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Dying to be Beautiful?

November 21st, 2009 by   (View Author Profile)

PoppyAlthough not directly related to the environment, animal welfare and cosmetics testing is ethical issue that has been debated for years, and unfortunately still remains unsolved. Most people live in ignorant bliss that because this is an issue that is not regularly spoken about that it is no longer happening. This is completely untrue and in 2008 it was reported that animal testing in teh EU had increased by 50% since 2005. Although the list of companies no longer testing on animals is growing by the year, with increased commercialisation and large brands taking over production of most of our cosmetics and toiletries the prevalence of animals testing remains rife.

I don’t need to go talking to you about what the actual tests entail – being shown these images over the years has been enough to make a lot of people put their heads in the sand and ignore what is really happening. The truth is that a lot of the most common brands of cosmetics and toiletries that we but are animal tested. However, a little knowledge means a lot of power ad with this in mind I thought I could make it easier for you to choose cruelty free beauty by providing a list of the most recognisable cosmetic brands sold in Ireland that do not test on animals. If any of your favourites are not listed here, check out their websites to see what their policies are.¬† Most likely they, or their parent company, have an animal testing policy.


  • Almay
  • Aramis
  • Avon
  • Boots Own Brand Cosmetics
  • Burts Bees
  • Calvin Klein Cosmetics
  • Carmex
  • Clarins
  • Crabtree & Evelyn
  • DEcleor
  • Donna Karan Fragrances
  • E.L.F. Cosmetics (eyeslipsface)
  • Estee Lauder
  • Gosh Cosmetics
  • Jo Malone
  • Jolene Creme Bleach
  • King of Shaves
  • Kiss my Face
  • L’Occitane
  • Liz Claiborne
  • Liz Earle
  • Lush Cosmetics
  • MAC Cosmetics
  • Marks & Spencer
  • Mitchum Deodorant
  • Montagne Jeunnesse
  • Natracare
  • Neals Yard Remedies
  • No-Ad Suncare
  • Origins
  • Palmers
  • Paul Mitchell Systems
  • Prescriptives
  • Prestige Cosmetics
  • Revlon
  • Simple
  • Smashbox Cosmetics
  • Stila Cosmetics
  • Ted Baker Cosmetics
  • The Body Shop
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • Too Faced Cosmetics
  • Urban Decay
  • Weleda Inc
  • Yes to Carrots

In my next blog I will tell you a little more about why it makes no sense to test our cosmetics  on animals, the legal situation and name some of the big brands carrying out these tests. If you want some more information on this check out the following links:
Caring Consumer
Leaping Bunny
Beaut Blog

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1 Response to “Dying to be Beautiful?”

  1. Julie Griffin says:

    Thanks for this informative piece – it’s important we know which companies / products to trust and which to avoid.

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