I’ve been vegan for a year and a half now and knowing what I can and can’t eat has become second nature. But it wasn’t until recently I began to think about the implications of buying beauty products that have been tested on animals, it suddenly felt like I hadn’t been a proper vegan for this whole time so I began researching what brands I should be avoiding immediately.
It turns out LOADS of companies test on animals, or claim they don’t but actually do. How annoying! During my research I found lots of cruelty free lists which conflicted each other, so I think the most trust worthy source I found was Go Cruelty Free which has a list of household and beauty brands that definitely don’t test on animals – jackpot!
After my research I hit the high street ready to make loads of cruelty free purchases but when I was faced with an aisle full of products all the hours of Googling ‘what brands do/don’t test on animals uk’ kind of went out the window and I forgot which brands were safe and which were not. I decided the best way forward was to look at the back of the packaging to see if I could see any signs of whether the brands I’d picked up were cruelty free or not – I was pleasantly surprised by a few.
These are the products that I ended up buying:
The Body Shop used to be a trusted name in my eyes, until they got bought by L’Oreal – say what?! They say that they have kept the ethical values of not testing on animals but the fact they are know owned by a big nasty animal testing company puts me off them a bit. Nevertheless their products are amazing and I’ve grown up using them so it’s hard to turn my back on the company, I still had a pot of their olive body butter from before I discovered they were bought by L’Oreal so I have kept using it. Do you think we should boycott The Body Shop?
Superdrug and Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula put on their packaging that they don’t test on animals which is fabulous news, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by both brands, Palmer’s is super moisturising and smells divine and Superdrug products really are no different to the branded stuff. Batiste dry shampoo is like an old friend that is there for you time and time again when your hair isn’t looking its best so I was very pleased to see that it’s vegan friendly. As for Soap and Glory, could that brand get any better?! The bath/shower products are the yummiest out there and their make up is always on point – I swear by their Archery brow pencil.
I know that Topshop and Beauty UK make up ranges aren’t tested on animals and neither are Eco Tools brushes – I mean a name like Eco Tools just sounds cruelty free if ya know what I mean. But then there are brands which are a bit more of a grey area, I bought myself some John Frieda Frizz Ease after reading that John Frieda don’t test on animals but their parent company KAO does so therefore buying John Frieda products supports them, and animal testing – a big no no. In the future I think I will stick to brands which I know are cruelty free like Superdrug and Original Source aka the fruitiest shower gel ever.
So that was my cruelty free shopping adventure, if any of the information I provided was wrong then let me know! My biggest piece of advice would be to remember and avoid the following companies:
- Johnson and Johnson
- Procter & Gamble
- Reckitt Benckiser