However, today's post is not about my adventures living abroad: I am doing that as part of a series. Today I want to touch on an issue that has always been near and dear to me, but after my year in Europe, my eyes have been opened even more on this issue: Animal testing in the cosmetic world.
I am not one to bring my personal beliefs on ethic, politics, or any of the sort into my blog, however, it just puzzles me to think that in the European cosmetic industry, there is a list of over 100 banned ingredients.....in the US there are only EIGHT. Also, Europe and Canada have taken compassionate measures towards animal cruelty by passing a cruelty-free act known as H.R. 2858 Humane Cosmetics Act. Good news is now the US Government is working to get it passed as well!
Now the bad news: while many women who are looking for animal compassion in their makeup choices, often times the labeling can cause confusion. I want women who are looking for makeup not tested on animals to know that there is a difference between a product reading "not tested on animals" and "cruelty-free". "Not tested on animals" means that neither the ingredients used, nor the final product between stages was tested on animals. However, “Cruelty-free” can be used to imply: that while the ingredients have been tested on animals, the final product has not, the manufacturer itself did not conduct animal tests but instead relied on a supplier to test for them – or even relied on another company’s previous animal-test results,the testing was done in a foreign country, where laws protecting animals might be weaker than in the U.S. While "cruelty-free" is definitely a better alternative than nothing at all, just know that these products may not be as honest as you would want to think. Not to worry, I have compiled a list of the best non-testing companies.