Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Animal Testing.

da tiny face
(this is Holly, Waffle's litter mate)

Thank you everyone for your responses the other day. I have been doing a lot of reading the past few days and I admit I have been willfully ignorant about some things.  One thing is Animal Testing. I never bought anything KNOWING they tested on animals but I admit to not checking if a company does before I buy something. No more. The thought of someone shoving makeup in Waffle or Daisyboo's eye is enough to make me cry just to think of it. So I have been doing some research on the things I have. I am not going to throw out the stuff I already have because honestly that is a waste and it won't matter to them but I can make sure not to support those companies.

Companies I was buying won't be buying anymore:
L'Oreal (hair color, lipstick, primer, makeup)
Kiehls (This one is a grey area.They are owned by L'Oreal who does test. So money in same pocket)
Maybelline (miscellaneous makeup)
Dove (deodorant, body wash)
Oral B (tooth paste)
Neutrogena (sunscreen, face wash)
Shisedo (face wash)
Vaseline (lotion)
Suave (shampoo for Dave)
Purell (hand sanitizer)
Old Spice (deodorant for Dave)
Olay (face moisturizer)
Arm and Hammer (cleaning products)
Lancome (makeup)
Tide (detergent)
Procter and Gamble

And on the upside companies I use that DO NOT test on animals!
(which honestly takes up  honest at least 80+% of my stuff thank god)
MAC
Chanel
Bath and Body Works
Aveda
Avon
Bobbi Brown
Bonne Bell
Essie
Estee' Lauder
La Mer
Lush! (I love lush SO MUCH)
OPI
Ojon
Urban Decay


These aren't comprehensive lists just ones I had interactions with.
For a comprehensive list of companies that DO test see this.
For a comprehensive list of companies that DO NOT test see this.

If you have a suggestion of a product you have personally used and loved that I could get when I run out of the above I would appreciate it.

Now if you do think animal testing is ok can I ask that you do not post that in the comments? Or better yet please go post why on your blog and give me a link to it and I would love to read about it, honestly. I like to know the why and why nots of all situations, (this is why I A'ced Debate I always like to know both sides of things) but I just don't want to post the pros on my personal site.

15 comments:

hillary said...

That picture is beyond adorable. Ugh, my poor heart!

I won't lie: I loaded up the links, and hesitated. I didn't want to leave that state of "ignorance is bliss". Sure enough, my major products do test on animals. Heartbroken.

While I'd love to choose more friendly products I find myself in a difficult situation: a number that do test on animals are the only products I've found that don't cause me to have massive reactions (Dove, Sunlight, Aveeno). That's going to be something I'm going to have to weigh out in my head and heart.

hillary said...

Im in the exact same situation dude. Insanely sensitive skin and that's the stuff that works for me with issue. especially with sunscreen and any face creams. Hell Dave is celiac and has to avoid certain ingredients but I can't do it knowing anymore and he agreed totally.

hillary said...

Thanks for posting these lists, I admittedly do not purchase a lot of cosmetics but when I do, I'd like to do so consciously.

hillary said...

The bad thing about all the lists out there is some don't take into account companies who buy ingredients from other companies who test on animals (even though the finished product is not) and some will include companies who have not tested on animals in x amount of years... it's all so overwhelming! While I do try to buy more often from the "no animal testing" lists, I will admit I am not as watchful as I could be.

It also gets exhausting deciding where to draw my moral line. Do I just not buy products that test on animals? Do I not buy anything made of an animal (no leather, suede, etc)? Do I stop eating meat? Do I go vegan? I'm not a great debater, so I usually don't weigh in on any of it. I just try and do what I feel is right inside.

hillary said...

That's all you should do, what feels right. I plan to continue to use animal products and eat meat but right now the TESTing on them is what is hurting me. I also can't forget things and now that I know I can't do it. Know what I mean? People brought it up a lot in Monday's post.

hillary said...

Few things make me happier than seeing someone take a step towards a more humane world where animals are treated with dignity and respect. I love your post!

hillary said...

Gillete does animal testing too. P&G is like the worst.
Smashbox does not do animal testing.
I became aware of this a few years back and try to look for the sign, however I had no idea that DOVE deos were animal tested or OLAY moisturizer. I use those product, it's awful to even think of it - I will begin looking for a replacement.

hillary said...

that is so sad about gilette. They are a local company less than a mile away. BAH! fooey on them.

hillary said...

I use Dove, too! When you find a replacement of similar quality - please let me know. I will also be looking for a replacement.

hillary said...

Gillette was bought by P&G several years ago. P&G has such a BROAD range of products, it's crazy. They're all over the place.

Thanks for posting this. I really haven't looked into the animal testing, but it's true that once you know, it's impossible to go back to "not-knowing."

Out of curiosity, how do you feel about animal testing for drug therapy research and development?

hillary said...

Feel like that's a loaded question I cant win. I think they are a necessary evil. Drugs can save lives and take them. They need to be tested.
Makeup is NOT necessary so it's not necessary to endanger animals lives.

hillary said...

Thanks for posting this. I feel like an idiot for not realizing that so much animal testing was still going on -- I guess I had assumed it was much rarer these days, but clearly I was way wrong. Fortunately, I've been shifting to using Burt's Bees for almost everything, and they are on the do-not-test list, hurray! I was kind of holding my breath, fearing I would have to abandon all their shampoos and moisturizers and lip balms and sunscreen.

hillary said...

I had been an idiot about it too. Burts Bees does not but they are owned by a company that does. I just read that this morning. I am debating myself with what my stance is on things like that. This all sparked from people's comments on monday and the fact that I couldn't STOP seeing it and unlearn it.

hillary said...

yeah, I agree. I think they are a necessary evil as well. I didn't mean to put you on the spot, I'm sorry for that. Anyways, thanks for this post, I should consider this for makeup. I've been a big fan of covergirl - they just seem to work well for me. Unfortunately they are P&G as well. Something I really do need to think about for future purchases.

hillary said...

No worries you didn't put me on the spot that question in general is one I am struggling with is what I meant.