Although there are many cosmetic companies that have gotten away from testing their products on animals, there are many companies that still continue the practice.
Such animal testing practices are evidence that much of the cosmetic industry continues to use chemicals that are potentially harmful for human beings. In fact, our use of chemical-filled cosmetics and personal care products can be a large source of toxins that accumulate in our bodies and can potentially lead to health problems.
Our skin is the largest organ in the human body, and whatever we put on our skin will ultimately get absorbed into our bloodstreams and can potentially negatively impact our health sooner or later. Therefore, it is important to be aware of everything that we use on our bodies, and use personal care products and cosmetics that are as close to nature as possible.
Using natural body care and natural cosmetic products will help to significantly reduce the opportunity that such products will have been tested on animals, and it will also reduce the toxic burden on our bodies, and ultimately on the environment as well. After all, natural products derived from plants have been used for thousands of years by human beings, and have proven their safety and their harmony with the environment.
Still, it can often be difficult to navigate with so many “natural” products that have been put on the market today. One of the best resources to determine the safety of personal care products and to find some guidance about which ones are cleaner options is the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database.
To determine which cosmetic brands use animal testing, the non-profit organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has a great list that can be found here. The following list of cosmetic and skincare brands that allow animal testing on their products has been derived from that source[sc:1].
What can you do to help stop animal testing for cosmetics?
If you discover that the personal care products that you are using are made by companies that allow animal testing, contact them and tell encourage them to stop doing such testing, encourage them to switch to using safe naturally-derived ingredients in their products, and encourage your family and friends to do the same. Also, consider switching the products that you use to a cleaner and greener company that has made a commitment to do no animal testing, such as those that are listed on PETA’s Beauty Without Bunnies Searchable Database.
Cosmetic and skincare companies that do testing on animals
Ambi (Johnson & Johnson)
American Beauty (Estee Lauder)
Aveeno (Johnson & Johnson)
Avon Products, Inc.
Bobbi Brown (Estee Lauder)
Carefree (Johnson & Johnson)
Christina Aguilera Perfumes (Procter & Gamble)
Citre Shine (Henkel)
Clairol (Procter & Gamble)
Clarins of Paris
Clean and Clear (Johnson & Johnson)
Clinique (Estee Lauder)
Dolce & Gabbana (Procter & Gamble)
Escada Fragrances (Procter & Gamble)
Finish (Reckitt Benckiser)
George Armani (L’Oreal)
GoodSkin Labs (Estee Lauder)
Gucci Fragrances (Procter & Gamble)
Halo (Procter & Gamble)
Helena Rubinstein (L’Oreal)
Hugo Boss (Estee Lauder)
Johnson & Johnson
Jurlique Pure Skin Care
La Mer (Estee Lauder)
Lab Series for Men (Estee Lauder)
LaCoste Fragrances (Procter & Gamble)
Lubriderm (Johnson & Johnson)
M.A.C. Cosmetics (Estee Lauder)
Max Factor (Procter and Gamble)
Natural Instinct (Procter & Gamble)
Meitrpgema (Johnson & Johnson)
New Dana Perfumes
Ojon (Estee Lauder)
Olay (Procter & Gamble)
Origins (Estee Lauder)
Osiao (Estee Lauder)
Piz Buin (Johnson & Johnson)
Prescriptives (Estee Lauder)
Ralph Lauren Fragrances (L’Oreal)
ROC (Johnson & Johnson)
Shower to Shower (Johnson & Johnson)
Shu Uemura (L’Oreal)
Sinful Colors (Revlon)
SK-II (Procter & Gamble)
Skin ID (Johnson & Johnson)
Soft Sheen (L’Oreal)
St. Ives (Unilever)
Tom Ford (Estee Lauder)
Viktor & Rolf (L’Oreal)
Wella (Procter & Gamble)
Yves Rocher USA