A small rant…

I was debating with myself whether or not to post this on here, and as I realised that I personally would appreciate it if another beauty blogger had posted it for me to read, I decided to post it. Tonight I discovered that a lot of products I have been using were made by companies that either test on animals, or are owned by a parent company that partakes in animal testing on their products. As an animal lover I felt sick to realise this, and also stupid for not bothering to do my research earlier. There are many arguments that could be made against me being upset about animal testing on my beauty products. Yes I eat meat, but I am doing everything I can to convert to a pescetarian diet. No, I am not a vegan and I am ashamed to admit that do not see myself ever having the strength of character to become one. So do I have a right to be upset about this? I don’t really know. What I do know is that I do believe in making changes where you can for the better of yourself and the better of your environment and I do not believe that in this day and age animal testing is necessary within the beauty industry. If you see any reviews posted on this site of products made by any of the brands listed here – please know that they were items that I had either already purchased, or were sent to me for review before I discovered that they were on the list. I hope that you understand that I am not trying to force my beliefs on my readers: no judgement, no right or wrong as to what other people choose for themselves, I just wanted to put this out there for those who were interested in reading that list and making an informed decision as to what products they were using/buying.

16 Thoughts on “A small rant…

  1. Yes, I do believe it is your right to be upset. It is your own choice no matter what. I could never become a vegan (for reasons I don’t liek to spend time explaining in this reply), but even though I’m not a vegan, I do like to focus on not using animal tested products, and I believe that is my right to choose just that (just as it is somebody elses right to choose to be a vegan or to even use those products)

  2. and btw: I do think it is an important entry you posted, no matter what people choose to do (:

  3. Thank you for deciding to go thru with this post. I have read your blog for a while but have never commented. Like you i do not have the strength of character to be vegan. In fact i am not even a vegetarian or pescetarian but I do believe that all animals deserve to have quality of life and not be tested on. Until now i had never given much thought to how this related to makeup but now after reading your list, am kind of shocked at some of the companies and the prevalence of animal testing. I now want to be more careful and informed about the products i chose to, in a small way, show my disgust at companies who hurt poor defenseless creatures. Even though i have shared my opinion against animal testing, like you i do also believe it is up to each person to decide for themselves without judgment either way. Once again thank you for this post and opening my eyes to this πŸ™‚

  4. Most if not all of my hair care products are on that list.
    I had no idea… I’ll be finding alternatives. Looking into Lush atm.

  5. I can’t believe Kiehl’s tests on animals!!! So disappointed in the companies on the list

  6. I’ve been a vegetarian for a few years now and so that’s when I also switched over all my beauty products to products that are cruelty free. I can’t believe companies are still allowed to test on animals when there’s obviously other ways in which it can be done. And it’s unfortunate that a lot of companies that say they don’t test on animals are in fact owned by a company that does test on animals. It gets confusing. But I’m glad you posted it, and informed others who might not know πŸ™‚

  7. I don’t know if they’re sold anywhere else but NSW, in newsagents, there’s an ethical guide green book. It’s about $5 but it helps to know which companies are good/not good. Typical repeat offenders, you’d be suprised at which companies own what.

  8. It is sickening that this still occurs in today’s day and age. The Body Shop is a prime example of a company that preaches one thing, and practices another (thanks to being bought out by Palmolive I think it was). Testing on poor helpless animals, with the potential of hurting them or harming them for the rest of their lives is a totally different idea to eating meat.

    I have been taken by organic cosmetics because there is NOTHING bad about them… especially USDA certified organics. it means that 95% of the ingredients in the product must be organic (water cannot be deemed organic so this tends to make up the other 5%), and most products use recyclable and environmentally friendly packaging. You know then that you are buying the best product out there for yourself, the environment and our animals.

  9. That is really saddening – companies like Natural Instinct, what?? I would have thought to be safe with them,but obviously not.
    I’ve also been sent stuff to review that has companies on this list and that angers me, although to be honest I should have known.
    Thanks for this post.

  10. Nikita B... on January 22, 2011 at 2:08 pm said:

    This happened to me a few years ago. I’ve been conscious of my choices and the weight of my money for over a decade now. One of the products that I was saddest to let go was NARS, and while I still own a few NARS products, I won’t be repurchasing any time soon.

    Quite frankly, I don’t believe that my beauty is worth torturing small animals for and it has nothing to do with my standing in the food chain. Food is an entirely different kettle of chips.

  11. I think it’s good to talk about things like this. I’m glad to see that none of the products I use regularly are on the list, but I certainly own some on the list. I’ll definitely work towards using only products that don’t test on animals. I’ve read that sometimes the lists aren’t always up to date/completely correct, so if there’s something you would be sad to let go of, it might be worth contacting the brand and asking about their animal testing status.

  12. I understand. I’m trying really hard not to use products tested on animals and weeding out the ones that do. I should purchase the book Cate talked about a few posts ago. Anyway, no harm. I understand exactly where you’re coming from.

  13. I have the same reservations about cosmetic products. I think it is a difficult issue for animal lovers, particularly if you are not vegan (like me), as choosing cruelty-free products and eating meat seems a terrible double standard. I would love to be vegan, but I just don’t have the time or the culinary skills to do it properly. However, in the same way that I l deliberately limit my meat intake, I limit the amount of products I buy from companies that test on animals. I know that Proctor & Gamble and L’Oreal are two of the biggest offenders, so I try to only purchase products from these companies and their offshoots if I really can’t find a substitue anwhere else. A full list of companies that do test on animals ( http://www.peta.org/living/beauty-and-personal-care/companies/search.aspx?Testing=1&PageIndex=1) and don’t test on animals (http://www.peta.org/living/beauty-and-personal-care/companies/search.aspx?Testing=0) can be found on the PETA wesbite. I personally find that buying from indie and niche brands on Etsy and elsewhere eliminates much of the worry about animal testing. Not only do they have interesting products, but these owners often have a lot of personal and professional integrity. Many of these brands are coming up with increasingly luxe packaging and quality products, like Neal’s Yard and Liz Earle.

    Thanks for raising the issue Jess. Also, that dog is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! πŸ™‚

  14. Thank you for posting this Belle Lumiere. I have just done a similar post on my blog about CCF Certified products – they are Certified Cruelty Free and IMO the only way to know for sure we are getting products that are not tested on animals – many companies falsely claim they don’t when they do.

    I do think you do have a right to demand cruelty free products and I personally believe it is a seperate issue from meat eating. (I am not a vegetarian/vegan)

  15. Just to clear one thing up – it’s L’Oreal that bought The Body Shop – however they only bought The Body Shop International not the The Body Shop Australia. The Body Shop has also maintained operating as per their own guidelines and as their own entity, so despite their affiliation with L’Oreal they still practice what they preach.

    I agree it’s absolutely horrendous that so many companies still test on animals – however it is interesting to look in further detail just what kind of testing they do – as it varies hugely and isn’t always the horrific pictures that we see. Regardless I am still against it as I am a fierce animal right’s supporter, but I can’t say I have eliminated all products from these companies yet. Call me hypocritical but I don’t think I can fully manage that just yet! Hopefully with more education and publicity companies one by one will fall in line and become more ethical.

    • Nikita B... on January 24, 2011 at 3:03 pm said:

      I stopped buying TBS as soon as I knew about the sale several years ago now. I don’t care if they say that TBS still follows it’s ideals, it’s L’Oreal that profits from the sale and they aren’t getting any of my money.

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