Save Bunnies on a Budget: Drugstore Brands That Are Cruelty-Free

Each year in the USA, over 100 million animals are tortured or killed for animal testing. These animals have chemicals put into their eyes (potentially blinding them), or rubbed onto their shaved skin and are often killed once the testing is over.

It sounds appalling, but many popular brands (such as L’Orèal and Johnson & Johnson) still perform animal testing on rabbits, mice, hamsters, and even dogs. Despite common belief, animal testing is not required by law in the USA. In fact, several countries have banned animal testing.

If you love animals and believe that every form of life should be respected, you may want to consider switching to cruelty-free products. The term “cruelty-free” specifically means “not tested on animals.” You can distinguish the products that are not tested on animals from those that are tested on animals by looking for one of three logos — the leaping bunny, the CCF bunny, or PETA’s “Beauty Without Bunnies.” When you choose to use products that proudly display one of these logos or state “cruelty-free” on its package, you are standing up for animal rights.

You should also know that you don’t have to spend a lot on cruelty-free products. There are several drugstore brands that are surprisingly high quality. Some of them even offer vegan options. Below are a few cruelty-free brands you may want to try out.

1. Eyes Lips Face Cosmetics

Eyes Lips Face, widely known as e.l.f., is a budget-friendly makeup brand that does not test on animals. Founded in 2004, this New York based company believes that “every woman should have the opportunity to participate in innovation, without sacrificing her budget.”

E.l.f sells just about everything a woman (or man) would want in their makeup bag — mascaras, lip glosses, nail polish, blushes, bronzers, brushes, eyeshadows, and more. Their makeup brushes are made from natural horse hair and they once even sold a tweezer which had the logo “Fur Free” on it in support of PETA.

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2. Sonia Kashuk Inc.

The brand Sonia Kashuk Inc. was founded in 1990 and is popular for their distinct makeup brushes. They claim these creatively designed brushes are natural and obtained from animals in a method that’s just like a haircut.

Also, it should be noted that the company does not test their makeup on animals. They do not sell their products in China, where it’s a requirement for products to be tested on animals. They claim to be “very passionate about anti-animal cruelty.”

You can find Sonia Kashuk products in Target stores or online at drugstore prices. The line includes their famous brushes, along with eyeshadows, powder, lipsticks, cosmetic bags, and more.

Image via Target Brands

3. Physicians Formula

Physicians Formula prides itself on being innovative and gentle enough for sensitive skin. The brand was created in 1937 by an allergist in Los Angeles. Their products do not include fragrance, PABA, or any of the common irritants found in beauty and skincare products. They sell blush, bronzer, concealer, tinted moisturizer, eyeshadow, and argan oil lip treatments.

Physicians Formula is a cruelty-free brand, which uses alternative methods, such as “in-vitro” testing and human clinical evaluations.

Image via Physicians Formula
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