May I just add that this article is about MY opinions on certain ingredients, you may or may not agree with me but please respect my right to express my viewpoint. I want readers to gain an understanding of why I chose some brands over others.
Last year I wrote a post (link) which caused a mix of outrage and support but there was a part of that article that I feel is worth re-addressing. I raised the question about buying from companies which have majority “clean” products but the occasional rouge one in the mix. I wanted to expand my viewpoint beyond the “good” and “bad” ingredients and turn it around to animal cruelty.
My views on testing on animals were formed from an early age. I was ingredient aware as a teenager. I made decisions about what I would not eat and where I bought my products. This has stood the test of time and now expands into the world of “toxic” ingredients. Thankfully, there have been changes in animal testing laws but there are still loopholes. For example, it always amazes me how carmine is an acceptable ingredient for a company which promotes itself as cruelty free.
I have been contacted by brands that use Emu Oil, Lanolin, and Carmine in some their products and I made the decision to walk away from agreeing to review. I am not happy to promote one or two items which meet my standards but know that other products in the line contain ingredient which I believe are not cruelty free. Emu oil and Lanolin are by-products of the meat industry and as a non meat eater I feel it would be a double standard for me to support their use in skincare. I object to animal derived ingredients which lead to the death of an animal in the process of harvesting (e.g. Silk, Shellac, Bee Venom). I personally don't understand why people will purchase other products in a range but object to the cruelty of one ingredient. I am of the attitude that I would rather boycott by not purchasing and campaign for changes. I've had people argue boycotting only limits their choices further, it’s true but I am of the opinion that you are never going to change a company’s ingredients list if you continue to line their pockets with profits.
It’s a tough campaign to change people’s opinions but when there is a world of plant alternatives why do we need to kill animals for our own vanity? I suspect when it comes to by-products of the meat industry, some will argue that at least nothing is wasted after the animal’s death. I can’t stop the world eating meat but I can ask those who have opinions about animal cruelty to consider the bigger picture about every purchase made.
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