Monday, May 5, 2008

Beauty Without Cruelty

Thought Room's comment on my last post made me check if the eye pencil I was using had blinded a monkey, or my shampoo had been poured into a rabbit's eyes (forced open) to keep my eyes safe. Did I indirectly support animal testing?

Peta (People for Ethical treatment of Animals) says:
'Hundreds of thousands of these animals are poisoned, blinded, and killed every year in outdated and ineffective product tests for shampoos, household cleaners, cosmetics, hairsprays, and other personal care and household items. Although more than 600 companies have banned all animal tests forever, some corporations still force substances into animals' stomachs and drip chemicals into rabbits' eyes.'

Companies that conduct cruel tests on animals.
Colgate-Palmolive Co.
Cover Girl
Dial Corporation
Johnson & Johnson
Lever Bros.
Olay Co./Oil of Olay
Sally Hansen
Hindustan Unilever (Lakme, Vaseline Intensive care etc.)


To my relief I found I could still use shampoos, eye pencils, lipsticks and moisturizers and send a message to companies that are still testing on animals. They need our support to continue their cruel experiments. If we refuse to encourage them by buying their products, they will stop their cruel testing on animals.
We do have a choice.
Buy only from companies that DO NOT test their products on animals. Here are some easily available good products that have not been tested on animals.(click on the names for more information)
Bodyshop (there's some controversy, judge for yourself)
Lotus Herbals Ltd
Fabindia (written on the label)
Liz Clairbon...and many, many others. (click to read a longer list)

Will you use human placenta for eternal youth?


Alankrita said...

A very commendable research IHM.
Another thing to avoid are the excess chemical products- you know the ones with parabens and non-biodegradeable poisons. Those, even in the minuscle quantities they are in cosmetics , are dangerous. I switched to very "simple" personal grooming products- with minimum chemicals and scents and found my skin and hair improved a lot.

Indian Home Maker said...

Alankrita Thanks:) If your favorite products, without excessive chemicals, are available in India, do give their names. I also prefer products with minimum use of chemicals, Biotique, Lotus Herbals and until this morning Vaseline Total Moisture. I also used Maybelline because it was easily available, and picked it while grocery shopping:(

Sachin said...

yup , Say no to company's that are doing animal testing........
To my own relief there was only one product (Vaseline) which i am using fall under those cruel company's.......

Indian Home Maker said...

Sachin: Thanks for visiting Sachin:) I am so glad to know there are other people who feel the same way! Lotus, Biotique and Himalaya, are easily available everywhere. I have to go out today and I plan to look for a substitute for Vaseline Intensive care, Total Moisture. (It's the family's cold cream cum moisturizer). Will post my findings here.

Swati said...

Lakme ??

Indian Home Maker said...

I know we have all used Lakme. Lakme, as a brand by Hindustan Unilever Ltd, (HUL) also tests on animals.
Wikipedia says: Some of its brands include Lifebuoy, Lux, Breeze, Liril, Rexona, Hamam, Moti soaps, Pepsodent and Close Up toothpaste, and Surf, Rin and Wheel laundry detergents, Pond's talcs and creams, Vaseline lotions, Fair & Lovely creams, Lakmé beauty products, Clinic Plus, Clinic All Clear, Sunsilk and Dove shampoos, Vim dishwash, Ala bleach and Domex isinfectant.Rexona and Axe deosprays.

What's left? Fortunately we have Biotique, Revlon, Oriflmae, Vicco, VLCC (not sure about his one), Lotus...and many more. Take a look at the list above:)

Thought Room said...


Thanks for linking to my blog, I dont mind at all. Yes Lakmi was one of the first targeted for animal testing. As for skin moisturising, A little bit of coconut oil, at night for the dired up portions of feet and hands helps to replinish the oil loss in the body.

Anonymous said...

Good post IHM. And quite useful too. Hmm I'm all for herbal and ayurvedic stuff nowadays. Turning to home remedies for most of the things. I don't know where the conscience came from. I'm also avoiding taking polythene covers at stores/shops. Hope everyone is realizing the hazards things are causing and contribute their bit.

Anonymous said...

hmm... i hv been using maybelline nailpaint for ages now...wil hv to find a subsitute soon..

thanks fr this informative post..

btw, im blogrolling ya..


Indian Home Maker said...

Lively I have also become conscious of all the damage I have been doing to our world and to some of the creatures on it. Another advantage of herbal and natural products is you protect yourself from harmful chemicals...

Indian Home Maker said...

Mandira Thanks!!!!!!!for blogrolling me! :)
And I am also looking for a substitute for my Maybelline (fawn) Make up!
For Vaseline Intensive care Total Moisture, I found Biotique's Aloevera sun and pollution protection with SPF 75 + an excellent moisturizer:)

sarkywoman said...

Ohh. . . :( I have been using several of those products. . . colgate, close up, pepsodent?? What do I brush my teeth with?? (Will have to find substitute).

Thankfully, I use many himalaya products for other things.

Imp's Mom said...

hey that great research! and :((( I've been using so many of these products all part of the HLL family.

and what about nivea and st. ives? nivea does not mention that they do not test on animals, nor are the ingredients related to the animal products, unless they are not mentioned!

St. Ives promptly mentions that they do not test on animals, and their clue again..their website says they are botanically tested...

gotta switch my brands now.

Alapana said...

Thank you IHM, i have two dogs myself and i love them the most:) your list made me aware of the cruelty and thank fully i can still to Biotique and Himalaya as i always did.
I am reading your blog past three months but never delurked but now i did:)

Anonymous said...

hey! we need a new post!soon!

Roop Rai said...

write, IHM, write!!! :)

Indian Home Maker said...

sarkywoman Yes, I have been using some of these products too!I will have to look for another tooth paste too, just didn't think of it:(

Indian Home Maker said...

Imp's mom- unless they specifically mention that a product has NOT been tested on animals, chances are it is tested:(I found out that Fabindia products are also not tested on animals, it is written on the label.

Indian Home Maker said...

Alpana Welcome:))) I love dogs too, and I hate cruelty to animals.When we have options why look at any product that causes unnecessary suffering...

Indian Home Maker said...

Mandira, Roop Rai been very, very busy, missed all my blogging friends and finally delighted to be back:)

Unmana said...

Thanks a lot for this. I've been looking for such a list for some time. I'm sorry I have to stop using Vaseline - but I definitely will!

Indian Home Maker said...

I too have stopped using vaseline.I found excellent substitutes in Biotique and Himalaya.

Anonymous said...

do you know any baby shampoo(tear free) which is cruelty free available in India?

How do we know said...

hey am glad u brought it up. BWC, an animal rights organisation to which i have subscribed, sends us an updated list every January of products that we can or cannot buy.. it helps!