How to Cut Animal Testing Out of Your Make-up Bag

Wednesday, 21 March 2018
When I stopped buying beauty products that are tested on animals, I thought that it seemed like a really big decision. And that it was going to be hard. And now it's 5 years later (already?!) and it's easy breezy. So to celebrate my 5-year cruelty-free anniversary, I've compiled a list of my best tips for making the transition as easy as possible. It's something that I'd really recommend doing. Whilst I try to remain open-minded, I just cannot justify the use of animal testing in cosmetics when there are so many great brands producing great products without it. I don't think that a mac lipstick or a Revlon lipstick justify it.

So these are my tips for anyone looking to stop buying beauty products tested on animals. I promise it's easier than you think.

1. Check out own-brand items

Generally, most own-branded items will not be tested on animals. From places like Boots, Superdrug, supermarkets etc. This is great news for you because this stuff is often the cheapest. Excellent for things like shower gels, toothpaste, hairspray, shaving foam, nail polish remover etc. You have to try Sainsbury's shaving foam. It smells AMAZING. Superdrug is also my go to for skincare. I love their naturally radiant range and it's cheap too. 

2. Make a note on your phone with a list of brands that do and don't test on animals

Sure you can always google a brand to check if they are cruelty-free or not but sometimes you might not have signal or data. We've all been there. Popping to Boots to pick up one thing and realising that they have a great sale on shampoo. When you start to eliminate brands who test on animals, it can be really hard to remember who does and who doesn't.

Saving lists on the notes section on your phone means that you have something that's easy to refer to when out and about without requiring internet access. With time, you'll just learn a lot of this off by heart.

3. Learn the lingo

One of the hardest parts of going cruelty-free is actually being able to tell if a brands test on animals or not. Animal testing is never a positive, so brands are going to try their best to cover it up if they can. This means that the language used is often pretty ambiguous and can be difficult to understand if you don't know what you're looking for. 

China requires all brands that sell there to test their beauty products on animals. Therefore, brands will say things like 'we do not test on animals unless required to by law'. There is no required by law unless the company actively chooses to sell in China. Most people consider this, therefore, to not be cruelty-free. 

This guide is really great and explains a lot of the lingo far better than I can. 

4. Set your own personal boundaries

Work out where you are going to set your own boundaries. Ask yourself some basic questions like:

How do you feel about parent companies?

How do you feel about products that are not vegan? (Containing lanolin, beeswax, honey etc)

When you make the step to cut animal testing out of your life, it can feel like you have to do it all. You do not. Don't feel bad if you decide to take a small step rather than a full on jump. Set your personal boundaries and stand your ground. Any amount of progress is still progress and after a while, you may choose to take that next step.

For example? I've not been able to find a good cruelty-free deodorant. And so I buy a Sure one. Is it the end of the world? No. I try my best in other ways and at the end of the day, I'm ok with that decision.

5. Don't tempt yourself

When I started going cruelty-free, I still found myself reading a lot of beauty blogs about non-cruelty free products. And it tempted me to want to buy say a Rimmel London lipstick or a Garnier face mask. So the easiest thing to do? Try to avoid the temptation. Don't open reviews of products that are not cruelty-free. Don't spend ages at the Benefit counter in Debenhams. Step away from MAC and get out of Sephora. Pop into Lush instead or go look at the NYX stand. 

Good luck to anyone considering going cruelty-free. Please feel free to ask any questions, I'd love to help you out.

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