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Buying Animal Cruelty-Free Products: A More Humane Approach
After learning about some of the awful conditions animals go through for hygiene and cleaning products, I decided to detox my home. I decided I would opt for animal cruelty-free products as much as possible. There is no reason an animal should have to suffer for toothpaste, a product that's well established.
Animal testing is often, if not entirely, unnecessary. There are other ways to test new products, and we also don't necessarily need so many new scents and the like.
It's terrible to think that animals out there were bred for the entire purpose of spending their whole lives in a lab environment. I think we can do better than this. I know we can do better than this. We're in a fight for our humanity.
Buy Vegan Products Instead
- Before you start changing up your household products, keep in mind that animal cruelty-free items are often more expensive. Sometimes doubly so.
- These products will have a symbol on them to show they don't harm animals. It will often be a bunny.
- Companies that sell animal cruelty-free products are proud of it. They'll make it clear to you.
- It's easier now than ever to tell whether a product is humane or not: we got the Internet right at our command.
- Do you really want products that have synthetics and other strong chemicals that put animals or you at risk?
Let's go vegan with our hygiene and cleaning products! This article isn't about food: it's about what you put on and near your body. This list is to help you figure out what to put on your hair, what detergent to use, and the best soaps. I hope you can learn something from this.
Please Comment, Challenge, and Help Make This a Better List
If you have any suggestions: write something in the comment section. More and more people want to shower without having to cause our animal friends needless suffering.
You may know of better products than me! In fact, I can almost guarantee it. What I want to add to this list is:
- Affordable products.
- Companies that are doing the hard work of preventing evil in their midst.
- Great alternatives to animal testing.
- More knowledge. This post is for you, it's for the community, it's meant to inspire.
One Big Cleaning Sweep
Here's a look at a few brands that have great lines of animal cruelty-free products.
Method is a name brand you'll find in stores like Target. The nice thing about Method is you could switch out a whole bunch of items you use for this brand. Method products don't use any animal-derived ingredients or by-products. I find the most expensive items have to do with laundry. I'd like to find a vegan friendly laundry detergent that's under $10.
I find the company's body wash and shampoos are affordable. I am a fan of the body wash. My favorite might be the ginger one.
- All-purpose cleaners
- Floor cleaners
- Bathroom cleaners
- Laundry detergent
- Dryer sheets
- Fabric softener
- Glass cleaners
- Foaming hand wash
- Gel hand wash
- Body wash
- Shampoo and conditioner
I use a ton of Method products throughout my household. I think they smell great and feel clean. I don't worry about using them in the presence of my cats and dog. I prefer the cleaning spray for counters than hand wipes from other companies.
The cleaning spray also works well for cleaning up pet spills. I've even used it on the carpet when in a jam.
Method comes in a variety of scents. The packaging makes their items easy to use and in some cases reuse. If you are new to animal cruelty products in your home, this would be my first place to browse and shop. These products are not hard to find, they're easy to use, and you will feel more humane using them.
Art of Green
I love their cleaning wipes. They do get pretty soapy, so I recommend rinsing off surfaces really good after you use these. The wipes are really good about getting coffee stains out of cups. The wipes are tough on dirt, grease, and grime.
Right on the bottle it says they're safe to use around kids and pets. There are no harsh chemicals, it's non-toxic, and it is safe for sensitive skin. It also smells like citrus and flowers.
I have fairly sensitive skin, and touching these never bother me. I use them for dusting and to clean up dishes. I feel much better with these wipes in my home than other brands. Kick those cheap wipes that are tested on animals to the curb.
Here's a look at some great toothpaste companies that avoid testing on animals.
Tom's of Maine
I swear by this toothpaste, but my husband doesn't really like the flavor. To me it tastes clean. It doesn't have as strong of a mint flavor as others on the market. It is more expensive than more popular name brands.
The bonus is that I get this toothpaste all for myself and don't have to share it with my husband. He is a little more picky about his toothpaste.
If you like more baking soda or neutral like toothpastes, then I think this will be a good match for you. I haven't had any cavities or dental issues since switching to it about a year ago.
Dr. Bronner’s All-One Cruelty-Free Toothpastes
This brand comes in a variety of different flavors, so if you're picky like my husband, this might be the better choice for you.
Try peppermint or cinnamon. I've heard the cinnamon one is rather interesting. They're 70% certified organic. The packaging is 100% recycled. The product doesn't contain detergent foaming agents, fluoride, artificial colors, or preservatives.
You can find this brand at Walgreens, Walmart, Target, and other big chains. The brand behind it also has skincare, hair care, and other dental care products.
The toothpaste is PETA certified! They have an even wider range of toothpaste flavors including: cilantro mint, cinnamon, green apple, spearmint, star anise and zesty orange.
The toothpastes are made from organic ingredients like lemon, mint, and tea tree extracts. Their products are also palm oil free. Their lip balms and sunscreen lotions do contain organic beeswax and honey from the Hockley Farm. You can find this brand at Walmart and Amazon.
Cruelty-free, non-toxic, vegan, and ethically sourced, this one has some unique flavors like Vanilla Chai and Jasmine & Spearmint. They also offer mouthwash and children's toothpaste.
