I think that the premise of this post is incredibly obvious. And if it’s not, then it should be. I support cruelty-free companies in order to boycott those that test their products on animals. It’s important to stand up for what one believes in, which is one of the reasons why I’m embracing the cruelty-free lifestyle. But it isn’t the only one. The protection of animals is the main reason why I’m cruelty-free, as of 2015. But there are several others that I’ll go into detail on within this post. So if you’re interested in my logic on embracing a cruelty-free lifestyle (which I thoroughly recommend), then please keep reading!
Cruelty-Free Lifestyle Reason I: Animal Welfare
On the off-chance that it isn’t obvious, I have a huge love for animals, and I have since I was little. I’ve made a promise to myself to visit every humane zoo and animal conservation centre that I come close to. I tend to be-friend every animal that I meet (much to their dismay). I adore watching documentaries on animal life, and my fluffy baby Bear (ironically, he’s a cat) is my entire world.
It’s 2018, we’re far beyond the “need” to test products on animals to ensure safety for human consumption. I say “need”, as I don’t believe that animals are required to suffer so that we can try a new foundation or skincare product. That very statement is so grounding for me, that the luxury that we’re lucky enough to experience is at the expense of other species that can’t defend themselves. As a practice, it couldn’t be more wrong. We need to establish a more humane method, somewhat desperately at this stage. But until that time comes, I’ll happily avoid and speak out about the companies that engage in such awful practices.
Cruelty-Free Lifestyle Reason II: Narrowing Down My Preferences
This definitely isn’t as crucial as my prior point, but it is another reason that I’m happy that I went cruelty-free. There’s a multitude of different brands, companies and product ranges out there in the world. It’s overwhelming, if I’m really honest. I see beauty bloggers, vloggers and gurus out there with rooms filled with make-up that they could never use all of in a lifetime. Or ten. Going cruelty-free has allowed me to narrow down what I use, which has enabled me to establish some favourites in terms of brands as well as products.
My favourite cruelty-free brands are Kat Von D Beauty, Urban Decay, Seventeen, NYX Cosmetics, Catrice Cosmetics and Essence. Minimising what I use has enabled me to find brands that I can rely on, as well as products that I’ll love and use forever. If you couldn’t already tell, the minimalist in me is THRILLED about that! I’m doing a series soon on my ride-or-die cruelty-free favourites in terms of make-up, beauty and skincare, so stay tuned for that!
Cruelty-Free Lifestyle Reason III: Educating Myself On The Beauty Industry
When I initially went cruelty-free, I had a lot of research to do in terms of the rights and wrongs within the industry. I still engage in that to this day. Playing dumb to what’s going on in the beauty industry is quite coy and disingenuous. I don’t care how good your night moisturiser is if it caused suffering in its production. I’m far from perfect, I’m not educated on everything and to some, that could be seen as ignorant. But I am passionate about the care and well-being of animals, so I try to learn as much about it as I can in order to make the right decisions. I’m happy with that for right now. I hope to make progress on this in the future. I hope that both brands and customers realise that cruelty-free should be the present, and hopefully will be the future.
What’re your thoughts on the cruelty-free lifestyle?