Humans have cultivated an obsession with physical beauty since well, the beginning of time. The quest for full, red lips, black-rimmed eyes, and a flawless complexion proves irresistible and worth nearly anything. In many cases, the cost of such beauty is life itself.

Archaeologists discovered the use of mineral pigmentation and plant dyes among bodies exhumed from thousand-year-old African excavations.  More than 12,000 years ago Ancient Greek, Egyptian, and Roman civilizations widely used castor oil, beeswax, olive oil, and rosewater as balms and skin creams. In 1929 it was estimated that a pound of face powder was sold annually for every woman in the U.S and there were more than 1,500 face creams on the market. Today, personal care products represent 265 billion dollars in sales globally. Cosmetics in some form are present in nearly every society on earth.  

The production and use of cosmetics is historically a very dangerous business.  Until the 19th-century beauty concoctions consisted of whatever ingredients were available. Testing creations for safety proved more often than not an afterthought. Formulations often consisted of toxic chemicals such as lead, copper, bleaches, hemlock, and arsenic. Application of the tainted cosmetics resulted in severe injuries to the skin, eyes, nose, mouth, and health — in some cases, the damage led to death. By the early 1900s governments around the world demanded oversight of the consumer products manufacturing process. To comply with regulations, and to ensure the wellbeing of users (and to protect corporate images) modern age cosmetic companies embraced a wide-range practice of testing cosmetics on animal subjects including mice, hamsters, Guinea pigs, rabbits, monkeys, cats, and dogs.

Today, animal rights organizations estimate one new ingredient in any cosmetic product leads to the death of at least 1,400 test animals.  The number of animals sacrificed each year in research laboratories ranges in the millions! Despite the harm done to the test subjects and the subsequent outrage of various activist organizations, many cosmetic companies actively practice live animal testing for products.

To be fair, animal testing may have once been the appropriate research alternative to protect human health.  Given advances in technology and the availability of approved substances, animal testing is no longer an essential protocol.  More scientific methods are available to accurately measure potential risks in the development of products including the use of in vitro samples. Researchers have developed artificial skin as an effective alternative to animal testing.  There are even synthetic models of major organs developed to predict the effects of potentially toxic ingredients on the human body. Live animal testing for most research is optional. For consumer products live animal testing is NOT a regulated requirement. The practice is prohibited in several countries including Norway, Israel, India, and the European Union. Legislation to limit or ban live testing is currently under consideration within individual state jurisdictions in the US.

Want to do your part to protect animals from the inhumane practice of testing beauty and household products on live specimens?  It’s easy. Simply look for “Leaping Bunny” the Cruelty-Free International logo. CFE is the global organization managing the certification of ethical companies around the world who pledge to be “cruelty-free.”

SkinModerne never tests products or ingredients on animals nor do we permit our material suppliers to do so.  We are an ethical, “Leaping Bunny Certified” manufacturer.

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