It all started in my early twenties when I read my first issue of Adbusters. I was rudely awakened out of my blissfully ignorant bubble. Seeing what those animals are subjected to for the sake of vanity, made me a blubbering idiot. I cried harder and harder with every turn of a page. My roommate that year shed a very bright light in my face and it hasn't dimmed since.
It sickens me that compassion is outnumbered by vanity and money. I try my damnedest to avoid anything tested on animals. Being on a tight budget makes it very difficult at times, but this will help me. I stay pretty simple in my daily regimen and beauty routine, as I get older, so it has gotten easier. I'm no longer a product junkie like i used to be, but i do still love to experiment. It's a task to find perfect skin and beauty care. Fortunately with time passed, there are a plethora of options compared to even just a few years ago, and a lot are affordabley priced.
I let myself slip in this area. I am not going to berate myself, as I am only human (And I think it had a bit to do with "Happiness is a bad memory") but I am going to try to stay cruelty free in things. This list will dramatically help me. Especially because many former cruelty free companies have turned back to animal testing, and just recently. Many of my favorites, such as Clinique and Essie (Owned by L'oreal now, which does test)
I was very pleasantly surprised to find Physicians Formula on this good list! I had just done a search on if it was cruelty-free and tada, PETA pops up with it's list. I have a coupon for $10 off and I was frightened I wouldn't be able to use it. haha
If you have ever wanted a list of cruelty free companies at your fingertips, this is your answer. Though I don't agree with all of PETA'S mindset on all things and how they bring their beliefs into action, this is a very helpful amount of information to help me better avoid those cosmetic companies that do test on animals. I hope this will be as helpful to you as It already has been for me.
UPDATE: I continue to challenge myself to remain cruelty free, but some days my wallet or lack of what is in it wins and the way my body likes to freak out when I put random non-tested chemicals on it. I have realized that I have to be even more careful choosing cruelty free products. Especially anti-aging lotions. I persevere.
Click Here for a comprehensive list of Non-animal testers & animal testers
Leapingbunny.org is another, sometimes more updated source. They have a lot more information on the matter, as well as cover the whole kit and caboodle of Cruelty Free (Another extension of Leaping bunny, with loads of info. Search your favorite companies).
Cruelty free means: No animal tested ingredients. No selling to China, where they do test. No testing on animals once the final product is completed.
*UPDATE! E.L.F has since proudly displayed their badge for cruelty free! Yay!*
Help us reach our goal of 100,000 signatures by Taking the Leap to
go cruelty-free at www.leapingbunnypledge.org
My favorite go to nail polish and makeup finds:
- E.LF. They have it all. It's great quality and it's dirt cheap.
- Here is a quick search I did on Etsy for Vegan nailpolish. I found some very affordable and beautiful colors. VEGAN NAIL POLISH :) http://www.etsy.com/search?q=vegan++nail+polish+&view_type=gallery&ship_to=ZZ&min=0&max=0
- My favorite cruelty free nail polish line by far is Zoya. They are just incredible quality for the price and there is every color variant shade under the sun. I've never found a company with so MANY choices.
- I recently discovered Essence, who also does not test on animals. I can't wait to try their nail polishes. Currently they sell at very few places in the US, but luckily I live near an ULTA. Unfortunately, they do not sell Essence at the ULTA store online.
Just as important, I stay away from all harmful chemicals. It took me a while to learn the worst offenders for my cystic acne. You can view extensive information, including helpful go to lists for harmful chemicals in makeup in my article here.
PETA's Lists- of NON-Animal testing/Cruelty free & their Nemesis. I don't agree with all their crazy shenanigans, but they carry invaluable cold, hard, facts. A great source of information is had here.