Temptalia Asks You - What is your stance on animal-testing and beauty products?

What is your stance on animal-testing and beauty products? Is it something that concerns you? Will you refuse to buy from a company that does? Do you make sure all your products are “cruelty-free”?  Is it a non-issue for you?

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I would never buy something that was tested on animals… I am a huge animal lover and anything causing distress or harm to them upsets me greatly. I can’t believe it is still accepted in our society!!

I kind of have mixed feelings about animal testing while i do not like animals to be harmed it is thanks to animal testing that certain medications that save lives are now available to the public! Then when it comes to beauty products the reality is that i rather it be tested on them than on me.

I try my best to avoid products from companies that test on animals. I think there is enough product diversity to do it as well, but sometimes you just don’t know.

I avoid buying any beauty product manufactured by companies that still conduct animal testing. Since my favorite products are by MAC, Smashbox, Urban Decay, Laura Mercier, Clarins, and Clinique – all of whom do not test on animals – it’s not a difficult task for me.

I was very disappointed when The Body Shop was taken over by L’Oreal – but since there are companies (in a group) that do not test even though the parent company continues to do so (Neutrogena, Maybelline, Kiehl’s etc) I will not stop buying products from The Body Shop.

Cosmetic companies have sufficient resources to conduct tests in-vitro and on human volunteers, animal testing is no longer a requirement (and it’s banned in the EU!) and I avoid companies that still do.

I do use products received as gifts – like perfume – but would never buy it no matter how much I like it (if that makes any sense!).

The same applies to skincare – I had to use Cetaphil (which is tested) because I could not find a suitable alternative at the time – because there is such a diverse range to select from now.

It’s banned in EU?! That is the most awesome thing ever. Wow. I consider myself pretty savvy with animal-friendly companies and such, and I did not even know that. That is really cool and it should be illegal everywhere.

I try to only buy products not tested on animals, and also with ingredients not tested on animals. A few months ago I tried Lancome mascara and loved it, and they were on an “animal friendly” list – but now I know that it’s iffy: they may test ingredients on animals, and haven’t really given anyone a straight answer about it 🙁

I don’t go out of my way to find companies which don’t test on animals. I can understand that animal testing is cruel and why people would chose to avoid it, but it’s just never something that I bother to look at D:

Not in a million years would I buy products tested on animals. Animal testing is barbaric and cruel.

I have taken the time to include a list of the daily products you might be tempted to buy that tests on animals. If you are a pet owner or love animals, PLEASE do not buy products from these companies –

Arm & Hammer (Church & Dwight)
Bic Corporation
Chesebrough-Ponds (Fabergé, Ponds, Vaseline
Church & Dwight (Aim, Arm & Hammer, Arrid, Brillo, Close-up, Lady’s Choice, Mentadent, Nair, Orange Glo International, Pearl Drops)
Clairol (Aussie, Daily Defense, Herbal Essences, Infusium 23, Procter & Gamble
Clorox (ArmorAll, Formula 409, Fresh Step, Glad, Liquid Plumber, Pine-Sol, Soft Scrub, S.O.S., Tilex
Colgate-Palmolive Co. (Hills Pet Nutrition, Mennen, Palmolive, SoftSoap, Speed Stick)
Cover Girl (Procter & Gamble
Dial Corporation (Dry Idea, Purex, Renuzit, Right Guard, Soft & Dri
Helene Curtis Industries (Salon Selectives, Thermasilk, Unilever)
Johnson & Johnson (Aveeno, Clean & Clear, Listerine, Lubriderm, Neutrogena, Rembrandt, ROC
Lever Bros. (Unilever)
L’Oréal U.S.A. (Biotherm, Cacharel, Garnier, Giorgio Armani, Helena Rubinstein, Lancôme, Matrix Essentials, Maybelline, Ralph Lauren Fragrances, Redken, Soft Sheen, Vichy)
Max Factor (Procter & Gamble)
Mennen Co. (Colgate-Palmolive)
New Dana Perfumes
Noxell (Procter & Gamble)
Olay Co./Oil of Olay (Procter & Gamble
Oral-B (Gillette Company)
Pantene (Procter & Gamble)
Pfizer (BenGay, Desitin, Listerine, Lubriderm, Plax, Visine)
Physique (Procter & Gamble)
Playtex Products (Banana Boat)
Procter & Gamble Co. (Clairol, Cover Girl, Crest, Gillette, Giorgio, Iams, Max Factor, Physique, Tide)
Reckitt Benckiser (Easy Off, Lysol, Mop & Glo, Old English, Resolve, Spray ’N Wash, Veet, Woolite)
Richardson-Vicks (Procter & Gamble)
Sally Hansen (Del Laboratories)
Schering-Plough (Bain de Soleil, Coppertone, Dr. Scholl’s)
S.C. Johnson (Drano, Edge, Fantastik, Glade, OFF!, Oust, Pledge, Scrubbing Bubbles, Shout, Skintimate, Windex, Ziploc)
SoftSoap Enterprises (Colgate-Palmolive)
Suave (Unilever)
Unilever (Axe, Dove, Helene Curtis, Lever Bros., Suave)

I also have a list of products who DO and DON’T test. I’m just confused because some websites says that certain company tests and other that doesn’t test.

From the cosmetics I have available here, I already know how don’t test.

Do you know how often is PeTA’s DO/DON’T list updated? and do they include only final products tested or ingredients too?

As a PETA member, I believe that the list is updated a few times yearly, as I wrote them an email asking a question a year or two back, and thats what they said at that time. Not sure on the PETA list if its final or ingredients. The list I have is from another animal safety list and it ingredients and final products. Hope that helps.

