How To Find Out If a Cosmetic Is Cruelty Free?

The best way to find out if a product is cruelty free is to identify the brands that took the decision to collaborate and obtain certifications delivered by trustworthy organizations. For example, NGOs such as PETA, Leaping Bunny or Choose Cruelty-Free are collaborating with brands by providing certificates and allowing them to use their logo to claim their commitment to animal welfare. This logo can be found either on the product packaging or on the brand website.

The European Union, India, Turkey, New Zealand, South Korea and other countries have already introduced legislation that bans animal testing for cosmetics. However, some countries still require tests on animals for all imported cosmetics.

Cosmetics and animal testing

The term Cruelty Free applies to beauty and hygiene products that are not tested on animals in any of stages of its production process, which includes all the ingredients in the product’s formula.

The growing awareness for a responsible consumption of goods is making the global cosmetics market increase the ethical practices in the industry to adapt to the demands of the modern customer.

Since March 2013, the European Union has implemented a historic law that made it illegal to carry out animal testing in any stages of production as well as the sale of products that have gone through this process, even if carried out outside the EU borders.

Are cosmetics in the EU really cruelty-free?

Since the implementation of the law in March 2013, all products that are commercialized in the EU must be cruelty-free. Although, you should research if the company still conducts animal testing outside European borders. If it does, then it is not really cruelty-free.

If the company sells in Europe and China, it must have different products for these two markets, since in Europe tests are prohibited and in China they are mandatory. That is why it is important that when choosing the cosmetic, the consumer researches whether the company is really cruelty-free outside the European Union or not.

This historic precedent for the EU had repercussions around the world, leading, for example, Israel and India to introduce similar legislation not so long after.

In China, the tests are still mandatory, although, the Chinese government is slowly starting to validate alternative methods. Companies that intend to trade their products there must present safety tests and prove effectiveness on animals.

In the United States, California was the first state to ban the marketing and production of any cosmetics that are tested on animals under the California Cruelty Cosmetics Act. This law was passed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2018.

Animal testing

Animal testing consists in any scientific experiment in which a living animal is forced to undergo something that is likely to cause pain, suffering or permanent damage. The animals used in laboratories are forcibly affected by several illness and are usually sacrificed at the end of the trial.

For a new product to be launched and reach the final consumer, some tests need to be carried out to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the ingredients as well as the final formula. In some countries these toxicological tests must be carried out on guinea pigs (example: China).

Are animal tests really necessary?

No. Animal testing does not give consumers greater reassurance that products are safe to use. It is also an outdated and cruel practice.

There are already several proven alternative methods that can replace the use of animals ensuring consumer safety, which means, it is possible to produce cosmetics without the need for animal testing. That is why investing in technology has become even more necessary. Several in vitro tests that address parameters relevant to cosmetics, including eye and skin irritation, percutaneous penetration and phototoxicity have achieved partial or total animal replacement status.

According to the PETA Foundation, the largest companies in the cosmetic sector no longer use ingredients tested on animals and have completely replaced them with other cheaper, more effective and superior non-animal methods.

These in vitro laboratory techniques allow investigating the effects of ingredients and substances on the human body without animal use at any stage. Institute for In Vitro Sciences is an example of a pioneering organization in alternative research which is, according to its own website, “a non-profit research and testing laboratory dedicated to the advancement of in vitro (non-animal) methods throughout the world.”

The importance of the cruelty-free seal

In some countries where testing is not prohibited, such as Brazil and Japan, companies can perform in vitro tests and inform the customer that they have opted out of animal testing. Though, what will provide greater security to consumers is presence of a seal indicating that the brand is really cruelty-free.

For demanding cruelty-free consumers, PETA Foundation – an institution dedicated to establishing and protecting the rights of animals – makes available on its website a list of cruelty-free companies that do not conduct animal experiments in any place in the world, these are the only companies who are allowed to use the seal

Other organizations, such as Leaping Bunny and Choose Cruelty-Free, also offer stamps guaranteeing that the company respects animal rights and is 100% transparent with its production process. When purchasing products with any of these stamps you maintain a commitment to animal health and life as well as strength the cruelty-free movement around the world. After all, nature, beauty and technology can work together.

All Bacana’s products are cruelty-free and vegan

Bacana Skincare has PETA’s cruelty-free seal attesting that all our products are vegan and they do not contain ingredients derived from animals. In addition, they are totally cruelty free because they do not conduct animal experiments even outside the European Union.

