Tesco

So after a few months of being assured my query was forwarded ‘to the relevant department’ for a reply, I set up a Twitter account because I was led to believe Tweeting is the fastest way to get a response. And it worked!

“Thanks for getting in touch, apologies on the slow response. Tesco own brand products are not tested on animals by Tesco or by our suppliers on our behalf.  Our animal welfare policy applies to all our own-brand products. It covers animal testing, farmed animals used in food or non-food products and the sale of pets, other live animals and pet accessories. We do not carry out, commission or fund testing on animals for consumer products. Where animal testing is required by law e.g. for new medicines, we require suppliers to minimise reliance on animal trials and adopt the highest ethical and welfare standards.”

I also found this on the Tesco PLC website under their Animal Welfare Policy;

 

“For ingredients in our own-brand cosmetic or household products, we set a fixed cut-off date of 31 December 2007 and do not sell any such products made with ingredients tested on animals after this date. We have robust systems in place to ensure that these cut-off dates have been met by all our own brand suppliers.”

So Tesco own brand products are Cruelty Free! Their products are even marked with a “Not tested on animals” which I love. Not only do statements like this and Leaping Bunny symbols on products help shoppers, but it also sparks interests in shoppers who may be unaware that animal testing is still a ‘thing of the present’!

I mentioned in a previous blog about animal testing for medicine, and while it is a very different topic to animals being used for the sake of cosmetics, it is something which we hope will be eliminated in the future. It is impossible to ask the doctor to prescribe you Cruelty Free medicine, but alternative testing methods are being produced.

Because Tesco have their own range of medicinal products, which are tested on animals, I believe this is why they aren’t on any Cruelty Free lists. Here are a few of the alternative methods which are coming onto the market:

  • In Vitro is the method of testing products samples of human cells and tissue in test tubes.
  • Computerised models and stimulations
  • MRIs and CT scans (non invasive)
  • Computerised patient-drug databases and virtual drug trials
  • Stem cell and genetics testing methods
  • Microdosing (giving the drug to patients in a low dose which will affect the body on a cellular level as opposed to the whole body)

Of course it isn’t good that we still use animals for testing medicine, but like I mentioned above, life and death situations are distinctly different to that of cosmetics. But we definitely want to see more companies using these alternative methods.

There are a lot of reasons why these alternatives are more successful than animal tests. If you are interested on learning more about these alternatives, have a look at the link below! Makes for an interesting rainy day read!

https://www.neavs.org/alternatives/in-testing

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Some Awesome Influencers And Why We Need Them

This week I was heartbroken to see that the fabulous Rozanna Purcell is now an ambassador for a Rimmel London tanning product. Learning this hurt most because I really fell head over heels for her own body scrub, which I featured on my Instagram a few weeks back, called “Ripe By Roz”. I wrote to the company at the time to be certain it is Cruelty Free, and I was assured it was! Since seeing Roz’s Instagram post about the Rimmel tan, I can’t even look at my Ripe By Roz scrub the same way again.

Why be so certain your own product isn’t tested on animals because you ‘love animals!’ but instead encourage your avid readers to purchase a product from a company that is a huge success in Mainland China?

On the other hand, I learned that another celeb I’m a huge fan of (and have been for years, ever since the Netflix series ‘Derek’ – seriously, watch it if you haven’t yet!) who is a huge advocate for the rights of animals. Ricky Gervais.

“I’m delighted to support the launch of Cruelty Free International – the exciting global company to end the use of animals in product testing. Using animals to test cosmetics is still allowed in most of the world, which means that thousands of animals can continue to die for the sake of a new shampoo. Which is ridiculous. We urgently need a worldwide ban on this and unnecessary suffering. Cruelty Free International will place the use of animals in testing on the agenda of many governments for the very first time. Its time to close the door on animal testing for good.” Ricky Gervais, 2017.

Some of the other fabulous celebrities involved in Cruelty Free International are; Peter Dinklage, Paul McCartney, Mayim Blalik, Norman Reedus, Joss Stone, Joanna Lumley, Paul O’Grady, Greg Rutherford, Jilly Cooper and Dr Brian May.

