12 July 2012

My Personal Shopping Guide: The Good, the Bad, and the Inbetween

(ETA: May 2014, A lot of the stuff on this list may now be inaccurate. It's a good idea to regularly check for these things, or to simply buy from brands who care enough to sport the Leaping Bunny logo.)

I've been learning more about the prevalence of animal testing and increasing brand consolidation. As such, I've been trying to make more responsible decisions in all areas of my life, including when buying cosmetics or personal care products. Sometimes when you're out shopping in the world, it can be hard to remember which companies are good companies, especially when you're thinking of a variety of issues. I decided to make a post here so I can better keep track of how the various skincare and personal care brands on my radar stack up against my own values. This is a work in progress. There is not a lot of reliable information out there about what these brands are up to. I'm amazed at how many websites list companies involved in animal testing as cruelty free.

100% Pure
Andalou Naturals (though it did not respond to emails)
Aubrey Organics
Caswell-Massey (owned by a mysterious private equity group?)
Color Club
Dr Bronner's
Desert Essence
Josie Maran
Kiss My Face
Lime Crime
Milani (Jordana)
Paula's Choice
Physicians Formula
Real Techniques
Too Faced

American International Industries (Ardell, China Glaze, DeLore, Seche)
Anthony: animal testing policy needs clarification
Beiersdorf (Aquaphor, Eucerin, La Prairie, Labello, Nivea): animal testing situation requires clarification
Boscia: animal testing statement requires clarification
Cargo: not enough information
Clarins: animal testing policy requires clarification
Coria Laboratories (CeraVe, Nutraderm) say neither products nor ingredients are tested on animals, but owned by a pharmaceutical company that specializes in products for skin problems
Crabtree & Evelyn: supposedly cruelty free but I haven't yet located their policy
Dermalogica: has not responded to my email about selling in China and animal testing
ELF: Made in China
Eos: Animal testing rumors
Every Man Jack: animal testing policy needs clarification
Giovanni: animal testing policy needs clarification, did not respond to emails
Hain Celestial Group (Avalon, Jason, Alba, Queen Helene, Zia Natural Skincare): "big organic"
Hard Candy: sold at Wal-Mart, Made in China
Jack Black: animal testing policy needs clarification
Limited Brands (Bath and Body Works, Victoria's Secret) vague animal testing policy
LORAC: animal testing policy is too vague
Mattese Elite: unsure of animal testing status
Nature's Gate: Owned by mysterious chemical company
Patriarch Partners (STILA, JANE) owned by some shadowy corporation
Sonia Kashuk: owned by Target
Tarte: many products made in China
Trader Joe's: not enough information
Wet N Wild: made in China
Whole Foods: "big organic"

AVON (AVON, MARK) animal testing
Bliss spa: animal testing policy strikes me as disingenuous and in poor taste
Cetaphil: animal testing
Clorox (Brita, Burt's Bees) animal testing
Colgate-Palmolive (Colgate, Irish Spring, Mennen, Softsoap, Speed Stick, Tom's of Maine) animal testing
Coty (NYC, OPI, Philosophy, Rimmel, Sally Hansen) animal testing
Dermalogica: lost leaping bunny certification for animal testing in China on the downlow, all the while lying to its customers. Nice.
Estee Lauder (American Beauty, Aveda, Bobbi Brown, Bumble and Bumble, Clinique, Coach, Estee Lauder, Flirt, Jo Malone, La Mer, Lab Series, MAC Cosmetics, Ojon, Origins, Prescriptives, Smashbox, Tom Ford Beauty) animal testing
Johnson & Johnson (Aveeno, Clean & Clear, Listerine, Lubriderm, Neutrogena, Purpose, Reach, Rembrandt, ROC, Shower to Shower) animal testing
Laura Mercier: animal testing in China
L'Occitane (L'Occitane, Melvita) animal testing
L'Oreal Group (Biotherm, Essie, Garnier, Giorgio Armani, Helena Rubenstein, Kerastase, Kiehl's, La Roche Posay, Lancome, L'Oreal, Matrix, Maybelline, Pureology, Ralph Lauren Redken, Roger&Gallet, Sanoflore, Shu Uemura, Skinceuticals, Urban Decay, Vichy, YSL Beauty) animal testing
LVMH (Benefit, Dior, Fresh, Guerlain, Make Up For Ever, Sephora store brands) animal testing
Mary Kay: animal testing
NYX Cosmetics: May be testing on animals, Made in China
Proctor & Gamble (Anna Sui, Aussie, Clairol, Cover Girl, Crest, DDF, Dolce & Gabbana, Fekkai, Gillette, Head & Shoulders, Herbal Essences, Ivory, Max Factor, Natural Instincts, Nice'n Easy, Olay, Old Spice, Oral B, Pantene, Pert, SK-II, Sebastian, The Art of Shaving, Venus, Vidal Sassoon, Wella)
PZ Cussons (Charles Worthington, St. Tropez) animal testing
Reckitt Benckiser (Airwick, Calgon, Clearasil, Durex, a ton of household products) animal testing
Revlon (Almay, Mitchum, Revlon, Sinful Colors) animal testing, also run by a rich lunatic
Sanofi (ACT, Bullfrog, Gold Bond, Icy Hot, Nature's Own, Selsun Blue) animal testing
Shiseido (parent company of Bare Escentuals/Bare Minerals, Cle de Peau, Joico, NARS) animal testing
Sigma: animal testing
Stila: animal testing in China
Unilever (Axe, Bed Head, Brylcreem, Clear, Close Up, Degree, Dove, Lever 2000, Lux soap, Ponds, Q-tips, Simple, St Ives, Suave, Sunsilk, Sure, TiGi, TRESemme, Vaseline, VO5) animal testing
Yes To Carrots, etc.: reported to be engaged animal testing internationally

Edit: At this point, the only company I really feel confident in buying from anymore is Kiss My Face. I guess there are a lot of great reasons to buy from independent companies, but the one that is relevant to this post is that they're more likely to abstain from animal testing. Anyway, I wonder what your favorite cruelty free brands are. Since I made this post, I have bought more items from The Body Shop, which is something I said I wouldn't do. It gets harder and harder I guess, though certainly I could have looked harder for other substitutes. Where do you draw the line for yourself?

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the helpful (and shocking) list. I am wondering about Anne Marie Borlind, Dr. Hauschka, Mychelle and the like...