A while ago I did another round of ‘Kondo’ in my house and discarded a lot of make-up made by brands I knew tested on animals. I also replaced the make-up that I had with vegan make-up.
In this post I want to zoom in a bit more in the use of ‘beauty products’ that I use and if these brands are vegan or not. First of all I’m gonna focus on animal testing, because that is where I want to start. After that I’ll get into vegan products a bit more.
Animal tested-products can come in different shapes and sizes and from what I learned this has a lot to do with laws and regulations in different country’s.
Laws in Europe
The European Commission has put a ban on animal testing for cosmetic purposes, the ban states that it’s no longer allowed to(1):
- Test on animals, not only on the product, but also on the ingredients.
- Marketing ban, products that where tested (or the ingredients) can no longer be marketed in the EU.
On the website you can find a lot more information about the ban and alternative testing methods. Although this is great, this can only apply to the European marked. But some country’s, like China, still demand that products are tested on animals before they can be sold on the Chinese market.
If you wan to know if the products you use are being tested on animals, check out the list on the site of PETA. Although I don’t always agree on the way they write on the site, they offer a great database on these kinds of information. Very useful!!
Animal products in cosmetics
Cosmetics, this ranges from anything from make-up to shampoo and hair dye. Again, PETA has made a list of products that can be found in cosmetics that are being made of animal, you can find the list here. Some stuff is pretty obvious, like honey and animals fats. But some ingredients just sound artificial so I wouldn’t expect them to be made from animals.
How to find vegan products?
Again, PETA has one of the answers for you. They have a app called Bunny Free, it let’s you scan products and it will tell you if it’s tested on animals or not. I haven’t tried it in the Netherlands yet, so I’m not sure if it works. You can get it for your Android or iPhone.
Problem here is, how far are you willing to take it? I mean L’Oreal has a product line called Ever Pure, which is vegan, but the brand itself isn’t know as a cruelty free company. Even a brand like Lush, who claims to use natural ingredients for their products isn’t a 100% vegan. For me, I’m just happy with a products that isn’t being tested on animals. If I wanted to be sure that nothing I use would have been produced by a company that tests on animals or used animal ingredients I would probably choose to make everything myself. And how much I would like to, I’m just to lazy for it, or in better words, I don’t want to put in the effort because it’s not important enough.
What I’ve learned from my research is that a lot of ‘store brands’ are vegan! These are the products that are being sold under the name of the store. So that means you can get animal/vegan-friendly products for a wallet friendly price! For instance I found this amazing shower gel from a brand called Treaclemoon in my local supermarket. For about 5 euro’s I get about 500 ml of soapy goodness with the added bonus of it being vegan! (tip: My coconut island).
If I look at the products I use I can say I’m sort of on the right track. I don’t use a lot of products, I’m pretty basis in that matter.
- Make-up, I use vegan producs now
- Shower Gel, I use vegan producs now
- Hair dye
- Cleaners, Using vegan producs
I still want to find replacement products for the other items I use, but I actually find it difficult to find something. Most of the products I use I use because they don’t contain products I react to. For instance, I tried using a facial cream from Lush, but I had a major breakout of eczema after that because it contained something I couldn’t use. So I’m a bit hesitant to replace products that have a large impact on my face. I don’t want to walk around with red spots and flakey skin. Stuff that I think will be most difficult to find a vegan version of will be hair dye. A natural option is Henna, but it’s horrible to get out and it doesn’t seem to work well with gray hair (I don’t want a carrot on my head). I feel like I’m just making excuses for myself, but I really find this a difficult choice. Which I feel it shoudn’t be…
I think I’m going to approach this the same way as I did on becoming a vegan. I’m going to take the vegetarian approach first, which mean I’m going cruelty free first, so no more brands that test on animals or that use ingredients that are being tested on animals. I think going to be drastic and go full vegan overnight will be hard. Not because I don’t want to, but because finding affordable vegan products isn’t easy.