Products that Avoid Testing on Animals

Joaquin Holcomb, Writer

Some products can make your hair silky smooth and make it the shiniest it’s ever been or give you the clearest and smoothest skin. Shampoo, conditioner, facial scrubs, make-up, and even nail polish are all tested on animals before they are sold out to the public, but there are alternatives. Some soap companies make their brand completely based on the fact that they don’t test on animals. But are they any good and are they worth buying?

First things first, what exactly is animal testing? Animal testing is any scientific experiment or test in which a live animal is forced to undergo something that is likely to cause them pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm. Needless to say, this is a terrible thing to put an animal through, and yet there are still over 150 brands that still test on animals today. “But if it’s so bad, why do they still do it?” I’m so glad you asked! The short and only answer is simply. Money. It’s easier and cheaper to test on animals, because they are easy to breed and produce a lot of offspring. Testing on animals means they can perfect whatever product they are working on faster and that means they can start making it and shipping it out to stores and start making a profit.  Big companies are greedy and will do anything to save a few dollars, even if it means torturing and potentially killing an innocent animal. Animals that are most commonly tested on are mice, fish, rats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, farm animals, birds, cats, dogs, mini-pigs, monkeys, and in some countries, and chimpanzees. Not only do these brands test on animals but they use harsh chemicals that can damage your skin, hair, teeth, etc. At this point you’re probably asking yourself “How do I know which bands test on animals?” Easy, just pull out your phone or walk on over to your computer or laptop and search into your web browser. This website has a list of over 100 brands that test on animals.

“So, what products won’t damage my skin and hair, and aren’t tested on animals?” Great question, and there are so many brands that do wonders for your skin and hair and are cruelty free. Using this link, you can look at several cruelty free brands that include shampoo, facial scrubs, toothpaste, makeup, etc. If you want soft, silky smooth, shiny hair like mine, I’d personally suggest SheaMoisture. But let’s face it no one can have hair as perfect as mine. All jokes aside, animal testing is a disgusting and inhumane practice that is practiced to much in the modern industry and plagues our beauty and hygienic products.