Why aren't some products that are labelled 'Not tested on animals' included on your site?
This is one of the reasons we set up Beauty Without the Beasts. We found sourcing and choosing cruelty-free cosmetics a nightmare as so many companies make these claims. While it may be true that their finished product is not tested on animals, it could be that some, or all, of the ingredients have been. Or the company might claim that 'we don't carry out any animal testing', but does commission testing on its behalf. Therefore, we will feature, promote and work only with brands that adhere to a fixed cut-off date (see below for more information on fixed cut-off dates) to ensure that they are truly cruelty-free.
What is a fixed cut-off date?
A company that adheres to a fixed cut-off date does not allow animal tests for any of its finished products, ingredients or formulations after a set date. The particular date is determined by each company and is a pledge that 'from this day forward' (ie the fixed cut-off date) animal testing will not take place during any stage of the manufacturing of the company's products. By contrast, a company that operates a 'rolling rule' (such as a five-year rolling rule) will not use an ingredient that has been tested within the specified timeframe, eg five years. However, it can use those same ingredients once the time has expired. Therefore, we do not feature companies which operate a rolling rule.
Why do some of the brands featured on the site not have 'Leaping Bunny' certification? / Why are some brands not BUAV approved?
The criteria for inclusion on www.beautywithoutthebeasts.com is that none of the products featured - or the ingredients used - have been tested on animals after a set date (the 'fixed cut-off date'). Some of the brands will also be BUAV-approved and bear the 'Leaping Bunny' mark having been certified 'cruelty free' by Cruelty Free International under the internationally-recognised Humane Cosmetics Standard. This stipulates that no animal testing is conducted or commissioned for finished cosmetic products or ingredients by the company, its laboratories or its suppliers after a fixed cut-off date. The Leaping Bunny certification is unrivalled, as it requires each company to open its processes to independent audit throughout its supply chain, to ensure that it adheres to its animal testing policy and the Standard's strict criteria. For more information please see www.gocrueltyfree.org.
Are the products featured on the site suitable for vegans/vegetarians?
The purpose of www.beautywithoutthebeasts.com is to provide a resource for sourcing truly cruelty-free products, many of which are suitable for vegetarians/vegans. However, some beauty products could contain honey or beeswax, for example, and make-up brushes could be made from animal hair. We encourage companies to state if their products are vegetarian/vegan-friendly in their company profile on our 'Where to Shop' page, which also gives contact details for all brands.
Why have you included The Body Shop on your list as it is owned by L'Oreal?
The criteria for inclusion on www.beautywithoutthebeasts.com is that none of the products featured - or the ingredients used - have been tested on animals after a set date (the 'fixed cut-off date'). The Body Shop's range fully complies with this and has therefore been included. This also applies to brands like Superdrug, Liz Earle And Burt's Bees. We feel that, in these cases, the best approach is to give you the facts and then leave it up to you as to whether you want to use brands where the parent company is not fully compliant. If you want to contact the companies for further information, you'll find contact details in our 'Where to Shop' guide, which also clearly indicates where parent companies are not approved.
Why have companies such as Dermalogica been removed from the Where To Shop guide?
We have had to remove some companies as they sell products in China. The Chinese government requires animal testing of cosmetic products as part of its product import registration process, which means any health and beauty items sold in China cannot be classed as truly cruelty-free. If the situation changes, we will let you know on this website and will update the Where To Shop guide, as necessary. If you would like to receive updates whenever there are changes to this list, please join our mailing list on the Home page.
Can I suggest a brand to feature on www.beautywithoutthebeasts.com?
Yes, of course. If you feel that one of your favourite brands fits our cruelty-free criteria, please contact us and we'll be happy to look into it.
How can I get in touch with the team at Beauty Without The Beasts?
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