Friday, August 04, 2006

The Ugly Side of Beauty

Animal testing is, in my opinion, disgusting and completely unnecessary. While I prefer to buy products only from companies that don't test on animals, it's not always an option. Love them or hate them, PETA puts out a handy-dandy list of companies that do and companies that do not test on animals. It's a good guide for people who want to be caring consumers. The list is available as a PDF download, but here are some highlights (or lowlights, depending on the company!)

Companies that DO test on animals
Clairol (Aussie, Daily Defense, Herbal Essences, Infusium 23, Procter & Gamble)
Colgate-Palmolive Co. (Ajax, Hills Pet Nutrition, Mennen, Palmolive,
SoftSoap, Speed Stick)
Cover Girl
Gillette Co. (Braun, Duracell, Procter & Gamble)
Helene Curtis Industries (Salon Selectives, Thermasilk, Unilever)
Johnson & Johnson (Aveeno, Clean & Clear, Neutrogena, Rembrandt, ROC)
L’Oréal U.S.A. (Biotherm, Cacharel, Garnier, Giorgio Armani, Helena Rubinstein, Lancôme, Matrix Essentials, Maybelline, Ralph Lauren Fragrances, Redken, Soft Sheen, Vichy)
Max Factor
Olay Co./Oil of Olay
Playtex Products
Procter & Gamble Co.
(Clairol, Cover Girl, Crest, Gillette, Giorgio, Iams, Max Factor, Physique, Tide)
Sally Hansen
Unilever (Axe, Dove, Helene Curtis, Lever Bros., Suave)

Companies that DO NOT test on animals
American Beauty
Aveda Corporation
Avon Products, Inc.
Bare Escentuals
Bath & Body Works
Bobbi Brown
The Body Shop
Bonne Bell
Bumble and Bumble
Burt’s Bees
Citré Shine
Clarins of Paris
Crabtree & Evelyn
Donna Karan Beauty Company
Estée Lauder
Hard Candy
Kate Spade Beauty
Kiss My Face
Liz Claiborne Cosmetics
M.A.C. Cosmetics
Nordstrom Cosmetics
Paul Mitchell
Stila Cosmetics
Tish & Snooky’s Manic Panic NYC
Tom’s of Maine
Too Faced Cosmetics
Urban Decay

So what's a beauty addict to do? When possible, avoid the companies that test on animals. If you buy your make-up from places like Target, buy Revlon, not Cover Girl. Higher-end beauty companies seem more likely to get it. In the words of Too Faced Tested on Celebrities, Not Animals. Right on!


sara said...

i love your politics on this issue. I think there are WAY to many people who just carelessly purchase "whatever is on sale." I have made the choice to purchase organic products and have been somewhat unsuccessful in finding an organic shampoo/conditioner that is as good as all the chemically-animal testing kind.....of course, if i spend the money, im sure Aveda or The Body Shop could hook me up! :)

MT said...

thanks for sharing the list! I think it's also important to not just boycott purchasing from companies that test on animals, but also to write them and tell them that you are opposed to that.