Cosmetic Cruelty

Weidner, Tracey

     Not tested on animals. What does this phrase mean? Animal testing is a test done in the lab before a product is completed or released. The process seems very self-explanatory but the conditions animals go through for cosmetic testing are more cruel than imaginable. Animal tests are conducted by many mainstream companies and are not limited to cosmetics. Cosmetic testing is the biggest culprit of this cruel treatment. 

     Any company that sells in mainland China is forced to test on animals. It is a common misconception that animal testing done in other countries does not mean these companies are testing their products sold in the United States. This is not the case as animal testing done in China is paid for by big-name companies that goes against the ethics behind a cruelty-free lifestyle. 

     Animal testing is done in many forms. It can be conducted in patch tests on an animal’s skin to dropping ingredients into the animal’s eyes. While animal testing is illegal in specific states in the country, companies go to the next level by testing their products in other countries where these tests are still allowed. The FDA has stated that cosmetic manufacturers should do whatever tests necessary which does not take the animals in these cruel situations into consideration. 

     Many products test on animals some being cosmetics, hair care, cleaning supplies and even certain soaps. This comes as a shock to many people. Animal testing is not necessary for cosmetics or any other products. When thinking logically about animal testing, it is obvious that these tests wouldn’t prove anything about the product. The animals being tested on are not humans and will not have the same reaction that you would get when using the product. This form of testing truly proves nothing about these products. 

     Between the convenience and the business in mainstream China, banning animal testing will be a much harder fight than imaginable. Next time you’re picking out products, try to consider where the products you are using have been and who they may have harmed. Below is a list of a few popular cruelty-free brands and their price points. 


  • Anastasia Beverly Hills $$
  • Tarte $$
  • Too Faced $$
  • Wet n Wild $
  • Milani $
  • Kat Von D $$
  • Covergirl $
  • Jeffree Star Cosmetics $$ 
  • Milk Makeup $$
  • IT cosmetics $$
  • The Balm $
  • Pacifica $


  • Pacifica $
  • Yes To $ 
  • First Aid Beauty $$
  • Dermalogica $$
  • Tatcha $$$
  • Kate Sommerville $$$

Dental Care: 

  • JASON $
  • Tom’s of Maine $
  • Desert Essence $
  • Nature’s Gate $
  • Kiss My Face $
  • Auromere $
  • Vitacare $
  • Eco-Dent $
  • Radius $
  • Hello Products $

Common Brands to steer clear of: 

  • Maybelline 
  • Revlon 
  • Benefit 
  • Makeup Forever 
  • EOS 
  • Clarisonic 
  • Neutrogena 
  • Clorox 
  • Gain