Schmidt's are certificated with Leaping Bunny. They have also been honored by the Humane Society for their efforts to end animal testing in the United States.
Eye Drops/Contact Solution
There isn't a lot of competition yet for animal cruelty-free eye products. This is an area that is in need of improvement.
This is your one stop shop for eye drops and contact solution that's animal cruelty free. It's also recommended by eye doctors. A four pack of multi purpose solution costs $19. A ten pack nearly $95.
The company is in the process of finding a cruelty-free supplier for drops for red eyes and dry eyes. If you're like me, then you need some eye drops to get through the dryness of winter and staring at screens all day long.
If you're looking for straight up contacts that are not tested on animals, your answer is Day Soft. Contact lenses are a class II medical device, so most of them are tested on animals. Contact lenses are regulated by the FDA. All the major contact brands do animal testing on animals.
Face Masks/Skin Care
Here's a look at some great skin care products.
Beauty masks with different scented varieties. The company is transparent about what products they use, and its testing methods. No animals are hurt in the process.
They sell masks at an affordable price. Their products are meant to hydrate, revive, and energize your skin. They're also great for blackhead control, calming anxiety, and making you feel pretty.
Many of the company's products are fruit or charcoal based. I like to use this if I feel my skin is off, or I'm wanting to pamper myself. These are easy to use and only take about 5 to 20 minutes.
This is my favorite Korean skin care brand. Its products make my skin glow and look a couple of years younger.
I highly recommend using Saranghae products, though they are a little more on the expensive side. It's nice to know that one of my favorite brand's is vegan friendly.
It doesn't test on animals, and it doesn't use animals in its ingredients. Saranghae is also very proud of its formulas. The company uses something called Sang Hwang Mushroom.
My favorite products are:
- Firm & Lift Regeneration Cream
- Deep Radiance Essence + Serum
- Nourishing and Moisturizing Oil + Foam Cleanser
I am serious, if you have troubling skin maybe from bad sleep or a bad diet, this stuff can help bring back your glow.
Relax your body, calm your mind, and be at ease because this popular brand doesn't test on animals nor use animal ingredients. Dr. Teal's uses natural remedies to help you get rid of unwanted dry skin, to help you feel nourished, and to soothe your aches and pains.
I'm a fan of the company's pink bath scrub with Himalayan salt. It's a must if you get dry skin in the winter. I've also tried the foaming bath product, pure epsom salt soaks, and a foot care one. These products make your bath experience more complete. I usually feel rejuvenated after using them.
This company sells a little bit of everything. It proudly advertises that it is 100% vegan friendly. Just a hint: if you're wondering if a company is animal cruelty free, it will broadcast it, and make it very clear. It's not something a company tries to hide.
Acure sells cleansers, face scrubs, face mists, creams, shampoo, dry shampoo, conditioners, shampoo bars, lotions, hand sanitizers, and deodorants. This is a good one stop place if you're looking for these items.
The products are somewhat expensive, so you might not want to stock up on all your hygiene products here.
Meow Meow Tweet
I love the name. The prices are not too bad either. The products are organic, vegan, and low waste. The company also supports DigDeep, a nonprofit working to make sure every American has clean water. Meow Meow Tweet is supporting DigDeep's Navajo Water Project to bring clean water to the Navajo Nation.
- Deodorants will set you back about $14
- Facial products anywhere from $6-30
- Shampoo and conditioner bars $12-16
- Insect repellent $25
- Body washes and the like $10-25
- Soap $10-12
I love the unique name for this company. It specializes in what it calls exotic skincare essentials. The products are organic, 100% natural, and vegan. Its website lists all its ingredients. This is one of the more expensive companies I have listed in this article. This might be best for a nice gift for your girlfriend or mom.
This company makes it incredibly clear that it doesn't test on animals, use animal products, nor use suppliers that do animal testing. S.W. Basics sells items for skin, for your body, for your face, and for babies.
It has a lovely blog about wellness from hanging out with pets, recipes, and getting some sunshine. S.W. Basics is a feel good conscientious company. Isn't that what you want?
The popular brand doesn't test on animals. This is one of the cheapest scrubs you can find at the store.
However, you do need to be careful using it for the long term. Exfoliating your face constantly can give you a lot of wear and tear. It might be one of your best defenses against acne, but it can do other not so great things to it in the long run.
Crushed walnuts are the main ingredient in the apricot scrub, which can cause micro tears in the skin from over use. It could also be bad if you have a nut allergy.
The following brands are considered vegan and animal cruelty free.
- Dr. Hempster: lavender + eucalyptus oil. Perfect for winter.
- Pure Scentum: made with sea salt, shea butter, vitamin A cream, safflower oil, and coconut oil. Perfect for dry skin.
- Beauty by Earth: shea butter + essential oils.
- Bella and Bear: large bath bombs made from vegan ingredients. Great for sensitive skin.
- Divine Botanicals: shea butter + essential oils + coconut oil. They also have bath salts.
- Earth Vibes: shea butter, essential oils, sunflower seed oil, and vitamin E.
