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15 Great Reasons To Switch To Cruelty-Free Products Right Now

Animal testing is still a problem in 2019. According to Cruelty Free International, over 115 million animals are being used for animal testing worldwide each year. While many brands remain cruelty-free, others such as NARS have taken the decision to start testing on animals by entering the Chinese market.

There’s no excuse for companies to test on animals. There are better alternatives to animal testing available, and brands can freely choose not to sell in mainland China. Many companies have deliberately stayed out of such markets in order to maintain their cruelty-free status.

Companies that test on animals in 2019 choose to test on animals. They make the choice to be cruel, and that’s not something I want to support.

Switching to cruelty-free products is one of the best ways to say no to animal testing. Here’s why we should all strive to purchase cruelty-free cosmetics.

1. Animal Testing Is Extremely Cruel

The animals used in experiments are not only confined to small cages and inhumane conditions, but they’re also subjected to tests that are beyond cruel. They’re tortured, maimed, blinded, and ultimately killed. They’re essentially bred to live a life of fear and suffering. You can see a laboratory bunny here (warning: graphic content).

2. There Are Better Alternatives To Animal Testing

Some companies try to tell us that animal testing serves a purpose: tests are being performed on animals to make sure that ingredients and products are safe enough for humans. The truth is there are alternatives to animal testing for ingredient safety. For example, many companies choose to use in vitro testing, which has many advantages over animal testing. There are also cultured cell tissues as well as computer models.

Science favors these alternatives over animal testing because they’re more conclusive, but animal testing has the advantage of being low-cost. Animals are only used because they’re more “affordable”, which is extremely unethical.

3. There Are Over 7,000 Safe Cosmetic Ingredients

To formulate their products, companies can choose from a list of over 7,000 ingredients that are already proven to be safe. This just proves that they don’t need to test more ingredients on animals. The only companies that choose to test more ingredients on animals do so because they want to come up with new, innovative ingredients to increase their profits.

4. Laborary Animals Are Animals Too

According to the law, laboratory animals form a special category of animals and aren’t protected from animal abuse and cruelty. This view is completely unethical and nonsensical. We protect pets from abuse, but laboratory bunnies, mice, dogs, cats, and other animals don’t have the same rights. Lab animals are animals too and should be protected from cruel treatment.

5. Cats And Dogs Are Being Used In Experiments

This wasn’t a typo. Cats and dogs are commonly used in medical animal experiments. Based on statistics from 2013, 67,772 dogs and 24,221 cats were used in animal testing in the United States alone that year. In terms of dog breeds, a shockingly large number of Beagles are used, because of their docile nature. These animals are treated like laboratory animals and are deprived of the basic rights we allow our pets.

6. You Can Actually Make A Difference By “Voting With Your Money”

By supporting cruelty-free companies instead of the ones who choose to test on animals, you’re sending the whole industry a message in the only language they speak: money. They know that they won’t be getting your business unless they stop testing on animals. If enough consumers boycott companies that test on animals, we can truly make a change and influence more companies to go cruelty-free.

7. Thousands Of Great Brands Are Cruelty-Free

There are thousands of cruelty-free brands available today. Gone are the days when choosing cruelty-free products meant only purchasing patchouli lotion from a small, local shop. We can still support all the great independent businesses, but a lot of mainstream big-name brands have now gone cruelty-free. You’re not really limiting yourself that much by making the switch, since so many great brands are cruelty-free.

8. Many Counties Have Already Banned Animal Testing

Some governments around the world have already banned animal testing for cosmetics on finished products and ingredients. The European Union, Isreal, India, Norway, Switzerland, South Korea, and New Zealand have all banned animal testing. So many governments across the world banning this practice should tell us how harmful and unethical it really is.

9. Buying Less Is Better For The Planet

Going cruelty-free is also a great excuse to give more thought to your purchases and have more of a minimalistic approach. By only buying the items we need (or by buying less of the crap we don’t need!), we’re also minimizing waste and doing our little part to be more conscious, and less wasteful of our resources.

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10. Buying Less Is Also Better For Your Wallet!

Besides reducing waste, another benefit of being more mindful of your purchases is that you’ll save some money. When buying cruelty-free products, there’s no doubt that you have fewer choices. But this can be a good thing if you’re aiming to save money.

11. Many Cruelty-Free brands Are Budget-Friendly

If you’re looking for budget-friendly options, you can still purchase cruelty-free. For makeup, explore brands like E.L.F., BH Cosmetics, or Milani. For skincare, check out Pacifica (which is also 100% vegan).

12. There Are Many Non-Toxic, More Natural Options

Switching to cruelty-free cosmetics opens your eyes to products that are healthier for you. So many mainstream brands are full of harsh or toxic chemicals that do nothing good for your body. Our skin absorbs everything we feed it, and using lotions full of parabens, fragrance, and harmful chemicals isn’t a healthy habit. Since going cruelty-free, I also switched to natural deodorants (my favorite is Schmidt’s Deodorant) which I believe every woman should consider.

