Whether a vegetarian or vegan, animal owner or animal lover, there are ways to make sure that animals are not used as “test dummies.”
Beauty products are the best area to start investing in cruelty-free items. These products are what the public thinks are tested on animals the most.
Surprisingly enough, local stores carry cruelty-free products. One example is St. Ives, a company based in Switzerland but produces products all over the U.S.
St. Ives body wash not only is not tested on animals, but contains no animal ingredients, parabens, phthalates and only natural extracts. The company even directs consumers to their website so the bottle can be properly recycled after use.
Other companies that make body wash available in local stores are: C.O. Bigelow, Perfect Organics, White Rain, and True Blue Spa.
There are many companies starting to carry products not tested on animals, especially those who create hair shampoo and conditioner.
L’Oréal recently released two lines of hair care products that are 100% vegan, not tested on animals and don’t contain animal by-products.
EverPure and EverStrong both are sulfate-free and use natural botanicals. EverPure is a color care system that keeps hair color at it’s original state and filters out UV rays that can change hair color. EverStrong is a fortifying system that makes hair stronger and keeps it from breaking early on.
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Hair care companies that have products easily available are: Aveda, Avon, Conair, Origins Natural Resources, Paul Mitchell Systems, and PureOlogy.
The image of a bunny with lipstick on it’s lips is not as funny as the public would make it look. Cosmetic companies are changing their ways and the list keeps growing.
Smashbox is a relatively new make-up line created by the great-grandsons of Max Factor, the creator of the namesake make-up line. They are approved through PETA’s Cruelty-free program, and also are part of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, which means the packaging is reused and recycled.
Smashbox make-up, from the foundations to the mascaras, are light and not oily. Many contain SPF and UV filters so protection for the face is at it’s highest.
Other Cosmetics that are cruelty-free are: Almay, Bare Escentuals, Bobbi Brown, The Body Shop, Burt’s Bees, Clarins, Clinique, Estée Lauder, M.A.C., Mary Kay, Physicians Formula, Revlon, and Urban Decay.
The best place to find more products not tested on animals is Caring Consumer. This website is dedicated to giving the consumers information on which companies are part of the PETA Cruelty-Free program and where to find them. Products bought through the website will also help support PETA.
Finding cruelty-free beauty products is easy as reading labels and doing research. Take the next step and be part of campaigns to show support for those who care for animals too.