Animal Testing – Do you still use animal-tested products?

and why not consuming them is an act against animal cruelty.

Animal testing has gained notoriety due to the growth of veganism which points this as one of the cruelest practices with animals. Confining an animal to use it as a guinea pig in various types of research is an ancient practice.

 In recent history, humans have used animals as tools that allow man to create antibiotics, vaccines and other medicines, but also to test how effective or toxic the ingredients used by the industry are. Throughout the 20th century, the practice of animal testing grew exponentially as a part of the large-scale industrial production. The chemical agents that compose cosmetics, industrialized foods, clothing pigments, remedies, and other various types of products for human use, probably have gone through animal testing in their process.

Analyzing only in the cosmetics industry, Cruelty Free International has estimated that over 500,000 animals serve in testings every year . Laboratories in all segments of the market, with the exception of vegan companies, still use animals ruthlessly to test new ingredients before making their product available.

Multinationals of the food and beverage industry that we can easily find in supermarkets, if are not directly responsible, have business partners who perform these sorts of tests, however, some of them report on their respective websites that they do animal testing only when requested by regulatory agencies, but in practice this means that there are tests, either outsourced or when regulatory agencies from countries such as China and the US request it.  

How does animal testing work? 

Some trials are preclinical, such as primary skin irritation, cumulative skin irritation, and sensitivity. The animals have areas of its skin scraped, and light scratches are made in different regions, after that a small amount of the product or ingredient is applied on the skin and the area covered with gauze and tape. 24 and 72 hours later the wound is analyzed, to check for any reaction to the skin or lack of it. These injuries usually cause pain and inflammation to the animal if the product tested is in fact harmful. 

The cumulative skin irritation test

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The cumulative skin irritation test prolongs and increases the suffering of the animal, after skin scraping, the scratching procedure and application of the product is repeated during the ten consecutive days. In the sensitization test, contact is maintained between the animal’s skin and an occlusive patch with a small solution of the product or ingredient that will be tested, and involves the injection of a substance known as Freund’s complete adjuvant. According to this document, the use of the adjuvant can be dangerous due to its side effects: pain, fever, nodules, erythema, necrosis and abscess. The test checks whether or not there is an immunological reaction of the subject’s body to the substance. 

Animal testing

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The Draize test (eye irritation): Rabbits are partially immobilized in order to evaluate the irritating effects of the product or ingredient in areas of the animal’s eye (conjunctiva, iris and cornea). The amount of approximately one tenth of a milliliter is dripped in the eye of each rabbit , and it cannot be washed. Its immobilization does not allow the animal to scratch its eyes, which grants the corrosion on the site. If it is found that there was indeed eye irritation, there will be repetition of the experiment for several days in different animals, the consequences are ocular hemorrhage, lack of iris reaction to light, severe redness, swelling in the eyelid region, and even complete eye corrosion and ultimately blindness. 

The Draize test eye irritation

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The phototoxicity test is done in hairless mice, rabbits, pigs or guinea pigs, in order to understand how much a skin area becomes sensitive to visible light or ultraviolet rays, usually the skin of this animal is burned and peeled. 

In toxicity testing it is analyzed whether the ingredient or product has the potential to destroy body cells, it is classified into two tests: In the LD50 carried out in rats and also in other animal species, the test substance for gastric intubation is applied and the procedure seeks to know the value of a possible dosage of the product that would be sufficient to cause the death of animals used as guinea pigs, this procedure is lethal for 50% of animals. The other 50% who survive suffer intensely until they are sacrificed.

The percutaneous toxicity test consists of applying the substance to the skin of rabbits, where it remains for 24 hours straight. The test is done for 14 consecutive days in order to record data on the amount of toxicity and mortality of the substance. After this period of percutaneous toxicity testing, whether these animals have died by sacrifice or by lethal dose, they have their internal organs examined. 

The Vegan Society has stressed that “Veganism is a way of living that seeks to exclude as far as it is possible and practicable all forms of exploitation and cruelty to animals, whether for food, clothing or any other purpose” – and we know that yes, for many who live in large urban centers it is possible and practicable to avoid products from companies that test on animals. The right to consume is individual, but the right to life is universal. #Govegan! 


Souza, Robson Fernando de – “Animal Rights and Veganism: Conscience with Hope,,  

Brazilian Ministry of Health:  Ordinance nº 1,480/1990 

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Vegan Nail Care And Beauty Products

Embracing Vegan Nail Care And Beauty Products

The growing demand for vegan products, both edible and otherwise, has led many to tout the current millennium as ‘the age of veganism’. Consumers are now demanding animal-friendly products of all kinds – including fashion, skincare, and beauty items. This includes nail care and beauty, which includes products such as nail polish, treatments, hardeners, and cuticle oils. If you love dazzling nail looks but wish to ensure that you support vegan companies, the following tips may be of aid. You may want to read on to prepare for your Veggly Vegan Dating 🌱 😊

Vegan Nail Care And Beauty Products

Animal-Derived Ingredients In Nail Products

Two of the most common animal-derived ingredients in modern day nail products include guanine/pearl essence (obtained from fish scales) and carmine (obtained from the crushed carcasses of the cochineal insect).

When choosing products, read the ingredients list carefully, and make a commitment to yourself as well: avoid components which are known to harm human health. These include toluene, DBP, formaldehyde, and camphor. Some of these components are known carcinogens, so opting for products made with fewer chemicals is ideal. 

Top Vegan Nail Care Brands

There are literally dozens of vegan nail care brands to choose from, some of which include L.A. Girl, Sally Hansen, NCLA Los Angeles, 100% Pure, BWC (Beauty without Cruelty), Mineral Fusion, and Essie. Unlike its main high-end rival, OPI, Essie recently reformulated all its products to ensure they are vegan and free of all ingredients that can potentially harm human health. Brands range from budget-friendly to luxury, so regardless of what you are willing to spend, you will find a bevy of vegan polishes in a wide array of hues and finishes.

Beyond Nail Polish

It is important to be vigilant with all items in your nail care kit, including nail strengtheners. These are a usually transparent product used to counter nail brittleness and fragility. However, they can also be used to mend cracks and chips in nails, and are often used in line with fine paper or tiny pieces of cut-up tea bags applied over a crack or chip. Some brands sell hardeners whose main strengthening agent is keratin (which is not vegan). Others use shellac, derived from the lac bug. Ensure your hardener is made with 100% plant-based ingredients. The brush bristles used in the polish should also be sourced from plants. Like non-vegan hardeners, vegan hardeners may require the use of a heat lamp, but these are very affordable and can be sourced for under $10.

Vegan Cuticle Care Products

If you are a fervent mani-pedi fan, then you know that if your cuticles (the skin beneath and surrounding your nail bed) are dry or cracked, the look of your nails can be all but appealing.

Cuticle care products which are oil based can make a big difference, keeping skin healthy and in tact so you don’t need to trim it at all during a manicure session. Once again, opt for plant-based treatments containing beneficial products such as jojoba oil, shea butter, sesame oil, sweet orange oil, and coconut oil. If your cuticles are very dry, opt for a cream-based treatment to really lock the moisture in. In case you love lemon scents, try Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, which softens skin and is easily absorbed.

If you love having sleek, well cared-for nails, then delve into the fascinating world of vegan beauty and care products for nails.

Top companies such as Essie have seen the value of going 100% plant-based, as eco-friendly consumers express their wish to support companies that are committed to the environment and to animal welfare.

Ensure you read ingredients lists carefully, and make informed choices regarding everything from colored polishes, right through to hardening gels and cuticle treatment products.

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