August 16, 2016
Be kind. Be beautiful.
Creating a cruelty-free cosmetics bag is easier than you think
Beauty products should do more than just help you look good—they should help you feel good, too. That comes from knowing your products and their ingredients haven’t been tested on animals.
It’s never been easier to find animal-friendly products, with more than 600 cruelty-free cosmetics companies in North America, says Vicki Katrinak of the HSUS Be Cruelty-Free campaign. You’ll find them at a variety of different price points and on the shelves of your favorite retailers, as well as online at places such as Amazon and drugstore.com.
“Ending the use of animals to test cosmetic products like shampoo and lotion ultimately rests with consumers,” Katrinak says. “By only purchasing from companies that are committed to no animal testing, you are sending a message to companies about what is important to you.”
While it might take some extra effort, Lisa Bronner, of Dr. Bronner’s cosmetics, which her grandfather founded, says it’s worth it to do what’s best for animals. As part of the Leaping Bunny certification program, Dr. Bronner’s does not test its products, formulas or ingredients on animals; refuses to sell in China, where animal testing is required; and welcomes independent audits to ensure it sticks to its word. Katrinak says these rigorous standards are why the Leaping Bunny logo is repeatedly rated the most meaningful cruelty-free logo.
Big business is slowly realizing that the humane model attracts consumers, and Bronner is proud to be among those leading the way. “There are other ways to do things,” she says. “It’s really not the way it has to be. There’s always a good way to do things. We hope to set a trend and blaze a trail that other companies can follow behind us.”
Because, after all, no one should have to suffer for beauty.
To help you feel beautiful both inside and out, here are just a few of the Leaping Bunny-approved products on the market. Wonder if your favorites are cruelty-free? Look them up at LeapingBunny.org.