Okay ladies, we all know the list of cruelty free make up brands that have been circulating around social media for some time now. For those who are unaware, what has failed to happen to this list is the very important update on which brands have now switched to animal testing for their first time in company history, or have resorted back to animal testing, to be able to sell their products in China who has made animal testing for products to be sold mandatory by law. Only a select few who have chosen to sell in China are using it as a chance to try and introduce alternative styles of testing to China.
Estée Lauder is a widely known company who many do not know, owns many other widely known company brands. Under China’s animal testing law, Estée Lauder decided to make their brands under them begin testing to be able to sell in China; excluding Smashbox, Aveda, and Sean John. The brands under Estée Lauder are:
- AERIN, Aramis
- Bobbi Brown, Bumble and bumble
- Darphin, Donna Karan New York, DKNY
- Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle, Ermenegildo Zegna, Estée Lauder
- Jo Malone London
- La Mer, Lab Series, Le Labo
- M•A•C, Marni, Michael Kors
- RODIN olio lusso
- Tom Ford, Tommy Hilfiger and Tory Burch.
Along with Estée Lauder brands, a few other well known and loved brands that test are:
- L’Oreal and select brands owned by L’Oreal
- excluding: Urban Decay, The Body Shop, NYX, and PureOlogy
- Mary Kay (Working to introduce alternative testing in China)
- Olay (Working to introduce alternative testing in China)
- Victoria’s Secret Brands
These are companies that do their own testing, but let it be known as well that there are companies who do not test, but buy and work with other companies who do test. These are called third-party testers. Because of third-party testers, some companies do not have to claim animal testing even though resources that go into their products are indeed being tested on animals before they receive the resources.
Now for the good stuff! I have a few select resources I love to use when trying to find out who tests and who does not.
My favorite website that I use most often is mybeautybunny. They not only list out cruelty free brands, but also have a lifestyle, cosmetic, and fashion blogs as well. They do reviews on cruelty free products all the time and regularly update their cruelty free lists. You can subscribe to the website for email updates. For those who look for vegan only products, they do have a vegan section as well that can be found here.
For those who also want something convenient for when you’re out and about, I use an amazing app on my phone. Bunny Free is an app that you can use to search who is and is not cruelty free. You can simply search by the name, or if you’re in the store you can also scan the bar-code on your product and any information that is known about their testing policies will show up along with any other available information about the company. All their information is from the data published by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). They are not confined just to make up brands, but also any other beauty brands and known brands for household products as well. It is regularly updated as well.
These are not the only good resources out there, but they are my personal favorites. So do a little bit of research into what’s going on with your products and help save a bunny and all other animals that are tested on!