Cruelty-free cosmetics are products of brands that do not involve animal testing. The issue of animal testing is not new, which is why many of us assume that this cruelty stopped since there are laws to protect animals. However, few people know what really lies behind the so familiar products, from the most famous and successful companies in the world.
Organizations such as PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) correct information related to consuming cosmetics and offer in this respect a public list, available for viewing to anyone interested in cosmetics tested on animals , as well as alternatives to such brands.
PETA keeps track of companies producing cosmetics, buy a licence or a statement from them which says that no ingredient, formulas or finished products are tested on animals.
In other words, consumers rely on the written word of these companies and their PR intelligence in avoiding possible riots or lawsuits. Otherwise, the integrity of the company in question is in doubt, which would harm their image and status in the market.
However, there are many attempts at fraud by labeling products with the inscription No Animal Testing or No Animal Ingredient.
The cause is the lack of specific labeling laws on animal testing and the effect consists of misleading consumers. We further provide a list of ten major companies which are against animal testing:
In 1988, a brand is born. Ahava opens its state-of-the-art, eco-friendly factory overlooking the picturesque vistas of the Dead Sea shores. Ahava’s naturally rejuvenating skincare products are formulated with the finest skin-friendly ingredients. All Ahava products are: paraben free, SLS/SLES free, allergy tested, not tested on animals, approved for sensitive skin and produced without petroleum, harsh synthetic ingredients or GMOS.
Clinique was founded by The Estée Lauder Companies in 1968 as the first dermatologist-created, prestige cosmetic brand. Sold in approximately 140 countries and territories, Clinique’s mission today remains what it was from the beginning: to provide the highest quality and most effective products to enhance every skin type and concern, offering products for men and women of all ages and ethnicities. The brand’s customized approach and quality products—all meticulously tested and carefully formulated with the latest science—have made Clinique one of the leading skin care authorities in the world. All makeup and skin care products are Allergy Tested and 100% Fragrance Free.
The mission of Origins is to create high-performance natural skincare that is powered by nature and proven by science. They use potent plants, organic ingredients and 100% natural essential oils. And their long-standing commitment to protect the planet, its resources and all those who populate it is reaffirmed by their earth and animal friendly practices, packaging and policies. Origins products are formulated without: parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oil, PABA, petrolatum, paraffin, DEA, animal ingredients (except cruelty-free honey and beeswax).
Paula’s Choice does not condone the use of animal testing on cosmetics and never has. Throughout Paula’s 30 years of writing about the beauty industry she has consistently spoken out against testing cosmetics on animals. Paula’s Choice, LLC. does not test our products on animals and never will. Additionally, we do not fund any independent source to conduct animal testing on our behalf. We are committed to the global adoption of alternative safety testing methods and the elimination of animal testing on cosmetics worldwide. In April 2013, Paula’s Choice became an officially certified member of the Leaping Bunny Program.
The requirements for the Leaping Bunny Certification include a commitment to eliminate animal testing not only from the company, but also from our ingredient suppliers. The result is a product guaranteed to be 100% free of new animal testing. The program is administered by a coalition of animal rights organizations, including the Humane Society of the United States and the National Anti-Vivisection Society.
All the Yes to Carrots products are at least 95% natural and they use recycled material for packaging. They use all natural ingredients and are committed to green living.
Uriage Thermal Water is the essential active ingredient at the heart of Uriage skincare and at the heart of many patents. Combined with active ingredients of natural origin, or derived from the latest advances in biotechnology, Uriage products have an incredible number of fans worldwide.
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As a responsible company, their internal rules on the components of their products are very strict. They firmly deny any animal components, except honey and beeswax. Regardless of the minimum amount required. And whatever type of animal ingredient.
Oriflame is based on over 40 years experience in the field of skin care and cosmetic products, harnessing nature’s wisdom and the latest discoveries of science in order to achieve outstanding product that make up a broad portfolio of affordable cosmetics. They have achieved all this by: ensuring performance production to provide quality products at reasonable prices, high purity ingredients and strict manufacturing standards, high ethical standards and compliance with strict environmental protection policies.
Christine Valmy, Inc is an Esthetics school and innovative skin care product manufacturer that, for over 60 years, has provided knowledge, training and personal beauty to thousands of satisfied students and customers.
Carmex lip balm was invented in 1937 by Alfred Woelbing, literally on the family stovetop. For the next 20 years, Alfred and his wife made Carmex by hand and poured it into the familiar yellow-capped jars.