To ensure that all our ingredients has not been tested an animal, we carefully select our suppliers and we require documents and certification of cruelty free for each ingredient we use in our formulas. On top of that, we go even further in our quality process. Each of our creations is sent to certified dermatological laboratory. It means that a dermatologist has been in charge of the product tolerance tests with voluntary test persons.  This patch tests help dermatologists assess the tolerability of cosmetics and reveal any potential irritants and allergic effects. Bacana’s products are 100% vegan, free of harsh ingredients and safe to use.

 

 

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  1. Anne-Sophie

    This cream is amazing! It is super soft, smells good and leaves me with a great feeling of moisturised and also cleaner skin. Knowing that there are only natural ingredients in it makes it even greater. Already way too much chemicals in our daily life… I love it! (Also, the packaging is beautiful! You feel all the thoughts and love that went into this product)

  2. Cecilia Araujo

    I have been using this cream every day and I love it!!! It is a super smooth and wonderful texture. Easy to apply on your face and leaves your skin with a nice feeling! The smell is fresh and really good. For sure I will keep on using it every morning and night! I can already feel that my skin is well protected for the winter. The packaging is super cool and also very practical for when I travel to carry it with me. You can really feel you are in Brazil and the Amazon ingredients make it even more special. I love it and totally recommend!

  3. David

    Nie wieder ohne ! Auch als Mann sollte man auf seine Haut achten und diese Creme ist genau das was ich schon lange gesucht habe! Allein schon die Konsistenz gibt einem das Gefühl das man(n) sich etwas Gutes tut und die Haut fühlt sich danach einfach wunderbar an! Keine unnötigen Füll- oder Duftstoffe (dabei riecht die Creme einfach fantastisch!) – einfach nur das beste aus der Natur!

  4. Sabine

    Die Creme ist großartig! Ich freue mich schon jeden Morgen darauf, mein Gesicht damit einzucremen. Sie lässt sich sehr gut verteilen und zieht sehr schnell ein und die Haut fühlt sich ganz seidenweich an. Ich hatte schon ganz lange nach einer guten Creme gesucht und bin überglücklich, dass ich sie endlich gefunden habe. Und ich liebe den Geruch:)

  5. Ana D.

    I used this mask for the first time last week and it was so fun to put on! My skin felt so smooth and hydrated afterwards and didn’t break out at all which my skin tends to do with most products. I can recommend this from the bottom of my heart!

  6. Ana D.

    I’m absolutely in love with this oil serum! I bought it together with the red clay mask and used it for the first time last week, it’s so easy to put on. My skin tends to be very sensitive towards most products and breaks out easily, but not with the oil serum which makes me incredibly happy! I’ve been using it every day since last week and my skin feels so hydrated and nourished and smooth – no breakout! I can genuinely recommend it, it’s such a natural part of my self care routine now!

  7. Cecilia Leitao

    Best facial mask I have used in a while! It has the perfect combination of an exfoliating effect and smooth feeling afterwards.
    Not to mention the great texture and fresh smell!
    Your skin will be hydrated and smooth right after you apply it! Really loved it and would recommend!

  8. Bérengère

    This facial mask is amazing. I love the smell and my skin felt so smooth and hydrated after using it. I completely recommend it and I am definitely looking forward to using the other products.

  9. Lua M.

    I am completely in love. The serum left my skin so soft and the fast absorption leaves a beautiful glow.

  10. Joséphina ROBERT

    J’aime beaucoup marcher et randonner., mais j’ai un gros problème d’ampoules. Après avoir essayé plusieurs produits et chaussettes recommandés par des sites de randonnées, j’avais toujours le même problème. Récemment, j’ai appliqué “lip balm” sur les parties sensibles avec un très bon résultat: plusieurs randonnées de 6 heures en montagne et pas de problème. Merci Bacana.

    I really enjoy walking and hiking, but I have a big problem with blisters. After trying several products and socks recommended by hiking sites, I still had the same problem. Recently, I applied “lip balm” to the sensitive parts with a very good result: several 6 hour hikes in the mountains and no problem. Thanks Bacana.

  11. Camille

    This cream is everything I have been looking for. It has natural products, moisturizes and is also conceived for sensitive skin. You can feel your skin hydrated for hours, the smell is addictive.
    I totally recommend this cream!

