Animal Testing

I wanted to write this post to offer readers an insight into what makeup brands practice animal testing in 2017. I was oblivious in thinking only a handful of brands still use this method, however when I heard one of my favourite brands ‘Nars’ announced they are no longer a cruelty free brand i wanted to find out more. Nars announced their decision to sell their product in China, and Chinese law requires mandatory animal testing on all cosmetic products that are manufactured outside of China. This law only applies to products that are physically sold in the country.

NARS made their announcement on their Instagram:

“We want you to know that we hear you. The global elimination of animal testing needs to happen. We firmly believe that product and ingredient safety can be proven by non-animal methods, but we must comply with the local laws of the markets in which we operate, including in China.

“We have decided to make NARS available in China because we feel it is important to bring our vision of beauty and artistry to fans in the region. NARS does not test on animals or ask others to do so on our behalf, except where required by law. NARS is committed and actively working to advance alternative testing methods. We are proud to support the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS), a globally recognised organisation at the forefront of advancing non-animal methods in China and around the world. NARS is hopeful that together, we can work toward a cruelty-free world.”

As an animal lover my initial reaction was shock, I just can’t comprehend why in this day and age animal testing is still taking place when there is other successful methods available. However I realised I was being naïve thinking animal testing was a rare statistic in 2017 so I decided to do some research to educate myself and to share with others what brands are not cruelty free.

Please note that this list is not exhaustive. This list only includes companies that claimed they test on animals at some point, or sell in China; there are many other companies who remained silent about their animal testing policy.

  • Avon
  • Benefit
  • Bobbi Brown
  • Burberry
  • Calvin Klein
  • Chanel
  • Clinique
  • Dior
  • Dolce & Gabbana
  • Estee Lauder
  • Giorgio Armani
  • Givenchy
  • Guerlain
  • Helena Rubinstein
  • L’Oreal
  • Lancôme
  • Mac
  • Make Up For Ever
  • Max Factor
  • Maybelline
  • Nars
  • OPI
  • Rimmel London
  • Revlon
  • Shiseido
  • Tom Ford
  • Yves Saint Laurent

This post isn’t to shame you into not buying from these brands, I have make up products that I absolutely love from many of the above and I will keep on using. This post is to educate others in understanding and have the knowledge before investing in your make up choices. Below are some of the main makeup brands that are cruelty free:

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills
  • Bareminerals
  • Barry M
  • Becca
  • BH cosmetics
  • By Terry
  • Chantecaille
  • Charlotte Tilbury
  • Ciate
  • Coloured Raine
  • Coverfx
  • Dose Of Colors
  • Gosh
  • Hourglass
  • Illamasqua
  • it Cosmetics
  • Japonesque
  • Josie Maran
  • Kat von d
  • Marc Jacobs beauty
  • Natasha Denona
  • Nudestix
  • NYX
  • Pixi
  • Pur cosmetics
  • RMS beauty
  • Sugarpill
  • Tarte
  • The Balm
  • The body shop
  • Too Faced
  • Urban Decay
  • Zoeva

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