Many of us today are trying to become more responsible consumers—from checking who made the product, what makes up the product, and how the product was created. If you’re like me, you probably thought that animal testing was decreasing and uncommon nowadays—a vestigial practice of a time gone by. However, this is unfortunately not the case. After doing some research and being very careful not to click elsewhere for fear of scarring my eyes, I thought I’d share how widespread a problem this is and how easy (and beneficial!) the switch is.
Two of the areas I use the most stuff on are my hair and my face. After noticing Cover Girl’s absence from the list, I did a little digging around. I became horrified at what I found about my (former) cosmetic of choice and upset at their reluctance to adopt humane practices. I’ll spare the details, but essentially cosmetic companies poison bunnies with chemicals at lethal doses for no particular reason other than to find out what a lethal (and unrealistic) dose is in these adorable critters. While many of the products on the list are not available at drugstores, Almay, Physician’s Formula, Revlon, and Urban Decay are all certified bunny-friendly and most pride themselves on quality ingredients and business practices.
If switching over from one company to another in the same aisle is all I need to do to give myself peace at night, I think I (read: we) can manage to do that.
Secondly, hair products are also implicated in animal testing. As a curly head, I use an arsenal of products to keep it presentable at a 65% success rate, if I’m lucky. Worried at the widespread use of testing, I decided to look up Garnier and Herbal Essences, my former hair product companies of choice. Herbal Essences isn’t even making an effort to change, as far as I’m aware. While Garnier fared better than others (they have one product line that’s testing-free), the stuff that I was using was not. I took it one step further—I decided I couldn’t support a company that had testing in other lines and decided to boycott.
I did, and the results were awesome. My success rate is up to 85% in the summer no less. I switched to Organix, which is cheap at CVS with a coupon and my hair is glorious. I smell like a tropical rainforest afterwards. Organix is bunny-friendly, smells awesome, and sulfate-free. Sulfates, as those Garnier ads tell us, are in detergents and most shampoos, causing hair to become dry and unmanageable, and some believe sulfates are linked to hair thinning. (For the record, Garnier shampoos still contain sulfates—and to think I once embraced you!) The soapy lather is missing in Organix, but that’s because it lacks the lathering sulfates.
Although this is a bit of a departure for me in topic choice, I do believe it’s relevant for us. If we as people should become more educated in the political products we’re consuming, why not extend that to the physical products as well? With the magic of the internet and apps to help us, making the switch to humane and ethical companies is easier than ever. Besides, you may even find a new favorite product, and that’s a reward in itself!