This post is a quick snapshot of how you can tell if a product is cruelty-free just by looking at it when you are in a rush and on the go. One of the first things I realized when discussing this with friends was that most were not familiar with the cruelty-free symbols used on products. This shouldn’t have come as a surprise to me as I wasn’t aware until a few years ago when I started researching all this myself. In fact, I was astonished that my face cream was still being tested on animals at all!
So, how can you tell if a product is cruelty-free? The simple answer – look for the Leaping Bunny (“LB”) or PETA symbol.
If your product has one of these symbols, it’s fairly safe to assume it has not been tested on animals. These will appear on both personal care items, like face lotion and toothpaste, and household items, like bathroom cleaner and dish soap. However, these symbols do not apply to vegan clothing items such as faux down or vegan leather.
PETA and LB certify that companies which produce personal care and household items are cruelty-free. They each have their own standards for how to approach certification and LB’s are considered more rigorous. Please note that certification is voluntary so simply looking for the symbol this isn’t the end all be all. Companies can be cruelty-free and not certify. They can also certify with either but choose not to carry the symbol on their products or they can create their own symbol instead. For more information on animal testing policies and PETA’s and LP’s standards head over to the Cruelty-Free Basics Tab.
So what does this mean ultimately? If you are on the go and don’t have time to research the brand or product, look for one of these two symbols. If you see it, you are good to go.