I have been a regular makeup user only for about six months, but I’ve been burdened by the issue of animal testing and what it means to me as a consumer and—what I’d like to think—me as a responsible human being.
I know it happens outside of the beauty industry as well, but I think a large part of why I feel bad is because beauty products are, at the root of it, pretty unnecessary to the general public.
We beauty lovers use products because it is enjoyable and it makes us happy. It’s not necessarily a necessity, though I’m sure there are special cases, so I can’t be at peace knowing that a bunny or a hamster suffered so I could be itch- and allergy-free, wearing a lipstick or a foundation.
Because of this burden, I have assessed my current collection and divided the brands into several categories, which you can see here. If I can amend anything on the list, please feel free to let me know. 🙂
A large part of why I enjoy makeup and beauty blogging is attributed to the discovery and exploration of new products. I love the sensory experience of makeup, and the creativity that comes with it.
But, it does not feel right to continue using products and supporting companies that still test on animals, despite the technology that already exists to potentially put a stop to animal testing.
Obviously, I am not a scientist, so I don’t know what goes on in those labs. I don’t know what those tests are for, and if they are truly necessary to be done to test on a particular ingredient. I don’t know why these innovations feel like regressions. What I do know is that certain companies exist without the help of animal testing. They might not be the biggest companies or the most commercially successful, but they sell excellent products, too.
I’ve made a personal decision to limit, and eventually eliminate, my non cruelty-free purchases. I’m afraid to commit to completely eradicating those companies from my radar, because I might go back on my word and I don’t want that to happen. Instead, I will be making personal rules for myself to follow, in a step towards the direction of completely erasing animal-tested products from my routine and my collection.
- After April 20, 2013, I will no longer be purchasing any products that are made by companies that test on animals.
- I will continue to buy products from companies that do not test on animals but belong to a parent company that does, hoping that continued patronage of CF brands under them will encourage them to eliminate animal testing from their labs. This includes Urban Decay, NARS, The Body Shop, and bareMinerals.
- If I purchase anything that is not cruelty-free after April 20, 2013, I will disclose it in the post.
- If I purchase anything which has an unknown animal testing policy after April 20, 2013, I will disclose it in the post.
- If a company’s animal testing policy is unknown, I will try to contact them and post the response on this blog.
I will not be throwing out the non-CF makeup that I currently own because I am not made of money and I purchased those items with hard-earned cash. Also, I do not see the good it will do to animals if I throw away non-CF makeup that they died for.
I hope you can help me with this decision, and I hope you respect it as well. Please know that I will not judge you if you continue to use non-CF makeup. This is just a personal decision and burden, don’t let me rain on your parade, et cetera, et cetera.
Please don’t think of this as me guilting you. I just wanted to share where I am at in this “journey” and where I intend to go.
As always, thank you for reading. 🙂