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Most makers in the organic beauty space are aware of the facts behind animal testing, but for the rest of us it might not be that clean. Did you know about 80% of the world still uses animals cruelly to test cosmetics and personal care products? Knowing the integrity of the brands you buy from is CRITICAL.

So is there a difference between Cruelty -Free and Vegan? Absolutely - check out these facts:

Vegan beauty products don't contain animal products or animal-derived ingredients but can be tested on animals.

Cruelty-free means the ingredients and final products haven't been tested on animals but may contain non vegan ingredients like honey, beeswax, lanolin, collagen or albumen.

As a consumer what should you look for? The best option to me is to look for brands that are both vegan and cruelty-free. Most green makers that I showcase on my website follow humane practices already but if your still not convinced here are a few more reasons to make the switch:

Cruelty-Free products are generally healthier.

When you opt for products not tested on animals, you’re also ditching the bad chemicals like parabens, sulfates, and synthetic dyes. These cleaner cosmetics are better for your skin, which means less likelihood of breakouts, allergies, and inflammation. Companies that don’t want to harm animals, want to avoid hurting people too. Save the animals, and save your skin. It usually leads to more mindful beauty practices. Narrowing your options to products not tested on animals leads to a better experience in the cosmetics aisle. Fewer choices lead to more mindful decisions and the opportunity to really consider if a product is a great addition to your routine.

Products aren’t just tested on mice. Investigations show that mice aren’t the only furry critter subjected to cosmetic testing. Rabbits, cats, and even dogs are subjected to chemicals that we would never consider putting on our own pets. Lab animals are kept in small cages and often wind up maimed, blinded, or killed. It sounds a lot worse when “lab rats” aren’t actually rats. You have the power to create change. By not purchasing your usual products and going with Cruelty-Free alternatives instead, you send the message that animal testing is wrong. When enough people take a stand, companies begin to change their practices, and Cruelty-Free becomes the standard. So put your money where your heart is. There are thousands of amazing brands that do not do animal testing - make the smart choice! It’s not really necessary to test on animals. There are over 7,000 cosmetic ingredients already proven to be safe. The only reason why companies would need to test on animals in the U.S. is during the development of new ingredients. Luckily, technology is creating more humane options for product testing. So stick to the safe stuff!

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