I do not purchase makeup made by companies that test on animals. My dilemma lately isn’t over what’s bought by who, but rather how effective and rational my ideology is. I have begun to realize that I am a hypocrite.
Background first: I went vegetarian when I was 13-years-old until almost age 21, when I stopped because I was sick every month and malnourished. I began eating meat for about a year, then cut back to only fish until this past May when I returned to being a full-fledged vegetarian. I originally started because my older sister didn’t eat meat. I continued on because it became habit. Since quitting meat again in May, my reasons for being a vegetarian have changed: I care about animals and do not want to eat them.
I’ve been incorporating my beliefs over what goes into my body to what goes on my skin. I’ve made a conscious effort not to purchase cosmetics made by companies that test on animals.
A word on this before you say “BUT!”: I do own Maybelline products. I bought them based on mis-information provided in the book Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me, which listed them as a company that does not test finished products on animals. With some very quick research, I realized that Maybelline is actually one of the biggest animal testing offenders. I will continue to use them but will not repurchase. Secondly: If I am given by friends and families products from companies that test on animals, I do use these products but will not purchase them myself.
How useful is this strategy? That’s what I’ve been asking myself lately. Let’s take Procter and Gamble (P&G), a huge company that makes everything from diapers to mascara. P&G is the parent company for many brands including CoverGirl, one of the bestselling makeup lines in the drugstore.
As you can guess, I haven’t purchased any CoverGirl products in well over a year due to the fact that P&G tests on animals. However, I have bought Dawn dish soap, Bounty paper towels and Charmin toilet paper. So while I’ve been actively boycotting one brand, CoverGirl, I’ve been throwing money into other P&G brands.
Tell me: Is it okay if the right hand knows not what the left hand does?