Guilt Free Beauty is about making choices that let you feel as good as you look! With so many options for skincare, haircare, clothing, and food, it is difficult to know if the products you love come at the cost of cruelty. While it may seem impossible to navigate as a consumer, a little bit of knowledge and conscious effort can make a huge difference. At Guilt Free Beauty I do the research for you so that your conscience can be clear. For many, cruelty-free encompasses the extensive animal testing practices in the cosmetics industry, but that is sadly only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to animal injustice. While the cosmetics industry is one of the worst offenders, unsavory practices extend to the food we eat, the clothes we wear, and countless everyday products. My mission is to raise awareness about animal cruelty in commerce and the importance and benefits of living a cruelty-free lifestyle.
What Does Cruelty-Free Mean?
Animal testing refers to scientific tests performed on a live animal, likely causing them pain, suffering, distress, or lasting harm. Animals are deliberately harmed in laboratories for things such as our cosmetics, household essentials, fabrics, and scientific research. The animals used are almost always killed at the end of the experiment. In the United States, rats, mice, fish, amphibians, and birds are not defined as animals under animal experiment regulations. Thus they are not included in any statistics. There are currently no restrictions for their treatment and no legal protection for them.
While a company may claim to be cruelty-free, it is often only true in certain countries. “Except where required by law” is a phrase often hidden in the fine print. This refers to Mainland China, where import regulations require that companies pay for their products to be animal tested by a third party before allowing them to be sold.
For an in-depth analysis of animal testing Humane Society International is a reliable source.
Though buying cruelty-free is a huge step in the right direction, there are many unintentional ways you could be supporting cruelty. At first glance, animal derivatives don’t seem problematic, as we tend to picture the harvesting of these products in the wholesome light the media projects. The happy family farm where the chickens run free in the grass and cows produce milk that is collected by hand without harming the adorable creature we love. In reality, this life is rare, if nonexistent in commercial dairy and egg production. Whether or not you choose to go vegan, it is crucial that you are aware of where your products come from and the impact you as a consumer have over the treatment of animals.