The next time you are applying your make-up or washing your baby’s hair, take a moment to consider whether or not you can do so with a clear conscience. I have never understood the need for companies to test on animals, and I never will. I think it takes a very evil kind of person to subject these little creatures to the kind of pain and torture they endure. I know that we are all busy, and change is not always easy, but are you comfortable with the fact that the animals being used in these tests suffer and ultimately die, all in order to ensure that we can improve our appearances? Are humans morally more important than all animals? Is there a sliding scale with humans at the top and the simplest animals at the bottom? Or are humans and animals morally equal?
“Right now, millions of mice, rats, rabbits, primates, cats, dogs, and other animals are locked inside cold, barren cages in laboratories across the country. They languish in pain, ache with loneliness, and long to roam free and use their minds. Instead, all they can do is sit and wait in fear of the next terrifying and painful procedure that will be performed on them.” – PETA
I have done extensive research over the past couple of weeks in order to provide everyone reading this article with the correct information, and to compile a list of companies that do and companies that do not test on animals. My list focuses on beauty brands, baby and kids brands and household products.
What animal testing involves:
Toxicity tests to estimate the safety of products and chemicals were developed in the early 20th century. These include experiments that subjectively measure the irritation of chemicals in the eyes or on the skin of rabbits for example, and determine toxicity by the dosage of a chemical that kills half of the animals forced to consume, breathe or be injected with said chemical. These primitive testing methods, including the infamous Draize and LD50 tests, are, regrettably, still in use today.
The animals in the labs obviously go through unspeakable things and are subjected to excruciating pain. Every year more animals than you could imagine are tested on for cosmetic purposes. They are blinded, burned, mutilated and killed so we can wear a shade of lipstick or colour our hair. Inhumane and mindless cruelty taking place for the sake of ‘science’. I am not going to post pictures here of the things that these poor animals are subjected to, but if you are interested in this Google it. I dare you.
As animal lovers, it is our responsibility to steer clear of all products tested on animals… South Africa is slowly starting to come to the party in terms of cruelty free products. Even if the tests are not painful there are many factors other than the experiment itself that can have an effect, including conditions during breeding, transport, housing, handling and restraint.
Animal testing may take place in various stages of the manufacturing process, whether on the finished product or on the individual ingredients involved. This makes it very difficult to compile a 100% accurate list of brands as some products may not be tested on animals, but the ingredients might.
Animal Testing is used to assess the safety and effectiveness of everything from medication and household products to cosmetics.
Why I Believe It Should Stop:
The cost to the animals does not justify the research, vanity is not worth innocent lives.
I am not a scientist, but surely animal testing has become redundant in this day and age? There are many other methods of testing available to cosmetic companies, methods that are actually more accurate than animal testing. As of March 2013, the EU banned animal testing completely – why can we not follow in their footsteps?
What are the alternatives?
It seems the logical choice to move away from animal testing, not only because of the damage being done to animals, but because we can’t always be sure that the test results produced are even valid. Humans are so genetically dissimilar to the animals used in testing that it makes the process almost pointless.
Options to consider instead of testing on animals include computer modelling, avoiding ingredients that have not been proved safe, and using human volunteers or clinical trials. Science has greatly advanced since the development of the animal tests that are still in use today. Cell culture, molecular and computation methods (in silico methods) are now well-developed scientific tools. In vitro methods based on human cells and tissues are now being developed and evaluated for assessing toxicity. Toxicity testing, however, has not had the urgency and support of government funding programs that disease-based research has enjoyed. The best tests for human toxicity would be conducted using humans, which apparently is unethical.
What YOU Can Do To Make Make A Difference:
- Stop buying from companies that test on animals. If you do not support or fund them hey will have no choice but to change their methods or shut down
- Raise your children to be aware of Animal Cruelty Free products, teach them to respect all animals – big or small.
- Other avenues are being explored, but in the meantime, PLEASE print out this petition sheet, and have it filled. The SA government does not accept on-line petitions. You can post your completed sheet to: BWCSA, P.O Box 1156, Milnerton, 7435
- You can also donate to these organizations to aid in the fight against animal cruelty:
- Leaping Bunny
- Beauty Without Cruelty
GOOD: Companies That Do Not Test On Animals:
I have compiled a list of some of my favourite companies/products that are not tested on animals and broke them up into Beauty, Baby/Kids and Household. For the link to the full list, as well as where I got my information from, please see the end of the article. Many of these companies have only recently been certified with Beauty Without Cruelty and other organizations, so you won’t always see the bunny on the packaging.
