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π’±π’Ύπ’Έπ“‰π‘œπ“‡π“Ž! πŸ™ŒπŸ» Illinois Becomes Third State to Ban Sale of Animal-Tested Cosmetics! πŸ‡
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SB 241, sponsored by Senator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) and signed by Governor J.B. Pritzker on August 9, prohibits the import or sale of any cosmetic if the final product or any ingredient was tested on animals after January 1, 2020.
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Last year, California became the first state to enact β€œhumane cosmetics” legislation, followed by Nevada in June. Illinois’ new law provides additional incentives for cosmetics companies to invest in non-animal alternatives to help them stay competitive in a changing global market while sparing animals from painful tests. (Source: Animal Welfare Institute)

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Cruelty-free Makeup doesn't have to be expensive! 🐰 There are so many affordable + high-quality cruelty-free makeup brands now available at most drugstores so that you can easily make the CF switch even if you're on a budget! πŸ’‹ πŸ’–
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Love this illustration by @timetogetclean of some CF drugstore makeup brands πŸ‡βœ¨
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And there's many many more!! πŸ‘‡πŸ»
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100% Vegan + Cruelty-Free Makeup Brands:
🌱 ELF Cosmetics – 100% Vegan
🌱 Pacifica – 100% Vegan
🌱 B. - 100% Vegan
🌱 Emani – 100% Vegan
🌱 EcoTools – 100% Vegan
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Cruelty-Free Brands with Vegan Makeup Options:
(Updated: Aug 14)
πŸ’„ Pixi Beauty
πŸ’„ Essence
πŸ’„ Barry M
πŸ’„ Physicians Formula
πŸ’„ Milani
πŸ’„ Mineral Fusion
πŸ’„ BH Cosmetics
πŸ’„ ColourPop
πŸ’„ CoverGirl
πŸ’„ L.A. Girl
πŸ’„ theBalm
πŸ’„ Makeup Revolution
πŸ’„ GOSH Cosmetics
πŸ’„ Jordana
πŸ’„ Flower Beauty
πŸ’„ Catrice
πŸ’„ Makeup Academy (MUA)
πŸ’„ Lottie London
πŸ’„ Real Techniques
πŸ’„ Ardell Lashes
πŸ’„ Eyelure
🏒 NYX Cosmetics (owned by L’Oreal)
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Millions of innocent animals are routinely blinded, poisoned, and killed each year for cosmetic testing. πŸ’‰πŸ‡ By simply choosing cruelty-free, I can sleep peacefully knowing no animals had to suffer for the sake of beauty! πŸ°πŸ’•
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Miss Frankie 10-free nail polishes are also cruelty-free and 100% vegan! πŸ’…πŸ»πŸŒ±πŸ‡
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Why It’s Important To Check a Cruelty-Free List

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I recently got into an interesting email exchange with a company I contacted.Β I initially reached out to them asking for details about their animal testing policy like whether their products are tested on animals; if individual ingredients were tested on animals;Β third party testing; parent company testing; and suppliers testing.

In their response, they didn’t address any of my questions and instead just said,

All of our products are Cruelty Free, and hold the Cruelty Free Seal. Feel free to browse their website for their regulations that {brand}Β products follow:Β https://www.crueltyfreeinternational.org

I followed the link and checked the Cruelty Free International’s database and to my surprise, the brand wasn’t listed. I then hopped over to LeapingBunny.org which lists US and Canadian-based brandsΒ but they were alsoΒ not listed there.

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LeapingBunny.org (Left) CrueltyFreeInternational.org (Right)

Not one to lose faith, I emailed back the company andΒ told them I couldn’t find them on either list and if they were perhaps operating under another legal business name. The rep responded saying,

“I’m not sure why we don’t show up on the Cruelty Free website, but we do have their seal on all of our products and have a partnership with them.”

Now this was getting interesting.Β Were they illegally using the Leaping Bunny logo on their website and products hoping no one would actually check the list?

When I checked the company’sΒ website, I see the issue.

I see PETA’s Beauty Without Bunnies Program logo andΒ notΒ the Leaping Bunny logo. I follow-up by checking PETA’s database and sure enough, they were listed.

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Not one to hold a grudge for putting me in this goose chase, I kindly explained to them that they were misinformed and that Cruelty Free International and PETA’s cruelty-free programs are entirely different from one another.

RELATED: CERTIFIED BUNNY LOGOS COMPARED SIDE-BY-SIDE

So what’s the big deal?

As painful and tedious it can be, make sure you do yourΒ own research. I email a bunch of companies a week and this has happened to me a few times but it usually gets resolved when the company tells me they operate under another business name that is listed on a cruelty-free list.

I decided not to include the name of the companyΒ in this post because I don’t think they were intentionally trying to deceive me. HoweverΒ Suzi from the fabulous blog, Cruelty Free Kitty, has actually caught a brand unapologetically using the Leaping Bunny logo on their products without even being certified at all which is a lot worse than justΒ saying you’re on the wrong list.

Again, take it upon yourself to do your own research when companies make unsupportive claims. If brands are innocently mistaken, you can help set the record straight so that they can stop spreading misinformation. It becomes a real issue (and possibly a lawsuit) when companies continue to falsely advertise their products as not tested on animals and using a trademarkΒ bunny logo on their packaging without permission.

I wanna know, have you had any experiences dealing with companies that may be misinforming their customers? How did you handle that?

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