I am always asked how to tell if a product is cruelty free. Unfortunately the term “not tested on animals” is not defined or regulated by anyone, not the federal government, or otherwise, so cosmetics companies are free to use the term when in fact the product may be tested on animals.
When I am interested in a new product, I search the internet to find out who owns the company because smaller cruelty free companies are often purchased by large conglomerates that perform animal testing. For example it was a sad day in 2012 when Urban Decay was purchased by Loreal.
Here are a few tips on making sure that you are selecting cruelty free products.
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has a section of its website that lists which companies do and do not test on animals. However, many of the companies listed as “Don’t…
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