So you found out that not all companies have refrained from performing animal testing. As a result, you decided to support cruelty-free beauty brands. That’s wonderful news! But which to buy and which to avoid now? Today, we are discussing how we know if a product is cruelty-free.
It’s important to note that cruelty-free and vegan do not mean the same thing! A product that certifies as such does not test on animals, but it can still use animal products. If you want products that are both cruelty-free AND vegan, you’ll need to check for both.
To search for companies that are specifically “Certified Vegan”, please visit Vegan.org. Otherwise, let’s take a look at some helpful tips.
Stamp Of Approval
Beauty products that are officially labeled “cruelty-free” were tested and went through strict observation. It’s been confirmed the company (or a third party which they cooperate with) does not check their products or ingredients on animals.
A product that has been verified by a certified organization will usually don the label of approval proudly on their package. But it’s not always so obvious!
Here I’ll drop some tips to find out if a beauty product is cruelty-free – plus some examples of popular beauty brands that don’t come near animals, which I enjoy using.
Many organizations are always fighting for the well-being of animals and putting an end to animal testing! They even partner with beauty brands that have been approved and can be looked up on their website. Here’s are some of the most well-known organizations out there.
BEAUTY WITHOUT BUNNIES
As the most significant animals’ rights organization, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) does cruelty investigations in all forms of industry. To help consumers to find out if a product was tested on animals, they’ve come up with a program called Beauty Without Bunnies.
This program is a searchable online database for conscientious shoppers. When companies apply and prove that they do not test on animals, they are added to the list and their products bare PETA’s cruelty-free bunny logo. Use their online database and search for over 4000 cruelty-free companies!
You can also search straight from your phone! Download the Bunny Free app at no cost – available for both iOS and Android. For more information, visit Peta.org.
LEAPING BUNNY CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
The organization Cruelty-Free International works nonstop to end worldwide animal testing through the Leaping Bunny Certification Program.
The Leaping Bunny program has certified over 1000 brands as cruelty-free, many of which went on to display the Leaping Bunny logo on their packaging.
Search Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free products by brand name or company. If you are running low on ideas, you can browse by product category. For more information, visit Crueltyfreeinternational.org/LeapingBunny.
Cruelty-free By Category
Even if companies do not test on animals themselves, they won’t be certified if they pay for animal testing in mainland China, where this practice is mandatory!
To show appreciation for those that don’t, I’ve taken the freedom to showcase a few popular cruelty-free brands that have chosen compassion over greed.
Rock Candy Beauty prides itself on being a spray-on makeup that is cruelty-free AND all vegan!
Rock Candy Beauty is certified by the Leaping Bunny Program and is officially approved by the Vegan Organization. Get lightweight professional coverage without animal cruelty.
Paul Mitchell is the first professional hair care company to take a stand against animal experiments. While it’s easy to access the brand, not all of their products are vegan. Don’t despair, though, as there are some exceptions.
Everybody knows The Body Shop, and it’s one of the best out there when it comes to cruelty-free skincare. Not only is it high quality, but it is also mostly vegan, making it one of my favs at the moment.
Whether you are seeking cruelty-free products only or including “vegan” in your search, you are already doing your part on standing up against cruelty towards animals. On behalf of all of our furry friends everywhere, I thank you.