The Leaping Bunny: Beauty Without Animal Testing

by Z Living Staff
This article was originally published on SparrowsBlog, a portal all about accessories, home accents, and beauty products. The creators aim to highlight up-and-coming designers and artisans, but more importantly, keep an eye out on the latest trends and launches. The article is reposted here with the permission of the author.

When we find ourselves in the aisle up against a thousand different face creams, shampoos and soaps, it is important to remember there’s more to it than just scents alone. For a lot of us, that means checking the ingredients… and then maybe Google-ing them to find out what they actually are. But, there is something else we don’t often take into consideration when buying makeup and cleansers. The question you need to ask is, "Who was it tested on?"
Your mind may counter this with, “Don’t we need to test on animals to ensure the things we use are safe?” In the case of cosmetics, the answer is a firm NO!  There are many other ways to test products without endangering an animal’s life.
  1. ​We can study the composition of the chemicals to know if they will be corrosive or irritating.
  2. We can use cell cultures, computer models and chemical tests.
  3. We can also simply refuse to use chemicals that have the possibility of being harmful.
Why do we insist on creating more and more toxic concoctions to suit our desire for soft hair, soft skin, etc? I know this is a grim topic and that’s why I want to write to you. As consumers, we realise the power of our dollar. If we don’t buy products that test on animals then those companies will have to stop making them. And, we can reinforce this by choosing companies that have already made a commitment to stop animal testing.

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The Leaping Bunny initiative is a standard that companies follow to let their customers know they are committed to not using any sort of experimentation on animals at any stage of production. You can visit the website, to learn more. As for now, I’ve made a list of companies that are animal-friendly and work great for makeup, shampoo and conditioner, and face care.
Pacifica: This is a company I’m not personally familiar with, but my friend raves about. She says, “I adore Pacifica products. In particular, the Stellar Gaze length and strength mineral mascara. The natural look and ease with which it comes off are two big draws for me… And no animals were harmed in the making.”

When I was first introduced to this company I was skeptical about its credentials. I checked online to make sure it was what it claimed to be, because guess what, IT’S VEGAN! Not only are no animals tested on, but no animal ingredients go into the recipes either. They have all sorts of lotions, foundations, lipsticks, eyeshadows and mascaras. I love the lightness to their makeup and, of course, the colours!

While this company doesn’t appear on the Leaping Bunny website, they actually make their products by hand and I spoke with a representative to confirm that there is no animal testing involved. LUSH makes a variety of bath soaps, balms and lotions. I recommend Rehab, a shampoo for restoring natural lustre in your hair, (mostly because I live in Alberta, where the only moisture in the air is in the rain). I consulted with my friend again and she wrote, “It makes me brim with joy to know that conscious companies like LUSH are continually gaining popularity… they are the perfect way to pamper yourself.”
JĀSÖN: I love the price and the smell. If you just need a ‘no-frills’ shampoo / conditioner like me, look no further. I also love their line of natural toothpastes.

Everyone by EO:
The facial cleanser, toner and moisturizer by this brand are just awesome. The toner actually evens out the look of my skin, the cleanser actually takes off my makeup and my only issue with the moisturizer is that in an Albertan winter, it just doesn’t last. I have to apply it twice a day, every day. But that’s good news if you have naturally oily skin, it won’t give you unwanted shine. I know the cleanser is natural because when I get it in my eyes, it doesn’t burn.

Nature’s Aid: Now this is a lotion I could dunk my head into. It has a high content of Aloe Vera and can be used to treat burns and cuts, too. When I put it on my skin, it feels like I’m sealing in my skin’s moisture. You don’t need much at all, and it will seem sticky at first, but the result is soft skin that lasts! I also like the fact that its antibacterial properties help it to fight acne. While it does not appear on the Leaping Bunny website, I know the company is committed to no animal testing. The gel is actually safe to use on pets’ cuts and even on your baby’s skin.

On that note, I'd like to thank you so much for reading. I hope you find these brands as useful as I did and if you don’t, there’s hundreds more out there! The important thing is to be aware of what you’re putting on your body, and the impact you’re making on the environment by the things you buy.

PS: You can find the guide to companies that practice no animal testing on CrueltyFreeInternational.Org, for those who are  interested. What I like most about this list is that it includes products that are available online, too. 

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