I've been doing a lot of research on Cruelty Free beauty brands lately, and I've decided once and for all to commit myself to going cruelty free. Animals are such a huge part of my life, and every time I think about what goes on at the animal testing facilities, it makes my heart hurt. It made me realize that my "beauty" routine is negated if something horrible goes on to create it. I don't want to cause harm to others for the sake of my face anymore.
As my lovely friend Hayley (who took the cruelty free plunge about a year ago) said: "If you aren't part of the solution, you're part of the problem. And I'm deciding that I don't want to be a part of the problem anymore," and that couldn't be more true.
What does it mean to be cruelty free? It's quite simple really.
It means no longer supporting companies that test their products on animals. Sadly, that means some of the bigger brands are now off limits. Even some of my favorites like MAC, Benefit, and Clinique.
Luckily, some of the best brands ARE cruelty free! That includes Tarte, Too Faced, LUSH Cosmetics on the higher end and drugstore brands like NYX, Wet n' Wild, Physicians Formula, and many others!
If in doubt, do your research! There are so many awesome brands out there that dawn the cruelty free stamp, both drugstore and high-end. I will do my best to keep an updated list somewhere on this blog, and will possibly do cruelty free "dupe" product posts, if that is something you all will be interested in!
Hopefully someday we'll live in a world where testing on animals is out of the question. Until then, I'll be sticking to companies with clean consciences, and I invite you to join me!
From here on out, I'll be purchasing only cruelty free products, and doing my best to use up or give away everything else I have in the meantime. I'm also doing my best at the moment to locate quality cruelty free products other than makeup, like shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, deodorant, skincare, and perfumes.
Have you considered going cruelty free?
What is your favorite cruelty free brand?