(Click on the company’s name to be directed to their website.)
Harmless House – Online store selling cruelty free brands! Very convenient.
Rain Africa –An amazing South African brand with a wide variety of artisan soaps, luxury bath products, hand & body lotion, body butter, body polish, hand salves, heel balms, body scrubs, insect balms, lip balms, sleep balm, sun burn salve, shampoo and conditioners, hair masks, body and massage oils, foot scrubs, foot soaks, facial moisturizers, belly balm and essential oils.
Hey Gorgeous – Amazing and unique South African range of body polishers, moisture drenching creams, serums, moisturizers, soothing balms and skin masks.
Woolworths Private Label – Bath and body, skincare and stunning cosmetics range.
Beauty Factory – this company is Vegan friendly and offers an extensive range of bath and body products, as well as cosmetics, fragrances and skincare for men and women. They also offer a great price range.
Pure Beginnings – An amazing South African range of organic and ecologically friendly deodorant, toothpaste, shaving cream, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion and insect repellant.
Oh Lief Body Range – A gorgeous South African range consisting of body wax, hand wax, heel balm, lip balm, body lotion, hand wash, hand lotion, body wash and body oil.
Innoxa – Amazing variety of cosmetics, skincare, fragrances, tissue oils and toiletries. They also have a great price range
Charlotte Rhys – Luxury bath products and body care. They also stock a very unique men’s range.
Miöja – beautifully packaged range of repair creams, cleansers, body creams, renewal oils, face masks and lip treatments.
Vanda – A lovely range with a wide variety of skincare products, toiletries, body care, cosmetics, fragrances and health products for both men and women
Oh So Heavenly – Exclusive to Clicks. This is a great budget friendly brand with a lovely range of body washes, body lotions, body butters, body scrubs, fragrances, facial skin care, foam baths, foot care, hand lotions and washes, soap and talc powders.
Esse – Organic Skincare range.
Catrice Cosmetics – This is great budget cosmetics brand that is available at Dischem.
LA Girl – Great budget cosmetics range available at Dischem.
NYX Cosmetics – cosmetics range available at Clicks.
Essence Cosmetics – The range features great budget products, available at Clicks and Dischem. Cosmetics, skin care, nail polish and fragrances.
Inglot – Stunning range of cosmetics available at Edgars.
Like Silk – An affordable, basic skincare range which has always had a strong association to Beauty without Cruelty.
African Organics – Shampoos and conditioners, hair treatment oils, hand lotions, clay wash, body wash and shower gels.
The Victorian Garden – Bath and body, skincare, hair care and fragrances.
Earthsap – Shampoos and conditioners, hand wash, face wash and toner, body wash, toothpaste, deodorant, insect repellant, shaving cream, aftershave balm, foot powder, body scrubs and body lotions for men and women.
Eucerin – (all Beiersdorf products are completely cruelty free) Eczema relief body cream and instant therapy relief, skin calming itch relief lotion, body wash, hand cream, foot cream, skin care, lip balm, shampoo and conditioner.
Hannon – amazing hair care range as well as cosmetics and skin care.
Lee Stafford – Professional haircare available at Clicks.
Ju mè – body washes, body lotions and healing balms.
Satiskin – This comprehensive range consists of a bubble bath, hand wash, hand crèmes and a shower gel range.
Good Stuff – A wide variety of skin care, body care, hair care and natural hair dyes.
Fleur de Vie – Skin care, an extensive range of cosmetics, body products as well as beauty tools
Aloe Ferox – Anti-aging skin care, body lotion, Aloe gel, aftershave gel, facial wash, tissue oil, shampoo and body wash
Harmless House – Online store selling cruelty free brands! Very convenient..
Bennetts Baby Products – Bum cremè, baby wipes, aqueous cream, aqueous bath drops, saline nose drops, soap, sunblock, nipple cream and mosquito repellant.
Rain Baby – body and hair wash, bum balm, aqueous cream, Cornstarch Talc, baby lotion, insect balm, soap
Pure Beginnings Organic Baby Range – Bum cream, baby lotion, baby wash and shampoo, baby wipes, toothpaste, aqueous cream, teething gel, insect repellant and gift sets.
