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Animal Testing, Beauty products


How important is using brands that do not do animal testing for their beauty products for you? I have recently found out that some of the brands I use do some animal testing. Even though I love the products for their effectiveness, as an animal lover, I am trying to look for other alternatives. Here is a list of all the companies that Do and Do NOT use animal testing.
Jan 24, 2011 @ 03:26 pm

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what is animal testing?

The term "animal testing" just sounds so cruel, but I'm a bit lost as to how exactly they test the cosmetic items on animals. Do they use the cosmetics on the animals to see if there's a reaction? Do they somehow inject or make the animal ingest the product? I consider myself an animal lover and would rip into someone who tried harming my baby (kitten), and I feel equally bad about other animals, but I'm woefully ignorant on how this testing is actually done. I kiss my cat while I have lipstick on, am I inadvertently animal testing?

I google'd and found this: http://thebeautybrains.com/2006/05/05/the-truth-about-animal-testing-and-cosmetics/

According to them, the companies that say they don't test their products on animals aren't lying, they really don't do the testing themselves. They get a 3rd party company do test for them. Its apparently illegal to sell cosmetics without testing it first.

Can you ladies please enlighten me?
Jan 24, 2011 @ 03:48 pm

I just died a little inside

I was under the impression that animal testing companies were a minority amoung big brands. Boy, was I wrong! I had no idea that some of these brands are still linked to animal testing.

Having said that I always like to be fully informed before I point fingers and making accusatory statements. SO, I'd like to do a little more research into this practice.

Thanks for opening my eyes :)
Jan 24, 2011 @ 03:56 pm


Becky, I found this article that I found very informative all about animal testing.

Jan 24, 2011 @ 04:00 pm
Ali de Bold


There was so much noise about this when I was growing up, I just assumed most major brands were no longer doing this. If some companies can manufacture the same quality of products as their competitors without animal testing, why wouldn't everyone do it that way for ethical reasons?

I get why scientists have to do research on animals for medicine, but for beauty purposes it just seems so wrong.
Jan 24, 2011 @ 04:44 pm

Thank you for the article!

I read the article, and although it was really informative and passionate, the passion somehow threw me off a little bit.

"On a purely logical level, ethics would seem to dictate that the species
that wants to use a potentially harmful chemical (we humans)—whether
the chemical is destined for a cosmetic, a cleaning product, or a
pharmaceutical—should supply the test subjects that undergo the safety
tests (i.e. human test subjects). It seems unethical that the "user
species" would impose the fear, pain, and health consequences of the
testing on an unwitting, unwilling species.

Something about that line throws me in the opposite direction the writer was aiming for...

I was talking to my coworker - a real animal lover - about this and he said something that made a lot of sense to me: if someone has a disease then it makes sense to test the cure of that disease on that person (who has a choice and will probably get recompensed). Maybe a cure tested on an animal will not work because although we're similar, we're dissimilar enough for it to not work, as it would if it was tested on a human instead. After talking to him I feel testing on humans make sense because:

a) the test subject will have a choice in the matter
b) they will most likely get recompensed
c) they already have the disease to begin with (unlike when testing on an animal, the scientists give the disease to the animal and then test them)
d) they will by choice be actively contributing to curing a disease humans have
e) perhaps the animal may test 'negative' for a cure that would have worked on a human

I'm limiting myself to "disease" and definitely oversimplifying it all, but this idea applies to everything. This is great, I'm much better informed than I was before ...!!
Jan 24, 2011 @ 04:50 pm


Becky I laughed out loud at this comment:
"I kiss my cat while I have lipstick on, am I inadvertently animal testing? "

When I think about animal testing I always picture a scientist putting lipstick on a cat's tiny lips or nail polish or a puppy's little claws. I know that this is not how it's done but I admit I've never really thought about what they actually do.
Jan 27, 2011 @ 02:59 pm

Hmm would have to look for this...

but I could swear I read somewhere that when companies test cosmetics on animals they make them ingest it or in some cases put in their eyes to see if they have reactions

I am on the Leaping Bunny list now (from PETA). I am going to look into this a little more....
Jan 28, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

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