This is going to be a long post but please try to read till the end because it may change your aspect and where you stand. I don’t want to share here cruel photos but I’ll give a few links under the word “ photo ” just to awaken you and make you realize the situation more.
I wanted to write about personal care products and specially cosmetics.
We all know that our beauty products are not so innocent. Yes they have all of these chemicals that we can not even pronounce. But when it comes to cosmetics, my first criteria is that it must be cruelty free.
Actually it’s a label that not every brand deserves. It means the brand is not testing its products or its ingredients on animals. Which means they do not torture animals. They don’t kill them, they don’t test your eyeliner in their eyes, they don’t make them drink your shampoo.
According to Human Society International, “Each year, more than 100 million animals—more than three each second—are bred, injected, infected, cut open, genetically altered, force-fed drugs and chemicals in the name of science and testing.”
There are many horrible tests that poor animals are exposed to. Such as;
In Draize Eye Test, toxic chemicals are placed in the animal’s eyes to test damage to sensitive eye tissue. This procedure is usually performed on rabbits and its extremely painful for them. They have been known to scream out in pain and have broken their necks trying to escape their restraints. ( photo 1, photo 2)
Lethal Dosage Test involves seeing how much exposure to a chemical or substance will kill the animal being tested on. “Imagine a syringe being forced down your throat and a massive chemical dose pumped into your stomach, or being squeezed into restraints and forced to breathe toxic vapors for hours. This is how more than a million animals suffer annually, dying in agony in the oldest and most inhumane toxicity test ever devised.” (photo1 , photo 2 )
Differents species are exposed to these cruel and horrible tests around the world, like, mice, rats, rabbits, cats, dogs, hamsters, farm animals, birds, mini pigs, monkeys, and chimpanzees.
This means cosmetic companies in Europe are not allowed to sell their products that were tested on animals. But “Over 80% of the world still allows animal testing for cosmetics and some countries, like China, require imported products to be tested on animals before they reach the market. The impact of the EU ban for global companies makes change in other markets much more likely. “
But there’s an important point here. If the brand has a market in China, that means it must test its product on animals according to Chinese legal requirements. The brand can sell its cruelty free products in Europe but if you continue to buy, that means you support their animal testing internationally. So you need to buy only from companies that don’t sell in China. This is the only real solution. Or you can go on and fool yourself and clear your conscience by saying ” Oh but it’s cruelty free in most countries”. It’s not acceptable for an innocent animal to suffer and die in pain just because that lipstick looks great on you or your lotion is great for your skin.
The one thing that you must be aware of is ” Third Party Testing“.
When the company itself declares that they do not test on animals but their parent company tests the components OR they pay an outside organization/laboratory to test their products on animals, this is called THIRD PARY TESTING. ( TPT ) As known as the biggest hypocrisy .So before you buy any cosmetics, just do a little research and learn these informations. Every brand and company has declared its situation about animal testing.
I was in love with Clinique products, both for makeup and personal care. Last summer I did a little research and found out that Clinique ( though explains in its website that they do not test on animals unless required by law – which means they sell animal tested products to China and such countires- ) is Estee Lauder’s company. Estee Lauder and L’oreal are the biggest assholes in this sector. And you won’t believe the companies they own.
If you are using one of these brand below, sorry you are not cruelty free. (I write the well known brands but you can see the full list here for Estee Lauder and here for L’oreal .)
Estee Lauder :
Bobbi Brown, Clinique, La Mer, M.A.C. , Darphin.
Lancome, Yves Saint Laurent, Biotherm,
Giorgio Armani, Helena Rubinstein, Cacharel, Diesel,
The Body Shop, Maybeline, Urban Decay,
Essie, Vichy, Kerastase.
Besides these two main parent companies, there are others like, Christian Dior, Shiseido, Bare Escentuals, Bare Minerals, NARS, Givenchy, Avon, L’Occitane, Yves Rocher, Revlon, Amway...And Chanel… The list goes on…
Sorry ladies, all that products you use and that work magic on your skin and hair are brought to you by animals’suffering. Yes, we all love animals, yes, they are our friends, yes, we even take care of them in our homes. But we don’t respect their rights to live because M.A.C has the best lipstick series or Bobbi Brown has the ultimate concealer?
In the second part of this post, I’m going to write about alternative ways to animal testing ( the more we know, the better! ), the changes I’ve done in my life and a guide of going cruelty free & cruelty free brands.
If only one person reads this post and changes her/his mind about the products she/ he uses, that would be the greatest thing and I’d be so proud.
Please go cruelty free. Don’t support animal testing, don’t support animals’ suffering and death just because you try to look beautiful…
Sources: Human Society International