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Going 'Cruelty-Free'. Anyone care to join me?

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ILoveMakeUp Sat 14-Sep-13 10:13:02

I love my expensive make-up and skincare, but lately I have been feeling increasingly uneasy about animal testing. A brief look on the Peta website has convinced me that I don't want animals to suffer for my vanity.

So, I have decided to go Cruelty-Free. I am using up the products that I already have, but I will only replace them with cruelty-free products. I am trying to get a list together of companies whose products I like that don't test on animals and have come up with the following so far:

Make-up: Stila
Hair: Aveda
Skincare: ??? (especially looking for something 'high end').

Pannacotta Sat 14-Sep-13 21:37:42

I am pretty sure Stila and Aveda are owned by Estee Lauder which is not cruelty free.
This charity does a good guide to cruelty free products.

I like Faith in nature for hair products and M&S for beauty, Coop, Dri Pak and Astonish for cleaning materials.

ILoveMakeUp Sun 15-Sep-13 04:33:29

No Pannacotta, Stila is not owned by Estee Lauder any more. They sold the brand which then went bankrupt before being rescued by this lady.

ZaraW Sun 15-Sep-13 05:22:33

I started using Stila after MAC started animal testing in China. Have to say their products are fantastic.
Green People, love them fantastic shampoo and conditioners.
Acorelle perfumes
Dr Organic
Dessert Esscence their almond body and hand lotion is fantastic one of the best I've used and reasonabley priced.
A'Kin sandalwood face wash

Luckyone12 Sun 15-Sep-13 05:44:20

Real Techniques brushes - synthetic and totally fab, I much prefer them to my much more expensive MAC brushes.

matilda101 Sun 15-Sep-13 05:59:27

You do realise that all ingredients that go into skin care products have been tested on animals? Lush send questionnaires out to their ingredient suppliers ensuring that the ingredients haven't been tested for cosmetic reasons since a certain date (can't exactly remember when) but it doesn't mean that the ingredients haven't been rested on animals for other reason I.e to check they're not carcinogenic.

ZaraW Sun 15-Sep-13 06:43:37

matilda simply not true. Here is a statement from Green People many other cruelty free companies also follow these guidelines

Green People are and always have been totally opposed to any cruelty to animals. Since starting the Green People in 1997, we have operated to the following principles: -
• We have never carried out or commissioned animal testing of any raw material, cosmetic ingredient or finished product. All Green People products are tested on human volunteers.
• We do not and will not use ingredients that have been made by manufacturers who carry out or commission animal testing of cosmetic ingredients."

CatsWearingTutus Sun 15-Sep-13 06:47:24

Dr Haushka is great high end skincare stuff.

SundaySimmons Sun 15-Sep-13 07:11:49

My daughter is a vegan.

I buy stuff called Good Things frommSainssburys.

Its inexpensive but is also on offer at the moment;GROSESSIONID=S1PfCpcxLHvrC595nZrgk0xkJzYxyttqJ5Zf2p7mLTHhp6y69vy1!1071351926?bmForm=deep_link_groceries_search_javascript&bmFormID=1379225375758&bmUID=1379225375758&screenWidth=768

SundaySimmons Sun 15-Sep-13 07:14:07

Here is a link to the range sold in Sainsburys

SundaySimmons Sun 15-Sep-13 07:16:33

Info on the company

Alice Hart-Davis is behind it.

ZaraW Sun 15-Sep-13 07:29:00

oh and the nice thing about Green People 10% of the profit goes to charity.

matilda101 Sun 15-Sep-13 08:17:23

Zara - re read your statement - it doesn't say they don't use ingredients that have been tested on animals for reasons other than cortical purposes.

For example, silica and zeolites are used in many cosmetics and they have been tested on animals but not got cosmetic purposes. The actual product may not have been tested on animals but the raw materials they use will most certainly have been tested on animals at some point.

matilda101 Sun 15-Sep-13 08:17:50

Cortical? I mean cosmetic.

Pannacotta Sun 15-Sep-13 08:43:37

Re Stila I cant find any info which supports them being cruelty free, they aren't approved by Naturewatch or BUAV, so I remain unconvinced, which is a shame.
I agree Dr Hauchka is a good brand for skin care.

practicality Sun 15-Sep-13 08:53:19

Re BArry M -not all their products are vegan. Some of the lipsticks are not. If you check their website it tells you which are.

ZaraW Sun 15-Sep-13 09:00:29

maltilda I've read it again and don't have an issue with it. Unless of course you can prove otherwise.

it states "We have never carried out or commissioned animal testing of any raw material, cosmetic ingredient or finished product. All Green People products are tested on human volunteers"

Pannacotta Stila is listed under the PETA website that states they do not test on animals.

BookFairy Sun 15-Sep-13 09:07:44

I buy online from Lucy Rose Organic Beauty: A'kin and John Masters hair products and Lavera skin care. Planet Organic is also a good website/shop to check out.

Pannacotta Sun 15-Sep-13 10:31:48

Thanks Zara, but I don't rate the Peta guide, they endorse the Body Shop for example.
I think the UK lists are more trustworthy and seem to have more stringent criteria.

Pannacotta Sun 15-Sep-13 10:35:45

Oh and Tara Smith is a good brand for decent hair care, you can get them at Cult Beauty online or in M&S.

specialsubject Sun 15-Sep-13 12:14:42

all make up ingredients will have been tested on animals at some point, even if it isn't done now. There's no need for new research or products in makeup or 'skincare' - the whole 'industry' is massively wasteful although it does of course provide jobs.

sorry - no such thing as 'no animal testing' for anything. You need to decide which is more important, your slap or your principles.

ZaraW Sun 15-Sep-13 12:36:25

specialsubject what are your sources?

ILoveMakeUp Sun 15-Sep-13 16:45:15

On Stila's website, they have a little earth symbol with 'Cruelty-free & Eco-friendly' here in the bottom right hand corner. I take this as meaning they don't test on animals?

BTW, am so pleased REN are cruelty-free, I love their products.

matilda101 Sun 15-Sep-13 17:08:43

Zara - special subject is correct ALL types of raw materials will have been tested on animals in the past.

This following statement just states that they haven't carried out or commissioned animal testing; it doesn't mean that animal testing hasn't been carried out by the ingredients manufacturer for other reasons.
"We have never carried out or commissioned animal testing of any raw material, cosmetic ingredient or finished product. All Green People products are tested on human volunteers"

ILoveMakeUp Mon 16-Sep-13 03:01:53

The point is, that we cannot do anything about raw materials that were tested on animals in the past. All we can do is use products that are not tested on animals, historically or currently.

ZaraW Mon 16-Sep-13 05:26:56

Green People have been operating for 16 years without testing their products/ingredients on animals I am happy with that. As ILoveMakeUp states there is nothing we can do about the past.

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