Marisa Robinson Beauty goes Cruelty-Free in 2018
Beauty doesn't have to come at a cost. When I say this I don’t just mean a price tag but rather the cost of an animals life. If you’re a regular on my instagram you’ll know I recently adopted a new kitten (if you haven't check out my Bear story archive in my IG bio, he's too cute). I’ve been an animal lover my whole life and grown up with a range of pets from dogs and cats to donkeys and goats. The thought of innocent animals being tested on and forced into small cages for the sake of beauty has been playing a lot on my mind lately and it doesn’t sit well with me. We have prisons full of murderers and paedophiles, can't we just test on them? I’m not sure why it’s taken me this long to make a change but as of January 1, 2018 I will only be using products which are cruelty free and NOT tested on animals.
WHAT IS CRUELTY FREE?
Now there can be some confusion as to what is considered cruelty free but to clarify:
If a product is not tested on an animal at any point in production (ingredients and final product) then it is cruelty free.
If there is no animal testing by their suppliers of raw materials it is cruelty free.
If there is no animal testing performed by any third party on behalf of the company then it is cruelty free.
If the product is not sold in mainland China or any other country where animal testing is required by law then it is cruelty free.
Most brands are proud to boast their Cruelty Free status and will display a leaping bunny logo or cruelty free icon on their packaging.
As I researched which brands are cruelty free I was also faced with another dilemma.: while a brand can be cruelty free they may be owned by a parent company who isn't. For example, while Too Faced Cosmetics is cruelty free as a brand they are now a part of the Estée Lauder group who unfortunately aren't cruelty free because their animal testing policy is not to test on animals unless required by law. Because M.A.C. Estée Lauder and Bobbi Brown is sold in China, where animal testing is required by law, they aren't cruelty-free companies. I had a really long thing about this and there is a lot of controversy because at the end of the day even if you're supporting a cruelty free brand, the money is filtering through to the parent company. At this stage in my cruelty free journey I will continue to use these brands which I have listed below for your reference.
BUT WHAT DID YOU DO WITH ALL THE NON CRUELTY FREE PRODUCTS?
I have just undertaken a complete clean out of my beauty room and bathroom, separating products which are tested on animals and products that aren't. It made me sad that some of my favourite brands haven't made this ethical change and while some of my favourite products fell into this category I had to part with them (bye bye NARS). Don't worry these products won't be going straight to landfill and have been donated to local charities or to women in need.
HOW DO I KNOW WHICH BEAUTY BRANDS ARE/AREN'T CRUELTY FREE?
To help you (and me) I have shortlisted some brands below and put them into the following categories: Cruelty Free Beauty Brands, Cruelty Free Beauty Brands with Non Cruelty Free Parent Company and Non Cruelty Free Beauty Brands.
CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY BRANDS
Anastasia Beverly Hills
Australian Natural Soap Company
Colour by TBN
Dose of Colours
Dusk by Adele
Eye of Horus
First Aid Beauty
Gilded Cage Beauty
Go To Skincare
House of Lashes
Jeffree Star Cosmetics
Kat Von D
Marc Jacobs Beauty (note that Marc Fragrances ARE NOT cruelty free)
Nick Chavez Beverly Hills
NIP + FAB
Nude by Nature
Salt by Hendrix
Say It With Polish
Smith and Cult
The Beauty Chef
The Jojoba Co
Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics
Youth To The People
CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY BRANDS (NON CRUELTY FREE PARENT COMPANY)
Aveda (owned by Estée Lauder)
Bareminerals (owned by Shiseido)
Becca (owned by Estée Lauder)
Buxom (owned by Shiseido)
Dermalogica (owned by Unilever)
Hourglass (owned by Unilever)
IT Cosmetics (owned by L'Oreal)
Kate Somerville (owned by Unilever)
Murad (owned by Unilever)
NYX Cosmetics (owned by L'Oreal)
OGX (owned by Johnson & Johnson)
REN (owned by Unilever)
Smashbox (owned by Estée Lauder)
Tarte Cosmetics (owned by Kose)
The Body Shop (owned by Natura Cosmetics - unclear whether they are completely cruelty free)
Too Faced (owned by Estée Lauder)
Urban Decay (owned by L'Oreal)
NON CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY BRANDS
Bio Oil (sells in China)
Clean & Clear
Dolce & Gabbana
For Beloved One
Fresh (sells in China)
Good Skin Labs
Head and Shoulders
Johnson & Johnson
La Roche Posay
Make Up For Ever
Maison Margiela Fragrances
Marc Jacobs Fragrances
Nu Skin International
Peter Thomas Roth
Philosophy (tests on animals when required by law, ie China)
Yves Saint Laurent
CRUELTY FREE RESOURCES
I have been doing hours of research on cruelty free beauty and I definitely have to give a shout out to these sites who have helped educate me along the way. They have some amazing cruelty free shopping guides not just for cosmetics but for household products too.
Leaping Bunny Program
Choose Cruelty Free
A lifestyle change I have made in conjunction with this is to become a pescatarian (when someone only eats fish or seafood, not meat). Some may think I’m a hypocrite for not becoming completely vegan or vegetarian, and perhaps down the track that will change, but by making this change now not only will I be protecting innocent animals from being slaughtered but I am making significant changes to improve my overall health and lifestyle.
WHAT CAN I DO?
In a perfect world we would boycott the brands who still animal testing by not buying their products and then they would be forced to change. But because we aren't in a perfect world I would encourage you to become familiar with the brands above and what category they sit under. If you're not sure if you are ready for this change take baby steps and try to incorporate cruelty free brands into your collection or replace products you finish with a cruelty free alternative. A quick Google search will show a tonne of cruelty free dupes which are just as good, if not better than products tested on animals.
There is also a misconception that going cruelty free is not an affordable option. This is definitely not the case and as you can see from the brands above, which range from drug store to high end, there is an option to suit every budget.
What are your thoughts about Cruelty Free beauty? Would you make this change to save the lives of innocent animals? Do you only use cruelty free brands/products? Let me know some of your favourites down below so I can check them out.
*This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions expressed are honest and my own.