I’m starting this post on a light note, because this is about to get HEAVY, y’all.
The lovely Jenn from Peas & Crayons did a vlog giveaway last week of Beauty Without Cruelty products. Jenn talked about a moment when she discovered all the crap that was in her beauty products. She chucked everything and went on a shopping spree at Whole Foods. Like Jenn, I had a moment when I discovered how dangerous some of my beauty products were. Since then, I always check the Environmental Working Group’s cosmetics database when I try something new. I have even looked things up on the EWG’s cosmetic database from my iPhone, standing in the middle of the drugstore!
I spend a lot of time making sure my and my children’s products aren’t filled with harmful chemicals, carcinogens, hormone disrupters, etc. We use environmentally friendly cleaners, laundry detergent, and dish soap. But to be honest, I don’t think too much about animal testing. Most of the products that I use are marked as cruelty-free, and it’s become something that I take for granted. After watching Jenn’s vlog, I decided to look through all of my beauty products and make sure they were all cruelty-free.
Aubrey Organics: “We have never tested on animals, and we never will.”
Aveda: “We do not conduct animal testing, and do not ask others to do so on our behalf, except if required by law.”
Burt’s Bees: “We also pledge to never test our ingredients or products on animals.”
California Baby: “California Baby does NOT conduct product or ingredient tests of any kind on animals.”
Origins: “We do not conduct animal testing on our products or ingredients, nor do we ask others to test on our behalf, unless required by law.”
There I stood in my bathroom looking at my Aveeno moisturizer. Nothing on the bottle about animal testing. So I go to the website. Nothing on the website about animal testing. So I go to the PETA website and do a company search for Aveeno. They are listed under companies that DO test products on animals. Aveeno is part of Johnson & Johnson, a company that is not cruelty-free and does test products on animals. A quick Google search tells me that Aveeno tests its own products on animals as well.
People… I use a LOT of Aveeno products. Off the top of my head, I know I use their shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, hair styling foam, lotion, eye cream, shaving cream, make-up, baby wash, and baby lotion. I love Aveeno. Their products work really well on my very sensitive skin and my babies’ skin. Everything is fragrance-free, safe, and gentle. (Well, safe and gentle for me, but not for the poor animals they abuse in the process.) I have to admit, I’m broken-hearted. It took years to find the one brand that wouldn’t cause me to break out into a rash. I’m angry and embarrassed that I fell for their clever marketing of their “active naturals.” Seriously, look at the Aveeno website.
“Beautiful change starts with a single step.” I agree, Aveeno, I agree.
And my single step will be to never buy your products again.
Coincidentally, just the day before, I had used a coupon code at ULTA to stock up on some Aveeno products. They hadn’t even arrived yet when I made this gruesome animal testing discovery. I went right back to the ULTA website and placed a new order for Burt’s Bees products. My Aveeno loot showed up on my doorstep today, and I’ll be bringing it all back to ULTA tomorrow for a full refund.
Want to check your own beauty stash?
- Companies that test on animals (includes companies whose parent company tests on animals)
- Companies that DO NOT test on animals
One thing I find very encouraging is that the list of companies that does not test on animals is 26 pages long, while the list of companies that does test on animals is only 7 pages long. Things are headed in the right direction!
From those documents, here is a list of some brands that are owned by companies who test on animals. (To be clear, I don’t know whether these individual brands/products are tested on animals. Proctor & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, L’Oreal, etc. test on animals, therefore purchasing any of these products supports a company that is not cruelty-free. Plus, how would you know that your product wasn’t?)
See any of your favorites on this list?
- Proctor & Gamble:
- Head & Shoulders
- Herbal Essences
- Johnson & Johnson:
- Clean & Clear
- Church & Dwight:
- Arm & Hammer
So what now? I’m feeling rather shell-shocked, to be honest. I’ve made huge changes in our household over the last few years due to concerns about the environment, my children, and long-term health, and I had no idea there was still so much to be done.
I just took the PETA pledge to be cruelty-free. Won’t you?