Picture it... Peter Rabbit pleasantly hoppin' down the bunny trail and WHAM! Snatched up by a stranger. And this stranger isn't a little girl dressing up her new pet with a cute little vest and top hat. No, this stranger means danger. It's those chickens working for the beauty industry coming to take revenge for stealing so many eggs.. and they're ready to poke, prod, and experiment.
Many large cosmetic corporations hide a deeply disturbing secret behind their pretty labels: Animal testing.
And I won’t go into the gory details… if you are concerned about animal welfare and looking for cruelty-free products, you already know about the horrible stuff that happens behind the scenes in order to “make products safe.”
But “cruelty-free” labels are not nearly as straightforward as they seem…
Corporate giants can get away with posting “not tested on animals” on their products when they outsource their testing to a third party. So it’s technically true they’re not testing on animals, but your dollars are still supporting animal cruelty.
That’s why it’s important to research a company before you buy. Decide for yourself if you can trust them with your health and the health of our environment (not to mention the safety of our furry friends).
So, how can you be sure your products are 100% guaranteed cruelty free? Here are a few red flags to watch out for when buying cosmetics and personal care products:
Any mention of China, which requires animal testing on beauty products. So if it says “no animal testing,” yet the product is made or sold in China, it is NOT cruelty free.
No mention of animal testing at all. This doesn’t mean they definitely test on animals, but it doesn’t mean they don’t either…
- The statement “This finished product is not tested on animals.” This means some or all the individual ingredients in the product were tested on animals.
The product’s parent company. Many giant corporations own brands that claim they don’t test on animals… but at the end of the day, your purchase of those products still line the pockets of animal-testing companies.
A cruelty-free company does NOT test its finished products (or any of the ingredients used in its finished products) on animals. Many of these companies carry an authentic “cruelty-free” label on their products… Like BEE-OCH!