Cruelty Free Make-Up

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Hello! This post is slighlty different than the usual – I will talk about make-up. And, despite the lab rat photo above, it’s not gonna be depressing! Lately I have been watching many Italian make-up reviews on youtube, I find some of them quite addictive…don’t ask me why, I’m not even that into make-up. But while watching these reviews I’ve started wondering about how many of these cosmetics are still tested on animals. So I did a little research about the content of my beauty-case.

Surprise! Almost all of my make-up products are not tested on animals, and I had no idea. I use Chanel products (liquid foundation, blush and nail polishers), Urban Decay (eye-shadows), Bare Minerals (mineral foundation and bronzer), H&M (nail polishers), Gosh (creamy eyeshadow), MAC (lip gloss) and Body Shop (eyeliners). All these brands DO NOT test on animals, who would have thought? I mean, besides Body Shop and Bare Minerals, who always emphasize their cruelty-free policies.

The only one product in my beauty case which is tested on animals is my rimmel by La-Roche Posay (owned by L’Oreal) – needless to say I won’t buy it anymore. If you are sensitive to the issue of animal testing you can find a (very long!) list of cruelty-free make-up products on the PETA website, or you just simply google the products’ brand and you’ll find info about them on their company’s website.I guess the main reason why many companies are more well-behaved in terms of animal testing is the recent EU regulation. The only evil, evil company that remains is L’Oreal, based in France. And of course big corporations like Procter & Gamble…

What to avoid. So…if you care about animal testing stay away from the following brands:

Shiseido, Max Factor, Maybelline, Vichy, L’Oreal, Chapstick, Estee Lauder, Garnier, Helena Rubinstein, Kiehl’s, Lancome, Aveeno….for a complete list you should chek out the PETA list though!

Luckily now there are tons of other companies that are cruelty-free, and much better in terms of quality :-)

2 thoughts on “Cruelty Free Make-Up

  1. Bare Minerals is owned by Shiseido and The Body Shop is owned by L’Oreal, both of whom test on animals :(

    I am currently trying to go cruelty free and it’s a minefield out there!

    1. Thanks for your comment! I didn’t know Bare Minerals has been bought by Shiseido…in theory Bare Minerals and Body Shop still do not test on animals, according to the Peta website. I hope is true! And you’re right, it is a minefield out there…

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