  12. Camille

    I love this serum. It doesn’t feel too oily, really hydrates your skin and has a very nice smell. I use it everyday now with the moisturizer – perfect combination!

  13. Fernanda

    Fruits are the best for a healthy skin 🙂

  14. Camille

    This green mask has a smooth texture and leaves the skin hydrated and cleansed. You can feel freshness thanks to the minty touch. Another great product from Bacana!

  15. Kelly Alves

    This mask is really amazing!
    It removed the oil from my skin, and at the same time left it soft and hydrated.
    After a month wearing the mask my skin looked much healthier.
    I’d like to wear it every day!!!

  16. Camila Cavalcante

    It’s a very worth product, it helps to control the skin oiliness and also kind of detox your skin, the feeling after using the mask is a softer, smoother and fresher skin. I believe that much is due to the exfoliating texture and I would recommend it for more sensitive skins to use once a week until your skin gets used to it. The fragrance is very nice, like menthol. I would highly recommend this face mask.

  17. Sylwia

    The green clay mask is the best one I have ever tried in my life! After using it my skin is clean, fresh and looks super healthy ! If you have problematic skin (for example pickles etc.) this mask will help you.
    The condition of my skin visibly improved after the very first use.
    Its fragrance makes you feel like in Spa.

  18. Camille B

    This oil serum is to recommand! I wsas worried it will be oily… not at all! It is perfect for hydrating. I use it every morning and every night. One more thing : it does not smell perfume, you can then combine it with any other skincare.
    I have also tested it on my hair… perfect, not oily!
    I am completely satisfied.

  19. Bérengère O

    I really love this serum! I use it now both for my hair and my skin. It is not too oily so I completely recommend it!

  20. Bérengère

    This cream is the perfect combination: natural, moisturising and it does smell fresh and good! I completely adopt it for my everyday routine. You should definitely try it!

  21. Bérengère

    I always have dry sensitive skin during the cold season and I now apply this balm on every dry part of my body. It has become softer and softer. The bonus point is the addictive scent of it! I completely recommend it!

  22. Florence D.

    Great product. The skin feels super clean, my pore are reduced and the mask didn’t leave any irritated spots like it happens with many masks. Addition plus: very easy to remove. No need to scratch it away. I recommend!

  23. Florence D.

    Great nourishing, yet light cream. I love the fresh smell. It absorbs super easily and my skin feels pumped!

  24. Olivier

    I use this lip balm to maintain my tattoo upon advice and the fact that the ingredients are “tattoo friendly”.
    Although it is not its primary use, I find this lip balm very easy to apply on the tattooed skin. You only need a little quantity and it is spreading well with the finger.
    The tattoo remains protected and its color is well preserved so far.
    I look forward to a product specifically designed for tattoos 🙂

  25. Cécilia DK

    Bacana est devenue l’incontournable de ma salle de bain depuis plus d’un an, c’est simple je n’utilise plus que ces produits au quotidien. Des compo clean, faites à la main et respectueuses des animaux, cette marque coche toutes les cases! Et clairement parmi tous ses produits mon chouchou est le Red Clay face mask, qui donne un vrai coup de boost à ma peau. Une peau toute douce, repulpée, un teint frais (qui arrive même à masquer le manque de sommeil!) et un parfum frais très agréable. Je l’adore!!

  26. Anonymous

    Great product, feels super fresh!

  27. Anonymous

  28. Amanda

    The Blooming Nature Cream is light, not oily, and does not obstruct the pores.
    I have been using it every day and my skin has improved 100%. No more dry winter skin here!
    Totally approved!!

  29. Amanda

    The Red Clay Face Mask smells amazing and makes my skin feel super soft. I love it!!

  30. Amanda

    Super soft and is perfect for applying the face masks.

  31. Amanda

    I love that the Face Wash is very gentle on my skin. It leaves my skin already moisturized after I use it. And the smell is also amazing.

  32. Yasmin

    Smooth and lovely daily cleanser! Instantly became part of my everyday routine!

  33. Yasmin

    Lovely natural cream, which absorbs quickly and is neither too thick nor too thin!

  34. sara portugal

    Really good products !impressed !thank you

  35. Fonseca Fernanda

    I have very sensitive skin and have rosacea as well. The Mist Toner was great for calming the redness and also for improving the texture of my skin. I highly recommend it!