Having strong influencers on board such a vital campaign is fabulous. These people already have a major platform on which to use their voice. They have fans and followers who will listen. Who will spread the word.

Which is why I was devastated to see Rozanna Purcell embracing Rimmel. She has over 221,000 followers – which is why it is so important for influencers to remember what effect their actions and posts on social media can have on followers.

“Dear intelligent people of the world; don’t get shampoo in your eyes. It stings. There. Done. Now f*cking stop torturing animals” Ricky Gervais.

Paul McCartney has been a huge advocate for the rights of animals for most of his life. He has been vegetarian for a long time, and has been encouraging people to have a ‘Meat Free Monday’, to improve the health of the public and to reduce the suffering of animals. 1993’s song ‘Looking For Changes’ explores the fight for the rights of animals, unapologetically; “I tell you that we’ll all be looking for changes, changes in the way we treat our fellow creatures.” Paul had a huge part to play in the EU ban on animal testing. In 2012, he lent his support to Humane Society International’s Be Cruelty Free campaign. Paul summed up why he chose to help in this campaign; “The ugly truth about testing beauty products on animals is that it causes them unimaginable pain and suffering. If every cosmetic tested on rabbits or mice had a photo on the packaging showing these animals with weeping swollen eyes and inflamed skin, I believe everyone would leave cruelty on the shelf and go for the cruelty-free option instead.”

I remember watching the Paul O’Grady Show after school when I was younger. He always had his dog, Buster, with him. Since the ending of his show, he has demonstrated his deep passion for animals in so many ways. His award winning show ‘For The Love Of Dogs’ stole the hearts of the nation, followed by ‘Animal Orphans’. He has also become an ambassador for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, and a patron of Orangutan Appeal UK. Since then, Paul, along with Ricky, Harry Hill, Sue Perkins and Tracey Ullman, have called for longer jail time for people accused of animal abuse and neglect. This is something we need to work on in Ireland too, our laws are far too lenient.

Last year The Body Shop joined forces with Cruelty Free International to compose the Forever Against Animal Testing campaign. Their aim is to call on the United Nations to introduce an international convention to end the practice. Any time you are in the Body Shop, please sign the petition! (While you’re there, try the British Rose products – my fav at the moment!) You can also use the hashtag #foreveragainstanimaltesting to show your support online!

We need campaigns. We need governments to listen. We can speak with our Euros. If you do your best to make the right choices when you shop or sign petitions, or even just spread awareness, you are making such a huge difference!

https://www.express.co.uk/news/nature/821476/animal-cruelty-Ricky-Gervais-Sue-Perkins-Paul-O-Grady-tougher-animal-abuser-jail-time

https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/comedians-paul-ogrady-sue-perkins-10953314

https://www.crueltyfreeinternational.org/who-we-are/about-cruelty-free-international/our-celebrity-supporters

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/why-paul-mccartney-is-the-ultimate-animal-rights-superstar/

 

 

Ireland; The Puppy Farm Capitol of Europe

So it’s a bit off-topic for the blog, but its very topical in Irish society today. And very close to my heart. Ireland is known as the ‘Puppy farm capital of Europe’, with hundreds of illegal puppy farms in operation today.

A puppy farm, according to Rescue Animals Ireland, is defined as; “a commercial dog breeding facility that is operated with an emphasis upon profits above animal welfare and is often in substandard conditions regarding the well-being of dogs in their care. Due to the frequently poor breeding conditions in puppy farms, puppies bred there often suffer from health and/or social problems. Puppies raised in a cramped environment shared by many other dogs become poorly socialized to other dogs and to humans. “

In the UK there are 895 registered puppy farms which produce roughly 70,000 puppies a year, whereas in Ireland there are only 73 registered which produce 30,000 puppies yearly. Worked out that’s 410 puppies per farm per year, compared to 78 per farm in the UK. Some farms have over 500 breeding bitches, where the DSPCA recommend that there are fewer than 10.

