inexpensive option out there.

In a perfect world I think everyone would agree that they'd prefer to use products that weren't tested on animals. Unfortunately, that's just not the world we live in, and many of the most popular brands and cherished products out there have been tested on animals. I'll be the first to admit that some of my favorite products do not come from cruelty-free brands, and many were bought without the subject of animal testing even crossing my mind (which is a really sad thought to put into words).

Sadly, many brands that once did not condone animal testing now do (either for their products, or for the ingredients used for their products). In China, it is now required for companies to test their products on animals, so any cosmetic companies that choose to sell in China (which is obviously a gigantic market) have to put their products through animal testing. While some companies (such as Urban Decay, Josie Maran and Tarte) have stood up and said it goes against their ethical code to do such a thing, and thus refuse to sell in China, many other companies couldn't stand to lose the Chinese market and decided to undergo animal testing so they would be able to sell their products there.

So I decided to challenge myself. I want to go one week using beauty products that solely come from cruelty-free brands, and show myself that it's very much possible. It's been in the back of my mind for awhile now that I would really like to only use cruelty-free beauty, and I'd like to prove to myself that it absolutely can be done.

Just to get an idea of how many cosmetics companies test on animals, I looked at the brands that made the products listed in my recent Holy Grail post. Out of the six products listed, only three are from brands that do not test on animals (and they are Chantecaille's Just Skin, By Terry's Touche Veloutee and Tarte's Amazonian Clay Blush). That's crazy to me that half of my favorite products come from brands that test their products out on animals.

What makes finding products that aren't tested on animals all the more difficult is the fact that many cruelty-free brands are owned by parent companies that don't practice the same ethical behavior. For example, I love my Stella McCartney "Stella" perfume, and was happy to read that McCartney never tests any of her products on animals. However, this is tainted a little bit by the fact that her products are owned by the parent company of Proctor & Gamble, who are known for their use of animal testing. It's a bit of an iffy ethical dilemma that each person must make their own decision on, and I myself tend to look at it on a case by case basis. For the products I'll use in my posts I will try my best to only use products that neither test on animals themselves, nor are owned by companies that use the practice. If I do end up using a brand that's owned by a non-CF company than I will be sure to state it within my post.

So for the next week I am going to only wear cruelty-free beauty products, and I plan on devoting a post each day this week (along with a few regular posts) devoted to what cruelty-free beauty products I used each day. I'm excited to share this challenge with you guys, and if anyone would like to join in with me I would love to hear about what you chose (or chose not) to use!

What are your thoughts on the issue of animal testing in the beauty industry? Do you choose your beauty products on whether they're cruelty-free or not? Let me know in the comments below!

P.S. I will compile all seven days' worth of posts here as they go live on the blog:
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    1. This is such a good idea! No animal should have to suffer for the sake of vanity! I'm glad the EU have banned it, but I wish China would follow suit!

      I love your blog, by the way. :)

      http://www.bee-on-a-budget.blogspot.com

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      1. I completely agree, I was so happy to hear the EU banned it and just hope that one day China will realize they need to do the same! And thank you so much, you're too sweet! :)

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    2. What a great challenge to set yourself! I'm really struggling to replace my Body Shop aloe moisturiser for sensitive skin and seaweed/clay face mask. I love how much campaigning the body shop does though for animals and human rights. Have you checked out Liz Earle online?

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      1. Aw thank you, and thank you so much for stopping by and reading! I haven't checked out Liz Earle personally, but I've heard tons about the line! Are there any products you'd recommend? I'd love to take a look!

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