Clarification and Updates on my ‘Cruelty-Free’ List

Posted on: June 14th, 2012 by veggiebeauty 4 Comments

I am no longer calling my cruelty-free list ‘cruelty-free’ is called no animal testing list, this should clear up any confusion people are having. Cruelty-free has been the blanket statement used to define animal testing free brands.

As a vegan, I do not believe in buying items animal byproducts because I don’t want to contribute to any animal suffering. That is my own personal version of ‘cruelty-free’ and is what I practice. I’ve always been upfront about the importance of using vegan items. I went vegan in January 2011 and learn new things every single day.

To clarify, I only personally buy and support vegan cosmetics and try to purchase carnuaba/palm oil free items. I am in the works to make my own vegan mascara this summer and this is why I started making my own lipsticks without carnuaba wax. I am doing my best to do the right thing, and I do think every consumer is responsible to do their own research into product ingredients. That is why I took the vegan products list down off my site and why I am working on revamping and reorganizing my animal testing list. It will take time, but I am trying my best. I appreciate your support and patience.

*ATTENTION: I am taking down any companies I’m not completely sure on until I learn more information on a whether companies are selling in China or not. I try my best to do research, but until companies are more transparent and honest, I can never be 100% sure of their cruelty-free status. I will do my best to post updates and my research so you can decide for yourself what you believe. If a company is vague or not forthcoming on their cruelty-free status and if they are indeed selling their items in China, I will not keep them on my list. I personally am going to be buying from more indie brands and smaller companies, because I feel I can trust their word more than larger companies and corporations. Sad, but true. 

Companies I am currently investigating and therefore taking my off list until I hear different; this does not mean I believe they are testing on animals. I simply want to do more research into their status on selling items in China and if they intend to, as this means their cruelty-free status will become null and void. Please do not ask me if I know if any of these companies are cruelty-free or not. I will post any and all responses I receive whether directly from the company or through a subscriber who contacts the company inquiring information:
CVS, Bonnebell, ELF, Wet n Wild, ALDI, CoverFX, Too Faced, Gosh, Barry M, Dermologica, Essence, Jane Cosmetics, INGLOT, Prestige, Physician’s Formula, Stila, It’s a 10, Paul Mitchell


4 Responses

  1. Sarah S. says:

    Aw, I’m sad to see the vegan list go… but I understand. I want to purchase from more indie brands but of the 4 brands I’ve recently purchased from, 2 messed up my orders! I hope I’ve just been unlucky, but it makes me uneasy to buy from only indie brands (no worries, you did not mess up my order!).

  2. Sarah S. says:

    Hi, this is the first time I’ve seen anybody take issue with carnauba wax. Isn’t it from palms? I just wanted to know why you’re avoiding it.

  3. veggiebeauty says:

    I wouldn’t be down about a company messing up an order, as long as they make it right! Its tough running a business by yourself…doing PR, packing, making new products, filling orders, answering questions. If I ever make a mistake, I make it right and do my best to correct it.

    The reason I avoid palm oil personally is because harvesting it hurts and destroys orangutan habitats, which is why many vegans and animal rights activists avoid it when possible.

  4. Gale says:

    Hi! I would like to ask your opinion about Benefit’s statement on their website (faqs):

    They said they don’t test on animals and they make sure their suppliers provide safety data using alternative testing procedures…And the reason they can declare they are 100% cruelty free is because at some point in the history of cosmetics, an ingredient has already been tested to animals and it would be a lie to say it is not tested.

    I am just wondering what you think about it. :)

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