Conditions on these farms are atrocious. The mothers are often kept in the dark, having litter after litter with no proper veterinary care (for the pups either) and without access to clean water. enough food and live in their own filth. Puppies that come from these farms often end up with a list of medical complaints and behavioral issues from the lack of care and their cramped conditions, and sometimes lead a very short life as a result. There can be a high risk of in-breeding on puppy farms, and it would not be unusual for the pups to be taken away from the mother before the appropriate 8 weeks.

You could easily be fooled; these illegal breeders know how to pull the wool over the eyes of potential buyers. For example, they have been known to use the same address for multiple sales, and pretend to be a loving family whose pet had a litter. The next week they will pull the same stunt with a totally different litter of puppies. This way, the buyer doesn’t see the conditions of the puppy farm. Or they will ask to meet the buyer in a car park, or deliver the puppy direct to the buyers house.

What you can do;

The best thing you can do if you’re looking for a new pet is to rescue one from a shelter. Rescued dogs are among the most loving, they will have had their vaccinations in most cases and will be micro-chipped. When you rescue a dog, you free up the space in the shelter for them to take in another also, so you really save two dogs.

If you really do have to buy one, there are steps you can take to be sure you are buying from a reputable dealer. These are some tips from Rescue Animals Ireland;

  1. The majority of reputable breeders do not advertise in classified ads on the internet and in newspapers. Check to see if the breeder has multiple breeds for sale.  If they are selling more than one breed, walk away! Check with the Irish Kennel Club for a reputable breeder.
  2. They create ‘designer’ breeds by mixing dogs and creating odd names like “cavachon” (Bichon Frise / Cavalier King Charles Spaniel mix) or “puggle” (Pug / Beagle mix).
  3. ‘Teacup’ or miniatures of a breed for sale. Teacup dogs are often dogs that were born prematurely and carry greatly increased health risks. They are prone to heart failure, dental problems, behavioral/temperamental problems and various other complications, many of which are causes of their relatively short lifespans.
  4. Be wary of a breeder that doesn’t show you the area the mother and pups were kept. Ask to see the mother and if possible the father.
  5. If the breeder offers to deliver a pup to your home or meet you in a car park before you have seen it at their home, walk away. This is a common way for breeders to prevent people from seeing the conditions the pups have been raised in.
  6. The pup should come with vaccination information signed by the vet. They should also give information on food, vaccinations, worming etc.
  7. It currently costs 13euro to 20euro register a pup with the Irish Kennel Club. If a breeder claims that both parents of the pup are IKC registered then the pups should also be registered. IKC will not register more than one litter a year from a dog. They will also not register pups if the mother isn’t over one year of age or if the mother is over eight years of age. They can have no more than six litters in their lifetime. This is for the health and well-being of the breeding dog.
  8. Be suspicious if the breeder doesn’t ask questions of you. A responsible breeder will want to ensure that their dogs are going to good homes.
  9. If you suspect that the breeder is a puppy farmer, do not buy from them. Sometimes people will see dogs and pups in bad condition and feel sorry for them and buy them. This only gives the breeder more money and they will continue to breed dogs. Instead report what you have seen. Give as much information about the breeder to your local ISPCA.

You can also donate to the various charities fighting the illegal puppy farm trade and support the care of dogs in shelters. See the links below.

Angel

Throughout my life, we have had 4 beautiful dogs. All of which have been rescued. Our third dog, Angel, was adopted through Dogs In Distress. She had been on a puppy farm her entire life and had been over-bred from (a dog should have no more than 6 litters in their lifetime). When she was taken in, she needed a tummy-tuck to get her poor stomach back into shape and just wanted to rest after her ordeal.

When we adopted her a few months after being taken in by Dogs In Distress, we could see in her eyes the pain she had been through. We had no idea what age she was, but she knew she was finally in a home where she was loved. She didn’t know how to play with toys, and had to learn to be able to show affection, but the elderly dog we will had too, Sally, showed her just how to live.

She wasn’t a ‘designer’ breed, she was a beagle crossed with a pointer, and most likely was bred for hunting dogs. We knew she was definitely bred with beagles as it was the only breed of dog she didn’t like to see on the street.

Unfortunately due to her age (we assume she was quite elderly) after 4 years she was taken by an illness. We loved her from the moment she got her and she brought us such a huge amount of joy and comfort.