- Refugee Bath Co.: cocoa butter! What's really interesting about this company, they hire people who have been through serious trauma: those who have suffered from wars and famine. A portion of sales go to refugee assistance programs.
Here's some great makeup brands to look into for animal cruelty-free products.
e.l.f. is cruelty free worldwide. It's 100% vegan. The company claims it "has never conducted, commissioned, or paid for tests on animals anywhere in the world."
e.l.f. sells affordable products. I like them because they have an assortment of colors. I have loads of eye shadow from this company and in just about every color under the sun. I also like its powders and blush. e.l.f. also sells skin care products, and brushes.
This company is gender friendly. It posts pictures of models of any gender on its website. e.l.f. also promotes wellness with cooking tips and exercise routines. This company doesn't just sell makeup for beauty, it really wants you to take care of yourself.
This company claims to be 100% evil free. Now that is an amazing label. The company is committed to selling products that don't hurt humans, animals, and the planet.
Each product has 10 or less ingredients. They're big on avocado oil, grapeseed oil, elderberry extract, candellia wax, and kokum butter. Axiology wants you to feel safe using its products. You don't have to worry about your conscience when you buy products from this company.
The founder, Ericka Rodriguez, says she started the company because she was having a hard time finding a good lipstick that didn't harm animals nor the planet. She went into her kitchen and got to work. Rodriguez developed the 10 ingredient formula behind Axiology.
It's a little more expensive than Elf. It's cheaper than Axiology. The company sells lipsticks, lip products, perfumes, and colognes. The items are handcrafted, vegan, and animal cruelty free. The items are also packaged in a way that makes them travel friendly.
The company makes makeup tools like brushes. On the company's website, it says its tools are made of vegan and cruelty-free synthetic materials. The packaging materials are also recyclable. It doesn't test on animals. You can find its products at Target. The prices are affordable.
It can be really hard to find animal cruelty-free/vegan hair products. You might go cross eyed while looking at labels and trying to do research. Most shampoos contain animal ingredients. Also, several big name brands are sold in Mainland China where animal testing is required.
The following shampoos are considered vegan friendly. I have not tried most of these.
- Acure Organics
- Avalon Organics
- Beauty Without Cruelty
- Kiss My Face
- L’ORÉAL EverPure shampoo & conditioner
- Mineral Fusion
- Morrocco Method
- Nature’s Gate
I have been dying to try out this brand. It sells cruelty-free and vegan hair coloring jars. They come in just about every color imaginable from silver to rose gold. The nice part about these colors is they don't stay in your hair forever, they fade after a few weeks. They're easy to use and you can get that ombre look.
The products do not contain bleach or pre-lighters. I love the company website. It's easy to navigate, and it makes me feel safe around hair coloring. The company also lists all their ingredients up front.
It only works with U.S. based suppliers that have cruelty-free and vegan processes. The company is PETA certified.
Here are two great deodorant brands.
This is my favorite vegan friendly deodorant. I don't feel sweaty, and I don't feel itchy. It also doesn't use aluminium, which can create some serious problems down the road.
It's 100% natural, and you only need 1 to 2 swipes a day. The company's deodorants are all plant based, the bars works really well, and the items have different scents. It's unisex too. It's kind of weird that we would have gendered deodorant since armpits are simply armpits.
Natural deodorants are more expensive. You'll likely be shelling out close to $10. It is overall a better product and better for the environment.
This one wasn't for me. I think I sweat too much. I only tried one variety, so there might be better scented ones. It is also aluminum free and formulated for sensitive skin. Those are two big pluses. It also is baking soda and paraben free. If you don't sweat too much, or don't have too much anxiety, this one might work for you. Otherwise, Schmidt's is better in my opinion.
No one wants their period to cause pain for others. This is a really important section because a lot of feminine products get tested on animals, and in fact, learning about that made me really want to become a more conscious consumer.
Organic Cotton Tampons/L. Organic Cotton Regular and Super Absorbency Compact Tampons
This is my go to brand for that time of the month. The organic tampons work just the same as other tampons, but they're not used on animals. This company also makes pads, liners, and other feminine and masculine products for your needs.
Keep in mind with these products, you should always read all the information associated with them. Toxic shock syndrome is the most likely bad outcome of any tampon or pad, so you need to change out these items regularly. I find the price of these is about the same as comparable products.
This brand is one I regularly use. They also have tampons and pantyliners and the like. Founded in 1988, the company prides itself on selling eco-friendly products.
It's also selling cleaning products, diapers, soap, and paper. Seventh Generation products are biodegradable, made of plant-based phosphate, and chlorine-free ingredients. Its promise: to consider what products will do on the next seven generations. It looks ahead rather than at what is happening now. This is a company that is focused on sustainable development.
I also use this company's products during my period. It sells both period care and skin care products. I haven't tried the skin care products.
The menstruation products are soft, flexible, and gentle. The items are easy to use. You can use them day or night. They might be more expensive than other similar products. You can find them in supermarkets, drugstores, and just about anywhere. Rael is a popular brand.
The pads are created from 100% organic cotton sourced from Texas.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Andrea Lawrence
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