Are you in the process of making your 2017 new years resolutions? Wondering what you could do to help animals? Try to go cruelty-free with your beauty and skincare products, it can make a huge difference.
I have been using cruelty-free products since March last year. It was so easy to make the transition and I don’t know why it took me so long to research the brands I use every day. Therefore, I thought it was about time I wrote a post that could help some of you make the decision to go cruelty-free. This post is all about why you should go cruelty free and how to do it!
Why You Should Go Cruelty-free
Going cruelty-free is just one of the many ways you can help save animals. It’s awful that so many brands still animal test in a day and age where it is completely unnecessary to do so.
It is also great if you are vegetarian or vegan and want another way to limit animal suffering. If you aren’t able to go vegetarian or vegan for any reason, going cruelty-free or even vegan with the products you use will make a huge difference.
Step One: Research
Research the brands you enjoy purchasing from and find out if they are cruelty-free or not. You can also look into if the company is vegan and if they have an animal-testing parent company. Hello Gemma wrote an informative post about parent companies that is worth a read!
Personally, I use any brand that is cruelty-free, whether or not their parent company is cruelty-free. For example, NYX Professional Makeup it PETA certified brand, however, NYX Professional Makeup is owned by L’Oreal, which animal-tests. Here is a great post by Cruelty-Free Kitty about L’Oreal’s stance on animal-testing, which explains it a lot better than what I can!
I believe that purchasing from a cruelty-free brand with a parent company that animal tests shows a demand for more cruelty-free brands. It is up to you to decide where you stand on this!
Leaping Bunny and PETA are your first point of call when it comes to researching brands. Never trust what a brand says on their website about their animal testing policy, send them an email and see what other research people have done on blogs online.
China requires by law that all products sold there must be tested on animals. Therefore, any brands that sell in China cannot be considered cruelty-free. A brand’s animal testing policy may say they don’t test except where required by law. These brands cannot be considered cruelty-free – be careful!
Step 2: Identify what cruelty-free products you already own
Have a rummage through your makeup bag/collection, you’ll be surprised at how many products you already own from cruelty-free brands.
Doing this doesn’t have to be expensive. If you immediately want to throw out or give old products to your friends and family to purchase cruelty-free ones, that’s great! Although it is also perfectly fine to use up all of your products from animal-tested brands first, you’ve already purchased them, after all.
Step 3: Create a list of CF brands to take with you when you shop
Curate a list of brands that are within your budget and are easily accessible to you and take it with you next time you go shopping. It will make it so much easier than getting to the store and having to stand looking at your phone for ten minutes while you look at the animal testing policy of a brand.
My favourite highstreet brands are Makeup Revolution, Sleek MakeUP, Real Techniques, NYX Professional Makeup, Soap & Glory and Lush Cosmetics. Other higher end favourites include Too Faced, Urban Decay and Liz Earle.
Step 4: Spread the word!
Now you have gone cruelty-free with your products, tell your friends, family and co-workers! Talk about it on social media and spread the message as much as you can. Show demand for more cruelty-free brands and hopefully we will eventually live in a world where animal testing no longer exists.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments! We can all help each other. If myself or another reader can’t answer your question, I’ll do my best to find out the answer or I’ll refer you to another site or resource.