Cosmetics Animal Testing: Which Brands You Should Look For


Across the years, make-up products have been a staple part of most women’s daily routine.

From as far back as the roaring 20’s, known for the bold red lips and dark eye look, women have created and discovered numerous ways to enhance their natural appearance through the art of make-up.

Many women like to wear make-up as they feel it makes them look good and believe that it builds their confidence.

Megan Dunn, 18, said: “I personally really like to wear make-up on bad skin days but I don’t feel I need to wear it all the time.”

Although, while it’s nice to walk in to stores and have the option of over ten beauty counters with large colour spectrums of lipstick and foundation shades, how many of us actually stop and think about the safety of what we could be using or how they are tested?

In March last year, campaigns by organisations such as PETA and the RSPCA were acknowledged and the battle was won against any animal tested products being sold in the EU.


Image Courtesy Of PETA

Singer, Ke$ha, contributed to the campaigns. She said: “True beauty doesn’t come from cruelty. That’s why I want to see an end to the testing of cosmetics and personal care products on helpless animals.”

While it’s illegal for animal tested products to be sold in the EU, there is still a worry that beauty brands may be selling products that still test on animals to parts of the world like China and the USA.

Research from The Vegetarian Site shows that reputable brands such as M Ford, Revlon and more may still rely on animal testing in aim of dermatological safety for their consumers.

We asked young women what they thought of animal testing and their advice on what the alternative could be:

Emily Henderson, 20, said: “I think that because its beauty products it just feels like such a waste of time and ethically, what gives us the right?

“For medicine the argument of ‘It’s a rat’s life or a baby’s life’ sounds a lot more compelling. I don’t agree with causing suffering to an animal, as beauty is the most superficial thing in the world.”

Annabel Harvey, 19, said: “I think it’s sad that animals are put through testing for the sake of others looking good. I read somewhere they’re trying to harvest cells from human skin that could be tested on – maybe that’ll be a substitute.”


New forms of research for dermatological safety have been founded as opposed to animal testing; however for some brands the cruel method may still be the cheapest.

If you are abroad outside of the EU, be aware that some cosmetic brands could still be selling products that have put animals through harmful testing.

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