In South Africa, we do not currently have any laws protecting or supervising the usage of animals for testing of home and beauty products. Dogs, cats, rabbits, mice and chimpanzees are some of the animals used to assess the safety of cosmetics, household cleaning products and beauty products. Animals are kept in captivity and endure terrible, painful procedures. Around 115 million animals around the world (100 000 animals in South Africa) die annually in laboratories. Check out AAVS for more information.
HOW DO I KNOW IF A HOME/BEAUTY PRODUCT IS VEGAN?
- Look out for the Beauty Without Cruelty (BWC) bunny logo. All companies that have proven they do not test on animals will have a BWC bunny on their product labels. For a complete guide of the current available beauty products that are cruelty-free click here.
- Visit the BWC website and take a look around. They have released the most comprehensive and honest guide we currently have in South Africa.
WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR:
- Carmine (derived from insects and used in lipsticks, shampoos and powders to give a pink colour)
- Squalene (an oil derived from shark liver, often used in creams to provide lubricating properties)
- Keratin (protein derived from ground up bone/ hooves, often used in hair products)
- Musk (secretion derived from genitals of beavers and otters, often used in perfumes)
- Stearic acid (fatty acid derived from lard, often used in shampoos, deodorants, soaps, creams and mascaras)
- Lanolin (derived from oil glands of sheep, often used in nail and hair products)
- Collagen/ Elastin (protein derived from animal tissue, often used in anti-aging skin-care products)
SOME OF MY FAVOURITE PRODUCTS:
Toothbrush (R55,00), Shampoo 1 (R89,95), Shampoo 2 (R63,99), Conditioner (R63,99), Tampons (R75,00), Body wash (R47,99), Liquid hand wash (R36,95), Facial wipes (R47,95), Mascara (R160,00), Eye Liner (R99,95)
Note: The above product links are not an endorsement of their suppliers.