Why Cruelty-Free, Vegan Skin Care Is A Win, Win!

There are many reasons why cruelty-free, vegan skin care products are a better choice but the main reason for cruelty-free products is To Stop Animal Testing!

Vegan and cruelty-free products are two different things, however both provide a safe way to achieve a youthful and beautiful appearance. Vegan skin care and cosmetics have absolutely no animal ingredients used in their production. This means you won’t be using animal fats and other things derived from animals to get your look. Cruelty-free products mean they were never tested on animals.

Greek-inspired YASOU natural skin care believes that every breathing, living soul should be treated with loving kindness and respect from our planet to all of its creatures because only than can we lead a holistic lifestyle, living our lives and healing our bodies through natural remedies.

1) Animal Testing is Cruel and Inhumane. It’s just unnecessary; there are thousands of ingredients that have already been proven to be safe that can be used to create a new product. Technology has also brought us better alternatives for ingredient safety. One of them is Vitro diagnostics, which has many advantages over animal testing, and the other is cell culture tests as well as computer modeling.

Perhaps Anatole France said it best: “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.

2) You Can Become Healthier without Animal Testing. Switching to cruelty-free, vegan, products helps you to become aware of natural, plant-derived and non-toxic products that are healthier for you. Mainstream brands can be full of harsh containing toxic chemicals including parabens, sulfates and fragrances that do nothing good for you or your body.

3) Glowing Skin. Vegan, cruelty-free products tend to be plant based products which contain NO by-products in them. Such products give your skin a rejuvenating glow by delivering the most effective anti-aging benefits through combinations of all-natural antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and botanical extracts that are easily absorbed into your skin.

4) You Can Make A Difference. The way you spend your money communicates your beliefs, values and interests. One way you can get cruelty free right is by supporting companies that are Leaping Bunny certified (Learn more: What’s A Bunny On The Label Mean? )

Communicating your values with your elected officials helps shape their position on an issue. You can help end animal testing for cosmetics in the US by letting your U.S. representative know that it is important to you and by asking him/her to become a co-sponsor of HR 2858 (The Humane Cosmetics Act). It will take just five minutes to email or call your Representative.

5) Vegan Beauty. Most vegan brands are against animal testing and use natural plant based ingredients. Dry skin is known to subside with the use of vegan skin care because the majority of products contain a lot of water. Plant based ingredients are easy for your skin to absorb. Put those two together and you have super hydrated skin all day. Knowing what’s on your skin can give you peace of mind with ingredients you can understand. In the long run, it’s just better for you we promise.

Vegan skin care is better for your skin, the planet, your health and it helps save animals lives!  See all the good ingredients we have in our vegan hand cream and vegan face cream.

YASOU!

What’s A Bunny On The Label Mean?

The Bunny is a symbol that you may find stamped on your cosmetic, skin care, personal hygiene or household products labels. It signifies that the company that manufactured the product does not perform any testing on animals.

There are only 3 bunny logos a cruelty-free shopper should trust. The first step is therefore recognizing the logo: if it’s not one of the 3 logos below, proceed with caution!

Many companies use arbitrary illustrations of rabbits to indicate that their product is cruelty-free. While this doesn’t mean the company in question isn’t truly cruelty-free, you will have to research it.

The 3 bunny logos you can trust are the following: the Leaping Bunny logo, PETA’s cruelty-free logo, and the Choose Cruelty-Free logo (independent Australian organization; especially look for this symbol if you live in Australia!). Any other symbol or logo of a bunny is unofficial and has not been accredited by a reputable cruelty-free organization.

Leaping-Bunny Crueltyfree Not-Tested-On-Aminals

If the product you’re looking at is displaying one of these 3 trustworthy logos, the next step is to verify its authenticity by searching for the company in the organization’s online database. Although it’s a rare occurrence, some companies can and will display official logos unlawfully and without being certified by the organization! Here are links to each database:

Leaping Bunny Compassionate Shopping Guide
PETA’s Cruelty-Free Company Search
Choose Cruelty-Free List

If the logo on the packaging is not the Leaping Bunny’s, PETA’s, or from Choose Cruelty-Free, the logo is a fake. If the packaging displays one of these logos but you can’t find the company in the organization’s database (linked above), it’s also a fake. And always remember that a company can be cruelty-free even without displaying any logo.

YASOU proudly is Leaping Bunny certified. The Leaping Bunny signifies that the product is made by a company that adheres to the Corporate Standard of Compassion for Animals, developed by the Coalition for Consumer Information on cosmetics, a coalition of animal protection groups. The CCIC’s purpose is to promote a “cruelty-free” standard and logo. The coalition includes six U.S groups, including the Humane Society of the United States, as well as animal protection groups in Canada and Europe. The Corporate Standard of Compassion for Animals is a pledge by a company not to conduct or commission animal testing of their product/ingredients, after the date of the agreement.

Companies that take the pledge and wish to use the logo must be licensed and a fee is required. The fee is used to fund an independent audit of the company’s compliance with the standard. Companies may also make this pledge without using the logo, but if they don’t use the logo, there is no independent verification that they are meeting the pledge. The CCIC website (www.leapingbunny.org) lists the companies who meet the standards, indicating which ones are authorized to use the logo. Only those who use the logo are verified by CCIC. Companies using the logo agree to be audited once every three years by an independent assessor, or, in the case of smaller companies, a “spot-check,” commissioned by the CCIC and performed by an accredited auditor.

As you can see there are rules/pledges to become certified and there are also severe consequences should these rules/pledges be broken. We urge you to take the time to examine your packaging/labels, read your ingredients and look for one of the above bunny’s because if a product cares enough to create products that have not been tested on animals, it’s a sure bet they care enough about creating ethical products that are good for you and your loved ones.

YASOU!