Cruelty Free Makeup: I think most of us would prefer it if there weren’t any other factors in play. I mean, who wants to hurt cute little bunnies, right? Unfortunately, buying cruelty free makeup isn’t quite as easy as it sounds. First of all, most drugstore brands are not cruelty free, and I think I speak for all of us when I say that budget is always at least a little bit of a concern. Then there’s the fact that many of these brands say that they “don’t test on animals unless required by law,” but upon closer investigation, aren’t actually cruelty free! What gives?
I won’t bore you with too much vocab, but before we dive into this topic, there are just a few words you should know:
Cruelty free: Products created, developed, and manufactured without the use of animal testing.
Vegan: Products that do not include any animal byproducts.
While these two terms are often paired together, a product can be cruelty-free without being vegan (very common) or vegan without technically being “cruelty free” (less common.) A common way that companies get around the label of “not cruelty free” is by saying that their products are not tested on animals unless “required by law.” While this sounds all fine and dandy, the reality of the life cycle of these products is anything BUT cruelty free. Basically, these companies either outsource their labor and manufacturing to China, where animal testing IS “required by law” for foreign beauty products, or simply justify their animal testing by selling to China. This way, the companies can claim that they do not animal test in the US, where animal testing is not required, but do not have to spend the extra time and money on alternative methods of testing.
THESE COMPANIES ARE NOT CRUELTY FREE for this reason:
The great thing is, cruelty free products don’t have to cost you an arm and a leg! Here are some great cruelty-free drugstore makeup brands:
THESE COMPANIES ARE CRUELTY FREE (not sold in Mainland China):