beauty is cruelty-free

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Hello and Happy New Year to all of you! (^^)/

What are your resolutions at the dawn of 2013?

How about a new way to consume cosmetics? A cruelty-free way I mean. Let me point your attention to a tough subject through this link (warning: some shocking images).

I think this young woman, along with Lush cosmetics, is brave enough to denounce through her action what is being done to millions of animals each year. Of course, people are shocked, some blame her, some find her crazy, people for animal rights are thanking her…

In this century, it’s pretty difficult to realize that progress led us to this downfall: a soulless destruction of living creatures for human purposes like being pretty or cleaning our toilets. What about changing all of that now? It’s never too late. After all being pretty is also being cruelty-free, don’t you think? 🙂

Let’s put it simply: how would anyone feel if it happened to their pet?

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One of the ways to put a stop to all this is to start using products from brands that don’t do test on animals, that are respectful to the environment and to your health. I can’t guarantee there’s a perfect brand, but we can do better than getting our hands on famous brands for the sake of their names, not for their ethics.

What kind of animal tests are carried out? In cosmetics and household products research, painful experiments are carried out on hundreds of thousands of animals every year around the world, including dogs, rabbits, pigs, mice, rats, guinea-pigs, fish and birds. This includes tests for skin or eye irritation, skin sensitisation (allergy), toxicity (poisoning), mutagenicity (genetic damage), teratogencity (birth defects), carcinogenicity (causing cancer), embryonic or fetal genetic damage and toxicokinetics (to study the absorption, metabolism, distribution and excretion of the substance).

I’m not so fond of giving money to companies that torture animals, what about you?

Here are the official Peta lists of companies that do and don’t do test on animals. You can stay updated through gocrueltyfree.org, get shopping guides through this link or this blog.

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I can’t guarantee you these brands are 100% trustworthy regarding other matters such as your health or the environment, I’ll write about these other subjects in future posts.

Meanwhile, best wishes for 2013!

happy holidays

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