  36. Fernanda

    My skin loved the Oil Serum! Since I have rosacea, I need to keep my skin moisturized at all times and the product helped a lot to maintain hydration, without leaving an oily texture, and it also left my skin looking healthier! I highly recommend it! I applied it to my hair a few times before I went to sleep and the next day my hair woke up much more hydrated!

  37. Camille B.

    This oil serum has become my daily skin care. It hydrates without making skin oily. I am still completely satisfied with this product.

  38. Lidia Poppe

    Sensacional! Primeiro produto que consigo indicar sem receita médica, com ótimo espectro de ação, para acne, melasma e prevenção do fotoenvelhecimento sem ter a fotossensibilidade – pode ser inclusive usado na gravidez e por peles de fototipo alto! 5 estrelas! Aprovadissimo!✨

  39. Cecilia Leitao

    The highlight of this Bio-Retinol is the texture and smell. Love it! Use it every night and highly recommend. Soft and smooth texture, easy to apply on the skin. Really great and fresh smell and high quality of natural ingredients.

  40. Daiane Zauner

    Eu não canso de falar que amei o retinol, bem como todos os produtos da Bacana.
    Não somente pelo efeito deles, mas, quando a gente passa na pele, é uma sensação tão gostosa, e fica um cheirinho tão bom e suave. Uma experiência muito boa! Eu amei, de verdade!!! ♥️♥️♥️

  41. Manoella Barbosa

    I am very happy with this product!

  42. Rosana Mannsperger

    Está e’ a segunda vez que compro o Bio retinol. De Textura leve,mas que deixa a pele super macia, hidratada e com uma sensação de um Skin care perfeito. Parabéns pela idealização do produto. Continuarei sendo cliente. Tenho 57 anos e gosto de cuidar da minha pele.

  43. Isabela

    I just can say that Bio-Retinol is incredible!!!! The best product ever for my Melasma I tried in the last years!

    Just try and feel!

  44. Fernanda Boog

    Sehr gutes Produkt, der Geruch ist ein bisschen zu stark

  45. Fernanda Boog

    Perfekt

  46. Fernanda Boog

    Perfekt

  47. Aline A.

    Produto indicado pela melhor dermatologista da Alemanha e super bem aprovado! Produtos de super qualidade!!!

  48. Eliete N.

    Maravilhoso! Super recomendo

  49. Eliete N.

    Maravilhoso! Pele macia e sensação de frescor. Super recomendo

  50. Anonymous

    My skin looks better after using the product

  51. Ivy Zanardo Siegrist

    I use everyday! Love it! Now everyone in my family also use it.

  52. Ivy Zanardo Siegrist

    I felt the red mask is better for my skin. I have the feeling that with the green one it becomes a little more oily after use.

  53. Ivy Zanardo Siegrist

    So far I like it, really hydrates my skin. Would be nice to have something like this to hair.

  54. Ivy Zanardo Siegrist

    Is really good but also makes my skin a little bit oily.

  55. Karla

    It was really good for my skin. It does not leave the skin oily.

  56. Karla

    Amazing product with fresh sensation! I would definitely recommend it.

  57. Karla

    It takes the skin’s oil. Love it!

  58. Josiane

    Percebi que meu melasma clareou rapidamente. Gostei bastante.

  59. Rosana Fernandes

    Lobe The texture, fragrance

  60. Rosana Fernandes

    Nice product like a summer breeze

  61. Camille BONNAL

    Nice texture. This cream turns your skin fresh. Its perfume is just well balanced – not too strong – just enough to smell a delicate odour when applying the product. As my skin is very thirsty, I need to combine this cream with an oil serum (this is for my case only).

  62. Camille BONNAL

    I am still totally satisfied with this product. Would it be possible to deliver this serum in a larger flask?

  63. Mari

    Usei algumas vezes e já posso dizer que estou apaixonada! Outros seruns que já testei sempre deixam minha pele oleosa, comecei a acreditar que esse tipo de tratamento não era pra minha pele (mista). Uma amiga indicou a Bacana Skincare e resolvi testar o Tropical Shine, o sérum é leve e super sequinho, nada pegajoso, deixa aquela sensação de pele aveludada e macia que a gente ama. Também usei como primer e minha make ficou intacta a noite toda! Ótimo produto, super recomendo.

