I don’t usually talk about the brands that are NOT cruelty free, because there are so many good brands that ARE!
Brands’ cruelty free statuses change all the time (so check this cruelty free beauty list for current updates). But I wanted to mention some of the brands that I avoid and it makes me sad. Some of them test on animals outright, but many do it because they want to sell in countries that REQUIRE animal testing (like China). They usually say things about testing, “only when required by law.” This is a PR spin, because basically, no one is forcing them to sell in China. It’s all about the money baby.
(Date: this list is as of July 31, 2014 and subject to change): So here’s my list of brands that I want to buy, and as soon as they stop animal testing, selling in China, or working with suppliers who test on animals, I’d love to buy them again. Until then – no deal!
Please note – if I am wrong about any of these and you have proof, please let me know. To the best of my knowledge and research, these are brands that are currently involved in animal testing in some form or fashion.
Brands that Test on Animals:
- Cover Girl
- Sally Hansen
- Oil of Olay
- Makeup Forever
- Bumble & Bumble
- Amazing Makeup
- Bobbi Brown
- Fusion Beauty
- Jo Malone
- La Mer
- Donna Karen
- Yves Rocher
- Sephora’s House Collection (NOT including Tokidoki, Kat Von D, etc.)
- Anything from Proctor & Gamble
- Anything form Estee Lauder
There are plenty more animal testers – this is just a sampling. Check here for a list of brands that ARE cruelty free. Also check out the gold standard of cruelty free beauty – Leaping Bunny for a list of brands that have been audited and approved.
One way to check which brands are selling in mainland China (Hong Kong is safe), is to look up Sephora China and then have Google translate the page (if you don’t speak Chinese!). Here’s a link to a list of brands sold in Sephora China stores. Let me point out that Sephora carries many cruelty free brands. I don’t stay away from stores like Sephora and ULTA that carry multiple brands, but I do avoid the brands that are involved in animal testing.