Julia Hamfelt

Julia, or Lazer Wolf as she's more commonly known around LUSH HQ, is the LUSH Times Editor and manager of the LUSH Copy Team. Her LUSH roots began four years ago at the Victoria, BC shop as a Bath Bomb detonating, bubble blowing, dancing machine. She now spends her days collaborating with fellow writers and designers to create fresh LUSH Times editions, web copy and in-store signage. When she's not writing and editing LUSH prose, you might find her engaging in fierce lazer tag battles, belting out a karaoke tune (Tina Turner, always) or doting over her beloved kitty, Luba.

Mar 03.27

Your Cruelty-Free Shopping Guide

We're proud to be cruelty-free at LUSH.

We test all of our products on very willing human participants, instead of subjecting animals to shampoo in their eyes or soap down their throats. Sounds reasonable, right? Unfortunately, animal testing is a cruel, irrelevant practice that is still commonplace for many companies. Tens of thousands of products lining the shelves of your local drugstore, supermarket or department store are regularly tested on defenseless animals.

How do you know if a company tests on animals? Read the labels! Our packaging says 'Fighting Animal Testing', but other brands will state their message simply, like 'Not tested on animals' or 'We do not test on animals'.

Don't be too quick to judge- if the label doesn't state either way, it doesn't necessarily mean the company tests on animals. The best way to be sure is to contact them directly and ask about their policy. If they do test on animals, ask them why and let them know that you're concerned as a customer. If you're a longstanding customer who won't be buying their product anymore because of animal testing, tell them that too! It's a powerful message, and one that more companies need to hear in order to change their policies.

Here are the top five products you regularly purchase (and might not know are tested on animals):

Cosmetics

Okay, this may seem like an obvious one, but many people don't know that the term 'cosmetics' extends beyond mascara and nail polish. It also includes soap, shampoo, facial cleansers, body lotions- anything you put on your skin for cosmetic purposes.

Household Cleaning Products

Animals are often subject to toxicity tests for products like glass cleaner, dish detergent, floor polish, air freshener and carpet cleaner. Even that fabric softener you love to add to your sheets may have been tested on animals!

Dental Hygiene Products

Though testing dental floss may sound harmless, forcing animals to drink mouthwash and toothpaste is certainly not. Look for natural alternatives to mass-market dental hygiene products and you'll find cruelty-free brands abound!

Vitamins and Supplements

If you turn a bottle of vitamins over, you'll often see a maximum dosage recommendation. The manufacturer likely determined the level at which the vitamin or supplement becomes poisonous based on animal tests.

Office Supplies

White out, keyboard cleaner, pen inks- even glue, are tested on animals. It sounds strange, but all of these products have the potential to come in contact with, and be absorbed by, human skin.

Engaging the companies you buy from based on their ethics is one of the most effective things you can do to discourage animal testing. I love this quote from author and activist Anna Lappe; "Every time you spend money, you're casting a vote for what kind of world you want."

If where you spend your money is a conscious (and cruelty-free) act, it has the power to create enormous change in our world.

Julia Hamfelt

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