Something that has been doing the rounds on the beauty network lately has been posts about cruelty free products and bloggers opinions about animal testing.
The majority of products i own come from companies that are certified cruelty free, and until recently i honestly thought my whole collection was. However i have been horrified to discover, since reading up on the subject that i do own a few items that may have been tested on animals.
I am a vegetarian and try my best to stay clear of any animal by-products ( i do own some leather shoes but the majority i have are synthetic) however i have a terrible problem of short sightedness where i just forget to check. It's pretty inexcusable but it's the truth. There are companies that i know never animal test (because they make it well known), some i know that definately do and stay well clear of and then some i don't know. Usually i will google a company to check but sometimes i just forget and when that happens i generally just forget that such a barbaric thing exists. There are also some companies that i have been informed don't test on animals or vice versa and then discover the person who told me was mistaken. For instance i was told that Lancome were cruelty free and so happily started purchasing from them. Turns out this is completely incorrect and now i feel very guilty for owning several Lancome mascaras.
Thankfully a law is coming into effect in 2013 which will see that no products being made in the EU will be tested on animals and it will be illegal to sell products in the UK that have been tested outside the EU. This is amazing news and I just wish it could come into effect sooner.
From now on i am going to be absolutely stringent about what i buy and keep a list of cruelty free companies with me at all times so whenever i need to buy anything i will be able to check on the list.
Having recently found out that a lot of companies i assumed were cruelty free are not i have been feeling an awful amount of guilt. And so instead of just wallowing in self pity I am going to take action.
I am not going to throw out the products i own already that may not be cruelty free as that would be wasteful but i will be getting rid of them and will never purchase from these brands again, and if i were to get them as gifts from nowi would not use them. From now on shall never feature or even mention anything in my blog made by them or any companies that do test * This blog will now be 100% cruelty free.
There is absolutely no excuse for cosmetics to be tested on animals. There are so many good alternative and it is simply a barbaric practice. It's a cause that is close to my heart for many reasons.
So i apologise for my stupidity in the past. My ignorance is just really unforgiveable and i can just hope that i can make up for it in even the slightest way in the future.
Here are some wonderful resources to give information about cruelty free companies.
Companies that DON'T test
Peta's caring consumers
* Of course sometimes things are not always black and white. For instance i have been informed that while L'oreal does or has previously tested on animals it also pours huge amounts of money into research into cruelty free alternative. Also some companies on the list have tested on animals in the past but no longer do so. And then there are ingredients tested on animals by one company, deemed to be safe and so then used by another company. This second company can then use the ingredient that has in the past been tested but as they have not done the testing themselves they are considere cruelty free. To be on the safe side I will be avoiding all the companies on the list that do test until after 2013 when the legislation comes in.