While I have tried to be cruelty-free the past few years, I haven’t taken it as seriously as I need to. Sometimes I felt like it took me too much time to research which brands test on animals, but is that a good excuse? No. I have decided that there’s no reason not to be cruelty free, so I’m no longer going to purchase any products that harmed animals to create.
Make-up and beauty products are luxury items that aren’t even essential to live, so why on earth should we test on innocent animals to produce them? Lots of companies refuse to test on animals and do they have problems with their products? No. There’s plenty of other technology out there for product testing, so there’s really no reason to mistreat animals for a silly tube of lipstick.
When transitioning, I personally believe that it’s fine to keep using makeup products until they run out. I hate wasting things, especially since I don’t have a lot of extra money to spend on replacing everything right away. Luckily, a good chunk of my makeup now is already cruelty-free, so I don’t have to deal with the transition process as much anymore. My family/friends seem to be my main barrier as they tend to gift me products that are tested on animals (mainly from beauty boxes that have a variety of cruelty-free and non-cruelty-free items). As long as I’m clear with them, however, I’m sure they will understand.
Some of the harder aspects of being cruelty-free for me is finding replacements for other necessities such as toothpaste and deodorant. There are still plenty of alternatives out there, however, so replacements can be found for these everyday products as well! I’m pretty sure there are options being sold at popular stores such as Target and Walmart, and there’s also plenty of options online!
Especially today, there are so many cruelty-free options out there. Other brands are taking a hint that people like cruelty-free companies, and even major makeup brands like CoverGirl are becoming cruelty-free (although their parent companies are not…yet). Hopefully this will lead competing companies to follow their lead.
If you’re interested in going cruelty free, here are a few of my favorite brands (*some are still owned by parent companies that do test on animals, so it’s up to you if you want to use those):
- Hard Candy
- Urban Decay*
- Wet n Wild
In addition, here are a few cruelty-free brand lists and blogs that are incredibly helpful and can guide you:
- Ethical Bunny (a lovely blog with plenty of useful posts, including a cruelty-free directory)
- Leaping Bunny (certifies companies that abide by their cruelty-free standards; includes list of companies)
- Ask a Southern Mom (a blog that has so many useful posts and guides about cruelty-free brands)