Not Tested on Animals: 20 Cruelty-Free Companies
Can what you buy really make a difference?
Sure it can. By buying products that do not conduct unnecesary animal testing, you are voting with your dollar and encouraging ethical capitalism.
So the issue of animal testing is quite complex when it comes to pharmaceuticals and scenarios where the issue of testing could potentially improve the quality of human life -- but we're not addressing that here.
Clearly there are some very reputable companies who manufacture and successfully sell a variety of personal and household products, so why would you support a company who does test on animals when other trailblazers have shown there is no need?
John Paul de Joria, co-founder of Paul Mitchell products, demonstrated it best when consultants suggested he test on animals -- he put some Paul Mitchell shampoo right in his own eye!!! To this day this company does not test on animals and they lead by example.
Please take a look at the companies below and consider supporting them -- and read your labels for animal testing notes!
These are all big-name brands you'll probably recognize.
Arbonne -- Swiss company offering direct sales right on their website.
Kiss My Face -- This brand is becoming increasingly more and more popular.
Revlon -- You can find this in any grocery store or pharmacy.
Origins -- Found in most shopping mall department stores such as Macy's or Dillard's. They also have their own stores in outdoor retail areas.
Physicians Formula -- In most pharmacies and stores such as Target and Kmart.
Prescriptives -- Standard for many shopping mall department stores.
Wet 'n' Wild -- Found in nearly every grocery store and pharmacy.
The Grey Area of Animal Testing on Cosmetics - A makeup artist shares his views on cosmetics animal testing.
Unfortunately, many of the ingredients in makeup have been tested on animals, and the requirement for "no testing" only applies to the final product. I appreciate this artist's compassionate perspective and sharing his thoughts on what is not as black and white a subject as we would hope.
Feel good about getting squeaky clean.
Method -- What a great line of fragrant products: from stainless steel cleaner to peppermint window wash. Always carried at Target.
Mrs. Meyers Clean Day -- Lemon Verbena is a pesonal favorite, although both the Rose Geranium and Lavender are heavenly. Seriously, cleaning your place with Mrs. Meyers is like aromatherapy.
Seventh Generation -- The dishwashing powder is a personal favorite.
BioKleen -- Not only animal-friendly, but earth-friedly, too! All products are biodegradeable.
Dr. Bronner's -- These concentrated liquid and bar soaps are all natural -- be sure to try the peppermint on a hot day and the tea tree for a natural antibacterial effect.
Grocery Store Generic Brands
These generics are animal-friendly and cost less, too!
Whole Foods Markets -- They carry nearly everything you can think of with their 365 house brand.
Food Lion -- No Food Lions (or Tigers, or Bears) in this area. Someone please tell us what you think of their generic brand of goods!
Safeway -- They have even introduced a house brand of all organic products: "O Organics"
If something has so many chemicals it requires animal testing, do you really want it on your skin?
Avalon Organics -- Big fans of their lemon hand lotion and lavender eye gel.
Aveda -- These products are a little on they pricey side, but so worth it. Their hair care line works fantastically well, and their soothing tea (yes, tea), will have you wondering how the made this amazing soothing blend.
Bath & Body Works -- Favorite bath product indulgences: Warm Vanilla Sugar and Coconut Lime Verbena.
The Body Shop -- A vast selection of hair, makeup, bath, body, and aromatherapy products. Be aware that their parent company, L'Oreal, does test on animals. :(
EO Products -- Lots of personal care products made with yummy essential oils.