Have you ever gotten shampoo, face wash, or soap in your eye in the shower?
Didn’t it burn terribly?
Weren’t you relieved to finally rinse it out completely, even though it still burned?
In 2012, an article by the Humane Society International stated that over 100 million animals around the world will die in one year in animal testing laboratories.
You can help end animal testing by purchasing products from companies that don’t test on animals and stop buying products from companies that do test on animals. You can also help by signing this petition with PETA.
To me, being vegan is much more to me than a diet, it’s a lifestyle. It deeply upsets me to think about animals being hurt, mistreated, or killed because of something I want to eat or put on my skin! Whenever I reach for a product that I know is tested on animals, I can’t stop myself from thinking of all the bunnies, dogs, cats, and mice that were tortured in laboratories just so I could use this product for reasons of vanity! Why do we continue to use the same brands that test on animals when there are so many products available that don’t test on animals?!
Cruelty-free brands are much more attainable and affordable than people think, but make sure to do your research. Many companies print on their label that they don’t test on animals, but frequently are owned by companies that do test on animals, which in the long run you are supporting by purchasing from them. Some examples are Maybelline, NYX, Lancome, and Pureology, which are owned by L’Oreal who admitted that their company tests on animals.
Here’s a short list of some cruelty-free beauty product brands you can find at Target, Wal-Mart, and most drug stores!
- Yes To
- Alba Botanica
- Pacifica (yummy cruelty-free fragrances!)
- Kiss My Face
- Dr. Bronner’s
- Wet n Wild (their one-step gel polish is amazing)
- Sonia Kashuk
- e.l.f. (my favorite for almost every product they carry)
- Hard Candy
- Physician’s Formula
- Shea Moisture (awesome, affordable natural skin care products)
- Desert Essence
- Paul Mitchell (best hairspray!)
To aid in your own research, check out my blog post, Vegan Lifestyle Apps, for apps that will help you shop vegan! Also, find an entire list of companies and if they’re certified by Leaping Bunny certified.
Don’t forget, cleaning products like Lysol, Windex, and Febreze are also tested on animals. Look for cruelty free options of these as well, Target carries a lot! Method, Mrs. Meyer’s, Citrus Magic, biokleen, 365 (Whole Foods), Trader Joe’s, Earth Friendly Products (or ECOS), and most DIY cleaners! (My family swears by the mixture of 1 part vinegar to 1 part dish soap and add any essential oils for desired fragrance. Take an old spray bottle, or buy one at the dollar store or Target!)