Yet L’Oreal is not going to stop testing their products on animals.
At first, this headline sounds pretty good. Cosmetics giant L’Oreal donates $1.2 million to help end cosmetic animal testing. It’s a large amount to help research ways to be animal friendly. The money will be used by the EPA in their ToxCast tool. ToxCast screens chemicals and substances to determine if they are toxic to humans or not. L’Oreal is also giving the EPA their own data on irritating and toxic substances to use as well.
There are so many amazing cosmetic companies out there that have already shown you can easily make high quality cosmetics without testing on animals and, in many cases, without the use of animal ingredients. For any and every product that you need, a quality version that wasn’t tested on animals and a quality version that is vegan can be found. This is without all the extra research that L’Oreal is helping with.
However, don’t be fooled by L’Oreal’s donation. While yes, this is a great thing to donate money to, wouldn’t it make more sense if L’Oreal stopped testing their own products on animals too? This donation just seems to be a way to get good PR. If L’Oreal were truly concerned with the well-being of animals and finding alternatives to animal testing, wouldn’t they start with their own products first? Doesn’t that seem like the logical first step?
Now, if L’Oreal is also giving the EPA their own data, I have to ask… Is this data that they collected through their animal testing practices? L’Oreal is one of the worst cosmetic companies when it comes to being rated by their treatment of animals. Even before I made the change to a vegan lifestyle, and even when I didn’t always check if my products had been tested on animals (trust me, this is something I do feel guilty about!), I always avoided L’Oreal because of their reputation.
What do you think about this news from L’Oreal? Do you think that they are really going to work to end testing on animals, or is this just a great campaign for them to boost their reputation?
No matter where you stand on this issue, I urge you to please use animal friendly cosmetics and household products. So many companies have proven that you can make great products without harming animals in any way. There’s no need to wait for data to find new ways to make products – they already exist!
Images : FabSugar & Source : Ecouterre
If you follow Logical Harmony on Twitter or Like Logical Harmony on Facebook, you’ve seen my posts about the hens that were recently rescued from an abondoned egg farm. Many of you have probably read about this on the blog for Cinnaholic as well. Over 50,000 hens were left to die. The farm shut down and simply left the chickens there. No food, no water, and still in their cages. These hens were simply left to die. After two weeks of starvation around 20,000 of those hens had died. Once the situation was discovered, local agencies responded by starting to gas the chickens. Thankfully, animal rescue groups were about to negotiate better lives for as many of these hens as possible. I urge you to watch the video of how these chickens were found after being left to die. It’s incredibly difficult to watch and a very good example of why I no longer support the egg industry.
4,000 hens ended up in the care of Bay Area rescue farm Animal Place. Many healthy hens have already been placed in adoptive homes where they will lead happy and healthy lives. However, many need medical care and rehabilitation. If you can spare anything, even $5.00, please donate to Animal Place. If you live in the Bay Area, they are also seeking volunteers to help care for the rescued hens. You can read more about what you can do to help on the Animal Place blog.
Source & Images : Animal Place
Lately there’s been a lot of buzz about people realizing that products labeled “cruelty free” aren’t actually so. It’s been covered by Glamour
and the New York Times
. With the rise of popularity of these products, a lot of brands are throwing on the label just to make a quick buck. “Cruelty free” is now a marketing term for a lot of brands instead of the ethical stance that it should be.
Did you know that the FDA doesn’t actually regulate the use of these phrases? What one company calls “cruelty free” can mean that their product isn’t tested on animals at any step and neither are their ingredients. Yet what another company calls “cruelty free” can mean that only the finished product isn’t tested on animals, but it was during the production and/or contains ingredients that have been. This is why it’s so important to educate yourself on what it means to use animal friendly products. There are third-party companies that verify this information, like Leaping Bunny, but I think it’s always good to find out for yourself.
