Why is cruelty-free skincare catching on?
Compassion for animals is one of our guiding principles, and we’ happy to see that support for cruelty-free skincare and cosmetics is growing in the U.S. and elsewhere. So much so, in fact, that some companies have changed who they do business with to demonstrate their support for cruelty-free around the world.
Labels can be confusing, however, so how does not go about finding cruelty-free skincare products? There are a few places where you can begin your search:
How to Find Cruelty Free Skincare
- Look for the bunny on the company’s website or packaging. This symbol certifies that the company has met the requirements for using the “Cruelty-free” bunny logo.
- Visit the website gocrueltyfree.org to find a list of almot 500 companies that participate in this initiative.
- Search for bloggers who review cruelty free brands. Articles like this on on Mybeautybunny.com can assist you in your search.
- Visit the cruelty-free makeup page at PETA.org. They also talk about the brands that test on animals.
- Read labels to learn which skincare and cosmetic products contain animal ingredients. For example, many soaps use tallow, obtained from beef, pig and sheet rendering plants. Another name for it is “sodium tallowate.” Honey and beeswax are easy enough to spot. Others are not so easy, like glycerin (plant and animal origins), lactic acid, squalene (plant and animal origin), Vit. E, Carmine (dye derived from crushed cochineal bugs – ugh!), Lanolin, etc.
The good news is that more and more companies are dedicated to sourcing plant-based ingredients for skincare and cosmetics. Even major brands like RMS Beauty and Kat Von D Beauty have chosen to be cruelty-free. Of course, we will always be commited to remaining plant-based, sustainable, and palm oil free not just because of animal testing, but because of the impact that using certain products has on indigenous wildlife.
We know that it’s the right thing to do. And lucky for us, customers are catching on.
Onegreenplanet.com’s list of animal-derived ingredients
crueltyfreekitty.com’s list of vegan cosmetic companies