If you knew that the beauty products you use were tested on animals,
would you continue to use them? Sadly, there are many companies that do
use animal testing for their beauty products, and labels can be
Concerned? Keep reading to find out how to tell a cruelty-free
product from one that isn’t, and a list of companies that don’t test any
of their beauty products on animals.
Labels are Often Misleading
When shopping for beauty products, you will undoubtedly run into
claims on a product label that may lead you to believe that product
hasn’t been tested on animals. Unfortunately, some of these labels are
often quite misleading.
For example, a product may have a label that states “Final Product
Not Tested on Animals.” True, the final product wasn’t tested on
animals, but the ingredients in the product most likely were. See what I
mean when I say labels can be misleading?
How to Tell if a Product Hasn’t Been Tested on Animals
If you are concerned about the beauty products you use, there are a few ways to tell whether a product has been tested on animals.
PETA’S new cruelty-free logo (shown, right) often appears on products
whose companies have pledged to stop animal testing. If you see this
logo, that’s an excellent indication that you are buying a cruelty-free
To avoid supporting animal testing and the companies who engage in these practices, Caring Consumer has compiled a list
of companies who have pledged they do not test their products on
animals; Almay, Aveda, Clinique, and many more made the list. The
website also has a list of companies that still use animal testing.
For those of us who would like to buy beauty products that are cruelty-free,
it’s good to know which companies hold to those standards and which do
The Bottom Line
Because there are no specific laws that regulate the use of the term
“cruelty-free,” it can often be difficult to know whether the beauty
products we are buying are actually free from animal suffering.
Fortunately, more companies are making the switch to alternative methods
of product testing; that, coupled with PETA’s cruelty-free logo and
informed decision-making, can help reassure you that you’re buying
cruelty-free beauty products.