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Cruelty-Free Cosmetics

by Lexi Smith |

What is Cruelty-Free

In short, cruelty-free means that products and their ingredients aren’t tested on animals. 


In animal testing, the most commonly tested are performed on guinea pigs, mice, rabbits, and rats for cosmetic ingredients. The tests usually include skin and eye irritation tests, where the ingredients are put on the shaved skin of the animals or put into the eyes of restrained animals without pain relief following.


What are the guidelines making a product cruelty-free

  • The cosmetic product and its ingredients haven’t ever been tested on animals. 
  • The manufacturer of the cosmetic product didn’t conduct animal testing.
  • The cosmetic product and its ingredients haven’t been tested on animals in the last, 5, 10, or 20 years.

Countries like the European Union, India, Israel, and Norway all have laws making cosmetic testing on animals within their borders or selling cosmetics that have been tested on animals elsewhere illegal.


There are several anti-animal testing programs, although, who say any products who have their logo and their ingredients have been tested on animals after a certain date and won't be in the future.


Look for these labels to be certain that your products aren’t being tested on animals:


What is the difference between cruelty-free products and vegan products

The difference between cruelty-free products and vegan products is that cruelty-free products and their ingredients aren’t tested on animals, where vegan products mean that they don’t contain any animal products of animal derived-ingredients. 


Why cruelty-free products are important

Finding and using cruelty-free cosmetics is important because it doesn’t just animals, but yourself as well. It has been proven that cruelty-free cosmetic brands are healthier for you and use safer ingredients than brands who do choose to test on animals.  


Not only are cruelty-free cosmetic brands better for your skin but they also are better for the economy and our environment. Lots of cruelty-free cosmetic brands are still small owned businesses, including DollUp Beauty, which was built on the idea of being a cruelty-free cosmetic brand. Where larger cosmetic brands might only take steps to improve their product and ingredient testing process. 


Our sister brand, DollUp Beauty, is proudly cruelty-free, so make sure to check out all of their products on our website!