Shopping Without Cruelty: What You Need to Know

If you are purchasing makeup, determine whether or not animals were involved in the testing process. Make it a priority to help those animals that are being used for this purpose.


Do you want to do your part as a consumer? You can help animals that are a part of the testing process. There are five ways you get involved.

1. Use Leaping Bunny to determine which products do not engage in animal testing.

Leaping Bunny provides a great guide for consumers as it reviews all the cruelty-free brands. There are a number of companies included on the list, across several different categories, and all of them are recognized for their cruelty-free tactics. As you are shopping, look for the Leaping Bunny logo; if you see it, you know that the product is kind to animals and you can feel good about purchasing it.

2. Do your research.

If you want to make a purchase from a brand that is not on the Leaping Bunny guide, talk to the company directly. Find out if animals are used during any stage of the testing process. In addition, find out if the products are available in China; China has a requirement that all cosmetics be tested on animals.

We have done some of the leg work and found the top brands currently in USA, UK and Canada that sell cruelty-free beauty products.


3. Talk to businesses about the CCIC.

If there is a brand that you are interested in purchasing from, talk to them about the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics ( Request that they join so they can get their product designated as being cruelty-free. Look at the company’s website if you are having trouble finding contact information.

4. Get your legislators on board.

Talk to your representatives about working with The Humane Cosmetics Act.

5. Broadcast your support.

There are bags, stickers, stamps and a number of other products that promote getting rid of animal testing on cosmetics. Buy some of it. The proceeds will help the cause you care about.