The following post is a little bit more personal, but I really wanted to share my story of how I became so passionate about buying cruelty-free and vegan, and why I have made so many changes.
Before October 2014, I was a normal girl who loved Netflix, chicken nuggets, cheese pizza and was obsessed with makeup brands like MAC, LORAC, L’Oréal and Maybelline. But earlier that year, I learned about the animal cruelty that was happening in the food industry and how I as a consumer was directly impacting the meat industry. That October I made the pledge to go vegetarian and never again give my dollar and my support to the meat industry.
Since then, I have continued to educate myself about animal rights, nutrition, and what really happens behind closed doors at the factory farms that dominate modern animal agriculture. I learned how consuming milk and eggs is not only detrimental to your health but how other animal industries are not any better to the animals than the meat industry that I had been boycotting for so long.
Animal products not only cause the diseases that kill more Americans than any other illnesses, but they also cause extreme damage to the environment and the animals that I care so much about.
About two years later in August of 2016, I decided to go a step further and no longer consume or purchase any animal products. I felt that it was hypocritical to leave meat off my plate but continue to buy leather bags, shoes and eat cheese and eggs.
When I made this lifestyle change I did not realize how much it would impact my everyday decisions. To me, being vegan meant not only eating plant-based but also purchasing vegan leather, clothes and cruelty-free beauty products free of animal derived ingredients.
I began researching what ingredients the beauty products and brands I had loved all my life actually contained and how they ended up on supermarket and Sephora shelves. I was shocked to find lists on lists of confusing and ambiguous ingredients and shady statements from cosmetic companies such as “we do not test on animals, but Chinese markets require that we test on animals” or “we do not test on animals but do not know if our suppliers test on animals” and “we do not test final products on animals.”
I learned how scientific terms in ingredient lists of my favorite makeup products such as “carmine” and “cochineal dye” actually meant ground insects and how “lanolin” is actually sheep grease. It is easier to find out which of your favorite foods and even accessories are made from animal products than cosmetics because the companies are legally required to be much more transparent.
Many cosmetics companies do not list ingredients on their website and even if they do they are not clear what each term actually means. Many companies have questions about veganism and animal testing on their FAQ pages but want you to email them to find an answer. Even after that, it is not always clear.
I knew that these companies were hiding this information for a reason, so I did more research into animal testing practices and was appalled by what I saw. I had no idea how I had become so invested in animal rights but had totally looked over this aspect of the cause. From that moment on, I could no longer support the companies I once loved but who unethically tested on animals.
That is why I have dedicated this blog to 100% cruelty-free and vegan beauty products, food, and lifestyle posts. I truly believe that along with others who share similar morals, I can make a difference for the well-being of the animals who are in an unfortunate position in the food and beauty industry and our amazing and delicate planet.
As I grow as an individual and become more knowledgeable about these industries, my blog will grow as well. There are constantly changes within the cosmetics industry and new information coming to the surface every day, so although I do my best to update my posts with correct information, I am not always 100% perfect.
I hope that my blog helps you to become a more educated consumer and inspires you to make more ethical choices in where your money goes. Leave a comment down below with your thoughts on this issue!