I wanted to talk about cruelty free products. Specifically – but not limited to – nail products. Before I get into it I just have to mention a few things. I love animals. If I could I would take every single rescue animal home. I might not be a marching, blogging activist but these things matter to me. If it doesn’t matter to you then that is your decision. This is mine. I am not sharing this to preach or ‘change you’. I am sharing this because it was interesting to me and, again, it matters to me. Also, it certainly is not easy to get accurate, current information. I have spent hours going through hundreds of links and I have found a bunch of contradicting information. The information seems to change quite often. I use PETA to check on products but this is also tricky. Most labels have parent companies and these parent companies are usually the ones that test on animals. In my opinion, that label is then not a cruelty free product.
Again, it was quite hard to find 100% accurate information without having to go to each product website and finding the information there. I do think the best idea is if you are not 100% or it doesn’t appear on their website then emailing them is the best option. I will be listing all the website / pages I got this information from at the bottom of this post. I can not guarantee that all this information is 100% accurate so if there is anything you want confirmation on please contact the company or check their website. If you do find any discrepancies please let me know and then I will update this post as well.
I am glad to say that my three favourite brands of nail polish are cruelty free:
These are companies that DO test on animals:
- Aveeno (Aveeno, Clean & Clear, Listerine, Lubriderm, Neutrogena, Rembrandt, ROC, tests cosmetic products in addition to their medical products)
- Avon. Avon was the first major cosmetics company to end animal testing on both on its finished product and ingredients in 1989, but appears to have re-started to expand into the China market.
- Clean and Clear
- Clinique– owned by Estee Lauder, who has resumed testing in 2012.
- Cover Girl (Proctor and Gamble)
- Dolce & Gabana
- Elizabeth Arden
- Essie– used to be cruelty free as an independent brand but was acquired by L’Oreal, which is not cruelty free.
- Estee Lauder- unfortunately resumed animal testing in 2012 after a two decade moratorium. Boo! This affects Aveda, Bobbi Brown, Bumble + Bumble, La Mer, Prescriptives, Origins, Clinique, MAC and several other subsidiary companies.
- Hawaiian Tropic
- Head and Shoulders
- Johnson and Johnson
- L’Oreal (Kérastase, Matrix, Mizani, Redken, L’Oréal Paris, Garnier, Maybelline New York, SoftSheen-Carson, Biotherm, The Body Shop, Cacharel, Diesel Perfumes, Giorgio Armani Parfums, Guy Laroche, Helena Rubinstein, Paloma Picasso, Ralph Lauren, Shu Uemura, Victor et Rolf parfum, Dermablend, La Roche-Posay, SkinCeuticals, Vichy Laboratoires.)L’Oreal says they don’t “generally” test but will not sign a statement confirming it, so for safety’s sake, they go on the Bad Guy list).
- Mary Kay. Resumed in 2012 in order to comply with Chinese regulations to sell in China. What a joke.
- Marc Jacobs (perfumes and cosmetics)
- Max Factor
- Proctor and Gamble (Always, Aussie, Cover Girl, Clairol, Crest, Downey, Eukanuba, Febreze, Gillette, Head & Shoulders, Iams, Infusium 23, Ivory, Joy, Max Factor, Mr. Clean, Olay, Pampers, Pantene, Physique, Puffs, Scope, Secret, Swiffer, Tampax, Tide, Zest, Old Spice)
- Sally Beauty Supply (Alberto Culver)
- Unilever (Axe, Dove, Lux, Ponds, Suave, Sunsilk, Vaseline, Caress, Degree, Lever 2000.)
**Some of these companies above might not test on animals themselves but continue to buy, use and benefit financially from chemical ingredients that have recently been tested on animals by their suppliers.
Based on same information as above. These are companies that DO NOT test on animals:
- American International Industries (China Glaze, Seche, 5 Second Nail Glue, ESN European Secret Nails)
- Barry M (vegan)
- Bath and Body Works
- BB Couture
- Bobbi Brown
- Bonnie Belle
- Color Club (vegan)
- Deborah Lippmann (vegan)
- DuWop Cosmetics
- E.L.F. Cosmetics (transitioning to vegan!)
- Garden Botanika
- GOSH Cosmetics (vegan too)
- Hard Candy
- Jane Cosmetics
- Jesse’s Girl
- Kiss Products (nail glues, etc.)
- Misa (vegan)
- NFU Oh
- Nubar (vegan)
- NYX- New York Cosmetics
- OCC Cosmetics (vegan too)
- Rescue Beauty Lounge
- Spa Ritual- vegan too
- Urbay Decay (vegan)
- Wet N’ Wild
- Zoya (vegan)
I can’t find conclusive information about the following two:
- Sally Hansen Status unclear. They have been sold and reacquired in the last couple years but now looks like their parent company is a tester. They are on neither list on PETA.
- Revlon: Everywhere I looked they were on the Does NOT test list but they are still on the PETA website as a company that DOES test on animals.
I am sure there are tons more that are cruelty free. Also, many of these are not even available in South Africa. It really just takes a little bit of effort to find out if the product you use is cruelty free. I must admit I do have one or two polishes that is not on the cruelty free list. I didn’t even know that they are not cruelty free. I have 2 Maybelline polishes and a Rimmel and I was quite surprised to find they were not cruelty free. Will I stop using them? Probably not. I have them and I’ve paid for them. Will I buy more from them? Probably not. To be honest it was finding out that Essie is not on the cruelty free list that really shocked me and got me interested in finding as much info as I can.
If you are in any doubt if cruelty free is cruel and unnecessary and harmful then just google images of cosmetic testing on animals. No judgies. 🙂
The sources I used for this information as well as what I use to check if a product is cruelty free:
- Also a huge thanks to @WhoopseyDaisy for all the info 🙂
Again, if this isn’t your thing then consider this just some interesting information. If this is your thing then I hope this is useful information. If you have any accurate or additional information that can be verified please let me know. I would like to keep this list as updated as possible.
Considering I focused my searches mainly on nail products do you only buy cruelty free cosmetics or do you expand it to household products as well?