13. A Cruelty-Free Home Is More Eco-Friendly

We shouldn’t forget that cleaning products are also routinely tested on animals. Most cruelty-free household cleaning products are also eco-friendly (a brand I love is Attitude). You can find cruelty-free brands that make everything from all-purpose cleaner to laundry detergent that are better for the environment than the mainstream brands. This means that they contain less harsh or toxic ingredients (often using more natural alternatives like essential oils), and they’re also better for your health as well as your pets’ health.

Petit Vour January 2016 - Vegan beauty box!

14. The Perfect Excuse To Subscribe To A Cruelty-Free Beauty Box

Monthly subscription boxes are rad. Every month, you get a box full of treats to try out. A lot of beauty boxes out there aren’t cruelty-free, and include products that are tested on animals in pretty much every box. Boo! When you go cruelty-free, you get to sign up for a beauty box like Petit Vour, which is cruelty-free and all vegan.

15. It’s Easy To Find Out The Status Of Any Brand

If you’re unsure about a brand, head over to CrueltyFreeKitty.com. You can search for any brand to find out whether or not they test on animals. It’s quick and easy! We list over 750 brands, and we’re constantly adding more and updating the list.

Thank you for going cruelty-free and making a difference!

View Comments (23)
  • There is no such thing as cruelty free. Mica, the primary ingredient in most makeup across the board, is mined mostly by children under slave conditions. Even ethical companies like Lush have tried and failed to eliminate sources of child labor from their supply chain.
    By far, the point you make in #9 is the best takeaway here – reduce the consumption, reduce the demand, reduce the supply.

    • You CAN find make up that is cruelty free, vegan, and does not contain mica if that is your aim. Check out 100% pure, for example. Their popular setting powder is made exclusively from bamboo silica. There’s no sense in putting people’s efforts down by saying that it cannot be done, or implying that the sourcing of mica negates the message that it is wrong to senselessly torture animals. We can strive to be ethical on all fronts.

  • I love this post so much. I had to explain to my boyfriend that animal testing is actually a real thing that happens the other day. I think he’d just never even thought about it because it didn’t even make any sense to him that there was any kind of need to test on animals. My response was “there’s not”, and he said “why do they even do it then?’ EXACTLY! There is absolutely no point.
    I’m so happy that animal testing is not allowed in the EU, and I hope everywhere else will follow sooner rather than later.

  • Yess!! I’m about to go 100% cruelty free. I’m in the process of using up all products that aren’t cruelty free. I’m really enjoying researching new brands and the Love Lula is a UK cruelty free box where I can find new brands.
    Also I’ve found that the majority of crulety free products are non-toxic/paraben and sulphate free/vegan etc so not only is it more ethical, but it’s better for your skin!

  • Thank you for having such an informative blog! I just joined the cruelty free movement, and your blog has been super helpful!

  • I switched to cruelty free when I started to get seriously into makeup, I just wanna ask is Bonjur Paris cruelty free? Don’t mind my spelling, I’m from Croatia. Sending ❤ to all who are cruelty free.

    • Bourjois Paris is not cruelty-free. 🙁 For a similarly priced (but cruelty-free) European drugstore brand, I would recommend GOSH Copenhagen!

  • Hi my name Is Ree I am a senior in high school and I’m doing my project on cruelty free makeup and would like to know if its okay if use some of your information I will be citing of course but I adore your website also if you have any suggestions on what I could do for my community my teacher said to do makeup sessions on cancer patients and other stuff with cruelty free makeup Thank you!

  • Many thanks Suzi for your hard work and determination to make Cruelty Free easier for us. My mother and I have started our cruelty free living because you made it so much easier for us. We now know what to look for and what to questions to ask. I never realized how many loopholes there were! We tell everyone we know about your site and why cruelty free is so important.

  • Thank you for this! I was looking for some additional information to share with friends about the importance of going cruelty free. Thanks to your site I’ve learned about the importance and found some great companies I can purchase from. I absolutely love Athar’a Pure Skin Care Products because they actually work for me as well as cosmetics from 100% Pure. Thanks again for spreading awareness.

  • I do think that this is wrong but there are countries out there that require it. So, in reality, all cruelty-free products will never happen. you can’t say this is wrong then say oh it’s okay when humane societies treat their animals badly. Or then allow hunters to go kill wild animals. I can’t get behind this because our farm animals the ones we eat are abused also. So for me, and you do not have to agree with me, we need to look at the big picture.

  • Hey it may be a good idea to update this with the fact that Wet n Wild is no longer cruelty free which is such a shame that they did the same thing Nars did guess they are in it for the money.

  • I don’t understand one thing. People are obsessed with cruelty free but are okay with companies having animal derived ingredient in the product. So it’s okay for them to have tortured animal ingredient added to the product as long as it’s not tested on animals? People have gotten it so wrong, when they should be concentrating on Vegan and cruelty free products.

  • I don’t understand one thing. People are obsessed with cruelty free but are okay with companies having animal derived ingredient in the product. So it’s okay to have tortured animal ingredient added to the product as long as it’s not tested on animals?

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