Why I Choose Cruelty Free



I've recently went mad over choosing cruelty free items.  I got too complacent and realised that a few brands I own  have slipped off the cruelty free list and it made me realise I need to keep an eye on this more carefully.

Where possible, I have always picked a cruelty free item over something that is animal tested. For example, I use Collection or Illamasqua lipsticks instead of MAC.  I use Illamasqua foundation rather than L'Oréal.   Little changes in my beauty routine, yes, but I hope it makes a difference.   If everyone made these changes, I think all beauty companies would be forced to stop animal testing for good.

Why do I use cruelty free?

Put simply?  I don't think that any animal should be tortured for humans to look pretty.   Scientific research, ok, there is an argument for it  (and against it but that's a whole different post).   But torturing animals for our mascaras and cleansers?  No. I'll never believe that it's a good option.  If we want to use it, then we should test it.   I don't use the word 'torture' lightly.  Those poor animals are kept in tiny cages from the start of their lives to the day they die.  They get strapped into position and chemicals rubbed into their eyes, corrosives rubbed onto their skin... I could go on but you get my point.  It's horrendous.  All in the name of beauty.  Is it worth it?   Not to me.  Just because a rabbit or a mouse is a little animal, it doesn't make it ok.  They still feel pain, terror and confusion.


What's changed recently?
Well, I don't really know.  As I said, I always tried to make better choices for myself when it came to basics such as primer, lipstick, mascara etc, but now it's much more than that.  I read that my favourite shampoo, Organix, had recently started selling in China (where animal testing is required by law) and it threw me.  No big announcement was made, no warning.  So I had been buying bottles of shampoo thinking they were safe.  They weren't.  I realised I had to be more stringent with my products.   That day I literally started looking at my whole routine, right down to body spray and hair oil.  Up until then, I hadn't made the same effort with the other products the same way I had with my makeup.   Why was this?  I'm not sure to be honest. I just assumed that if a brand was cruelty free then they'd refuse to sell out and decide to stock in China, or suddenly decide to animal test.   Now I feel like I'm doing a complete overhaul of my whole life, right down to the cleaning products I use.   I want to make the right choices.

What are my favourite cruelty free brands?

Lush (bath products, moisturiser, cleanser)
Barry M (mascara, nail polish)
Illamasqua (primer, foundation, eyeshadows, everything really)
Collection (my fave lipstick ever, concealer)
Urban Decay (setting spray, eye shadows)
Balm (eyeshadows)
Superdrug Own Brand (skincare, bath products, hygiene products, hair products)
Palmers (shampoo and conditioner)
Kat Von D (all of her range)
Carmex (best lip stuff ever)
Olaplex (hair tratment)
Artistic (gel nail polish)

Do I own any products that aren't cruelty free?
Yes I do.  I get perfume, makeup palettes etc as gifts that aren't always cruelty free.  I wouldn't bin these because I would feel too rude.   In the years to come I hope my birthday and Christmas have more CF items.  The problem is, a lot of people don't have enough information on products so it is easy to buy things that are animal tested - I've done it myself and you'll be hard pushed to find someone who loves animals more than me.

Is going cruelty free affordable?

Hell yes!   A lot of people seem to think that it costs more but it genuinely doesn't.  There are high budget and low budget brands that cater for us.  I use a mix of both and I find them (mostly) easy to track down.  If all else fails, I check Superdrug own brand!

I think that's me summed up just about everything I can think of.  If you are an animal lover then please have a wee think about going cruelty free!  And as always, if you have any questions then please feel free to contact me.  I am not perfect on this issue but I am trying to be.

Have I missed any amazing companies? What cruelty free brands do I need to try?

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