Are Your Cosmetics Animal Friendly?

I am not really a huge make up fan. Part of that is because I have stupidly sensitive skin, part of it is laziness too. The main thing that puts me off make up is the black hole that is animal testing.

I am vegetarian and have been for all of my adult life (12 ish years now). I am the annoying veggie who refuses to eat fish, gelatine, animal rennet etc. I do eat dairy products, but I avoid wearing leather.

Recently, I have become painfully aware of the fact I look like death. Surviving on minimal sleep has more than zapped any glow I may have had. The bags under my eyes have got so full I need to part ex them for suitcases. This has made me want to start wearing a bit of make up, just so I don’t terrify the locals!

I decided to do a bit of googling to see which brands were completely bunny friendly, and I found nottested.co.uk. It is a UK website, which clearly shows which UK companies are currently bunny friendly, those who do test on animals, and the sly dogs in the middle, who make it impossible to be sure. This blog post is just a little eye opener for my readers into which UK trading cosmetics companies are still testing their products on animals.

I have to be clear and say that most of these companies only test on animals when the law requires they do so – which usually means they sell in their products in China, where animal testing is still mandatory. (Animal testing was completely banned in the EU in 2003, but companies can currently still sell their animal tested products here).

So… Here are some of the companies who still test their products on animals.
Avon
Estée Lauder (They own Bobbi Brown, Clinique, MAC)
L’Oreal (They own Diesel, Essie, Garnier, Lancôme, Maybelline, Ralph Lauren, Urban Decay)
Proctor & Gamble (They own Hugo Boss, Lacoste, Max Factor)

This list is just a small sample of the companies still testing on animals. Please click on the above link to view the entire list.

If you want to be certain the products you are using are 100% cruelty free, there are a couple of things you can do.
1). Shop at Superdrug, Lush or The Body Shop – they guarantee all of their products are cruelty free.
2).
Look out for the Leaping Bunny Logo (near the barcode on cosmetics).
This is the international logo which proves the product is 100% cruelty
free.

One thing to note is that The Body Shop is owned by L’oreal. The Body
Shop has built it’s reputation on being a natural, cruelty free brand.
It is owned by the company who are trying to get the EU ban on animal
testing overturned.

As it stands, this Month (March 2013) is meant to see the sale of animal tested products banned in the EU. This means that cosmetics companies who subject animals to horrific tests will not be allowed to sell their products on European shelves. I wouldn’t hold your breath for this happening.

I think the time has come for me to dump my make up bag and start again.
I hope this information has opened your eyes to just how many companies are still testing on animals.

(This is just beauty products – there are hundreds of toiletries and household products which are tested on animals too).

This is not a sponsored post. Just me…. rabbiting on about something I am passionate about.

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