While Logical Harmony covers both cruelty free and vegan products, I have to be honest about the fact that I only use vegan products. I cover cruelty free products because I realize that not everyone is ready to live a vegan lifestyle. I want to create an open dialogue with my readers and make everyone feel included. I also think that everyone has to start somewhere and buying cruelty free is better than nothing. However, with this becoming a hot issue, I do want to make sure that people realize cruelty free just means there was no animal testing. These products often contain animal ingredients that an animal did have to die for. They are by no means actually free from cruelty to animals.
In this post, I’ll show you How To Find Out If Products Are Animal Friendly. This is something that I do with everything I use. Not only are my cosmetics, hair care products and household cleaning products vegan, but so are my toothbrush and razor. It takes a little extra work, but knowing that your products are truly animal friendly is well worth it. I go through all of these steps with everything I use. I think it’s really important to be educated about what you are using and to be able to stand behind the products and brands you use.
Knowing about the products that you buy is really important. Not only knowing what’s in the products, but also about the production practices of the companies. There are a lot of cruelty free nail polish brands out there. These are companies who don’t test their products on animals during the production process and also do not buy ingredients from third-party companies who test on animals.
Yesterday, I posted a vegan nail polish brand list. What’s the difference between cruelty free nail polish and vegan nail polish? A lot of companies who are cruelty free still include animal ingredients in their products. The post What Makes Nail Polish Vegan? will give you more information about what these ingredients are.
While buying vegan items is the right choice for me, it may not be for everyone (Though you may be surprised at how many amazing polish brands are already vegan!) I encourage you to at least buy cruelty free items as often as possible. This list will let you know what brands out there offer cruelty free nail polish. It will be updated as I find out about more cruelty free nail polish brands.
Please note that all of these brands do have vegan nail polish options. Just read the ingredients of the shade before you buy and look for possible animal ingredients. It’s most commonly shimmery or metallic polishes as well as shades of red that contain animal ingredients. However, you’re best bet is to read the ingredients carefully and look for the ingredients no matter what the shade or formula.
I’ve also decided to include brands that are vegan in this list as well so that cruelty free shoppers will realize how many amazing nail polish brands are vegan. To be honest, the list was really sparse without all the vegan nail polish brands! These brands are noted with Vegan next to the name.
- a England
- American Apparel
- Beauty Without Cruelty
- Butter London (the nail polishes are all vegan, but not all treatments are)
- Deborah Lippmann (All of the polishes are vegan, but some of the hand care products are not.)
- Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
- Scotch Naturals
- Spoiled by Wet’n’Wild
- Wet’n’Wild Fantasy Makers
When I first switched to using all vegan beauty and household products, I was really surprised at how easy it was to find vegan nail polish. There are a lot of cruelty free brands that offer a lot of vegan options and there are also a lot of strictly vegan nail polish brands too. A lot of people have seemed really surprised when they learn that all nail polish isn’t vegan.
People know about animal testing and what brands to avoid because of that, but not about animal ingredients that polish can contain. The short story is that a lot of brands test on animals, but a lot of nail polish also contains animal ingredients. Read more about what makes nail polish vegan and learn what these animal ingredients are.
Below are brands who are not only cruelty free, but also do not use any animal ingredients in their nail polish.
- a England
- AILA Cosmetics
- Beauty Without Cruelty
- Color Club
- Deborah Lippmann (the nail polishes are all vegan, but not all treatments are)
- Ella + Mila
- Elysian Nail Lacquer
- Joshik Polish
- Kester Black
- La Couleur Couture (LACC)
- Lime Crime
- Manic Panic
- Mineral Fusion
- No Miss
- Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC)
- ORLY (the nail polishes are all vegan, but not all treatments are)
- piCture pOlish
- Piggy Paint
- Priti NYC
- Ruby Kisses
- Trust Fund Beauty
Do you know of other vegan nail polish brands? Please comment and let me know! I’d love to keep expanding this list to include more options!