Pure Beginnings Organic Kids Range – Bubble bath, toothpaste, body wash, hand wash and insect repellant.
Soul Naturals – baby massage oil and baby bum balm.
Oh Lief – A gorgeous South African range consisting of baby wax, insect balm, aqueous cream and baby shampoo.
Beauty Factory Kids – Foam baths, hair and body wash, body lotion, and body cream. I find their prices very affordable and this company is Vegan friendly as well.
Oh So Heavenly for Baby – Exclusive to Clicks. This is a great budget friendly brand that currently has two ranges for baby – Original Baby and Sweet Dreams. These ranges contain shampoo, bath wash, bubble bath, massage and bath oil, aqueous cream, body lotion, skin freshener and one of my favourites – bedtime room mist.
Oh So Heavenly for Kids – Exclusive to Clicks. This is a great budget friendly brand that hosts the Pretty Princess Range for kids. The range consists out of mild bubble bath and wand (yes… a fairy wand!), body wash, shimmer lotion, shampoo and conditioner and hair detangling spray.
Eucerin – (all Beiersdorf products are completely cruelty free) Baby Eczema relief therapy cream, Eczema relief body wash and healing ointment.
Aloe Ferox – baby oil, baby shampoo, Aloe gel, baby balm and baby bottom cream.
The Victorian Garden Baby Range – Foaming baby bath oil, cleansing cream, body wash, shampoo, baby massage oil, body lotion, baby powder and nappy cream.
Harmless House – Online store selling cruelty free brands! Very convenient.
Rain Africa – Home fragrances
Woolworths Earth Friendly – household cleaning products
Pick ‘n Pay Green Range – household cleaners
Better Earth – Laundry gel and fabric conditioner, bathroom and toilet cleaner, automatic dishwasher gel, air freshener, cleaning spray, floor cleaner, wooden floor cleane and dishwashing liquid.
Earthsap – A great budget friendly range. Kitchen cleaner, drain maintenance cleaner, window and surface cleaner, household sanitizer, bathroom cleaner, upholstery cleaner, air freshener, all purpose cleaner, dishwasher gel, machine and hand wash laundry powder, machine and hand wash laundry liquid, fabric softener, dishwashing liquid and toilet bowl cleaner.
The Victorian Garden – Home fragrances and linen sprays
Ju mè – room sprays and candles
BAD: Companies that DO test on animals:
Some of these companies refuse to reveal their animal testing policies. These companies should not be considered cruelty-free until they make a clear statement on animal testing. Many of these companies are blatantly lying to their customers through their sales reps and websites regarding their animal testing policies – skin and eye irritation tests must be conducted on animals in order for cosmetic products to be sold in China, which are paid for by manufacturers.
Revlon – They have been paying for tests on animals in order to sell their products in China—and they did not inform PETA or consumers that their policies had changed.
Puig Fragrance House – Includes designer fragrances such as Prada, Valentino, Nina Ricci, Carolina Herrera, Paco Rabanne, Antonio Banderas and Shakira.
Bobbi Brown – On Bobbi Brown’s website list of FAQs, the very first question is “does your company test on animals?” The answer? A firm “no”. “Bobbi Brown is committed to the elimination of animal testing.” Except that this is followed by: “We do not conduct animal testing on our products or ingredients, nor ask others to test on our behalf, except when required by law.” In other words, in order for them to continue marketing their cosmetics line in China, they have to test on animals.
Avon – their reps and websites will tell you otherwise, but after extensive investigating by PETA it has come to light that Avon has been paying for tests on animals in order to sell their products in China—and they did not inform PETA or consumers that their policies had changed.
Colgate-Palmolive – Colgate, Sta-soft, Palmolive and Speed Stick.
M.A.C cosmetics – They have been paying for tests on animals in order to sell their products in China—and they did not inform PETA or consumers that their policies had changed.
Coty – Adidas, Calvin Klein Fragrances, Chloè Fragrances, Beyonce Fragrances, Celine Dion Fragrances, David Beckham Fragrances, Enrique Eglesias Fragrances, ESPRIT Fragrances, Guess Fragrances, Halle Berry Fragrances, Jennifer Lopez Fragrances, Jil Sander Fragrances, Kate Moss Fragrances, Katy Perry Fragrances, Lady Gaga Fragrances, Madonna Fragrances, Roberto Cavalli Fragrances, Vera Wang Fragrances, Balenciaga Fragrances, Marc Jacobs Fragrances, Playboy Fragrances, Rimmel, Sally Hansen and OPI.
