Hello everyone! I thought today I would share with you my top tips for shopping cruelty free!
- Do your research!
The best way to make sure you are buying cruelty free products is to research brands before you shop. The first time I went to Sephora I had done my research on the brands listed on their website and printed off the list of brands that were cruelty free and carried that around with me in the shop. By doing this, I was confident that the brands I was browsing and purchasing were cruelty free.
- Look out for logos.
Look out for the Leaping Bunny and other certified cruelty free logos. The Leaping Bunny is the little logo that only certified cruelty free companies can use on their packaging. But we warned, companies will use other bunny logos that are not certified. Some of these companies will be cruelty free but not certified by the Leaping Bunny, but most of them will not be cruelty free. There are no regulations on what brands place on their packaging. So even if a company says “Against Animal Testing” or “Only tests on animals when required by law” with a fluffy bunny picture, it does not necessarily mean that they are cruelty free! Also some cruelty free brands do not want to pay for the certification, so just because a company that you have researched and found to be cruelty free doesn’t carry the Leaping Bunny does not mean it is not cruelty free. I know this is very confusing…let me break it down a bit.
Leaping Bunny (or other certified logo) = Cruelty Free
Other bunny picture = Not certified cruelty free (so may still be or may not be)
Anti-testing slogans = Not certified cruelty free (so may still be or may not be)
Made in Australia = Probably cruelty free because we don’t test in Australia
Made in China =Probably not cruelty free as products are required by law to be tested before hitting the market
- Google it.
If all else fails, you forgot to research and are confused by logos and slogans, just google it. I like using the PETA website to verify the cruelty free status of a brand. They have a really easy search function which will let you know if a company is cruelty free. I also have two apps on my phone that I use: Cruelty-Free and Choose Cruelty-Free. These were two free apps that certify cruelty free brands, including smaller Australian brands. So these apps are great for checking Australian brands.
So they are my top tips for shopping cruelty free. A big part of it is doing your research beforehand and going into the shops prepared. There are some posts coming up soon on my favourite cruelty free brands at Sephora, Mecca and Priceline (an Australian pharmacy), so subscribe if you don’t want to miss those! So I hope that helped you. Let me know in the comments below of any tips you have to shop cruelty free.
Thanks for reading, Christina xo