The Ugly Side of Beauty – Testing Cosmetics on Animals


Hiya my lovelies, I hope you had a good weekend and are enjoying this chilly Monday. I had a bad night with my Fibro last night, so feeling a bit fragile today. But I really wanted to get this up, as it’s very important to me.

So today’s post will take a rather less happy and positive tone, as I am going to talk about animal testing, and my decision to change to cruelty free cosmetics. A couple of weeks ago I decided to look at branching out to some brands I hadn’t tried before, and got to googling. Well on my quest for some new goodies, I searched for cruelty free brands, and was pretty shocked when a picture at the top of my screen showed many brands that DO test on animals.

I guess I am a little naive on the subject, especially seeing as I thought animal testing for cosmetics in most places was abolished several years ago. My confusion is probably because in the EU, animal testing of cosmetics on animals was actually ended back in 2013. This is great news for our furry friends and progress in the fight against animal testing, but is it enough?

Unfortunately the world’s largest consumer market China, requires animal testing for all cosmetics companies wanting to sell their products there. You see the problem? Obviously it’s down to them and their ethics, but with allot of greedy directors and share holders out there, they still want in.

The stakes are pretty high, as China spent approximately £2.5 billion on cosmetics last year alone. I’m guessing that’s why a certain company decided that despite it’s cruelty free stance, it was going to start selling in China. I’m not going to be naming and shaming, because that’s not what I’m about. But what I can tell you is, this particular company already has a very healthy profit margin, so really didn’t need to make this move. I know that allot of their customers (or should I say former?) have boycotted them, after they publicly admitted no longer being cruelty free.

I was most shocked at the large companies being sold on our British high streets, among the list of offenders. I thought it would be obscure small companies, but to my horror I actually have many products in my collection which aren’t cruelty free. Some of my favourite products are among them, but that just makes me more intent on finding alternatives!

I did think about adding pictures and specific details about what happens to the poor animals in this post, but honestly it’s too horrible and I got myself really upset! I can tell you that what they have to endure is unacceptable, and then their poor little lives are taken when the testing is over. As a massive lover of all animals, I feel that I need to make a stand.

So what can we do to make the changes to cruelty free cosmetics? This is exactly my quest, and over the coming weeks, I will be updating you on my progress to be more animal friendly in my choices. I don’t think there’s any value in throwing away what I’ve already bought, but won’t be purchasing any further products which aren’t cruelty free. I will also no longer be featuring any of them on my blog.

Fortunately I found a great blogger, Belles Bunnies who is completely dedicated to being cruelty free and helping others make the change too. Go ahead and check out her How To Be Beautiful – And Still Cruelty Free post to get you started. She has also made a list of cruelty free companies to make them easy for us to find. I’m really pleased to be collaborating on this, and thank you so much for your help already!

I would love to know your thoughts, and what your favourite cruelty free products are. But that’s all from me for now folks, I’ll be back tomorrow. Byeeeeeee xx

12 thoughts on “The Ugly Side of Beauty – Testing Cosmetics on Animals

  1. erenblogs

    I love animals and I can’t imagine the way they use them to test their products.
    As a man I don’t use/ have many beauty products, but still this is an important topic.
    And I’m sure many consumers don’t know about it. Thank you for this post.

    1. gracefulglamouruk Post author

      I’ve watched some hurrendous video’s in my research for this series and it’s just awful. I honestly didn’t realise the large popular brands that were still involved in it xx

    1. gracefulglamouruk Post author

      I know, I was shocked at the large brands, it’s not just drugstore either, there are some very good well established, loved highend brands that I’m shocked at too xx

  2. Ellyn Rebecca

    I love trying out new brands, and I would love to try more cruelty free brands and be more active in understanding where my products come from – I love Barry M but I’d love to know more brands so I can choose more ethical products!

    Ellyn x | Life Of A Beauty Nerd

    1. gracefulglamouruk Post author

      There’s allot out there, and I plan to test as much as I can. My Fave cruelty free cosmetics that I already own are Makeup Revolution, but I’m excited to try many more xx

  3. elleloui

    I was just the same as you!! I didn’t realise many cosmetics companies still manufactured in China so they don’t have to abide by the EU regulations.. tho if animal testing has been abolished here, surely they should ban products that have been tested on animals outside the EU being sold inside the EU! I need to be more careful about which companies I use! X

    1. Gracefulglamouruk Post author

      I think that’s the problem, the companies are trying to hide the facts in their animal testing policies. But its great there are lots of brands out there who are ethical, and those are the ones we can show love for and each make a difference xx


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