Despite fairly strict UK laws about animal testing, it still does go on. I will hold my hands up and admit that five years ago, I was naive and thought that all the products I was buying were free from testing on animals.

I was really really wrong and what shocked me the most was the fact I had about 5% of products in my house that were cruelty-free.

It doesn’t take a genius to know that using animals for cruel and unnecessary cosmetics tests is unjustifiable.

Mayim Bialik, Actor

I went on a mission to research and educate myself on what I was buying and how certain companies get away with saying they don’t test on animals.

Quick lesson:

The “company” might not test the “product” on animals but the “ingredients” they use (most likely tested by a labs such as P&G who have licening deals with China) have been tested on animals.

So it’s the ingredients that have been tested that the company buys – remember that.

The reason behind it? Because those companies want to sell to the Chinese market. By law, China require all there products to be tested on animals. Nice hey?

It’s an exercise in futility and a heartbreaking waste of an animals life. They don’t have the same genetics as us, it’s just because the labs make money from these cruel and vile tests.

But there is hope. You can make better choices thanks to amazing brands that don’t want to be involved in this activity and that have stood their ground and haven’t been greedy. Although one make-up brand did turn it’s back on being cruelty-free which was really damaging to their brand for supporters.

When I started to replace all the cosmetics and household products, I did this in batches and over time. Starting with household, I just simply replaced products that we were finished with in my weekly shops.  It really was that simple. It’s just about knowing who to choose and with the three main brands (Method, ECover & Astonish) that have zero involvement on the testing of animals, they have made it easier to make switches and now so many supermarkets have their own brands that are cruelty-free making it even more accessible.

I am so pleased to support Cruelty Free International and be part of the global campaign to end cosmetics tests on animals.

Peter Dinklage, Actor 

Quick top tip: If you see the leaping bunny (Cruelty-Free International) then it’s definitley safe. But always check with the brand as they might not be Leaping Bunny Assured but are still cruelty-free.

Hop over to Cruelty Free Internation’s sute and check out the search products section where you can search brands and it will tell you if they are cruelty free or not. You’ll be surprised with what you have that’s not qualified as cruelty-free.

I often shop at the following places that sell cruelty-free cosmetics and household items so it’s easy to make switches and as more and more brands realise this the better.

Household:

Co-op – I personally buy the dishwasher cleaning range from here

ECover – excellent laundry products and not that expensive I mix between ECover and Astonish.

Method – All my handwashes, washing up liquid and cleaning products are Method.

Marks and Spencer – great for make-up, skin care, fragrance and bath bubbles. I haven’t tried out any cleaning from here as yet asI always buy Method or Waitrose.

Waitrose – I do 80% of my food shops online and Waitrose own brand are leaping bunny – I buy their bleach and various other items like wipes and cleaning products.

Astonish – dishwasher tablets and laundry care and really great value for money.

Superdrug – I have bought baby wipes, facial wipes and make-up.

They all have a huge range, I am just merley stating what I like to buy from each one and again, there are other shops I personally prefer these brands.

Cosmetics:

There are so many brands that don’t test on animals or buy ingredients tested on animals and here are just a few that I use:

Wunder2

Green People

Barefaced Beauty

Superdrug

Marks and Spencer

Kat Von D

Lush

CID (Paul Mitchell)

Barry M

Bare Minerals (however they have a parent company that do test on animals)

The Body Shop (same as above, owned by L’oreal who test on animals)

PETA UK have a list of companies on their site as does Cruelty-Free International. It’s easy to switch and it’s easy to check.

I had to stop using some of my favourite products and brands this past few years and honestly, there’s only one brand I miss and that’s a perfume brand but I have found so many other wonderful fragrances since. Knowing what they do to animals in order to sell these products was enough for me to stop using unethical cosmetics, skincare, househld products and perfumes.

But just because I have stopped doesn’t mean I can’t still talk about it. It’s a cause close to my heart, I have made some amazing lifestyle changes this past five years which have enriched my life.

I’ll be posting about toiletries in my next post.

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