Ask Alexis: Cruelty Free Personal Care and Cosmetics

Various cosmetic products arranged on a countertop

Reader L sent this question:

You wrote a while ago about switching to cosmetics that aren’t tested on animals. I’d like to make that switch, but I’m not sure where to start. It seems overwhelming to research all the beauty products on the market. What products do you use?

In case you missed it, I believe L is referring to this post.  I’m a little hesitant to post a full list of the products I use for fear of seeming high-maintenance (don’t judge!), but I did do a good bit of research on this topic, and I’m happy to share that research if it will help you make the switch to cruelty free products.  European readers don’t need to worry about this, as animal testing for cosmetic purposes is banned in the European Union.

One easy way to tell if a product you use is tested on animals is to look for a little symbol on the label indicating that the product is cruelty free.  The symbol may be a leaping bunny, a bunny with heart-shaped ears, or a this line-drawing rabbit logo.  Another way to check whether a brand tests on animals is to consult Beautypedia’s Animal Testing Report Card.

Here are the products I’m using right now:

Phew! What cruelty-free health and beauty products do you use and love? Tell us in the comments!

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