Cosmetics, Does Cruelty Free Mean Shark Free?


Just because a label says it is cruelty free, doesn’t mean that it is shark free.

The phrase “cruelty free” simply means that the product and the ingredients were not tested on animals. In the United States, it is not required to test cosmetic products on animals, but many companies choose to do so in order to sell to China, where animal testing is the law. However, a cruelty free product can contain animal ingredients.

Not to confuse you, because the terms are thrown around a lot, but the best option is to find something that is both “vegan” and “cruelty free.” Vegan means that the product does not contain any animal products, period. It does not necessarily refer to the process in which the cosmetic is made. So unfortunately, it is very misleading because products that are labelled as vegan can still conduct animal testing.

Laurel Irvine