ANIMAL TESTING. It’s still happening, and it’s incredibly common.
In our fast-paced world, because of our constant demand for new things, better things, cheaper things, these sort of issues fade into the background. They don’t receive much media attention, so a lot of people aren’t aware of them. It was actually only a few months ago that I realised a lot of the brands I used to buy and use test on animals.
Animal-testing is an issue I’m really passionate about now, because I can’t understand why animals have to be tortured just so our faces and bodies can ‘look nicer’. Chemicals are shoved down their throat, rubbed onto their shaved skin and dripped into their eyes. These animals either die during these tests, or are killed afterwards. There’s so many different brands out there that don’t test on animals, it’s hard to believe it’s still happening.
Below, I’ve compiled a list of just some of the ethical brands available, with a few tips on where to find them, and which ones to steer clear of.
BRANDS TO AVOID:
Notably, most (if not all) of the ‘avoid’ brands will look familiar to you; that’s because they’re the big ones, the ones found in supermarkets and chemists with huge shelves stocked to the ceiling. In order to actually avoid them, you have to look elsewhere, which deters a lot of people. But it’s easier than you think!
WHERE TO FIND ETHICAL BRANDS:
Lush and The Body Shop are chain stores, and can be found at most large shopping complexes. Sukin, an all natural/organic skincare company (and my personal go-to brand), can be found in most big brand chemists and pharmacies, and I’ve seen Grown Alchemist (expensive, but oh so luxurious) and Chi Chi at Myer. Wet ‘n’ wild, Urban Decay, Nars, e.l.f., NYX, Burt’s Bees, Smashbox – these are around as well (think Target, Myer, Kmart, Priceline, Glossier, etc.)
Online shopping is another option. Spend a little time in brick-and-mortar stores, try a few products, get a feel for the different colours and types that work best for you, and then find them online. There’s nearly always an ethical alternative to your setting powder by L’oreal, or waterproof mascara by Maybelline. For skincare, online reviews are invaluable to help you find the best products. (but again – just look for Sukin. Unbeatable.)
And finally, if you’re stranded in the middle of My Chemist Warehouse or Priceline, in desperate need of that lipstick you just ran out of, or that blush you simply can’t find anywhere else – look for products with the little bunny sticker:
BRANDS AGAINST ANIMAL TESTING:
Please note: some of these brands may not be vegan.
A’kin and Al’chemy
Beauty by nature
Beauty without cruelty
Face of Australia
Oh Deer Sugar
Soap and Glory
The Body Shop**
Wet ‘n’ wild
( ** – these brands do not test on animals, but their parent companies do. )