It can be disheartening to realize that the same irresistibly cute baby rabbits used to symbolize Easter around the world are also used in laboratories to test the safety levels of cosmetics. The history of animal testing spans as far back as the 3rd century when Ancient Greeks would undertake gruesome experiments on live animals. Still to this very day, animals such as rabbits have all four legs restrained while various chemicals are dripped into their eyes or over their skin, causing extreme discomfort and pain while scientists watch over for reactions. Yes even your favourite brands like L’Oreal, M.A.C and Covergirl love to test on animals.
I’m not sure about you, but the very thought of what animals go through in order to please humans and ensure we remain safe from harm is a rather sickening thought. Luckily, you now have many options when it comes to cruelty free cosmetic brands so you don’t have to participate in this horrible industry.
Cruelty free cosmetic brands – Look for rabbits on labels instead
The rabbit is a common symbol used to represent cruelty free cosmetic brands. You can also look for a sunflower symbol with or without the combination of the word vegan which shows that no animals were harmed in the testing of the product. A vegan product will also contain absolutely no animal by-products at all, whereas some cruelty free cosmetic brands may have.
Next try to avoid cosmetics with no animal products
The use of animal by-products can also be quite controversial in terms of cruelty factors and methods used to extract a certain by-product from an animal. Some of the top animal products to avoid if you wish to live fully cruelty free are:
- Tallow– Often used in lipsticks, soaps and makeup, tallow is boiled down remnants of dead animals used as a cheap method to achieve a desirable texture and smooth feel in cosmetics.
- Glycerin– It’s hard to say if a company is using a plant based version of glycerin or an animal based version but it’s best to avoid as it is commonly a cheap by-product of animal fat.
- Lanolin– Most commonly derived from the wool of sheep and used in lipsticks and moisturizers as it closely emulates our own natural skin oil.
Let’s get up with the times
We’re no longer in the Stone Ages and really have no need to be using and abusing animals for our own personal care. There are so many plant based alternatives that create the same effect in products as animal by-products do. Testing on animals is by and large ineffective as our body differs dramatically from that of an animal and therefore our reactions to certain chemicals also differs. Luckily scientists are seeing the benefits in using more modern day tests such as experiments using samples of human tissue combined with advanced computer technology to establish whether a chemical is safe to use.
Cruelty free cosmetic brands will no doubt be a way of the future as more and more awareness is raised around animal torture.
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