Animal Testing – it will never be worth it to me.

Good day, y’all, and Happy Thursday! (Obv it’s Sunday, but I started this post on Thursday and just never finished it, so….it counts.) This post has been on my heart all week– honestly, even longer than that. Many of you know that I recently became vegan, not for my own motives, but because of the love I have for animals. I couldn’t be passionate about beautiful creatures, then justify consuming or using products made of them any longer. Lately, I’ve had a focus on cruelty-free & vegan skin care and cosmetic products. I recently purchased a few products that fit the description (find out more about them here!) and also had my eyes opened to many companies that I thought were cruelty free, but really are not. I feel almost obligated to share this information, as it has potential to make you think twice about the companies you’re supporting and the cruelty that goes on behind closed doors.

Here is a short list of companies that surprised me – they may be cruelty-free on American soil, but these companies PAY for testing on animals, just so they can sell their products in the China market. Money over morals? The following are brands that I refuse to support any longer –

Estee Lauder
AVON 
Clinique
Maybelline
Mary Kay
NARS
OPI
Boscia
Bobbi Brown
La Mer
Victoria’s Secret
GLAM GLOW 
Clarins
Origins
Make Up Forever
Elizabeth Arden
Benefit
Algenist
Almay / Revlon
Burberry
Aussie
Axe
Caudelie
Dr. Brandt
Dr. Jart
Dior
Dolce and Gabbana
Coppertone
Clarisonic

Y’all, this doesn’t even make a dent in the list.. I am ashamed and disgusted that I have worn a cloak over my eyes for so long, buying “popular” products that could make my skin look beautiful and what have you. How can something be so great for me but cause harm to the creatures I love? The answer – IT CANNOT. If it harms the animals, it is not for me. Knowledge is power, right? Empower yourself by looking over the full list of companies that are pro-animal testing here. 

I never intended to become one of those veggie-thumping, preachy vegans, but I truly believe that if people were more aware of the processes and the harm that is caused to make products that we use every single day without a second thought, maybe they would be more accountable for their actions – their waste – their footprints – our future. The choice is yours ❤

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