This was Angel when she was first taken in. She was scrawny, and in desperate need of veterinary care. However, it wasn’t long after we adopted her that she fell in love with life!

Now we have adopted a beautiful black Labrador, who was also from Dogs In Distress. He is by far the happiest, most loving and caring dog we have ever had. He was surrendered to a pound by his family, and then taken in by DID who gave him to a foster home for a few months before we got him.

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I have always felt that the personality of a dog is far more important than how they look. Remember, designer breeds carry a lot of health issues and temperament problems.

Please consider rescuing a dog before buying one! If you see something suspicious, report it.

https://dogsindistress.org/ (I am very fond of this organisation as they keep the dogs in foster homes while they are waiting to be adopted!)

https://www.dogstrust.ie/

http://www.ispca.ie/

https://www.dspca.ie/

https://www.facebook.com/IrishPoundDogs/

http://www.madra.ie/

http://www.cararescuedogs.com/

http://www.ashanimalrescue.com/ash/

Ref:

http://rescueanimalsireland.ie/useful-information/puppy-farms

http://www.thejournal.ie/puppy-farms-ireland-3102061-Nov2016/

https://www.dogstrust.ie/whats-happening/news/promise-to-stopkeepingmum

http://www.thejournal.ie/irish-puppy-farm-dogs-3008473-Oct2016/

 

ALDI & a Brief Look at Animal Testing for Medicine

 

Aldi. They’re everywhere. They pop up overnight and are nearly as common as Starbucks. But great news. Their products have been given the Leaping Bunny seal of approval! Here’s the (extremely prompt) response I got from them;

“Thank you for contacting Aldi Customer Services regarding our animal testing policy. 

ALDI is committed to animal welfare and it is our policy that all our own-label range of household products, cosmetics and toiletries and their ingredients are not tested on animals. 

We are pleased to confirm that all our household products hold the Cruelty Free International Leaping Bunny Logo.

I hope this gives you the confidence that ALDI takes the issue of animal testing seriously.”

Super! So now we can clean our houses with a clear conscience. There isn’t much information on their site about the products mentioned but they can be found in store. Keep an eye out for the Leaping Bunny! https://www.aldi.ie/

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A few readers have contacted me asking about other shop-brand cleaning products. I am still awaiting replies from SuperValu and Tesco. Tesco products such as toiletries and household cleaning products have “Not tested on animals” on them already which is a good sign but the brand themselves are not on any Cruelty Free websites so I am curiously awaiting their response. I anticipate that they can’t be classed as a Cruelty Free brand because their range includes a selection of medicinal products which fall under different laws to cosmetic and household products.

Unfortunately testing on animals for medicine and vaccines isn’t banned in the EU like cosmetic testing is. Testing on Great Apes has been banned, and testing on wild-caught animals (unless the individual study requires it) has also been banned. It is something with the EU are monitoring closely and do wish to call an end to.

EU legislation has implemented the following, which they call “the 3 Rs”;

Replacement – methods which avoid or replace the use of animals.

Reduction – minimising the numbers of animals used – for example by improving the experimental design and statistical analysis used in a study.

Refinement – improving experimental procedures, and other factors affecting animals such as their housing and care, to reduce suffering and improve welfare throughout the animals’ lives.

https://ec.europa.eu/health/scientific_committees/non-human-primates-testing-5-reducing-the-use_en 

It is too difficult for the EU to give a definitive timeline for the phasing out of testing on animals for medicine. More information is available here:

https://ec.europa.eu/health/scientific_committees/non-human-primates-testing-6-determining-the-timeline_en 

“We believe that the need to experiment on animals, and the justification for the suffering caused, should be more critically questioned.” (RSPCA)

It’s an interesting read and it’s great to know that animal testing for medicine and vaccines is being monitored closely in the UK at least.

While I don’t like the ethics of it, its a different situation we enter into when it comes down to life and death situations compared to testing on animals for mascara and household cleaners.

