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Is your favorite makeup cruelty free?


Cruelty free makeup is something that for me, goes hand in hand with natural beauty. I don’t want products that have been tested on animals. This seems very wrong. One google image search and reading several articles had me convinced to go cruelty free which goes hand in hand with natural beauty. Just give me pure ingredients, like my Too Faced foundation, that won’t cause me to break out in a rash or give me a headache or cause cancer down the road, and don’t test on animals. That’s all I ask.

How do you feel? Along with the idea of toxins in my beauty products, cruelty free beauty has been simmering in the back of my mind for while now. I just read a really good, informative article on this issue over at Green Beauty Team (click here to read it).

The article talks about in China, laws state that products must be tested on animals before they hit the shelves. The New York Times posted this: “Estée Lauder said it does ‘not test our products or ingredients on animals, nor do we ask others to test on our behalf, except where required by law.’ ”

Do you know how many beauty companies fall  under the umbrella of Estee Lauder? A lot.  Take a look at these companies who DO TEST on animals.

Almay (Revlon) *  American Beauty (Estee Lauder) *  Aussie (Procter & Gamble) *  Avon Products, Inc. * Bobbi Brown (Estee Lauder) *

Bumble and Bumble (Estee Lauder) * Caudalie USA, Inc. * Clairol (Procter & Gamble) * Clinique (Estee Lauder) * Coach (Estee Lauder)

Donna Karan (Estee Lauder) * Elizabeth Arden * Estee Lauder * Fekkai (Procter & Gamble) *

Giorgio Armani (L’Oreal) * Grassroots (Estee Lauder)

Herbal Essences (Procter & Gamble) * Ivory (Procter & Gamble) * Jo Malone (Estee Lauder) *  Jurlique Pure Skin Care * Kerastase (L’Oreal)

Kiehl’s (L’Oreal) * L’Occitane * Lancome * M.A.C. Cosmetics (Estee Lauder) * Max Factor (Procter & Gamble) *  Michael Kors (Estee Lauder)

Natural Instincts (Procter & Gamble) * Neutrogena (Johnson & Johnson) * Nu Skin International * Olay (Procter & Gamble) *

Redken (L’Oreal) * Revlon * Shiseido Cosmetics * Shu Uemura(L’Oreal) *

This is just a partial list,  there are many more and you can see all of them by going here.  Apparently “Skin and eye irritation tests must be conducted on animals in order for cosmetic products to be sold in China, which are paid for by manufacturers. ”

“In order to break into booming Chinese cosmetic markets, many companies have gone back on their anti-animal testing policies without informing consumers,” says researcher Zoya Sheftalovich. {source}

What exactly happens during animal testing? I’ll tell you.  “…products or ingredients are applied to the mucous membranes of the animal, including eyes, nose, and mouth, to determine whether they cause allergic or other reactions.” Which is kind of like having humans test dog food. Two completely different species testing a product meant for the one who’s not being tested.Luckily there are companies who do not believe in testing on animals which just seems so wrong to me on many levels. Again,this is an issue that was never front and center in my brain until I started researching beauty and natural beauty and chemicals which led me to discover the far reaching and cruel practice of testing chemicals on animals.

According to PETA, “In the U.S., no law requires that these types of products be tested on animals, and companies can choose not to sell their products in countries such as China, where tests on animals are required for cosmetics and other products. Companies on this list should be supported for their commitment to manufacturing products without harming any animals. Companies that aren’t on this list should be boycotted until they implement a policy that prohibits animal testing.”

The list of companies who do NOT test on animals includes:

100% Pure * ABBA Pure & Natural Hair Care * Adorn Mineral Cosmetics * Afterglow Cosmetics * Agape & Zoe Naturals * AHAVA *

Alba Botanica (Hain Celestial) * Amika * Anastasia Beverly Hills * Arbonne International * Aubrey Organics, Inc. * Bare Escentuals (Shiseido)

Burt’s Bees (Clorox) * Carol’s Daughter * Dermalogica * Doctor T’s Supergoop! * Dr. Hauschka Skin Care * E.L.F. Cosmetics

And this list goes on and on and on.  You can click here for the full list. I have this bookmarked in my favorites so I can quickly check it.

I don’t understand why these cosmetic giants, who pull in billions of dollars in sales every year, continue to test on animals when there are other options to determine the safety and effectiveness of a product.

12 thoughts on “Is your favorite makeup cruelty free?

  1. This is so not okay. Burts Bees is one of the brands Im on the fence about right now-if they test on animals Im not okay with that!

  2. I was thinking the same thing when I read about the Burt’s Bees.
    Thanks for doing this article. It’s very near and dear to my heart.

  3. I agree that I would like to have ALL products not to be tested on animals – who we need to target is the Chinese! Some of these companies who do sell in China also have manufacturing in the US and have NO animal testing whatsoever. If we are buying a US product, THAT is what we are getting.

  4. I, like Jacqui am an Arbonne consultant and agree that we should all know about products we apply not only on ourselves, but also on our children.
    SHOCKING FACT: Slaughtered animal carcasses, euthanased pets and road kill are all put in a grinder and steamed. The lighter fatty material sitting on the top is then refined and put into our cosmetics. Do you really want to be using these products?
    I live in the Melbourne area so if you would like a free sample or to look at our great range of skin care, cosmetics, mens care, baby care, etc please feel free to contact me at or on 0411 447 139 (ID 613223679). You will be amazed at what you see and learn!!!

  5. I noticed on the list that Arbonne International does not have an asterisk indicating products are strictly vegan when in fact they are!

  6. I am also an independent consultant with Arbonne international. Did you know that the USA does not regulate testing of cosmetics? That is one of the reasons I live Arbonne so much. Our cosmetics are held to much higher Swiss regulations. I am allergic to so many things and it was wonderful to find cosmetics and skin care that is not tested on animals but is not full of the junk I am allergic to.

  7. I wish under your list of “cruelty free” companies they were truly cruelty free! If these products contain animal ingredients then they aren’t truly cruelty free! Many of the companies listed above have ingredients like lanolin, beeswax, honey, milk etc and in the case of Paula’s Choice even shark cartilage! How can you call that company cruelty free?

  8. Thank you for commenting. That list was not compiled by me, I found the information on PETA which I consider to be a very reliable source
    of all things animal cruelty. While the companies mentioned do not test on animals, the are not
    VEGAN which would imply no animal testing OR ingredients.
    Its so important to read labels so you know whats in the products you buy.
    I have a feeling you know your way around an ingredient list which many people do not.

  9. I just thought i’d point out that some of those companies that don’t test on animals actually contain animal ingredients which is just as disgusting. 100% pure for example, use honey and others on that list use carmine (dead crushed beetles) and linalool which is derived from sheep’s wool. If you’re wondering why that’s not cruelty-free then please watch these links.

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