Shocking Truth About Cosmetic Products That You Must Be Aware Of

‘Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder’, sounds so merrier to our ears. But actually beauty lies in the products that we use to make ourselves look more beautiful! However, with today’s given scenario we think that the author of this well known quote might have to twitch this quote a little bit to ‘today beauty lies in the pain of animals’.makeup-copy

With so many cosmetic beauty products stuffing the already overloaded market, we never care to look at what goes in the making of these products. Well we bring to you some of the cruel secrets of these cosmetic products.

Behind all the curtains of colour (make-up), sun baked coats (body lotions) and divine essences (perfume); often lies the untold stories of animal suffering and wilful ignorance by god’s self proclaimed superior creatures- the human race. The heartless cosmetic world seems insensitive and deaf towards the pain of these animals, but should the consumers also be thoughtless towards them?

We fabulously flaunt our makeup everyday unaware about its harmful consequences on animals. The everyday makeup kit we use consists of lipsticks, eye shadow, kajal, moisturizer, talc, perfumes, and more and all these products are barbarically tested on animals in the respective research centres. Many researchers and scientists insist on testing the cosmetic products on animals for a better understanding of the products’ possible adverse effects on humans. For instance, Mascara that beautifully highlights our eye lashes is tested on rabbits- their eyes are pulled open with forceps and the mascara solution is poured in it. Since rabbit’s eyes don’t have tear glands, the solution doesn’t wash way and helps the researchers to study its reverberations. This process is repeated till the time the researchers are sure that there are no negative reactions of the product.

Similarly shampoos that boast about being ‘non tearful’ are tested in the same manner. Sometimes the poor animals get blinded but their ordeal doesn’t end there. They are still used for other testing procedures like dermal toxicity tests to test skin irritation caused due to creams and lotions.

In fact, the lipsticks and mouthwashes that we use are force-fed to mice until they succumb. Although the knowledge gained is of no use to humans as it is unlikely that humans would consume lipstick in such high doses as to get poisoned or die.

Were you aware about these harsh secrets of the cosmetic industry who boast about making people beautiful? Would you still consider using these products at the stake of innocent creature’s lives?

Well we have also come up with an alternative option to this injustice done

There are a lot of companies that have started manufacturing vegetarian products using vegetable/ mineral materials that are not tested on animals. However, as we all know good things cannot be found easily; similarly these products are also a bit hard to find in the market. But with growing awareness of consumers, the demand is sure to rise and so will the supply of these products. Moreover, one can always rely on the home made recipes for most of their body-care needs.

It is important for us as consumers to opt for a more humane lifestyle and incorporate products that are free of any animal derivatives and do not perform animal testing. If each one of us shows some kindness then together we can bring about a drastic change in the lives of innocent souls.

So next time you go for shopping cosmetic products, choose wisely and don’t just make yourself beautiful but also contribute in making a beautiful world. Do read our next article on vegetarian cosmetic products.

3 thoughts on “Shocking Truth About Cosmetic Products That You Must Be Aware Of

  1. Superb article! An eye opener!
    Highlights the harsh reality of the majority of the cosmetic industry (general household products are no exception either)
    For those who wish to refrain themselves from this form of cruelty can show their support by choosing to use vegan, cruelty-free cosmetic products.
    PETA maintains a list of vegan brands that do not use animal-based ingredients or test the products on animals. List is updated twice a year.
    http://features.peta.org/cruelty-free-company-search/cruelty_free_companies_search.aspx?Donottest=8&Product=0&Dotest=-1&Regchange=-1&Country=-1&Keyword=

    1. Shibani thanks for sharing but have one question if these cosmetic products which comes in market every year 100’s of them are launched are not tested on animals how do they want to be tested and released for human consumption?

      So do you agree for the fact that an human life is more important than an Animal ?

      Im against animal testing but how do you want company to come up with new stuffs ?

      My thought :

      1. If products are not tested on animals there will be zero products coming in market .
      2. Testing will be done on Human beings which will have more adverse effects . A human life is more important than animals anyone will agree with me .

      1. Hi Veena,
        Sorry, I think I missed your comment earlier.

        To answer your concerns:
        Animals have equal rights as humans, let’s not forget humans are animals too – Evolution. Animals exhibit pain, fear, depression, sorrow, anger just like we do. How would you feel if someone put a drop of shampoo in your eyes while keeping them forcibly open with forceps making you unable to blink let alone wash it out from your eyes? Someone sealing you alive in plastic bags to conduct an experiment on you the next day without caring if you would even make it through the night?

        We’re now living in the 21st century; with the advancement in science and medicine subjecting animals to long and painful experiments is no longer needed to advance as a society. 9 out of 10 times, the testing is found inaccurate in the end which is why a single experiment needs to be conducted on multiple animals over and over and still the results can be misleading. Animals maybe close but they do not represent human body accurately and sufficiently.

        When Fleming discovered Penicillin, he conducted several trials on rabbits, guinea-pigs, mice, cats. Most of them inconclusive and some fatal. Reluctant to start human trials, he kept testing on animals until in a medical emergency he had no option but to administer the dose to a critically ill patient while giving the same dose to cats. The patient lived, the cats died. There are other examples too where tests on animals have been inconclusive or failed yet gone ahead and shown success in humans. Besides, drugs that pass animal testing are not necessarily safe, so we are always taking a chance anyway.

        Cosmetic companies mainly use animal testing to protect themselves from lawsuits and to cut costs, not because there are no alternatives available.

        I would rather advocate testing to be done on death-row criminals, rapists, and other scums of the earth who are just rotting in jails waiting to die and eating up our hard-earned tax monies. Not to mention clinical human trials where individuals can volunteer to test for a drug they need.

        A little Googling showed that some of the alternatives to animal testing today are: In vitro (in glass) testing, such as studying cell cultures in a petri dish, can produce more relevant results than animal testing because human cells can be used. Microdosing, the administering of doses too small to cause adverse reactions, can be used in human volunteers, whose blood is then analyzed. Artificial human skin, such as the commercially available products EpiDerm and ThinCert, is made from sheets of human skin cells grown in test tubes or plastic wells and can produce more useful results than testing chemicals on animal skin. Microfluidic chips (“organs on a chip”), which are lined with human cells and recreate the functions of human organs, are in advanced stages of development.

        Banning animal testing will not create that big a difference. And the governments will still have enough funds if they halted animal testing and instead used those funds in researching or investing in other modern alternatives.

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