Cosmetics Without Cruelty

lbThe following is a guest blog post by Julia Guarino.

I’ve always been an animal lover. As a (rather precocious) five-year-old, I made the connection between the cute fuzzy animals I loved and the food I was eating, and promptly announced I was becoming a vegetarian. Now in my 20’s, I not only continue to maintain a meat-free diet, but I attempt to be animal-friendly in my choice of any product.

Even for those who are not as animal-crazy as I, however, animal testing is acknowledged as an unnecessary step for bath and body products, simply because testing of most ingredients has already been done. As the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics Leaping Bunny cruelty-free standard ‘s website states: “Neither the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) nor the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission requires animal testing for cosmetics or household products, respectively. There are sufficient existing safety data as well as in vitro alternatives to make animal testing for these products obsolete.”

Companies who chose to abide by the Leaping Bunny cruelty-free standard, pledge not to test on animals or commission new animal testing for any of their products. On April 20, 2009 Herban Lifestyle was approved for inclusion in the Leaping Bunny Program and was added to the list of approved companies. Leaping Bunny certified companies can be found in the Compassionate Shopping Guide found at www.leapingbunny.org and the updated versions of all guides used by the member groups forming the Coalition for Consumer  Information on Cosmetics (CCIC).

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