Sunday, June 24, 2012

Cruelty-Free Beauty

I'm so sorry I haven't posted for a while.  Life has gotten in the way! :)

From time to time I will be posting about my favorite brands of makeup and hair/body products that are not tested on animals.  By this I mean not only the finished products, but the ingredients, too.

If you are interested in learning more about this, here are the resources I use.

http://www.peta.org/living/beauty-and-personal-care/companies/default.aspx

http://www.leapingbunny.org/shopsearch.php#f

http://veggiebeauty.com/

http://www.youtube.com/user/veggiebeauty/videos

http://www.youtube.com/user/NYCGeorgette/videos

Now, some of the lists out there contradict each other, which is frustrating, but understandable.  It's a complicated subject.  What I've been doing is contacting companies directly with a list of questions.  I tend to not trust statements on websites; they don't always answer all the questions I have.

Here is a great template that Kristy from Veggie Beauty came up with:


To Whomever it May Concern:
I am doing research on animal testing, and I need to verify a few key points about your company.
1. Does your company test ingredients or finished products on animals?
2. Do you test ingredients or products on animals through a 3rd party?
3. Do your manufacturers test ingredients or products on animals?
4. Are you owned or affliliated with any companies that test products or ingredients on animals?
5. Do you/your parent company currently or have plans to market and sell your products in the Chinese market, which requires animal testing by law to sell in that country?
6. Do you use palm oil/carnuaba wax in any of your products? If so, is it from an organic and sustainable source?
7. Could you provide a list of all of your current vegan items available for purchase?
Thank you so much for the information.
Source:  http://veggiebeauty.com/form-letter


You can, of course, add or delete any of the questions to tailor it to your own needs.
Have a wonderful week, all!

2 comments:

Cindy F. Adkins said...

Thank you for this as it's something I'm concerned about, too. I absolutely hate thinking of testing on animals. :(
Hope you have a good week, too!
Cindy

Melissa said...

I hope you find it helpful and thanks for your comment!