Cosmetics Facts: Cruelty Free Products

Cosmetics Facts: Is it true or false?

  • Is this true? “Cruelty free” or “not tested in animals” means that no animal testing was done on the product and its ingredients.

Answer: False – Even if a product never was tested on animals, there’s a very good chance its ingredients were. A company might call its products “cruelty-free” because it isn’t doing any animal testing on the finished product now, although its ingredients may have been tested on animals in the past. In some cases, “no new animal testing” or “finished product not tested in animals” might be a more accurate claim.

  • Is this true? If a product is labeled “all natural” or “organic,” it’s probably not going to irritate your skin.

Answer: NO, it is False: Remember, poison ivy is all natural, too! But you probably don’t want it on your skin. It is very possible to have an allergic reaction, or other irritation, from products labeled “all natural” or “organic.” For example, lanolin, from sheep’s wool, is a common natural ingredient in some moisturizers that sometimes causes allergic reactions.

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