When I first learned of the cruelty-free lifestyle a couple of years ago, I was genuinely surprised of how little choice eco-conscious consumers have when it comes to shopping for cruelty-free beauty and household products.
It’s even harder when brands get away with labelling their products cruelty-free because it’s not a regulated issue. That’s why I’ve rounded up my top 7 smartphone apps to help you make shopping cruelty-free more efficient.
Choose Cruelty Free App
This Choose Cruelty Free app by CCF makes shopping ethical a piece of cake with its constantly updated list of accredited companies offering cosmetics, toiletries and household products that are not tested on animals.
Its also features a vegan list for those who only want to purchase products that don’t contain animal by-products.
What’s more, their database of companies does not include companies affiliated with animal testing via parent company relationships making it even easier to be completely cruelty-free.
The Cruelty-Free app published by the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC) gives consumers another shopping guide which lists over 200 U.S. and Canadian companies who do not test ingredients, formulations or finished products on animals.
The CCIC are the wonderful people behind the Leaping Bunny Program which certifies no new animal testing is used in your cosmetic, personal care and household products.
But unlike the Choose Cruelty Free app above, this one includes cruelty-free companies like Urban Decay and The Body Shop that are owned by parent companies (L’Oreal).
The Cruelty-Cutter app is brought to you by the Beagle Freedom Project which features an inbuilt barcode scanner to speed up your search for cruelty-free products. Their database of companies feature those on the Leaping Bunny and PETA lists so it includes companies with parent companies who do test on animals.
When I scanned a barcode of a product that wasn’t on their list, it prompted me to submit that product’s information including the product and company names so it seems to be a largely crowd-funded database.
Seeing as this is a paid app, I expected their database to be more complete but that’s not the case. It’s also a bit glitchy
Price: $2.99 USD
The GoodGuide app promises to use scientific ratings to rank over 250,000 products to help you find safe, healthy, green and ethical products. It takes into consideration health, environment and social impacts the products may make to score individual products.
While it’s not the best app to use to find cruelty-free products because it features a broader list of products from companies notorious for animal testing like Maybelline, Revlon and L’Oreal, it gives you an indicator or which companies have taken a green initiative in dealing business.
I wouldn’t use this app as the be-all/end-all of my decision making process for shopping cruelty free but their ‘not tested on animals’ section can still be somewhat useful.
Environmental Working Group (EWG) are a fairly reputable bunch so when I found out they had an app that helps me find out more about my personal care products, I knew I had to download it.
Its functions are similar to those of the GoodGuide app but is best used as a reference tool to learn more about certain ingredients that are in your shampoos, toothpastes, soaps, deodorants, sunscreens and more.
I think this app is great for those who want to know how certain ingredients can potentially affect their long-term health. It’s especially useful for those who only want to use truly natural or organic products.
Ideally, I’d only use products from companies in the Choose Cruelty Free app because those companies aren’t subsidiaries of companies who do test. But it’s not always easy to pass on products from companies like Urban Decay and NARS purely because of their products are really amazing.
Do you have any lifestyle apps that you cannot live without? Do let me know in the comments section below!