Estee Lauder – They have been paying for tests on animals in order to sell their products in China—and they did not inform PETA or consumers that their policies had changed.
Glaxo SmithKline – which makes Aquafresh, Sensodyne, ENO, Zovirax, NiQuitin, Abreva, Scotts and Horlicks.
Johnson & Johnson – Listerine, Acuvue, Clean & Clear, Neutrogena, RoC, Johnson & Johnson Baby range (no more tears, really?) and Band-Aid.
Procter & Gamble – Dolce & Gabbana Fragrances, Dunhill Fragrances, Escada Fragrances, Hugo Boss Fragrances, Lacoste Fragrances, Gilette, Braun, Head & Shoulders, Herbal Essence, Wella, Pantene, Olay, Nice ‘n Easy, Always, Oral B, Vicks, Tampax, Duracell and Pampers.
Reckitts Benckiser – Nurofen, Clearasil, Dettol, Strepsils, BANG, Vanish, Durex, Scholl, Gaviscon, Mortein, Woolite, Veet, Harpic, Calgon, Finish, Lysol, Mucinex and Airwick.
Unilever – OLA, Sunlight, Dove, Knorr, Robertson, Vaseline, Pond’s, Handy Andy, Sunsilk, Lipton, Shield, Sunsilk, Lux, OMO, Motions, Tressemè, Organics, Rama, Skip, Domestos, Joko Tea, Radox, Dawn, Rajah, Fissan, Comfort, AXE, Stork, Lifebuoy, Knorrox, Brut, Surf, Glen Tea, Vim, Pepsodent, Flora, Impulse and Closeup.
The Body Shop – There has been some confusion regarding The Body Shop, and whether they test on animals. The Body Shop has always been very vocal in their anti-testing stance, and many consumers continue to buy their products due to the perceived animal friendliness of the brand. However, it was acquired by L’Oreal in 2006.
L’Oreal is notorious for its extensive animal testing over the years, and outcry followed. Many protesters demanded a boycott of The Body Shop, not because it was testing, but because any money spent on its products is going to a parent company that does test.
Leaping Bunny Program
Paul Mitchell, Badger Balm and Dermalogica products, while not tested by BWC, have been approved by the Leaping Bunny Program, which means that they adhere to international cruelty-free standards. However, they may contain ingredients that are required by law to be tested on animals after a specified cut-off date and are therefore not approved by BWC.
About Beauty Without Cruelty / Beauty Without Cruelty SA
Beauty Without Cruelty is an animal rights organization with a primary objective to educate and inform the public about the exploitation, abuse and suffering of animals and to offer humane non-animal alternatives to replace cruel and harmful lifestyle choices. Through peaceful and lawful means, we expose and oppose all cruelty to animals and will lobby national, provincial and local government in this regard.
Beauty Without Cruelty’s action plan:
Beauty Without Cruelty runs a progressive educational program, aimed at informing people about the suffering of animals and has initiated a number of campaigns, which focus on exposing animal abuse, specifically in the areas of vivisection/cosmetic testing, the exploitation of wildlife and in factory farming. Methods used to draw the public’s attention to these issues also include legal intervention, protests, lobbying central, regional and local government and other peaceful means.
For a full list of products – worldwide – that ARE and ARE NOT tested on animals, take a look at PETA’s website / click here. A more South African focused list of companies not testing on animals can be found on BWCSA’s (Beauty Without Cruelty South Africa) website / click here.
It may not always be easy to find products that haven’t been tested on animals, but only you can decide if you’re comfortable with sacrificing an animal’s wellbeing for your own beauty. The important thing is to make an informed decision. If you want to find out about a company or have any questions, contact me or comment here and I’ll find out what their testing status is.
*Please note, this post is NOT sponsored by anyone – If any of the products listed are not Cruelty Free and have been listed in error, please contact me and we will remove them or motivate my reasoning* Information obtained from PETA, Beauty Without Cruelty, Beauty Without Cruelty South Africa, Leaping Bunny Program, Vida Compassion, Nuffield Bioethics, http://www.navs.org/