Over the past year I have been making the transition to Cruelty-Free beauty! When I was younger I was totally up on which brands tested on animals and completely avoided them; but in the past few years I dropped the ball and started buying whatever I felt like, with zero research.
I have been making the transition to Cruelty-Free for a while now, but a few things were holding me back:
I have suffered with sensitive, acne-prone skin since my early teens and the thought of having to find new skin care and makeup that would not aggravate my skin and cover up any breakouts made me nervous.
Being a self-confessed beauty fangirl I have tried many products but would always go back to the same old reliables because I knew that they worked for me.
It seemed complicated
- Brands getting snapped up by parent companies.
- In March 2013, the EU completed the ban on the sale of cosmetics tested on animal.
- Brands selling in China?
All of this seemed like a minefield to me.
People get really passionate about animal cruelty (and rightly so) but this passion seemed intimidating to me. It is also the reason I don’t talk much about being vegetarian because I know in the eyes of others I am not “doing it right” because I still wear leather etc.
All of these were reasonable worries but with a wealth of information out there, it was easy to elevate these concerns. Though there are extreme people out there, most cruelty-free beauty advocates are happy to share information; so with a little Googling, some amazing YouTubers and asking questions on Twitter I got all the answers I needed to feel comfortable.
What have I replaced?
Blogging had made me much more experimental with makeup so finding replacements for my favourites was more of a mental hurdle than a physical one. Mac lipsticks have been my favourite treat since I was a teenager but there are so many amazing lip products out there that finding the perfect nude or red has not been too difficult thanks to Urban Decay and NYX.
So, what is Cruelty-Free?
Cruelty-Free refers to products that are not tested on animals, at all. The confusion comes as in Europe it is illegal to sell products tested on animals, but there are limitations to this ruling. On the opposite end of the scale there is China where it is illegal to sell products that are not tested on animals. Many brands try and talk around the subject with statements such as “Even though we don’t test on animals ourselves, but because of requirements by law, our products or ingredients can be tested on animals in places like China”; basically, brands that sell in China do test on animals.
When it comes to large companies such as L’Oreal and Estée Lauder things get a little more complicated; these brands do not just own and sell their own products but also own many other small brands who do not test on animals. Some cruelty-free beauty fans draw the line here and refuse to buy from any brand who have a parent company that sell in China as they do not want their hard earned cash to end up in the hands of animal testing corporations. I have decided that I am still happy to buy from parent company owned brands that test on animals because I hope that if they see their cruelty free brand sales increase it may make them consider changing their testing policy. This may be a naive standpoint, and I might change my mind, but that’s where I am at right now.
As for other people’s opinions, there will always be conflicting views and conversations are welcome here as I like to educate myself, however, as long as I am happy with the decisions I make then I’m good. I never pretend to be perfect, but try to lead a life with compassion.
So there it is, I have said it out loud I am now I Cruelty-Free blogger!
I never really knew what my angle was when writing about beauty before except “here’s some shit I like” but I am now super excited about sharing this experience with you guys, so watch this space!