Saturday, 13 July 2013

Cruelty Free Makeup (+ List Of Brands!)

Today I wanted to make a post on something that is slightly different...
All my life I've been an animal person and we've always had lots of pets. Because I am very concerned about animal welfare I recently did some research into makeup brands and animal testing.
I was quite shocked to see so many of the big name brands that still smear their cosmetics over animals unnecessarily.
(Just a little picture of the guinea pigs I had as a kid...
I think this photo itself shows two good reasons not to test on animals.)
Personally, no company that poisons, blinds and kills animals is going to get my support, or my money for their products.
According to PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) there are more than 1100 companies that have agreed to ban animal tests forever - and with good reason. There are far better alternatives that are cheaper, faster and obviously more ethical. Now thanks to science, artificial substances can be created that can mimic living cells, so surely poisoning a rabbit with chemicals is no longer necessary?
Unfortunately some major brands still beg to differ.
I read a rather disturbing article the other day about how Revlon (despite claiming to be cruelty free for years) are now selling products to countries that require animal tests by law, meaning that countless more animals will suffer.
I personally won't go near another Revlon stand until this changes.
If you're interested, you can read the full article from PETA here:
Anyway...onto a happier note :)
There are many companies that HAVE decided to stop testing on animals and instead use alternative methods. I think they deserve a mention here!
Here is a quick list of just a few of the brands that are cruelty free...these are only a few of the brands and ones that I use or I know a lot of people use.
  • E.L.F Cosmetics
  • Makeup Geek Cosmetics
  • GOSH
  • Lime Crime
  • NYX
  • OCC (Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics)
  • Barry M Makeup
  • Physicians Formula
  • Smashbox
  • Stila
  • Sugarpill Cosmetics
  • Tarte
  • Too Faced Cosmetics
  • Urban Decay
  • Rimmel *
  • Wet N Wild
  • MUA Cosmetics *
  • Accessorize Cosmetics*
  • Sleek Makeup*
  • Boots 17*
  • Boots No.7 *
Obviously these are just a few brands...I have a huge list written down to remind me which brands I can buy without feeling guilty!
I'd thoroughly recommend checking out this link:
Here not only can you access a full list of brands that DONT test on animals, you can find a list of brands that DO so you know what to steer clear from.
I'm disappointed to find out that both Maybelline and L'Oreal test on animals too...I will use up any remaining products I have from them but I refuse to buy anymore and I always completely ignore their stands when I'm shopping.
The brands with an asterisk are either ones that I contacted personally to find out if they tested on animals or ones that claimed on the website they were cruelty free.  They weren't on either PETA list. The ones I emailed responded saying that they did NOT test on animals, but the reason for them not being on the PETA lists is unclear.
Anyway...enough rambling ;) I hope those who read this will be inspired to be wary of which brands their buying from and I hope you will also check out those lists to learn more about which brands are cruelty free!
Happy guilt-free makeup shopping!
Thanks for reading :)
Libby x

I recently found this website and thought that it would be useful to post here seeing as it offers cruelty free brands all in one place and all available to the UK! Here it's tricky to get some of these brands so I thought I'd put a link to help any other people here in the UK get cruelty free brands too!