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Beauty Can Be Cruelty Free

Beauty does not need to be cruel

Brands matter when it comes to beauty products, and women typically have their favorites. A growing number of popular cosmetics are not being tested on animals and do not contain animal products, proving that beauty can be cruelty free.

Beauty doesn’t have to hurt

Beauty can hurt—plucking your eyebrows, shaving your legs, and getting a bikini wax—but the cosmetics and other beauty products you choose can also hurt in a way you may not realize. Every year, millions of animals are maimed, poisoned, and killed by cosmetics companies during product testing in the name of beauty.

Such testing is unnecessary, as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require animal testing for cosmetics. Companies can also choose from a variety of alternative testing methods, and many of these firms have already made the switch and stopped testing in animals completely.

Another form of cruelty in cosmetics is the use of animal as beauty product ingredients. Therefore in addition to not testing on animals, a growing number of companies make products that do not contain animal products.

Celebrities and noncelebs choose cruelty free cosmetics
A recent article in Independent Woman noted that cruelty free beauty products (also referred to as vegan beauty products) are a “booming market,” thanks in part to celebrities who choose to support vegan products, including actresses Lea Michele (from "Glee") and Natalie Portman and model Petra Nemcova.

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Former model Christopher Drummond has a mostly vegan makeup line that has attracted celebrities such as actresses Hayden Panettiere and Anna Kendrick, and singer-songwriters Faith Evans and Erykah Badu.

Actresses Emma Stone and Olivia Wilde (“House”) partnered with Revlon, a cosmetic company that permanently banned all product testing on animals. Both women were recognized in August 2011 by PETA for helping to promote cruelty-free cosmetics.

Who makes cruelty free cosmetics?
Fortunately, hundreds of companies have cruelty free beauty products as well as cosmetics that do not contain animal byproducts such as beeswax, collagen, lanolin, and lactic acid. Naturally all of them cannot be listed here, but you can check databases for companies that have gone the cruelty free route or those that still test their products on animals on several websites, including

To get you started, in addition to Revlon, here are a few other cosmetic manufacturers that have gone cruelty free. This list does not in any way endorse these companies, and there are hundreds more like them.

  • Arbonne International
  • Aveda (Estee Lauder)
  • Beauty Without Cruelty
  • Devita Natural Skin Care
  • Dr. Hauschka
  • Earth Diva Cosmetics
  • Merle Norman
  • Physicians Formula
  • Shaklee Corporation
  • The Body Shop (L’Oreal)

Women (and men) can be celebrities when they choose cosmetics and other beauty products that have not been tested on animals and that do not contain animal byproducts. Beauty is more than skin deep: Beauty can be cruelty free.

Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics
Independent Woman
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

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