Here’s more information about animal testing in medicinal circumstances if you’re interested:

https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/laboratory/medicinesandvaccines

https://science.rspca.org.uk/sciencegroup/researchanimals/implementing3rs

https://animal-testing.procon.org/ 

As soon as Tesco and SuperValu respond I will pop it on my blog and Instagram account. I’m really interested to see what they have to say!

Superdrug. My New Obsession

Affordable, quality and cruelty free and vegan. Superdrugs own brand products tick all the boxes!

Their brand ranges from hand creams, nail polish remover, face wipes, cooling sprays, face masks, coconut oil (amazing for literally everything), to tan and lip balm! Their makeup range is called ‘B’, and their award winning mascara is worth checking out. All of their products have been given the seal of approval from Cruelty Free International (formerly BUAV which is mentioned on their site) and given the use of the Leaping Bunny Symbol on all of their products. Which is super handy (it’s how I realised they were CF in the first place!)

“We love everything beauty, and are proud to say that no animals are tested on in our quest for cosmetics in our Own Brand range! Testing on animals is now banned in the UK and across the EU, but this is not the story throughout the rest of the world. Living cruelty-free has become increasingly viable in recent years, with more and more companies making a stance. Look out for the Leaping Read on our Own Brand products to be assured it has been certified ‘cruelty free’ under the internationally recognised Humane Cosmetics Products Standards.

Find out more about our own vegan-friendly beauty brand, B. below, and discover other cruelty free makeup ranges that are now available online.”

I love when brands are so clear and upfront about their beliefs and policies! If you search ‘Cruelty Free’ on their site it gives you all of their brands that fall under this category- super handy. Keep doin’ what you’re doin’ , Superdrug.

https://www.superdrug.com/microsite/cruelty-free-makeup

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Kiko & Dr Hauschka

I had originally planned on discussing Dead Sea Cosmetics too but it was difficult to find confirming evidence online and I’m still awaiting a reply from them. I notice on their website that they do sell in China but hoping this refers to Hong Kong as opposed to mainland China.

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Kiko

Parent Company: None

Available online to ship to Ireland & available in Belfast

Kiko is an Italian brand that was set up back in 1997. It wasn’t hard to find information on Kiko’s website about their stance on animal testing. Their statement is short and brief, but to the point. They adhere to the EU laws on the ban of animal testing but I wouldn’t class them as vegan, however, as they do use beeswax in some of their lip products.

“KIKO does not carry out or order testing on animals, pursuant to the relative European laws.

This guarantee does not only include finished products but also the latest generation raw materials, tested from 2004 onwards. In fact, European legislation for cosmetics has prohibited animal testing since 2004 on finished products, a practice stopped by the cosmetics industry 15 years before the law went into effect. A ban, valid in all EU territories, not only on the sale of final cosmetic formulations which have undergone animal testing but also products containing ingredients tested on animals outside of the European Community came into effect on March 11, 2009.

KIKO is committed to the pursuit of progress in Italian and European cosmetics through research into alternative tests to animal toxicological tests that protect consumer safety.”

You may notice they don’t carry the Leaping Bunny symbol as this symbol is part of a private entity which require a fee each year to be able to keep the logo. They chose to invest this money back into the company instead of the fee. I agree with this but I also feel having the Leaping Bunny, or even a cruelty free statement on products, can help consumers in such a huge way.

In terms of selling in mainland China, Kiko only sell their products in Hong Kong, which is not classed as ‘mainland China’ and therefor no mandatory animal testing is in place here.

https://www.kikocosmetics.com/en-ie/

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Dr Hauschka

Parent Company: None

Available in The Health Stores across Ireland

You don’t judge a book by its cover, but you can tell that Dr Hauschka’s products are made with TLC and attention to detail from seeing their packaging. Dr Hauschka is a natural skincare brand committed to sustainability and healing. They have always been committed to never testing on animals, since their founding in 1967.

“The responsible and sustainable development of our products is something that has been at the core of Dr. Hauschka Cosmetics ever since the beginning, back in 1967. Today we are proud to continue to carry this philosophy forward.

Naturally, this means that no animal tests have ever been carried out either by or on behalf of Dr. Hauschka Cosmetics since our founding in 1967.”

