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Cruelty Free Makeup & Cosmetics

Cruelty-free cosmetics is a category containing all cosmetics that have not been tested on animals. The FDA has not approved a legal definition that binds this term to a certain set of criteria, making it difficult to define.However, in addition to the final product, most advocates for cruelty-free beauty agree that none of the ingredients used in the production of the cosmetic can be tested on animals in order for it to be truly cruelty-free, despite the fact that many companies who brand themselves as such still use raw materials that have been tested on animals. Therefore, it is most useful to define the term according to group consensus within the community rather than using government-promoted definitions.

The types of tests performed on animals include acute toxicity testing, eye and skin irritation testing, skin sensitivity testing, carcinogenicity testing and re-productivity and developmental toxicity testing. Numerous studies have shown that the effectiveness of these tests is limited, and valid alternatives exist for many of these tests.

People only buying from cruelty-free companies is effective because it boycotts the practice of testing on animals and proves that there is a specific market for cruelty-free consumers, incentivizing brands to "go" cruelty-free and follow their guidelines.

Created in 1996, the Leaping Bunny label or Human Cosmetic Standard (HCS) is one of the European pioneersin cruelty free cosmetics. This logo, valid in Europe and North America, certifies:

  • the brand in its totality is cruelty free
  • the absence of animal testing of the ingredients
  • the absence of animal testing of finished products
  • the absence of animal testing in foreign markets

The label does not certify the absence of material of animal origin such as honey.

Each cosmetic is subject to strict control by independent inspection bodies chosen by the Coalition for Consumer Information in Cosmetics (CCIC), which is an NGO founded by 8 international animal protection groups such as: American Anti-Vivisection Society, Animal Alliance of Canada, Doris Day Animal League, etc.

Choose Cruelty-Free

This logo applies to several areas: cosmetics, medicines and hygiene products and home. It certifies that:

  • all brands in the group are cruelty free
  • the brand in its entirety only offers cruelty free products
  • the absence of animal testing of finished products
  • the absence of animal testing of the ingredients
  • the absence of animal testing in foreign markets

The label does not certify the absence of material of animal origin but does certify that the mark does not have the right to sell its cosmetics in countries where the law authorizes the tests on the animals.