There are 2 things to look for when buying toiletries, cosmetics or cleaning products:
- Is the company cruelty-free – ie. it does not do any animal testing.
- Is the product marked vegan (or does it contain any animal-derived substances).
Many people assume that if a product is marked ‘vegan’ this means that it is not tested on animals. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Some companies who carry out animal testing do still mark some of their products ‘vegan’. This is confusing, and while companies are wrong to do this they are not acting illegally.
Non-vegan ingredients in products:
This is a list of the 15 most obvious non-vegan ingredients that are used in products, but there are many more – which you can find by doing a Google search.
Things to keep in mind:
Companies which do not test on animals in the EU may carry out animal testing in other countries where there is a legal requirement that products sold there must be animal-tested.
Always do your own research:
Don’t rely on the lists of products here on the website. Manufacturers may change the ingredients of a product from time to time. Always do your own research.