I’ve been wanting to post about this for a while and I finally am! It’s not uncommon for people to not realize that their beauty products are being tested on animals. Some people care, and some people don’t – I honestly don’t judge because I also had no idea about these products just a few years ago.
Cosmetic Testing on animals is not required in the United States, and there are other options. Below is a little more insight about cosmetic testing on animals, you can find more information by clicking here.
“Q: How can cosmetics companies ensure safety without using animal tests?
A: Companies can ensure the safety of their products by choosing to create them using the thousands of ingredients that have a long history of safe use. There are already many products on the market that are made using such ingredients. Companies also have the option of using existing non-animal tests or investing in and developing alternative non-animal tests for new ingredients. There are a growing number of non-animal tests that can be used to assess the short-term safety of previously untested ingredients”
“Q: What are the alternatives to animal testing?
A: Cosmetics companies can stop animal testing immediately and still produce new and exciting beauty products that are also safe by manufacturing the cruelty-free way. First, companies can use ingredients that are already known to be safe, of which there are thousands. These ingredients have been safely used for decades or have been tested in the past and don’t require new testing. This is how so many socially conscious companies have been able to swear off animal testing. Secondly, companies can use non-animal tests that are already available or invest in the development of new non-animal methods. Nearly 50 non-animal tests have been validated for use, and these modern alternatives can offer results that are not only more relevant to people, but more efficient and cost-effective. “
“Q: What animal tests are carried out to test cosmetics?
A: Although they are not required by law, several tests are commonly performed by exposing mice, rats, rabbits and guinea pigs to cosmetics ingredients. This can include:
- skin and eye irritation tests where chemicals are rubbed onto the shaved skin or dripped into the eyes of restrained rabbits without any pain relief
- repeated force-feeding studies lasting weeks or months to look for signs of general illness or specific health hazards such as cancer or birth defects; and
- widely condemned “lethal dose” tests, in which animals are forced to swallow large amounts of a test chemical to determine the dose that causes death.
At the end of a test the animals are killed, normally by asphyxiation, neck-breaking, or decapitation. Pain relief is not provided. In the United States, a large percentage of the animals used in such testing (such as laboratory-bred rats and mice) are not counted in official statistics and receive no protection under the Animal Welfare Act.”
Of course, it’s a shame some companies do this, and most people aren’t even aware. I am a huge animal lover and it makes me so sad.
Anyways, here are some products that test on animals, for those who care! If I have missed any products, please comment below. 🙂
This list also includes some cleaning brands as well. I used to use Dove and Neutrogena body wash a while back and stopped using it when I found out these brands tested on animals. I’m sure this list is missing some brands that test on animals, such as MAC, Almay, Burberry, Calvin Klein Cosmetics, Caress, Downy, Dawn, and Degree.
Here are some more brands that do not test on animals:
I’ve tried the majority of these and they are great brands, which goes to show that animal testing is not needed for good quality products!