While I was searching for some good cruelty-free skincare brands I came across a blogger who talks and also consumes only cruelty-free products.
Khadija is an independent content author with a passion for sharing about beauty and health. She is also a fitness enthusiast and parent to two handsome cats.
In this article, I want to feature Khadija’s thoughts about ‘Cruelty-free Skincare’.
So here are her honest and very clear thoughts about the life choice she has made.
1. Why do you think choosing Cruelty-free skin care is important?
– I believe vanity should never come at the cost of an innocent being. Several rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, rats, dogs undergo forceful tests. Where either their eyes/skin are forcefully rubbed with chemicals without any pain relief medication. Or are repeatedly force-fed to look for signs of illness or specific health hazards. All of which is cruel and unnecessary.
2. How to find if a brand is cruelty-free?
– Brands are proud to declare their cruelty-free status in general. However, you can look for a certified bunny logo from Leaping Bunny, PETA, Choose Cruelty-Free. You can also reach out to brands personally and ask them about their cruelty-free status. Follow cruelty-free bloggers on social media to stay up to date. Remember “Cruelty-Free means that the brand does not test on animals at any time nor allows third parties to test on their behalf.”
3. A lot of brands have different labels like PETA certified, 100% cruelty-free, not tested on animals, leaping bunny certified, etc. What labels should we consider before buying any product?
– There are three major certified logos, PETA, Leaping Bunny, and Choose Cruelty-Free. If you spot a logo, you can run the company’s name on any of the above-mentioned organization databases to cross-check.
4. I have seen some brands are working towards being cruelty-free (recent example Dove). Do you think ‘Cruelty-free’ is the future of the cosmetic industry or is it just another bubble?
– I do think Cruelty Free is the future of the cosmetic industry. Most countries have banned animal testing and found alternatives to test the efficacy of the product. Their products work equally well and are safe to use.
5. Choosing cruelty-free skincare products also means narrowing your options. How does that affect you as a blogger?
– It does affect my reach as a blogger. I have had to turn down big names because I am a cruelty-free consumer. But at the end of the day, it serves a bigger purpose. I neither use products that are tested on animals nor influence my audience for it.
6. Suggest some good international cruelty-free brands.
– e.l.f Cosmetics, Too Faced, Anastasia Beverly Hill, Beauty Blender, BH Cosmetics, Colourpop, Cover FX, Flower Beauty, Glossier, LA Girl, Makeup Revolution, Milani, Milk Makeup, OFRA Cosmetics, Pixi, Real Techniques, Stilla, Derma E, Mad Hippie, Pacifica, CosRx, The Ordinary, Briogeo, Olaplex. These are just a few of the many brands that are cruelty-free.
And this is what makes Khadija stand out from other bloggers/influencers in India. She is trying it all to spread awareness about a cruelty-free lifestyle. And I would love to help her in this journey.
If you have any questions drop them below in the comments.