My thoughts on going cruelty free beauty products

I was researching on how beauty and fashion industry is doing on animals especially for beauty products that are being sold in the mainland china (no offence to my Chinese friends since China has this law to test on animals if a brand wants to sell their products in China (link below)) I was already researching on how certain chemicals is doing to our skin and I was not happy about it.

I was finding out more and more on the ingredients that are in the beauty products so that I can avoid certain chemicals. At the same time, I was reading up on going cruelty free, organic or vegan beauty products and their benefits to the skin. The more I read about it, the more I was attracted to switching to cruelty free, organic or vegan beauty products.

At first, my intentions were to switch to organic/vegan beauty products that are good for the skin. Later, I realized that organic/vegan beauty products are intertwined with the cruelty free products. I love wearing makeup.

I love how it gives me some sort of badass feel and how confident it made me feel. But I don't want animals being tortured and murdered just because I want to be confident in how I look. I don't want that. I love animals and I'm always the first person who go and play with animals whenever I see them. So, the thought of them being tortured just for me to purchase and wear makeup gives me shivers. I've already started using organic and cruelty free skincare staples in my everyday life but never did I thought of culling down my makeup collection.

As a lover of makeup and have a whole website and YouTube channel dedicated to sharing my love for makeup is how much I'm obsessed with makeup and skincare.

Last year, I also went to cull down my possessions and had a lifestyle change to become a minimalist made me realized that I have fur more beauty products that I could possibly need for my entire lifetime. So after a year of culling, I decided that it was time for another downsizing on my possessions that was accumulated in one year.

After downsizing for the second time, I realized that my possessions had grown in two areas - makeup and skincare items and papers and books. Papers and books were increased because of the start of my Graduate Certificate and the start of my Master Degree. Makeup and skincare items didn't grow very largely but I have a few pieces that I fell in love that are new for the past one year. It wasn't increased by a huge gap though. The new makeup items that I bought in one year were less than 10 items. Some being in a set so I still count the entire set as one item.

After I downsized my papers, I unwillingly started culling my makeup. Mostly on checking whether the product has expired. After looking through all my makeup items in a Marie Kondo way, I realized that most of the items that I have (mostly drugstore items) are not cruelty free nor organic whatsoever. I was shocked to see so many products I know and loved are being tested on animals.

I was shocked. Brands like L'Oreal, Maybelline, Nivea, Dior, MAC, Makeup Forever, Estee Lauder, Clarins, Bioderma, Biotherm, Clarisonic, Fresh, Garnier, L'Occitane, Lancome, Sephora brand products, Kiehl's, Neutrogena, Origins, St. Ives, SK-II, Olay, Colgate, Listerine, Pantene, Head and Shoulders, Sunsilk, Lux and so on are testing on animals. Those brands are used by most people and they are one of the most famous brands in the world.

As a makeup junkie, going cruelty free will make me less variety of makeup and skincare items to choose and there are already so many of the non-cruelty free products at hand that I couldn't just throw out because of monetary values (makeup products and skincare products are EXPENSIVE) but at the same time, I want to stop using these items as soon as possible.

What I'm planning to do - I'll probably try to use up as much items as possible without spending another cent on new items and after I've used enough of the items, I'll be going cruelty free products and if possible, organic products.

If you read this post till the end and if you are a makeup junkie like me, please read up and do your own research on how fast fashion and beauty industry is doing to the environment and to the animals before you make the decision of using cruelty free/environmentally friendly products.

Just being myself alone doesn't really help much on the amount of animals being tortured but I think that every small efforts count. Even if you did very small thing to help the animals, it still count as an effort that you are trying to achieve something.

Thanks for reading. Good luck!

Links that are used for my research
Animal Testing in China
List of cruelty free companies
List of companies that test on animals
List of companies that test on animals II

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