Definitely not. I am a huge animal activist and do not buy products (cosmetics included) that have been tested on animals. I do not buy fur, I do not buy leather. I also try not to buy toiletries or cosmetics that contain animal byproducts. It is so confusing because some conglomerates DO test (L’Oreal) and then have subsidiaries that DON’T test (Maybelline). And then there’s the issue of, ‘This product was not developed by testing on animals.’ But the finished product was. So you truly have to do your research. I have written several companies and asked for written statements (by law here, they must reply to your requests about animal testing). Here’s the way I look at: If my cosmetics need to be tested on animals to check their safety for my human face, what the hell would I want with it anyway? No, thanks! I have no idea why, in this day and age, cosmetics cannot be organic and chemical-free. I realize there will be things like micas, scents and other unnatural products–fine. But there’s no need to use products that need to be tested on animals. My suggestion? Stick with what we ALREADY know. Stop trying to come up with new chemicals to throw into our cosmetics and other products. The more companies continue to do that, the more they are going to require animal testing. Companies continue to test ingredients they already know are unsafe; by law, they must test everything that could be potentially harmful, even if it is a proven fact x is not harmful to humans. There go more animal lives. What a waste, and what unnecessary cruelty! Animals do NOT need to suffer to make us look or feel good. They should not have to suffer for any human need–no, desire. It’s not even a need. In this day and age, we have enough resources to NOT test on animals and to be smart enough to use more organic, chemical-free ingredients. In short, animal testing should be illegal and I do not support it whatsoever. The second I find out a company I buy from tests on animals, the second I decide to never buy from them again.

Thank you for this list!

I’m a huge animal activist and I don’t buy beauty products that are tested on animals-(big reason why I love M.A.C.), but many of the products on this list I wouldn’t have even thought of.

After seeing photos of animals in cosmetic testing I decided not to buy products of companies who test their products on animals. It’s cruel and barbaric – humans don’t have right to do that just because of vanity and their ‘needs’. Especially so superficial needs as cosmetics is.

Cosmetics is not worthy that cruelty.

It’s a non-issue for me. I like animals but sometimes animal testing is the only ethical way to test products for our safety. It’s cruel but I certainly don’t want to use a soap, facial moisturizer etc that’s going to burn my face off. OK that’s a bit dramatic but I want to use something that is safe. I have also tried products that weren’t tested on animals and it’s all the same. I don’t think it’s a vanity issue, it’s an issue of safety and how comfortable people are about the products they use.

Actually, animal testing for cosmetics is not needed in this day and age. Its outdated and can very easily be done in a way that slants the results in which ever way the tester wants. There are many, MANY other ways to test that does not involve harming animals. It IS a vanity issue, how can it be a safety issue? its not safe for the animals who are tested upon. Why do their lives not matter? There are synthetic skin, computer and human options that could be easily used instead. Europe has banned animal testing stating that it is no longer a humane option.

If it’s such a harsh product that it had to be tested on animals first, it doesn’t belong on my skin.
If the people who make it are afraid to try it on their own faces, screw them.

It isn’t properly regulated and the animals are tortured, harmed, killed, and in general made to suffer in horridly cruel ways. Many parts of the world view the American animals testing as an example of barbaric animals cruelty.

Being a pharmacist, I know how useful animal testing can be, but on a personal side I am also sensitive to the pain of animals.
I know that animal testing for medical purposes is very regulated, and it is very difficult to get permissions to work with animals, unless your work is really, really important. So I don’t understand why cosmetic research (which isn’t exactly life saving) shouldn’t be even stricter.
That said, I do live in the EU, and I know that not every country has rules as strict as ours.

it’s not an issue with me as well. i think i would feel bad if i wore a fur coat cause i remember how cruel they are with baby seals, oh so sad. i guess you could say i’m against cruelty to animals but i can’t research every product i use. i agree with dawn and erin but is it really neccessary to test a facial soap and if it’s that bad, why make harmful products in the first place. if the product states that it doesn’t test on animals and the ingredients are natural, then it’s good to know and it encourages me to buy the product. medication is another issue.

This isn’t a simple question. There is a need to determin what ingredients and how much of it are dangerous to humans. However, there has to be a better way than testing on animals. At the very least, once we KNOW ingredient X isn’t good to be put on your skin, we shouldn’t keep testing it.

I don’t shop at Bath and Body Works because they test on animals. The worst part is on the bottles all they say is ‘this finished product not tested on animals’. What am I, stupid?

I will never purchase products from any company that tests on animals! It is a shame that so many people don’t care about the welfare of living beings. I guess it is unrealistic to expect people to be kind or humane.

I don’t know… This touchy issue is not so touchy for me. Even though the practice of testing on animals is not too important to me, I still have a thinking of- if I do not buy it, they will still make it and sell it. So why don’t I just buy it?

Actually Annie the most important thing you can do is speak with your money. Its the one thing that companies listen too. World changes start small, with one person. You are the changes in the world that need to happen. Writing a letter to a company telling them why you have stopped buying their products is also a HUGE help. It does change things.

I don’t agree with animal testing for cosmetic purposes. I think it’s vile that an animal has to suffer for the sake of our beauty needs. However, I fully support animal testing when it comes to medical research.

I don’t believe in subjecting animals who have feelings, thoughts and need love; just like us (after all we are animals too) to something we couldn’t tolerate or live with. I don’t torture my friends. Everything can be tested on humans and if no one agrees, try deathrow.

Before I knew how bad animal testing actually was, I always used whatever I wanted for my beauty care. I have been in the beauty industry as a make up artist for over ten years I finally got the guts to get onto the peta website and do some research and I had a wake up call. Most people just ete so far in the dark because the truth is scary, but if you stay strong and know the truth you can make a difference!

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