Friends, my annual list of beauty brands that do not test on animals is finally here!
As always, first and foremost: I got my info from PETA’s cruelty-free beauty database for consumers. I get asked about this a lot, and am always accused of making this list up (why would I do that, though?), so again – this list is from the PETA Cruelty-Free Consumer Shopping List.
Cruelty-Free Beauty Brands for 2016
Below is a chart of the beauty brands that do not test on animals for 2016. There are plenty more cruelty-free beauty brands than this list, of course, but I’ve chosen the brands that are more well-known and easily accessible internationally.
What about parent companies that test?
That being said, the issue about which beauty brands that do not test on animals in 2016 is still a hot topic. While there are many brands that are cruelty free today, there is also the issue about the parent company.
I’ve been asked again and again why The Body Shop is still on the cruelty-free list, since they are now owned by L’Oreal who is known to test on animals. And somewhat recently about Tarte Cosmetics, which caused some fan outrage when they were bought over by Kose.
Here’s what I know: just because a company is being “bought over” or owned by another company, doesn’t mean that whole company has changed all their ethics, mission, branding, etc.
When companies are bought over it simply means they are now being funded (with much more money they probably didn’t have before) to help the brand grow and develop. (Of course, with profits to the new parent company as well.) So it is up to you to make that decision if you still want to indirectly support a parent company that does tests.
That being said, when smaller brands get bought over by larger companies, there definitely can be changes – internally, externally, whatever. Basically it will be changes to whatever the parent company thinks will help it to grow. In some cases, the parent company may allow the brand continue to do their thing, and just help out financially. In some cases (most cases, let’s be real) they more profits, and that’s when you start seeing changes and perhaps even compromises in the original brand’s ethos.
My response would be to heavily monitor the brand, and make an informed decision.
Cruelty-Free Beauty News 2016 – Is it Still Compulsory in China?
Great news – China no longer requires animal testing for “ordinary cosmetics, including makeup, skin, hair, nail and fragrances.”
So if a brand opts to sell in China, they could still very well be cruelty-free. I’m also keeping up to date with the happens at L’Oreal, who have for many years been developing alternative ways to test cosmetics, which I am excited about because I think we are getting closer. (Although they did say animal-testing would be “done with” in 2013, so there’s been delays.)
Some more news – slowly but surely, many countries are banning animal testing! We all know the EU was the first, and as of now, Israel, Norway, India and New Zealand also ban animal testing. Canada and Taiwan, I have read are on the way to.
Next: Check out My Favorite Cruelty-Free Beauty Products.