  64. Rosana Mannsperger

    Sensação de pele aveludada . E um cheirinho maravilhoso

  65. Rosana Mannsperger

    Sensação de hidratação e proteção

  66. Josaine Fátima Nascimento

    I‘m really satisfied with your products and will also recommend them!

  67. Josaine Fátima Nascimento

    I‘m really satisfied with your products and will also recommend them!

  68. Valeria

    Simplesmente incrível! Minha pele é outra desde que comecei a usar a usar na minha rotina de cuidados com a pele os produtos da Bacana, não vivo mais sem, já tô adquirindo mais produtos, pois a qualidade é algo que eu nunca tinha visto antes.

  69. DEBORA C.

    I LOVE the products of Bacana. Started with the coconut water mist and later started to use the cleanser and the bio-retinol that are also AMAZING! I am always looking for natural organic skincare products and it feels great to know that all products from Bacana are 100% natural.

  70. Tanja

    I really love that serum, it let my skin glow and it feels super smooth. I mix it with rose water before I apply it

  71. Tanja

    It really smoothes the skin.

  72. Anonymous

    Very good product

  73. Nadia

    Good mask !

  74. Fernanda Boog

    Eu adoro os produtos. Uso todos os dias. As texturas são maravilhosas. O cheirinho do face wash me transporta pro Brasil. Uso, recomendo e presenteio

  75. Evelise D.

    O Bio-Retinol me surpreendeu demais. A textura da pele está mais lisa e agradável, senti também uma melhora na acne. Com certeza vou recomprar o produto quando o meu atual acabar.

  76. Evelise D.

    Deixa a pele fresquinha e tem um cheiro muito bom.

  77. Evelise D.

    A argila verde da Bacana tem ajudado a controlar a oleosidade da pele e diminuir as espinhas.

  78. Juliana

    I have been using the product for one month and I have already seen improvements on my skin. It seems clearer and more moist without being oily. The bottle could be better though. Applicator is a bit wobbly which makes it more likely to spill. Smaller version, which I also bought, is also very hard to open and close as the product is oil based. That is the reason for only 4 stars.
    Overall I would buy again and continue using it.

  79. Maria Luiza Oliveira

    Amazing! Tenho muita dificuldade em encontrar produtos que se adaptem ao meu rosto, pois tenho pele sensível e oleosa. O bio-retinol consegue trazer hidratação com uma textura leve, e ainda diminuir as acnes e as manchas indesejadas.

  80. Brunna

    I absolutely love the products. The toner is amazing to hidrate the skin, I use it everyday after showing in the morning and before going to sleep. The water in Berlin (where I live) makes the skin super dry and this toner has been a life saver. The bio retinol is also amazing! It doesn’t leave the skin oily, hidrates, gives a nice appearance / color to the skin and it has a very pleasant smell. Totally recommended!

  81. Brunna

    I love it! The smell is very pleasant, the texture is great and unlike other facial soaps it doesn’t dry out your skin. Instead, it hidrates while cleaning it. I use it everyday and totally recommend it!

  82. Monica L.

    The products are great, i can see my skin much softer and clear. My skin is oily and i didn’t work well with the face cream and oil. so, i’m using it only for my night skin care and i’m loving it. Highly recommend.

  83. Patricia Lummer

    Os produtos da Bacana são ótimos para quem tem a pele sensível. Já comprando a segunda remessa . 🍃💚

  84. DEBORA C.

    The texture and the softness of the cleanser are absolutely amazing!

  85. DEBORA C.

    I am a huge fan of the coconut water mist. Having a sensitive skin the mist helps to calm my skin, it does an amazing job!

  86. DEBORA C.

    So soft and so nice!

  87. Anonymous

    It`s the second time I buy and I love it! Perfect oil even for the T-area.

  88. Anonymous

    I was hoping for even better results, but maybe I have to use it for longer to be able to see what it can do.

  89. Anonymous

    Love how it leaves my skin fresh and moisturised without clogging the pores.

  90. Anonymous

    I like this even more than the green clay. Perfect texture, love the smell and how my skin feels afterwards.

  91. Flávia Cristina Pinati Gatti

    Gosto da sensação de hidratação que ele deixa nos lábios. Sempre uso antes do batom.

  92. Flávia Cristina Pinati Gatti

    Não altera a oliosidade da minha pele. Demorei muito para encontrar um produto que eu pudesse usar todos os dias.

  93. Flávia Cristina Pinati Gatti

    Sensação de refrescancia.

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