It’s 2019 peoples! A time where we have evolved in so many ways yet have remained stuck in so many others. But one thing that does bafﬂe me in this day in age is that there are still so many cosmetic companies out there who continue to test their products, or use ingredients in their products that are tested on animals. Did you know that animal testing is required by law for any international cosmetic companies that sell their products in China? (excluding Hong Kong) That’s right… ANY of our favourite brands that sell their products in China have to undergo mandatory animal testing on their products if they are manufactured outside China. And China is such a big money maker for the cosmetics industry that despite these laws it makes it very appealing for some of our favourite brands to distribute their products there.
Scary huh? So how can you tell if your favourite products are cruelty free?? Do your research, never just trust a company that ‘claims’ to be cruelty free. They may not test on animals but some of their ingredients may be sourced from people who do. Get online as there is an abundance of information out there that may help you decide when next shopping for a new foundation or lipstick.
Look for the logos - The Leaping Bunny, PETA’s cruelty free logo or the Choose cruelty free logo, which is often used in Australia as it is an Aussie organisation. Look for either of these three logos on your products only, as any other bunny type drawings may claim to indicate cruelty free but are not however an ofﬁcial logo. It’s also best to check out The Leaping Bunny and PETA’s lists online as some companies may be part of their cruelty free database but not display the logo on their products. It does cost these companies to display the logo so remember this when shopping and if you don't see one of these lil bunny rabbits, always hop online and double check.
Whats the difference between The Leaping Bunny and PETA? The Leaping Bunny is the only internationally recognised organisation that certiﬁes cruelty free brands. To get on a PETA cruelty free list the company is required to take a short questionnaire and sign a statement assuring that their products/ingredients aren't tested on animals. However with The Leaping Bunny, the companies pledge that they do not test on animals during any stage of products development, and the suppliers of their ingredients take the same pledge. The companies on this list also undergo onsite audits to assess the validity of their claim to be cruelty free. So in short, if a company is on The Leaping Bunny’s list you can almost 100% assured that the products are truly cruelty free due to the more thorough investigations that they undertake.
So lets celebrate some of those great brands that refuse to test their products on animals! Below are some of my favourites, all available at Celcius Salon that include a wide range of products - everything from foundations and shadows to lipsticks and lashes - that are 100% cruelty free!
Young Blood Cosmetics
Garbo & Kelly
Glo Skin Beauty
Author: Stacey Caruso