How to shop cruelty free
You wouldn't intentionally buy a product knowing that an animal had to suffer for it, right? However, in this day and age animal testing has become the standard in society for product testing. This post is definitely not here to argue the ethics of animal testing (we aren't even going to go "there" for medical testing), but rather an informational post for the savvy consumer so that you can make an educated decision when buying products.
Whether you agree with their message (or not), PETA is a great resource for checking out where your favorites stand in terms of animal testing. They even have a handy PDF that you can print out to take with you when shopping, and you can choose from companies that do test or companies that don't. You can also look for companies that carry the Leaping Bunny logo, which certifies that they do not animal test.
It used to be that a general rule of thumb is that if a company sold its products to China, they tested on animals, since China mandated that all products for human consumption were first tested on animals. However, China is beginning to change these rules (hurray!) which will hopefully lead to less testing. A basic rule is that if the make-up company is large brand name and carried in drug and grocery stores, they likely animal test (i.e. Cover Girl, Revlon, and Maybelline). However, you can definitely find quality make-up and household products that aren't so obscure. I recommend starting at Target.
Target carries two make-up brands, Pixi and Sonia Kashuk, that are great products and cruelty free. My favorite black pencil eyeliner is from Sonia Kashuk, I've used it for years. You can't go wrong there (can you really go wrong at Target?). Also, Target's brand Method carries home and personal care products that are cruelty free. Other drug store brands that do not test on animals are Milani, Physician's Formula, Jane, and e.l.f.
Allure magazine also created their top 15 make-up brands that are cruelty free and carry everything from luxurious lip colors to indulging body oils.
Find more shopping tips and information here for cruelty -free products. For more companies that still do test on animals, you can check here. Have a favorite cruelty free brand or product? Tell me about it below!