Is Aveeno Cruelty Free? A question that you might ask yourself before buying their products.
The beauty brand Aveeno is owned by the multinational corporation Johnson & Johnson, which tests its products on animals. Because Aveeno follows the policies of its parent company, they are not cruelty-free. Aveeno also sells its products in mainland China, where animal testing is legally required.
Turns out that this beauty brand that focuses primarily on creating products that are good for the skin of their customers still chooses to test them on innocent animals. Interestingly enough, companies like this one that tests their ingredients and finished products on animals are typically less cautious about what goes into making their products, too.
That’s right, traditional beauty brands rely more heavily on synthetics, dyes, chemicals, and other additives than cruelty-free brands typically do. While traditional brands feel free to pour fillers into their products, cruelty-free brands take a closer look.
They’re not only trying to protect the animals, but they’re also trying to protect the people that care about them. Cruelty-free products often swap harsh ingredients for natural ones like plant-based substitutes full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that will truly nourish, repair, and protect your skin rather than sneakily making it worse over time.
When traditional products cause allergic reactions, rashes, breakouts, and dry, flaky skin, cruelty-free products can soothe your skin, all while giving you peace of mind knowing that you spoke up for the creatures that can’t speak for themselves. If they’re better for the animals and better for you, what more do you need to know?
In case you might be asking yourself right now, “but what about how much more expensive they are?” you’re in for a great surprise… Cruelty-free products are more budget-friendly than ever! They no longer consistently outrank traditional products in terms of costs. Cruelty-free brands like ELF (stands for “eyes, lips, face,” and they’ve got each one thoroughly covered!), Physician’s Formula, and many others are just as affordable.
In my own experience, I’ve noticed that they help me make more mindful shopping choices, too. Rather than needing one product for each problem or use and another one to correct or supplement that one, I only need a few versatile, well-rounded, healthy, and cruelty-free products taking up space in my bathroom. When you clear the clutter, you’re making choices you can be infinitely proud of.
Here are some other popular cruelty-free brands besides Burts`s Bee, ELF and Physician’s Formula for you to try out for yourself:
- Everyday Minerals
- Dr. Hauschka
- Juice Beauty
- Avalon Organics
- Jeffree Star Cosmetics
- Too Faced
- Vapour Organic Beauty
- It Cosmetics
- Cover FX
- Kat Von D
- Becca Cosmetics
- Urban Decay
- Bare Minerals
- Essence Makeup
- Tarte Cosmetics
Many people use Aveeno skincare products like hand and body creams, which can be hard to find if you’re picky or you have sensitive skin or legitimate skin conditions. But don’t worry, we’ve got some alternatives ready for you to look into!
Lush’s dream cream is a vegan body lotion made from healthy ingredients like chamomile oil, organic cocoa butter, rose water, and oat milk. People with sensitive skin and conditions like eczema praise this lotion for working magic for them. Another option is this Burt`s Bees lotion:
As if that’s not enough, many of the cruelty-free companies on the list (and elsewhere) offer entire vegan collections, so you know you’re getting products made from the best ingredients available. This is a fantastic option to explore if you want to take your conscious shopping to the next level, but regular cruelty-free products make excellent choices, too.
If you already have a favorite beauty or cosmetics brand that you think might be cruelty-free but you’re not sure, just take a moment to look them up. You can find more information in quite a few different ways, but I recommend starting out with the following three:
- Checking the Leaping Bunny’s catalog of cruelty-free companies
- Searching the company on PETA.org
- Google searching the company, like this: “is ___ cruelty-free?”
Remember, the words “not tested on animals” on the package aren’t enough to confirm a truly cruelty-free status. Some companies have made claims about being cruelty-free but allowed third parties to do the animal testing for them, or continued to sell the products in places like mainland China where animal testing is legally required. With a little bit of diligence, it’s easy to find the information you need.
Cruelty-free products are clearly the better choice for more reasons than we can count. Whether you’re trying them out for yourself or buying them as gifts, you can feel good about supporting a worthy cause and a healthy alternative. As consumers today, we often have way more power than we realize, and we can use choices like these ones to drive real change in the world.
Testing ingredients and finished products on animals isn’t necessary anymore, so there’s really no reason we should continue to allow big corporations to get away with it. The hundreds of companies that have already gone cruelty-free or are making the change now show us that there is a better way. A better way for our animals, our skin, our bank accounts, and our consciences.
What could be better than that?
With all of these benefits (and more), cruelty-free products truly just make more sense. Hopefully, you now have enough information to make the decision to switch. We’re happy that you’re here, joining thousands of individuals who have already decided that there’s no room in their lives for products that are tested on animals. We’re all in this together and we can’t wait to see how much more things progress over the next few years.