My Cruelty Free Journey: Animal Testing 101

I’ve given up favorite brands like Revlon, Maybelline, Urban Decay, Laura Mercier, Johnson&Johnson, L’Oreal… (the list really doesn’t end)…because they choose to put money over morals. These companies are guilty of testing on animals. The average person doesn’t mind, which is something that I try to understand but fail. It’s hard to understand people who use products tested on animals when you’ve done hours upon hours of research on the subject and are aware of the truth that companies try hard to hide from us.

These are some of the questions or comments I’ve come across on my cruelty-free journey. In order to make this blog post not painstakingly long, I’m only going to post a few questions/comments/misconceptions about animal testing at a time and call the blog post series: My Cruelty-Free Journey. Please keep in mind I am not an expert, just a person who is passionate about ending animal testing.

“Why not test on rats if the products are going to be safer to use on humans in the end?”
Animal testing isn’t just done on rats (who still have feelings and a life worthy of living without cruelty), it is also done on other animals like rabbits, and sometimes dogs and cats. Animal advocates like myself don’t see human life as more worthy than animal life. Even if you do see it as more valuable, it is ignorant to think animal testing is beneficial to us because a) our bodies react differently than animals’ anyway and b) if you’d prefer animals to suffer and die in agony so you can use your superficial beauty products, that is just sick. Furthermore, there are methods of testing products that many cruelty-free companies perform instead of animal testing and these methods are NOT more expensive and just as effective. Animal testing should be a thing of the past but when you have powerhouses like China forcing animal testing, animal testing is still very present and very real.

“How does smearing a little eyeshadow on an animal hurt them?”
Animal testing involves not only testing the finished product on the animal, but also the individual ingredients, including seeing what combination of ingredients is harmful or not. These products aren’t just swiped on their face like you would use your finished product. They are dropped into their eyes, forced to breathe in toxic chemicals to see what combination/levels would kill them faster, injected with toxic solutions, skinned, etc. Bunnies are commonly used because they do not have tear ducts, and thus cannot naturally rinse the chemicals from their eyes. They suffer in pain and are blinded. And that’s without getting too graphic. I talk specifically about beauty products tested on animals but don’t forget that companies like Clorox (and just about every product you’ll find in the cleaning aisle) test on animals too. We are in a lot of pain when we accidentally get shampoo in our eyes…imagine cleaning products.

These animals wake up everyday to be strapped to a table and endure torture we don’t even see in war. If they manage to stay alive, they go to sleep only to be tortured the next day. What kind of life is that?

I, for one, prefer to cuddle and love my fur babies.

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Cruelty-Free Beauty Haul

I made a trip to Ulta & this happened…

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• Paul Mitchell Super Strong Conditioner
• Real Techniques stippling brush
• Physician’s Formula Fake Out Mascara
• NYX stay matte not flat liquid foundation
• Sonia Kashuk dual sharpener
• NYX lipgloss in Sweet Heart
• Milani brow tint pen
• Sonia Kashuk Confidential Concealer
• Sonia Kashuk brow gel
• Zoya polish in Frida
• Sonia Kashuk polish in Pink Slip

I used to use the word “eccentric” to describe myself (think middle school, early high school era). I was different, and a little weird (and still am) and had great friends who encouraged my weirdness. And my family encouraged it, too. I don’t use the word “eccentric” anymore. I don’t really know how to describe myself at all. When people ask me to describe myself in ‘this number’ of words, I’m like “Uhhh…” (It’s easy to answer that question in job interviews though. You just lie.)

I created this blog to write about the things I’m passionate about. My journey in life of just being passionate. There are a lot of things that I’m passionate about that a lot of people aren’t. So I’m writing to express my passion, I’m writing because I have always loved to write, and I’m writing to share my passions and hopefully enlighten some of my readers.

I’m passionate about living a clean life. You’re laughing right now if you’ve ever been into my house. I do not have a clean house. I mean, it’s not gross and smelly, I just have a husband who throws clean clothes on the couch instead of folding them and I really hate sorting my mail so it’s currently thrown all over my coffee table. By “clean” I mean natural and having a clean conscious about what I buy and what I use. I like the idea of clean eating but my pregnancy hormones and cravings really don’t line up with that vision (I try my best!). Moreso, I’m passionate about natural cleaning products. Natural beauty products. Companies that do not test on animals. Animal rights in general. If you’re my Facebook friend you probably have me blocked from your timeline to get rid of all the animal pictures/awareness posts I share. Shout out to my husband and my mother who listen to my endless rants about animal testing 🙂

Next time I will share why I am passionate about these things. For now.. I need to devour these cupcakes.Image

– Karissa