In my last blog post I mentioned a few changes I hoped to make to my blogging, one of which was to put time into researching which products are animal cruelty free and avoid purchasing any which fall under the list of those which do allow testing on animals.
I like to hope I’m not alone in saying when you decide to actively put this effort in, you may get slightly worried about how many products you own which have caused the suffering of animals. I spent most of today sorting through all my cosmetic products, ranging from shampoos, hair colour, make-up, skin lotion, you name it! I had prepared myself to find most of what I owned to have inflicted some cruelty on animals, however, I was pleasantly surprised to realise I didn’t own as much as I thought. The photo above shows a small collection of brands that do not test on animals. I do own some Body Shop products which claim to not test on animals but they are also owned by L’Oreal who do, so I haven’t included them. Aside from probably the more famous of the brands for being against animal cruelty (Lush) I was very surprised by some of my discoveries as especially with some products, they haven’t made the effort to highlight on the packaging that their products are animal cruelty free.
The products in my image are from the following brands which do not test on animals: Ted Baker, Bleach London, Benefit, Topshop, Hollister and Lush.
The Addison perfume by Hollister is probably my favourite fragrance and Bleach London enable me to have pink/lilac hair, so I am very relieved to know I will not have to part way with these products. Another brand which is not included in this picture is MUA, if you are after a budget cosmetic which does not test on animals. Their products can range from as little as £1 and are available in Superdrug stores. So there is at least one cheap alternative out there still!
Unfortunately, I did however find the only two foundation products I use, L’Oreal and MAC, do test on animals. Fortunately I’m about to run out of both so it is time for me to purchase a new foundation, I will take this as an opportunity to find one which has not been tested on animals. I may end up reviewing several different products as I imagine I’m going to struggle finding another foundation which matches my pale skin as easily.
On this note I also discovered a really cool looking website: The Vegan Kind which looks to me a competitor of Glossy Box, but with a focus on ensuring no products contained have been tested on animals. They have two different options, one purely beauty, another which contains food. As I mentioned in my previous blog post, I am not vegan however, I do want to ensure any products I use are not tested on animals from now on and part of me would like to attempt a vegan lifestyle as I’ve read countless blog posts about how people are mislead to think a vegan lifestyle is difficult. It would probably be a long process if I were to turn vegan as most of my diet consists of milk and chicken but I am tempted to subscribe to both of these boxes, to discover new products which are not tested on animals and maybe vegan alternatives to current food I am eating.
Hope you found this post helpful! I may write another post listing all the products I owned which I found do test on animals as a visual reference for anyone else looking to avoid making the same mistake!