According to the Humane Society of the United States, animal testing for beauty products is still legal in 80 percent of countries and is actually a legal requirement in China. Many countries and companies are trying to put an end to this practice that can leave animals blinded, poisoned or even dead.
As part of a new campaign, the organization has teamed up with “Chicago Med” actress Torrey DeVitto to get people to join the “Be Cruelty-Free” movement and end animal testing for cosmetics. In a new video, DeVitto can be seen with her dog Beau, urging consumers to “Buy cruelty-free, because there’s no beauty in animal testing.”
The Humane Society states that the United States is “leading efforts to support the Humane Cosmetics Act that will phase-out animal testing and prohibit the import of animal-tested cosmetics.” Although there are still companies that test on animals, there are now over 600 companies around the world that are recognized as cruelty-free. Check out our list of some of the more popular beauty product companies that don’t test on animals:
The fresh, handmade cosmetics company has a very strict no-animal testing policy and does not purchase raw materials “from any company that tests anything on any animals for any purpose.” The company also conducts an annual non-animal testing review of all its suppliers.
NYX is recognized by PETA as a cruelty-free brand and states their products are “100 percent cruelty-free.”
The cruelty-free brand is also committed to ending animal testing. Besides not testing on animals, Urban Decay also makes sure others do not test on animals on its behalf. The company also offers vegan products that do not contain any animal-derived ingredients.
While Smashbox is cruelty-free, its parent company, Estee Lauder, still sells products in countries that require animal testing, such as China. Although Smashbox is no longer sold in any country that requires animal testing, it can be difficult for some to label the company completely cruelty-free due to its ties to Estee Lauder.
John Paul Mitchell Systems
The hair care products company pulled out of China in 2012 as a way to not have to test its products on animals. The company became the first to stop selling in China as a way to prevent animal testing.
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
Like Urban Decay, OCC takes its cruelty-free policy one step further by ensuring the company never uses animal-derived ingredients which includes beeswax and carmine.
High-end brands aren’t the only companies fighting to end animal testing. Bargain brand e.l.f., which can be found at Wal-Greens or Target, is also cruelty-free. Aside from not testing on animals, e.l.f. also ensures that its ingredients are vegan-friendly and claims its brushes in its essential line are made from “cut natural horse hair.”
Wet n Wild
Another drugstore makeup brand, Wet N Wild claims it has never and will never test on animals. Wet n Wild also strives to work with cruelty-free, third-party vendors. While not all of its products are vegan, the company does have a lengthy list of products that are.
Kiss My Face
Known for its skin care products, Kiss My Face does not test on animals and doesn’t use ingredients that were tested on animals.
Like Paul Mitchell, the hair care products company does not test on animals.
All of Avalon Organics products are cruelty-free as the company does not test products or ingredients on animals. The company also makes sure that its suppliers meet its same criteria for animal testing.
For a complete list of companies that are cruelty-free, head here.