Sunday, 22 February 2009

Taking care of you and of the planet

Living in Brazil is a little bit hard to find cosmetics of companies that do not test on animals. It's not impossible but it's not that easy and most of the times when you find an option, it costs more. Now, in Dublin, we have lot of options and it's really great to have the chance to choose and have no need to pay a lot for it.

Some vegetarian/vegan people still use one or another product from companies that test on animals. I am not here to judge anybody, I think that you have to think what you can (or want to) do and do your best, step by step, day by day. But if you have the opportunity to buy cosmetics from the cruelty-free companies you will be doing something great for you, for the animals and for the planet.


Here there are some tips of international companies we buy cosmetics here in Dublin:

* The Body Shop: they have a big list of products that includes body care, body oil, deodorant, body wash, soap, vegan make up brushes, fragrance, nail care, hair care, etc. “We were one of the first to make a stand against animal testing in the cosmetics industry, and through The Body Shop Foundation, we continue to fund organisations campaigning to end the needless suffering of animals.” (The Body Shop values).
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT THE BODY SHOP (comment of Andrea, thanks again!): "Alert to all: be careful about buying from The Body Shop. I used to buy from them a lot - really like their products - but a few years ago the company was sold to L'Oreal. Yes, THE L'Oreal who TESTS on animals. That generated a lot of complaints at the time and L'Oreal/Body Shop keeps it quiet until this day for obvious reasons. I don't know how much of the Body Shop philosophy has been compromised by this merge, but I don't trust it anymore and therefore don't buy from them."

* Lush Cosmetics: they have the best fragrances ever. Not all the products are vegan (some have honey) but the vegan options are identified and they don't test on animals. They used to have some branches in Brazil but I'm not sure if they're still there.

* Original Source: they're a great British company. Most of the products are vegan (I'm not sure if all the products are, but everything I saw until now is vegan) and they do not test on animals. They work closely to the Vegan Society and the products have the label 'vegan' and also the information 'this product is not tested on animals'. They have bath care, hair care, shower gels and more. The products are awesome and I'm very happy to use them.



Check out the Peta list of international companies that do not test on animals.

Aos amigos brasileiros: confiram a lista da PEA de empresas brasileiras que realizam testes em animais.

Duas dicas de marcas brasileiras que não fazem testes em animais e que lembrei depois de escrever o post (que estava usando em BH antes de me mudar):

* Éh Cosméticos: ótima opção de produtos para o cabelo. Se não me engano, os produtos trazem a informação de que a empresa não realiza testes em animais.

* Ecologie: oferece produtos para os cabelos, corpo e rosto (femininos e masculinos). Informam no site e nos produtos que não realizam testes em animais e que também não utilizam "matérias-primas proveniente de sacrifícios de animais, solicitando de nossos fornecedores garantia dos mesmos". No site também há algumas dicas de consciência ecológica (trocar o plástico por outros materiais, reciclar o lixo, etc).


IMPORTATE: pela primeira vez o veganismo está em pauta no Senado brasileiro. O senador Expedito Junior é o responsável pelo projeto de lei que propõe que as etiquetas dos produtos (alimentos e roupas) contenham informações clara sobre a presença ou não de ingredientes de origem animal. Na Europa e nos EUA trata-se de uma prática comum, assim como a informação de que a empresa não faz teste em animais, mas no Brasil é raro que isso aconteça. Apóie essa iniciativa, clicando na imagem que está do lado direito, logo abaixo da frase "Veganismo em pauta no Senado".


(Thanks Andrea, from Brazil Nut, for the list links!)

5 comments:

Filype said...

Nice! Thanks for the PEA list. =D

Robb Edge said...

I use Original Source everyday. This morning it was the Cocoa and Vanilla Milk. I smell like a cake.

Glauce Lucas said...

ahahahah Nothing bad in smell like a cake ;o)

Andréa N. said...

Glauce, thanks for the credit, my dear!

Alert to all: be careful about buying from The Body Shop. I used to buy from them a lot - really like their products - but a few years ago the company was sold to L'Oreal. Yes, THE L'Oreal who TESTS on animals. That generated a lot of complaints at the time and L'Oreal/Body Shop keeps it quiet until this day for obvious reasons. I don't know how much of the Body Shop philosophy has been compromised by this merge, but I don't trust it anymore and therefore don't buy from them.

Glauce Lucas said...

Andrea, thanks for your precious tip! I didn't know that... The Body Shop keeps spreading the values about not testing on animals, but you're right, I can't trust it anymore too... I will add a note at the post about it!

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