If the recent launch of the animated stop motion mockumentary, Save Ralph, hasn’t caught your attention, here’s what you need to briefly know: launched on Apr 6 2021, the animation follows a bunny from the cosmetics testing labs in a global campaign to ban animal testing for cosmetics.
What is animal testing and why should you stop using skincare and makeup brands that use animal testing? Well, animal testing is basically a form of experiment. When brands think of new products and formulas, e.g. moisturisers, toners, lotions, serums, creams, acids – everything you can name, they get an animal testing lab to have all the different formulas applied directly on animal skin, directly into their eyes, and so on. The animals cry, they scream, and struggle (please YouTube). It’s a cruel, inhumane, and nasty process that leave the animals in perpetual pain.
Why are people all over the world lobbying against it? So, in the past decade, there have been serious advancements in the world of cosmetics – most notably all-natural, plant-based formulas that do not require animal testing. Instead, there are other forms of experimentations that they can do to verify the efficacy of these skincare products. And I hear what you are thinking in your head: “If they can check these skincare products without the use of animal testing now, then why still use the old and cruel animal testing method?”
Hear, hear. That’s what we are thinking too. There’s a massive chunk of the skincare and makeup industry and brands that are not catching up with the times and still stuck in the world of animal testing. And psst…. China used to mandate that all skincare, makeup, and haircare require animal testing paperwork to be submitted before the products can be retailed in mainland China. But hey, in March 2021, even China decided to end mandatory animal testing from May 1 2021 onwards.
If you’re wondering how to swop your family’s skincare and body care products out to an animal cruelty-free options, know that there are many animal cruelty-free brands that you can find in Singapore. When you shop, simply look out for the words “cruelty-free”, and “animal cruelty free”. Otherwise, look for this symbol:
Otherwise, look for “vegan” products – the majority of them are going to be animal cruelty-free as well. Here, five globally renowned skincare brands with top-grade ingredients, great results, plant-based and animal cruelty-free that you can easily find in Sephora Singapore: