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This post is informational but kinda boring if you’re not into this so here’s a TL;DR summary:

Welcome! I will be using this blog to review products from companies that do NOT test on animals! Enjoy!

Now, if you’re interested to learn how I came to this, feel free to read more. 🙂

A few months ago, I came across the following graphic:


I realized with chagrin that I not only own many cosmetic items from these companies, but I continue to support them by buying new and replacement items from them.


The testing has been done. The results have been filed. For any new ingredients that come about, ethical and cruelty-free testing measures have been put into place.

So why do these companies still test on animals?

Laziness. Economics. Or, in countries like China, federal regulation. What this means is that if a company like NARS wants to market its products in China, it has to allow its products to be tested on animals in China. (If you somehow aren’t familiar with China’s long history of animal (and human) rights violations, it can be summarized as “not good.”) Huge global corporations – again, like NARS – could band together with other companies, like Estee Lauder, Clinique, and Benefit, to lobby the Chinese government to end the animal testing requirement. They could refuse to sell in China until such practices are no longer law. But they don’t – because the $$$ is more important to them than the unnecessary suffering of animals.

Initially the graphic just nagged at me. I love cosmetics. I love NARS and Bobbi Brown and (sigh) La Mer. After a few days, I found I was still thinking about it, and I was having a hard time moving past it. I started doing some more research and discovered that there are a lot – A LOT – of brands that don’t test on animals. And not just teeny tiny brands you’ve never heard of that make their products in small batches in a barn in Ohio (not that there’s anything wrong with that) – brands like Anastasia Beverly Hills, Urban Decay, and Tatcha, all of which you can get at (my happy place) Sephora. You can find a full list here.

So please! If you love animals as I do, and want to do what you can to help end unnecessary animal testing, then join me in speaking not just with your mouth but with your wallet – and discover some great new products at the same time!