From browsing their website, I was delighted to see their commitment to Fair Trade also, demonstrating their commitment to being a sustainable, environmentally friendly company.

“We also support sustainability through the ecological, socially-responsible partnerships that we have created: for example, we obtain shea butter from an organically certified collection area in Burkina Faso and the precious oil of the Damask roses from countries such as from Afghanistan, where we are working with the World Hunger Organisation to offer around 700 farmers who now use organic methods an alternative to opium cultivation.”

I’ve fallen for this brand. Hint hint… Valentines day is coming up! ❤

https://www.dr.hauschka.com/en_GB/about-us/sustainability

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Transitioning Your Products: How To

First things first, you’ve taken the first step and decided to only shop Cruelty Free. Yay!

Second things second, now you are looking at all your products. Everything you use, from primer to conditioner to hairspray.

It can be overwhelming, but don’t worry! Here’s a quick step-by-step guide to help you!

  • Get an idea of the various brands you are using. Check the ‘Good Brands’ list above!
    (This list is not definitive; If there are some products you are unsure of feel free to contact me and I can look into it. As a new blog the list is still growing and I’m still researching!)
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  • Have a look and see which brands from the list you would like to try. You may have some ‘trial and error’ moments but that’s totally normal. Ask for samples or expert advice in store if its available!
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  • Don’t throw away products that you aren’t finished with!
    (It took me about a year to fully transition everything, and even to this day I’m still changing one or two bits! I still have some Essie nail varnish and I’m using it up before I throw it away, I just don’t buy it anymore.)
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  • It’s best if you change one or two products at a time. It would be far too overwhelming to try change everything all at once. Pick something like your foundation, get a CF one you are happy with, and then focus on the next item you are changing.
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  • Don’t put yourself under time pressure! Every item you buy that is CF is making a huge difference. Plus, you probably want to spread out the financial end of things too.
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  • Be conscious of the vast amount of cosmetics and other products you use; I never even considered things like toothpaste and cleaning products until I read about CF versions of them that are available.
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  • No one is perfect; we are all bound to buy bits and pieces that we later discover to be from a brand that tests. Don’t worry – it’s all a learning curve.
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    Mandatory animal testing in Mainland China unfortunately isn’t going to change overnight, but we are all speaking with our choices.

Post your Cruelty Free pics on Instagram and tag @crueltyfree_ireland I would love to see all your shopping!

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Burt’s Bees, E.L.F. & Inglot

Burt’s Bees are one of the few companies whose products carry the Leaping Bunny symbol in Ireland. Their products range from lip balms, to lip sticks, toner, cleansers… The list goes on! They do not test on animals nor do they ask others to do so on their behalf.

There was a rumor last year that they were starting to sell in China and therefor their products would have to be tested on animals by law. Today, they do sell in China. The (positive) catch though is that they offer a ‘direct-to-customer’ service, posting products directly to the customer. This way they bypass the mandatory law.

Their range of products can Bee found in Boots, McCabe’s and The Health Stores around the country.

My favourite quote from their site, which pretty much sums up the brand:

We’re basically a bunch of hands-on, tree-hugging, greased elbow do-gooders. It’s kind of what makes our company special. We think the bees would agree.”

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https://www.burtsbees.com/

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E.L.F. only became available in Ireland in 2017, with stands popping up in Penney’s. The excitement when I saw it! Today, SuperDrug and McCabes host a range of their products. It is very affordable and a nice quality. I’m a huge fan of their clear primer, seen in the photo below. It has such a velvety feel when you apply it to you face.

Not only is it a cruelty free brand, but it is a vegan brand too, including their synthetic vegan brushes. You can read more details on the Ethical Elephant link below!

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http://ethicalelephant.com/elf-vegan/

https://www.elfcosmetics.com/

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I emailed Inglot during the week and am still awaiting a response; however, it was not difficult to find some convincing information on their website:

“We are extremely proud to state we do not test on animals.”

On the Maltese Inglot website, I found the following too:

“Inglot do no harm to animals and do no animal testing for reasons of good conscience. Additionally, we insist that our suppliers do not test raw materials on animals on our behalf. We conduct our own, independent tests to assure that our products and ingredients are safe and worthy of your trust.”

