Cruelty-free 101

Updated: Nov 17, 2021

We all watched the 'Save Ralph' video with great sadness and shared it on IG stories. But can we do something about it and feel better instead of feeling guilty? Let's explore the issue with an Art of Life perspective.

The short film, Save Ralph is directed by Spencer Susser, calling for an end to cosmetic testing on animals around the world. The film puts a light on the cosmetic industry and their way of testing on animals and how the results look for the animals.

"No animal should suffer and die for beauty"


To put an end to animal testing, Humane Society International released the campaign with the hashtag #SaveRalp and it caught major attention on social media. We all watched and felt upset about it. But what's the next step? What can we do to feel better about the issue?

If you've been wanting to do something about the issue but didn't know where to start, keep reading for some tips.

In this article your will find some answers for: What does it mean if a product is cruelty-free? What are the brands we can use? How applying this perspective can make us live a happier life?

What does cruelty free really mean?

Let's start by learning the meaning of the much used term cruelty-free. It is used to define brands that are not using animal testing or manufacturing products that are tested on animals.

Cruelty-free: (of cosmetics or other commercial products) manufactured or developed by methods that do not involve experimentation on animals.

via Oxford Dictionary

Cruelty-free vs Vegan

Vegan products are produced without food or other products derived from animals. Some brands may have vegan products within their collections and some brands may have all of their products vegan. Cruelty-free brands, on the other hand, are brands that don't use animal testing when manufacturing and developing products. Thus, cruelty-free is an attribution we use for brands, not just for products.

Vegan: Eating, using, or containing no food or other products derived from animals.

Via Oxford Dictionary

Mindful and Happier Life

We may be feeling upset about animal testing but we can also take some steps about the things we can control. Think of this as a way to apply a mindful approach to your life. You can add meaning to your life by practicing positive changes in your life about animal testing.

One of the main things the science of positive psychology suggests is; to live a happy life you need to add meaning to your life (Seligman, 2002). There are various ways to add meaning to your life, some big, some small.

Picking brands that are mindful of other living creatures on this earth is a simple, easy, and adaptable way to engage in a meaningful life.

Let's say you need a new facial cream, you can start by picking a cruelty-free brand for your next purchase, and I promise, small changes will bring positive emotions too! Plus, focusing on the things you can control instead of just feeling sad about the animal testing issue will be a great way to add a mindful approach to your life too! You can create an impact through the choices you make.

Some cruelty free brands you can try:

- Ateiler Rebul

- Bade Natural

- Dove

- Drunk Elephant

- H&M Beauty

- Marc Jacobs

- Mario Badescu

- The Body Shop

- The INKEY List

- Soapy Co.

Some cruelty-free products:

Here you will find some cruelty-free products that I used and benefited from. Please always remember to find the products that suits your skin. This is just an inspirational list that I enjoyed using and wished someone shared these products with me before!

Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinted Sun Screen :

Bade Natural Wolverine Nail Serum:

Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser:

The Body Shop Mediterranean Almond Milk with Oats Instant Soothing Mask:

The Body Shop Tea Tree Facial Wash:

Soapy Cosmetics Pure Elegance Enriched Clay :

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