There are a variety of options out there for women who want to enhance their look with makeup, but for personal reasons of their own, they do not wish to do so using cosmetics that are tested on animals during the manufacturing process. Testing on animals is not a requirement by the Food and Drug Administration. Some companies choose to use animals anyway, testing on animals such as rabbits and rats to see how irritating a product might be to the skin.
Alternatives to animal testing include using human tissue cells and also computer models. Some makeup manufacturers choose to only use ingredients in their cosmetics already approved by the Cosmetics, Toiletry and Fragrance Association.
In Europe, animal testing for cosmetics was banned altogether in 2009. A leader in the fight against cosmetic animal testing is People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Many mineral makeup brands that have become popular in recent years do not just blend in naturally with skin tones, they are also considered “cruelty-free” and do not use animals as test subjects.
Cruelty-free makeup brands:
These companies include: Aussie Mineral Makeup, Affordable Mineral Makeup, Rejuva Minerals, Mineral Fusion Cosmetics, Bare Faced Mineral Cosmetics and Earth Goddess Minerals. Mineral cosmetics have a lighter feel than traditional makeup as they are free of petroleum-based ingredients that can clog pores and leave blemishes.
Cruelty-free department store brands:
Department store brands like Bobbi Brown, Estee Lauder and Clinique also choose not to test their products on animals. These brands offer a variety of shades and cosmetic types, from skin care to liquid and powder foundations, as well as basic eye shadows, lipsticks and blush. Estee Lauder is the parent company to Bobbi Brown and Clinique and works with the scientists across the globe to fund other cosmetic-testing methods to make sure the safest possible product is produced and sold.
Direct order company Mary Kay also chooses not to test on animals. The company performs more than 300,000 tests each year to ensure the quality of their product, while also ensuring alternative testing methods are used that do not involve animals in any way. Mary Kay is sold through representatives who promote their products via parties in the home and by developing a private clientele. Mary Kay specializes in skin care, foot care and makeup products designed to work with your own individual skin tone.
More cruelty-free skin care lines:
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While animal cosmetic testing is perfectly legal in the United States, it is frowned upon by many consumers as well as corporations. New alternatives are constantly being researched to make sure skin care products meet required safety standards and beyond while leaving animals out of the picture, providing an option to customers who are uncomfortable with animal testing.