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“Animal rights are not a gift we give animals. They are a birth right we have taken from them.” ~ Ryan Phillips

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It’s 2017, surely we don’t need to worry about beauty companies using animals to test out potentially harmful substances. We must be far more advanced than that by now, right?

Wrong.

Not after all of the knowledge that we now have at our fingertips, all the awareness that we have been given through animal rights organizations, all the protests that have taken place in honor of the poor animals who have been used as lab rats for our own selfish vanity.

It seems mainstream beauty doesn’t give a sh*t about what is actually right. Animal testing is no dirty secret anymore. We all know it happens, and, presumably, want it to stop. Yet there still seems to be a slew of beauty companies that find it necessary to test out these potentially hazardous products on intelligent, aware, and helpless animals. Some of these companies have claimed to be “cruelty-free” in the past, just to resume animal testing in China (where it is mandatory to test products on animals). And you may still be buying from some of these companies unknowingly.

As a cruelty-free beauty consumer, I know it can be confusing to be certain about a product. The two largest sources of cruelty-free knowledge, PETA and Leaping Bunny, seem to have differing information. PETA’s list of cruelty-free products is considerably more extensive, as all that is required of a company to be PETA certified is a written agreement from that company, and that company will remain on the PETA certified list until essentially proven otherwise.

However, for a company to be Leaping Bunny certified, they must consent to onsite audits that Leaping Bunny conducts. The products I will be sharing today are companies that are Leaping Bunny certified—read more about their standards here.

  • ACURE
  • Alba Botanica
  • American Botanics
  • Avalon Organics
  • Bella Pierre
  • BH Cosmetics
  • Black Sheep Organics
  • Burt’s Bees
  • Concrete Minerals
  • Dermalogica
  • Desert Essence
  • Dr. Wood’s Products
  • Elizabeth Van Buren
  • Giovanni
  • It’s a 10
  • JASON
  • Jeffree Star Cosmetics
  • Kiss My Face
  • Lime Crime
  • Milani
  • OFRA
  • Seventh Generation
  • The Body Shop
  • Wen
  • Yes To, Inc.

In the beauty market, your money is your voice. Buying products that do potential harm to animals just slides more money into these companies pockets for them to create more new products, therefore conducting even more potentially harmful tests on animals.

Animal testing is completely unnecessary in today’s world. With all the technology and knowledge we now have, it is completely possible to create great products without using an innocent life to do so. Cruelty-free and vegan products are proven to contain significantly less chemicals in them as well, so if you aren’t interested in mindful buying for the animal’s sake, consider doing it for your own health.

Women apply an estimated total of 500 chemicals daily to their bodies that are proven to cause irritation, cancer, and even play a role in obesity.

Here’s Leaping Bunny’s full shopper’s guide.

Curious about a product? Search it here.

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Author: Emily Cutshaw
Image: Leaping Bunny/Instagram
Editor: Travis May
Copy Editor: Callie Rushton
Social Editor: Waylon Lewis

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Emily Cutshaw

Emily Cutshaw is a young 20s, self proclaimed free thinker. In her free time, she enjoys writing short stories and poetry, hiking, and following her most recent desire of the day in question. She is currently pursuing a degree in Creative Writing and hopes to join the Peace Corps upon completing college. Connect with Emily on Facebook and Instagram.

Lesley Court Nov 29, 2017 2:23pm

And I would add The Body Shop for the same reason. Bought out by L’Oreal, one of the worst offenders.

Roxanne Nelson Nov 23, 2017 2:00am

Burt's Bees is owned by Clorax, which tests on animals and produces toxic products. So every time you purchase a product from Burt's Bees, you are supporting Clorax. Thanks but no thanks. Burt's Bees should not be on the list, no matter how pure they claim to be. The fact that they helped fund a large toxic corporation, which again does do animal testing, is reason enough to avoid them.

Emily Cutshaw Nov 22, 2017 7:17pm

Some of these products do have fillers in them. I'm currently compiling a list of vegan/natural beauty products 💞

Dawn Mitchell Nov 22, 2017 4:53pm

So are these products cruelty free only because there’s a bunch of other crap on the labels ,,,...personally i can no longer use body shop products ...........

Diane Brooke Austin Nov 22, 2017 3:30pm

So freakin awesome Emily! Thank you ✨❤️✨👏✨