While it’s fairly common knowledge that there’s a whole bunch of nasties living in most skin, hair and make-up products, the area that doesn’t always get talked about as much is the cruelty aspect of it.
Did you know that 80% of the world still allows animals to be used in cruel tests for cosmetics? And almost all countries still allow animal testing for cleaning products. Countless rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice and rats suffer and die worldwide in routine animal tests for the ingredients that go into deodorant, lipstick and washing up liquid. – Quote from the Cruelty Free International web site
And the cruelty involved is senseless and not even necessary!
It really doesn’t have to be this way!
Because nowadays animal tests can be replaced with quicker, cheaper and more reliable non-animal methods that already exist (and some companies are already using). And of course companies can make it even easier for themselves (and the animals) by using ingredients which are already known to be safe.
For sure, over the past decade or so there have been some significant advances in this area, such as the Leaping Bunny logo being added to increasing numbers of products and the great work that its creator, Cruelty Free International is doing to promote that, however there’s another side to the beauty industry that goes even more under the radar.
Can you guess what that is?
Animals and animal by-products actually being IN the products.
You see, the Leaping Bunny is great, but it simply means that there’s been no animal testing. It doesn’t mean that there’s no animals (or by-products of animals) in the actual products, which to me, (pardon the pun) feels like a big fat elephant in the room.
Does it feel congruent to be anti animal testing, while still applying smushed up animal parts to our bodies, hair and faces on a daily basis?
I think not!
And this is where I want to share a real-life story with you so that you can get a little inside scoop into some of what really goes on…
I was 13 years old when I learned, almost by chance, that the beauty industry isn’t always quite so beautiful as it would have us believe. This was when my family owned a butcher’s shop. And once a week, at about 5:30am, I would be awoken by the thundering sound of a large lorry pulling up outside the shop, just below our apartment window.
For a long time I thought nothing of it, as I assumed it was just another delivery. However, one day, after asking my step-father what that large barrel of fat and bones was all about, and where it went to get emptied, well, this was when I discovered the horrible truth.
“It goes to the Fat & Bone Man,” he said.
“What do you mean the Fat & Bone Man?” I asked. I had no clue what he was talking about.
He then went on to explain that the big thundering lorry that I heard at 5:30am every Wednesday morning was Mr Fat & Bone Man pulling up, collecting the barrel, putting it into his truck and driving away.
“So what happens to it then?” I asked.
“It gets put into soap and lipstick and all that kind of stuff,” he said.
My world was forever changed.
You see, working in a butcher’s shop was eye-opening to say the least (as you can probably imagine). And hopefully it goes without saying that it’s not a part of my history that I like to think about too much – although I do know for sure that if I hadn’t have been so up-close-and-personal with the meat industry so young, that I wouldn’t have gone on to the do the work that I’ve done in the raw food and vegan world.
But when it came to this revelation in particular, things started to feel even more off, “wrong” and perverted to me. This was just disgusting!
I imagined millions of women putting on their lipstick every day, oblivious to the fact that they were smearing pig fat across their lips. Ugh.
(And by the way, did you know that the commonly used lipstick ingredient called “carmine” is actually code for “crushed beetle”? I didn’t know that for a very long time, and yet it’s found in most pink and red lipsticks because it gives them their pigment.)
So… As you can see just from these two snippets, there’s way more to so-called “beauty” products (“natural” or otherwise) than just whether it’s got a Leaping Bunny logo on it, or whether it excludes known carcinogens.
We have to be super-conscious here ladies!
(If we can’t be with our level of consciousness, then how can we expect anyone else to be?)
And please also bear in mind that these two facts are just two of many. If you’re curious to find out what else goes into your beauty products and other everyday products that isn’t vegan, check out this rather eye-opening list.
So what is the solution?
Well, thankfully there are increasing numbers of companies out there now who sport both the Leaping Bunny symbol AND the Vegan symbol (the Vegan symbol varies from country to country, but this is what it looks like in the UK).
And of course if you feel the same way as I do about these things, you will be looking for both symbols on whatever you buy, too.
I generally like to find these companies on Instagram because I like my products to look good as well as be good. I also like to support smaller and more super-consicous companies, and so I’m happy to search far and wide for what I want. (I’ll be publishing my own list of favourites in due course.)
However, a few months ago I learned of a new company here in the UK that covers all of the beauty bases under one awesome roof. They offer everything from skin care to body care, and also a fabulous (and high-performing) range of gorgeously packaged make-up. What’s more, all of the products are made from 100% natural plant ingredients so they are 100% vegan – and they are as pure as you are ever likely to find.
My skin has definitely improved as a result of using their products, not to mention also within my bank balance and my peace of mind. Now I feel in integrity with all of the beauty products that I use, and that feels AMAZING! (And yes, I did throw or give away a lot of products that I didn’t want when I made the decision to go “clean” in this aspect of my life, and that too felt amazing, and not a moment too soon.)
In fact, I became so gung-ho about these products (ALL of them are brilliant), that I became an Ambassador for the company so that I can spread the word AND buy my products at a discount. (Does it get better than that?!) If you’re in the UK and are interested to find out more about how you can purchase these products online, or become an Ambassador yourself, click here to find out more.
If you’re outside the UK, you can still order the products, however not on the web site I just linked to, and of course you would need to add shipping. Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in ordering for delivery outside of the UK. Let us know what products you would like to order, and we’ll get back to you within 1-3 business days and advise you of the best and most economical way to go about it.
And if you are in the UK and are interested in becoming an Ambassador and becoming part of my personal team, simply scroll down on the same page and you can read all about how you too can earn a full or part-time income promoting these awesome products to your friends and family, while saving big on your own personal purchases.
Whatever positive changes you decide to make in this area of your life, please know that together, united, we can play a huge role in changing things for the better, and there’s no better way to make it happen than through being the change that you want to see, yourself.
It’s time (and long overdue) for cruelty-free beauty to be the norm. So we need to not settle for anything less, and certainly not continue to buy it, because that just says it’s OK.
So… Did you learn anything new in this article?
And how do YOU feel about the beauty products that you have lined up in your bedroom/bathroom/make-up bag right now? Do they feel in alignment with your values, or do you need to give them the heave-ho like I did?
If so, what commitments or changes are you making?
Post them below! I’d love to hear from you!