What does cruelty free mean in cosmetics
If you look closely at the labels of your cosmetics, you may notice that the term “cruelty free” is becoming more common. And if this is something you are interested in, you will want to know more. Our experts answer some of the most frequently asked questions about cruelty-free cosmetics.
What does cruelty-free mean in cosmetics?
Where can I buy cruelty-free cosmetics
Does cruelty-free mean vegan
Which cruelty-free products would you recommend I try
What does cruelty-free cosmetics mean?
Animal-free cosmetics are those that have not been tested on animals. In the U.S., testing products on animals in order to determine their safety to be used by humans has a long tradition. This began in 1938, when the United States Food, Drug & Cosmetics Act was passed, requiring cosmetic companies to demonstrate that their products are safe to be used by consumers.
Since the Draize Irritation Test became the standard for the industry, the FDA does not require animal testing. Animal rights groups have been lobbying for alternatives to animal tests for years because these tests are considered cruel.
Many companies today rely on alternatives to animal testing, such as computer models and in vitro laboratory tests, to ensure that their products are safe for use by humans. Some countries and states have even banned the sale of cosmetics tested on animals–China, until recently, required that all cosmetics be tested on animals before they could be sold within its borders.
Where can I buy cruelty-free cosmetics products?
On the packaging of makeup that has not been tested on animals, you will see “cruelty free” or “not test on animals”. Look for the internationally recognized Leaping Bunny Logo for cruelty-free household and cosmetic products. We make it easy for you to find cruelty-free cosmetics and household products at LovelySkin by marking the “cruelty free” checkbox under Preferences, on the left side of the category pages. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, also offers Beauty Without Bunnies – a searchable database of companies who do not test on animals. You can use that to discover which brands provide cruelty-free cosmetics.
Does cruelty-free mean vegan?
No, vegan is not the equivalent of cruelty-free. Vegan products, whether skin care, makeup, or vegan Hair Care, are made without animal-derived ingredients, such as beeswax and honey. Animal-free cosmetics are vegan when they have not been tested on animals or contain no animal products.