Favorite Cruelty-Free Beauty Companies

Hi everyone! I hope everyone is having a good week so far.

This week I wanted to write about cruelty-free makeup and hair products. This isn’t a comprehensive list of all companies who are cruelty-free but are just some favorites of mine. The cruelty-free movement isn’t new to me, however, I am not an expert in this area. The reason why I wrote this post is to bring awareness to others who may not know about this topic.

What does cruelty-free mean?
A company that claims that they are cruelty-free, claims that they do not test on animals. Sometimes there are government regulations across the world that require companies to test on animals before they can sell a product in that country’s market. This means that if a company wants to sell something in the USA and China market, they would not be required to test on animals for the US market since the United States currently does not require companies to test on animals. If they wanted to sell that same product in China however, they would be required to test. Some animal activists still see this as a problem and will still not support a company who sells their product in a market that requires testing on animals.

How do I know if a company is cruelty-free?
As of right now, companies are not required to state whether or not they test on animals. Many companies pride themselves on not testing on animals, so look for a statement saying “not tested on animals” or an official ‘cruelty-free’  or leaping bunny logo. If you would like to search for companies that are cruelty-free you can do so by visiting PETA’s website. They have lists of companies who are NOT cruelty-free, as well as companies who are. You can even search by product type. Visit that website here. Another great company that gives you a list of information is Leaping Bunny. Both companies have different standards for other companies who use their logos on products.

What do the different cruelty-free logos mean?
Vicky over at Ethical Elephant has a great post regarding the differences between cruelty-free logos. The logos all mean different things and companies who use them sometimes have to follow strict guidelines in order for them to appear on their product. One logo could mean that a company ‘pledges’ to be cruelty-free and another could mean that the company actually has to be followed up on their pledge.

Does cruelty-fee mean that no animal products are used?
Although cruelty-free means that companies do not test on animals, the company could still be putting animal ingredients in their products. If a company does not have animal ingredients in their products, that would make them vegan and would have a different set of requirements for logos and claims. For this post, I am just focusing on cruelty-free companies, but I can write a blog post at a later time on companies that are also vegan.

My current favorite cruelty-free companies:

  1. Too Faced
  2. Aveda
  3. Well People
  4. Tarte
  5. Kat Von D Cosmetics
  6. Milani
  7. Wet ‘n Wild
  8. Bath & Body Works
  9. Lush
  10. Basin
  11. Bite Beauty
  12. ColourPop Cosmetics
  13. Ole Henrikson
  14. NYX
  15. It Cosmetics
  16. Bare Minerals
  17. The Body Shop

Companies that still test on animals:

  1. Benefit
  2. MAC
  3. Sephora Cosmetics
  4. Bobbi Brown
  5. Clinique
  6. Dove
  7. Estée Lauder
  8. Origins
  10. Bumble and Bumble
  11. Lancôme
  12. L’Oreal
  13. Maybelline
  14. Mary Kay
  15. Shiseido Cosmetics
  16. Sinful Colors
  17. Victoria’s Secret

When I went through the list of what companies still tested on animals I was shocked because I have used at least 10 on this list. The fact that companies still decide to test on animals even though there is no regulation forcing them is beyond me.

I’ve been trying to be more conscious of what products I use, so I’ve started focusing on what companies are cruelty-free first. I would love to switch over soon to vegan beauty and hair products, but I know that will take a little more work!

Do you have a favorite company who is cruelty-free and/or vegan? Please share down in the comments! I would love to hear 🙂

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