Using makeup to enhance the face is a practice that can be traced back to the Egyptians; but I’m guessing they didn’t test their cosmetics on the cats! Actually, what they used would probably have been pretty toxic (copper and lead ore), but that’s another story. In this modern society, there really is no need for new products to be tested on animals – in fact, when you think of all the products out there you could argue that there’s no need for any new products, period. Luckily, people are catching on to alternative products that are cruelty free – whether you are looking for designer products or cruelty free drugstore makeup, you should be able to find something that works for you. If you want to see how your own go-to products rate, check out the brands on the PETA or Leaping Bunny websites (see Organizations page for links).
This list will be updated regularly, and I would love for you to let me know of cruelty free makeup that you have tried and loved so that we can share the word. I believe that when most people find out that their beauty products are animal tested they will look elsewhere – if enough people do that we can convince the big brands to change their policies. Ever the optimist!
Oh, and I will rate products in terms of cost too:
- $ = what you would expect to pay for a major brand found in most supermarkets
- $$ = a little higher quality – possibly a salon brand that is not available everywhere
- $$$ = designer, more expensive brand.