To address the mouse in the house, literally and figuratively, let’s exchange views and learn better about practices of consuming animal-derived ingredients or by-products in manufacturing cosmetics and testing the said makeup samples on animals.
To get a clearer picture, it is mandatory to know what is meant by vegan and cruelty-free. ‘Vegan’ products are free from any animal-derived ingredients or by-products such as beeswax, lanolin, whey and carmine. While ‘cruelty-free’ makeup brands guarantee no testing of products on animals.
If we dig deeper into this issue, cosmetic products can and cannot be both vegan and cruelty-free or one but not the other. Not only makeup brands but skincare and hair-care lines, hygiene/household products and even medicines have adopted these standards, which ensure that using their manufacture will not encumber consumer conscience!
List of vegan brands
Here are a few brands that vouch for 100% absence of an animal origin in composition of cosmetics:
- Cover FX
- Kat Von D Beauty
- B. Beauty
- Jeffree Star Cosmetics
- Eco Tools
- Modern Minerals
- Milk Makeup
List of cruelty free brands
It is a sad reality that even most sought after makeup companies are still involved in animal testing. Below are some names which produce cruelty-free:
- E.L.F. Cosmetics
- Real Techniques
- Wet and Wild
- The Body Shop
- Sleek Makeup
- Too Faced
- Bare Minerals
List of brands that are cruelty free and vegan
- Arctic Fox
- Beauty without Cruelty
- Lime Crime
- Concrete Minerals
- Beauty Blender
- Blush away
- Nature’s Gate
Things have started to work out, with a faster pace, for the endangered animal species as beauty industry is discovering advanced methodologies to create eco-conscious, organic merchandise without having to keep wildlife at stake.
With the expanding customer recognition and knowledge of harmful, animal derived ingredients; even incumbent brands have chosen to start new lines that have ”cruelty free and vegan” label.
For many years animal-testing was the only method that assured consumer and manufacturers that the product to be used is a safe one. Since animal skin especially of rabbits has a similar biochemical structure to that of humans.
Also, researchers claim human physiology to be a complicated one and animal skin was their closest option. These reasons were why animal free testing was out of the question. But thanks to advancements in biological studies, new techniques, only a handful for time being, are emerging for a cruelty free lifestyle:
Although the matter at hand is still under global discussion with the beauty industry; new brands are being launched, which primarily focus on the “vegan and cruelty free” concept. The increasing awareness of consumers along with governmental bans and penalties has forced cosmetic companies to adapt obediently.
- In vitro testing requires human cells culture as a testing piece. Laboratories easily grow human epidermal cells which will also give accurate results.
- Human volunteers can replace animals at advanced stages of the process.
- Microdosing- a technique that involves administering a very small amount of the product in human skin to observe how it reacts and what is the level of toxicity.
It is our ethical responsibility to save endangered animals to restore our ecosystem. For that vegan and cruelty free trends must be encouraged.
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