Last week my boyfriend came home to find me balled up in the bed with my laptop 12 tabs and an Excel sheet deep in a personal animal testing investigation. I’d just seen a hideous video documenting the horrors of monkey testing and was in a state of inconsolable human guilt.”I can’t un-see it!” I wailed.
I consider myself fairly with it on the whole hippie animal ethics thing. I’ve been an vegetarian all of my adult life after giving up meat at age 16. I removed all leather from my wardrobe a few years ago and have never worn fur. I hate zoos and Sea World and all those other things that torture animals for our amusement. I have three companion cats that own my soul.
But when it comes to my beauty and cleaning products I have remained blissfully ignorant all this time. Animal testing is one of those things I know is happening, am totally not down with, but am largely lackadaisical about because I just like the smell of Febreze, you know. Until now.
Prior to hitting the adult male jackpot with my current boyfriend, I had gone on a few dates with this real winner who was dead set on convincing me that none of my personal actions would ever impact the world in a positive way. (Don’t know why that one never worked out.) He liked to constantly remind me that the act of one person recycling, not eating animals, boycotting circuses, driving an electric car, not being racist, etc. would never make a dent in the opposing actions of the majority. To which I replied: “You are the problem.”
I don’t disagree that my little corner of the world won’t create any global shifts any time soon, but I do think that every little bit counts and I, myself, can do my best.
I decided to start by phasing out my makeup and toiletries first with cleaning products up next. Here are some tools and tips if you’re interested in the same.
- Here is a complete list of all companies that DO test on animals. If you don’t see your brand of choice on here, consider who owns them. All the big guys (Proctor & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, etc. DO still test). Chapstick, for example, says they do not test on animals but they’re owned by Pfizer who does.
- The statement “Not Tested on Animals” or “No Animal Testing” might not mean anything at all. Some companies will print this on a package if they themselves do not test the finished product on animals. They likely, however, request their suppliers to test the ingredients on animals for them. That’s cheating. Instead, look for the logos below to ensure no testing anywhere along the production line.
- Here is a complete list of all companies that do NOT test on animals (or hire third parties to do so for them).
- One thing I never considered was the severe abuse of companion pets in the making of companion pet food. Turns out dogs and cats are gruesomely tortured in the making of some of our pets’ food, which all seems super messed up if you ask me. Here is a complete list of companion food manufacturers who do NOT test on animals.
Animal testing isn’t just on rats and monkeys (which is bad enough if you ask me). Beagles are bred for testing because of their friendly and forgiving dispositions. (Ugh.) The Beagle Freedom Project rescues beagles from labs and gives them a second chance. I won’t share any ugly testing videos with you, but this video of 9 research beagles stepping on grass for the first time will MAKE YOUR LIFE.
If you’re looking for cruelty-free products, look for these logos on the package:
Here are the new beauty products I’m using.
The first photo in this post shows my new face wash and moisturizers. I got Avalon Organics CoQ10 facial cleanser. To moisturize I’m just using vitamin E oil at night and coconut oil for day.
I’ve stopped putting curl product in my hair so all I needed was shampoo and conditioner. I was basically basing my selection on smell alone and went with Jason restorative biotin.
Again, Jason products here. I went with the rosewater body wash because it smells good.
Almost forgot about this one. I got the Jason lavender deodorant. What’s cool about Jason products is you can buy them at Target, heeeeeeey.
On the makeup front I’ve mostly just been wearing mascara and concealer this summer so I kept this simple. I got a mascara, tinted BB cream and concealer from Mineral Fusion.
In the oral department, I got a Tom’s toothpaste and a Jason cinnamon mouthwash.
With the exception of the cinnamon mouthwash (which tastes like garbage), I am super happy with all of these purchases.
I share all of this simply because this was/is a learning experience for me and I though others might also be interested. I’ll keep you posted on the switch to cruelty-free cleaning products and a new food for the cats.