Who Else Desires To Be Cruelty-Free?
Cruelty-free products. Are you an animal lover? I think you must be. I love animals, but don’t consider myself an over the board radical activist. I draw the line at certain things like I will never, ever wear fur. But I’m not a vegan; I do enjoy an occasional steak and baked potato dinner. I adore my dogs and have a soft spot for animals in general I find it interesting that the older I get certain things become crystal clear that in the past were a bit foggy. Maybe I was too busy building my career or raising my kids to take much notice. But, I have a new found respect regarding nature, the environment and above all animals. I bet you’re like me and enjoy wearing makeup now and then. I don’t know about you, but it makes me feel pretty. Living in Colorado there is nothing like a rich moisturizer to begin and end your day. Recently I realized that many of the brands of makeup I wear, still to this day, test their products on animals. Why is that and is it necessary? Yep, I guess you can call me a late bloomer. I haven't given this much thought until recently. Change is good no matter how long the road to get there might be.
My Products Are Not Cruelty-Free.
They are on the wrong side of the aisle! How did I find this out? Honestly, some incredible apps helped steer me in the right direction. The Apps are so unbelievably useful that I recommend them to anyone who is trying to make changes toward an animal and cruelty-free lifestyle. I summarize the APPS at the end of the post but first let me share -
Five Cruelty-Free Alternatives To My Beauty Routine.
I can’t tell you how disappointed I was when I found this out, a major bummer for me because I’ve used this product for decades. Cruelty-Free Alternative Bare Mineral
s I’ve tried minerals as an option in the past but now I’m here to stay. I love the fact that they're formulated with purity and of course, free of any animal testing.
Cetaphil Face Wash Cruelty-Free Alternative SabaMed Liquid Face & Body Wash
Sebamed Liquid Face and Body Wash is dermatologist developed, ultra-mild, and compatible with the most sensitive of skins.
Mac Eye Shadow Cruelty-Free Alternative Urban Decay
is not only free of animal testing, but some of their product lines are vegan. I appreciate that a company is forward thinking and explores various options.
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara Cruelty-Free Alternative Physicians Formula Organic Wear
, 100% of the Ingredients, is of Natural Origin. 70% of the Ingredients are Organic.
Clinique Cruelty-Free Alternative Burt's Bees
I debated on this selection because Burts Bees in now owned by Clorox, which in not cruelty-free. I decided to list them because of their history, brand, outreach, and how they source the materials used to make their products. I respect what they stand for, and it's with hope and profit, that Clorox will realize thru Burts the importance of cruelty-free.
The individual companies guarantee that their products work just as well, or even better than their animal tested counterparts. There is absolutely no reason to doubt this stance. Why in the world would the fact that the products were tested on animals make them any better?
Buycott Download: IOS
The concept is simple and so much fun to use. Buycott
helps you to organize your everyday shopper spending so you can fund causes you support and avoid funding those you disagree. Just join causes and campaigns on the app (ex: Cruelty-Free, Vegan, End Animal Testing, Protect the Seals, Stop Factory Farming, Demand GMO Labeling, Organic Fair Trade…, etc.) and scan the product’s barcode. With Buycott, you scan a product, and it will look it up, determine what brand it belongs to, and what company owns that brand, etc. It will then cross-check and tell you if the scanned product conflicts with one of your campaign commitments. When I first downloaded it, I started scanning everything in my house with a bar code. It was fun, but like me, you might be surprised by what you learn! Cruelty Free Download: IOS
This app is fantastic to use to look up household products, cosmetic, and personal care items. Published by the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ (CCIC) Leaping Bunny Program
and lists over 200 U.S. and Canadian companies that do not test ingredients, formulations, or finished products on animals.
Also, since The Leaping Bunny Program certifies that no new animal testing is used, you can be confident about your cruelty-free choices. Don’t forget to try out the apps, they are free and fun to use! I can bet that most of you use some fabulous cruelty-free products too. Don’t forget to share your favorites in the comments below. I would love to hear what works for you!