Cosmetics are a very important part of every woman’s life. Realistically, we can no longer imagine everyday life without it, because cosmetics include products that we really need.
Recently, the media has repeatedly highlighted products made from natural ingredients and the harmfulness of chemicals such as parabens, silicones and sulfates, to which many have begun to pay attention.
But how do you know if the products you use are animal tested?
Although some products have a rabbit label to indicate that the product has not been tested on animals, some brands whose products carry that mark are sold in China, where animal testing is required, so you can immediately remove them from the list of brands that do not perform animal testing.
Cruelty-Free vs. Vegan
First thing’s first, what’s the difference between cruelty-free and vegan? Many people assume these are the same thing, but they’re not.
A company is cruelty-free if their products (and ingredients) aren’t tested on animals, though this does not necessarily make the product vegan.
Vegan products take it a step further. Not only are they free of animal testing, but they are also free of ingredients that come from animals. A product, no matter the ingredients, is not vegan if the brand tests on animals. However, it can be certified cruelty-free even if the product isn’t vegan. At Kinder Beauty, we don’t believe a product is truly cruelty-free if it contains animal ingredients, and that’s why the products in our boxes will always be free from animal testing AND animal ingredients.
To make sure your beauty routine doesn’t harm animals at all, always look for products that are both cruelty-free and vegan.
Choose Cruelty-Free is a non-profit organization based in Australia. Their cruelty-free criteria are the strictest of the three, so they have fewer than 300 brands certified.
Their standards are similar to Leaping Bunny, but they take it a step further. When a brand is owned by a larger company, they’re considered a subsidiary of a parent company. For example, cruelty-free brand Urban Decay is owned by parent company L’Oreal.
Neither Leaping Bunny or PETA require a brand’s parent company to be cruelty-free. However, Choose Cruelty-Free does.
Whether they sell in China
Some countries legally require cosmetics to be tested on animals. Sounds absurd, but it’s true. A notorious example of this is mainland China.
To many, brands that sell in China aren’t cruelty-free. For example, Benefit doesn’t voluntarily test its products on animals. However, Benefit isn’t cruelty-free because their products sold in China are tested on animals.
What the company says
What should you do if you’re unsure if a company tests on animals? Ask them! Find them on social media or navigate their website to find a “Contact Us” page.
Here are some questions to cover the basics:
- Are finished products tested on animals?
- Are the raw materials tested on animals?
- Does a third-party test on your behalf?
- Do your suppliers test on animals?
- Do you sell in countries where animal testing is required by law?
- Are you owned by a parent company who tests on animals?
If they answer “No” to all of these questions, then they’re cruelty-free!
However, there is a safer solution.
On the websites of Cruelty Free Kitty and Logical Harmony,, you can check if the products you buy are really made without animal torture and whether the companies that own these brands include animal testing.
Therefore, when in doubt, take a few minutes and check the product before you buy it.