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.