Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Cosmetic Testing on Animals

I am distressed. It is difficult being in the beauty business these days. More and more small companies that do not test on animals are being acquired by large animal testing companies. OPI is owned by Coty now. A company who is vague about their animal testing policies. 

Essie is owned by L'Oreal, an animal testing company as well as The Body Shop. This was devastating to me. The Body Shop was adamantly against animal testing. 

St. Ives is now own by Unilever, an animal testing company. All of my old favorites including Aveno and  Neutrogena are now owned by companies that test on animals. The large companies may say that the acquired company will run as they always have, but I question that. Over time changes are made.

 Anyone who reads my blog knows that I support companies that do not test on animals. Why? Because I believe no animal should suffer and die because I want to look better. Further more, if a cosmetic ingredient needs to be tested for safety, how natural and safe is it to begin with and do I actually want to put that product on my skin? As far as I know, there is a data base of cosmetic ingredients that cosmetic manufacturers can use. Does anyone out there feel like I do? Does anyone else even care? 

They may seem radical, but I trust PETA to give it to me straight. Go to Beauty without Bunnies to see if your cosmetic products are tested on animals. Be sure to scroll down to the PETA Frequently Asked Questions and read them. 

Send an email to the company if your products are tested on animals. If they are not listed on the test or do not test list, send them an email and ask. The company will answer you and you can express your concern.

Animal testing has always been a concern of mine and it will continue to be. If you don't know about it, look in to it. Cosmetics are here to make us look more beautiful. Animals should not be tortured and die for our vanity!
  
Have a Cruelty Free Day!

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