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August 26, 2017 By

Cosmetics with a Conscience: Tips for Going Cruelty Free

I want to feel good about what I put on my face, which is why I’m putting more thought into using products that are cruelty-free. Going cruelty-free however, is about more than just the cute bunny label. Here are some tips for making the transition:

1. Feel out the law of the land

Keep in mind, different countries have different animal testing laws. Since 2013, any cosmetics marketed in the European Union are free of animal testing and so are the ingredients. That’s the law and that’s why all Catrice products made and marketed in the EU and globally, are cruelty-free. Unfortunately in the United States there is no such ban, but the Humane Cosmetics Act was reintroduced just this June with bipartisan support.

2. Understand the different designations

Cruelty free is different from vegan, and not all brands use the bunny label. While cruelty-free cosmetics are manufactured or developed by methods that do not involve experimentation on animals, vegan cosmetics don’t contain anything that comes from an animal or is produced by an animal. Though a product may be cruelty-free it could still contain animal products. Conversely, a vegan product may not be cruelty-free.

Confused yet? Check this out: you can’t always bank on product packaging to tell you whether or not a product is cruelty-free. European-based brands like Catrice don’t include cruelty-free labels because it is assumed in the EU that their products are cruelty-free. If you want an exhaustive list of brands check out sites like Cruelty-Free Kitty.

3. Find out where your go-to brands stand

For example, animal testing is a no-go for us at Catrice. We don’t test on animals. We don’t carry out or commission any testing on animals for the manufacture of its products. And, that applies to all end products and ingredients. Our suppliers are also required to certify in writing that their products have been manufactured without testing on animals. To learn more about our policies check out the FAQ page.

4. Finally, assess your line-up, and have fun swapping out the offenders!

There’s no question that making a conscious decision to weed out products tested on animals is tough, but luckily brands at all price-points are making an effort to go cruelty free. Happy shopping!

There’s no question that things are getting better, but if you want to see more results then get involved! Sign petitions, join campaigns, contact you’re your local government representative and spread the word.