Hey! Today I come here to talk about a subject that, for some, maybe considered sensitive whereas for others it won’t even matter. However, it is a subject that I personally think needs to be discussed: Cosmetic tests on animals.
Through the course of the years that I’ve worn makeup I always tried to make the most ethical decisions I possibly could regarding brands that test on animals. This was a thing I learned from a very young age.
Lately, I’ve grown more interested and so, I decided to research a little; I was not pleased with what I found.
You’d expect that, by the 21st century, and with all of the technological development we have, it wouldn’t be necessary to make tests on animals. We can now produce skin tissue in labs and use volunteers (like some brands do) and yet we decide to make tests on animals. I want to add something for the people who are not aware of this fact: Tests on animals are not accurate. One product may show a reaction on an animal and then show a completely different one on an human being. That is why, when you buy a product, there’s always something on the label saying the possible side effects that may occur. (And don’t get me wrong, I know that there is side effects for almost everything, I’m saying this to let the people who think that tests on animals are “safe” and accurate, be aware.)
In Europe, it’s illegal to perform tests on animals,so companies that produce their products here, are safe, but companies that produce or have producers in, for example, China, are obligated by law to test on animals. So, if you live in Europe, you may still be buying products that have been tested on animals, like me.
After this being said, here’s what I found out about which brands do and do not test on animals.
These are the brands and companies that DO TESTS ON ANIMALS:
- Estee Lauder
- Avon (this was one of the companies I had to stop buying from because of this issue)
- L’oreal (There are some brands that belong to L’oreal but do not test on animals, i.e Urban Decay)
- Calvin Klein
- Makeup Forever
- Maybelline (another brand I stopped buying)
- Bath & Body Works (I didn’t use to buy from this brand but I was surprised to see it in this list.)
- Garnier (for those wondering about this (like me) it does test on animals (belongs to L’oreal).
These are just SOME of the brands that test on animals and, as you can see, it is a pretty large list just by these that I pointed out here.
You can see more here
Now, for the brands that DO NOT test on animals: (If any of these do test and I’m mistaken, please let me know so I can scratch them out.)
- H&M (I was pleasantly surprised by this, I was always afraid of buying the cosmetics because of this issue.)
- Urban Decay (As I previously stated, even though it belongs to L’oreal, it does not test on animals)
- Too Faced (Another pleasant surprise as I want to buy their eyeshadow palletes)
- Kat Von D
- Yves Rocher (Seen on my previous posts)
- Oriflame (Also seen on my previous posts, I’m not really quite sure about it anymore though as I’ve seen different information regarding this.)
- ColourPop Cosmetics
As you can probably tell this is a much smaller list, however, I didn’t list all of them. I’ll leave you the link of the rest here.
In conclusion, I was deeply disappointed by some brands, like Garnier, which I thought that didn’t test, I only got to know this today because I received some free samples of the new Pure Active 3 in 1 Mask (they were given to me at the subway and I have to be honest with you, I loved how it worked and how it left my skin) but then I decided to research and, BOOM.
I still have products that belong to brands that do test on animals and I’m not going to throw them away but I will, for sure, avoid those brands to the max in the future, until they stop testing on animals.
I’m not trying to say that you’re a horrible person if you wear these products (as I was one of them), I’m posting this so that you can at least be aware of it (if you’re not already) and, if you want to, take an action on it.
I hope I don’t seem hypocritical by posting this whilst I still have some of those products, but from now on, I will try to stay away from them.
(As I said if you find any mistake in any of the lists, please let me know.)
I hope I’ve helped you with this issue.
Have an amazing week,