Experiments on animals are one of the dark sides of our time. A vast production network, such as palm oil, make-up and cosmetics, is based on animal experiments. The products produced are tested on animals and these animals are exposed to harmful and even lethal substances. Animals in excruciating pain are used for many experiments, and their uses are not limited to just that. This situation draws the reaction of many groups, especially animal rights activists. Just as there are brands and companies that have stopped their experiments on animals due to the reactions they have received, there are also companies that continue these experiments. The number of cosmetic brands that do not test on animals is increasing day by day. The companies that continue their experiments are; they harm the habitats of animals, cause some animals to become extinct, test their products on animals in their laboratories, causing them unbelievable suffering. However, as we said, there are also brands and companies that do not conduct such experiments on animals and do not test their products on animals.
The companies that test their products on animals are the companies that produce cosmetic products and make-up materials. To test whether the chemicals they use are harmful to the human body, they apply these chemicals to the bodies of animals, in which the animals suffer unpredictably. Their bodies are shaved, their skin is left defenseless, and sometimes they are even skinned alive.
We do not say that brands that do not test on animals are of better quality. You can still try the products that you think are suitable for you, and you may or may not be satisfied. The aim of all Cruelty Free users is to raise awareness by withdrawing their own money from those brands, to reach more people and to prevent them from experimenting with those brands.
It is useful to mention the Chinese market here. In June 2014, it was a legal requirement for all cosmetic products to be sold in China to be tested on animals. Even if brands don’t experiment on their own, they pay the government to do experiments on their behalf if they want to sell them in China, so the government tests these products in its labs where alternative methods to animals don’t exist. It is known that 300,000 animals a year are used only in cosmetic tests. Even brands with a name in Peta have entered the Chinese market. One of them was ‘Urban Decay’ but then it got such a reaction from its customers that it was withdrawn from the market.
Brands are generally divided into 3 groups. White, Gray and Black zone.
Every ingredient in the white zone is vegan, or even the supplier of the ingredient does not test on animals. If he has a rabbit, if he has the name Petada, he is in the White group.
The gray zone is that the brand may not be experimenting on its own. Petada may have a name as a brand. The supplier of the ingredient may be experimenting. Or the owner may be a brand that is experimenting. It may not have been any of them and only started selling in China. Like Avon, Yves Rocher, MAC.
The black region, on the other hand, is mostly the world’s giant companies, which do not deny that they are experimenting. We all have almost all the brands that have products at home. The most well-known ones are unfortunately L’Oreal, Unilever, Yves Rocher, Avon and Johnson&Johnson.
Unilever brands; Algida, Ax, Becel, Calve, Carte d’Or, Cif, Cleari Cornetto, Domestos, Dove, Elidor, Knorr, Lipton, Lux, Magnum, Omo, Rexona, Rinso, Sana, Signal, Sunlight, Vaseline, Yumos.
P&G brands; Ace, Alo, Ariel, Braun, Duracell, Fairy, Prima, Blendax, Gillette, Head&Shoulders, İpana, Koleson, Max Factor, Olay, Oral-B, Orkid, Pantene, Rejoice.
These companies, which mostly sell cosmetics and personal care products, test their products, which they market with many sub-brands, on animals. During manufacture of a product, you can read its packaging to see if it has been tested on animals. You can understand that products with a logo in the form of a rabbit and a phrase “Not Tested On Animals” on the packaging are not tested on animals.
Most of the companies that do not test on animals are their own brands of Rossmann, Gratis and Watsons.
Bioderma, Cyrene, Yes To (Sehpora), Fouf (lilac lilac), Freemann (Watsons), Kiss My Face(BeautyJoint), Bath And Body Works, Dirty Works (Gratis), Amway, Doa Kozmetik, Mosmos Garden, The Body Shop, Live Clean, The Crystal(Gratis), Alterra(Rossmann), Madame Coco, Penti, Dalan, Enliven(Gratis), Phsians Formula(Pharmacy Only), Rival de Loop(Rossmann), The Balm(Gratis), Wet’n’ Wild(Gratis), Essence(Gratis/ Rossmann/ Migros), Hurraw, Lypsyl(Gratis), elf(BeautyJoint) , Urban Care(Gratis/ Watsons), Giovanni(Gratis), Too Faced(Sephora), Cosmed, Isana(Rossmann ), Burt’s Beets(Gratis), Superdrag(Watsons), Dalin, Perlodent(Rossmann), Benri(Gratis), Pangea Organic (lilac box), Bee Beauty (Gratis), SmashBox(Sephora), RT Brushes (Gratis/ Watsons/Migros) ), Ecotools brushes(Gratis) Otacı, Alpro, Doğadan.
Apart from these, there are “Cruelty Free” products and companies that produce these products. Products produced without animal testing fall into a classification criterion called “White zone” and are designated by PETA with the aforementioned “Cruelty Free” label. By paying attention to these statements, you can shop from companies that do not conduct animal experiments and put an end to this brutality.