It is fabulous to see such certainty and passion about insuring their products are not tested.

They have an amazing selection of nail varnish, something which I struggled with initially when I first started buying cruelty free. I used to love Essie, Rimmel and L’Oréal colours, all of which I have had to stop buying.

I haven’t found any evidence that Inglot is vegan, but if I get a reply with more information I will post an update!

http://www.inglotmalta.com/aboutus.php

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Next Stop: Boots Own Brand & No 7

I can only speak for myself, but every fortnight I seem to go into Boots and just hand over majority of my pay check and come home with bags and bags of goodies! Usual story, ‘go in for some deodorant’, but come out with bubble bath, 4 bottles of shampoo and conditioner, a spare eyebrow pencil, (because, that’s one thing you don’t want to run out of after putting on one eyebrow!) along with everything else!

I was fairly certain that Boots own brand cosmetics and No 7 products were never tested on animals, but just to be sure, I emailed Boots UK to find out.

Here is the response I got:

Thanks for contacting us about animal testing.

Boots and its subsidiary businesses do not test any products or ingredients on animals, and do not commission others to do so on our behalf. In fact in March 2013 it became illegal for any company to test cosmetic products or ingredients on animals in Europe. 

 The issue of animal testing on products and raw materials is one we take very seriously at Boots UK.  For over 20 years our policy for cosmetics and toiletries has been that we do not carry out, or ask our suppliers to carry out on our behalf, animal testing on either ingredients or finished products and you can rest assured that we apply our policy rigorously.

We would definitely like to see an end to all animal tests. We fully support the intentions of the BUAV and take a keen interest in the development and introduction of alternative forms of safety testing.

*BUAV is now known as Cruelty Free International

What this means is that we now have a simple solution to items such as:

  • Nail varnish remover
  • Face Wash
  • Face Masks
  • Deodorants
  • Hand creams
  • Exfolients
  • Make up remover wipes
  • Shaving Cream
  • Foundation Brushes
  • Hand Wash
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Sun Cream

The Boots own range is so extensive and covers all amenities! And the next part of great news – it’s a very affordable range!

No 7 is a fabulous choice for simple makeup too. I love the lipsticks, lip crayons (my personal favorite!) and nail varnish. Even if you aren’t keen on any particular colours, their base and top coats are a great starting point.

Check out some No. & products here www.boots.ie/no7 . They also have a range of self tanning products.

Check out www.boots.ie for more details. Or pop into your nearest shop. Chances are, I’ll see you there with my six baskets!

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First Stop: The Body Shop

“Love the bunnies; Fight for cruelty free beauty”

The first thing you may notice when you enter The Body Shop is their promotions about their work with Cruelty Free International. Their aim is to collect as many signature as possible to help end the world of animal testing. Personally, I love the publicity this gives to cruelty free products and the light it shines on the topic. It draws attention to something many shoppers would never even consider.

The Body Shop also promote fair trade – which supports the practice of good trading and independence-building ways of life through the Community Fair Trade Programme. Through this initiative they source their raw ingredients from all over the world. Being the first company to introduce this type of trading for cosmetics, it marked a milestone in the cosmetics industry

However, what some people aren’t aware of is the fact that in 2006, The Body Shop was acquired by L’Óriel. L’Óriel are a major brand who, unfortunately, do carry out animal testing on their products. Their products are sold in China, where it is required by law that all beauty products that are sold in the country are tested on animals (despite claims from L’Óriel that they no longer test). This currently deters some cruelty free enthusiasts from using this brand, despite their work with Cruelty Free International.

However, L’Óriel are currently in the process of selling The Body Shop to a Brazilian company named Natura. This would be great news as Natura do not test on animals. As the Body Shop have not yet updated their website, the sale might not have been closed but it is very close to becoming a cruelty free brand without compromise!

www.thebodyshop.com

https://www.ft.com/content/10b37676-5b60-11e7-9bc8-8055f264aa8b

https://www.peta.org/about-peta/faq/is-loreal-cruelty-free/