One myth that is misleading is that people think animal testing for skincare and cosmetics is a gentle thing like putting makeup on a bunny. Animals still suffer and die to test shampoo, mascara and other cosmetic products. Terrified beagles, rabbits, rats and guinea pigs have substances forced down their throats, dripped into their eyes or smeared onto their shaved skin before they are killed.
So I decided to conquer some of the myths that are believed about being cruelty free.
I hope this helps both people and animals.
Myths & facts about being cruelty free
MYTH: The law requires animal testing to be conducted on personal care and cosmetics products.
100% false. Neither the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) nor the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission require animal testing for cosmetics or household products. There are sufficient existing safety data as well as science based alternatives to make animal testing for these products obsolete.
MYTH; You must be a crunchy patchouli wearing treehugger earth mama to be cruelty free.
Not at all. Cruelty free people come from all walks of life. Patchouli is optional.
MYTH: I’ll have to buy all my skin care, makeup and personal care at a health food store or boutique.
Cruelty free brands are so diverse now you kind find them many places including drugstores and online. Gone are the days when choosing cruelty-free products meant only buying patchouli lotion from a small, local shop.
MYTH: I wont be able to find a replacement for my favorite products.
Cruelty-free manufacturers make everything from high end to low-end. Sometimes dupes (duplicates are almost exact in formulation) to the original. Cruelty free comes in everything to the sophisticated formulas to the simple basic. You’re not limiting yourself by making the switch, since so many great brands are cruelty-free.
Myth: Buying cruelty free is going to cost me more than my regular products.
Not true. The selection of cruelty free products has never been more affordable as it is now. There are thousands of companies to choose from..For makeup, examine brands like e.l.f.., BH Cosmetics and J.Cat Beauty For skincare try Acure, Derma E, goPure Beauty, Herbal Dynamics Beauty, Nature’s Brands and OZ Naturals.
MYTH: The quality of cruelty free is not the same as department stores and drugstores
When shopping cruelty free, ingredients matter just as much. Are you reading the ingredient lists on your current products? Going cruelty-free is also a great excuse to give more thought to your purchases. Many cruelty free brands are considered clean beauty, meaning less toxic in its formulation. Big companies like The Honest Company , Milani, Derma E, bareMinerals, Desert Essence and elf are well established as major manufacturers. Trust me they are not skimping on quality.
Sometimes cruelty free and non cruelty are made the same factories.
MTYH: There’s no good way to tell if product is cruelty free.
This seems more of an excuse to continue unethical behavior than a fact. I wrote an article on this including the symbols used on cruelty free products. I welcome you to read it here: HOW TO KNOW IF A PRODUCT IS CRUELTY FREE
“Life is made of trades. Some are good, some are bad, but they all have a cost.”
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