Beauty Without Harm: The Case Against Animal Testing

Author's Profile Image Sky Haarsma

Did you know that over 100 million animals are harmed and abused in the US labs every year? Reports indicate that many companies continue to employ these outdated and cruel methods to evaluate products like household cleaners, pesticides, cosmetics, and beauty products. 

According to the Humane Society Factsheet, these labs:

  • Drip chemicals into the animals’ eyes or rub them on their skin to perform eye and irritation tests. Usually, the animal in question is restrained. 
  • Do the highly criticized “lethal dose” where rats are forced to ingest substances to determine the amount that can cause death.
  • Perform tests that deliver doses of chemical substances to mice via repeated force-feeding. Such tests run for a long time to allow researchers to monitor the animals for any signs of general sickness or specific health issues, such as congenital disabilities or cancer

Some tests, like those for potential carcinogens, harm pregnant mothers and their fetuses, while others use the same animal over and over for a long time. The worst part is that a single product may need more than 50 experiments and the use of as many as 12,000 animals. 


Beyond the immediate cruelty, the aftermath of these tests also poses serious environmental harm. Once the testing is over, these labs kill the animals by decapitation, neck-breaking or asphyxiation.

Then they discard them as waste to the environment. Waste collection reports show that they produced more than 1.5 million pounds of waste, including animal breeding by-products, excrement, and unused food, all potentially tainted with infectious diseases or toxic chemicals.  Incineration doesn’t make it any better because it emits fine particulate matter and gases into the air. 


Arguments Against Animal Testing

Animal testing can provide insights into how beauty products might affect humans, but it’s not the best method. While animals like chimpanzees and mice may share a high percentage of their DNA with humans—99% and 98%, respectively—they differ in crucial ways, like their anatomy, metabolism, and cellular structures.

These tests have scientific limitations because animals don’t respond as humans when exposed to similar chemicals. Therefore, the tests lead to incorrect estimates of real-world hazards to people. Considering these differences, it beats logic to continue with such practices.

Animal testing is not a legal requirement. The Food and Drug Administration supports the development and use of alternatives to animal testing. In fact, the FD&C Act, which is responsible for ensuring that cosmetics are safe and correctly labeled doesn’t specifically require the use of animal in toxicity testing. However, it advices cosmetic manufacturers to use the most appropriate and effective test that will substantiate the safety of their products. 


Exploring Cruelty-Free Alternatives in Beauty and Research

As concerns about animal welfare grow, many vegan beauty companies are turning to cruelty-free methods that protect animals and offer potentially better scientific outcomes. Currently, nearly 50 non-animal tests are available, with many more under development. Non-animal tests have proven to be a boon for the cosmetics industry, offering a more efficient and cost-effective way to ensure product safety and efficacy. Some examples include:

Human Cell-Based Models

As the name suggests, human cell-based models use human cells in a controlled environment to assess how an ingredient affects human biology. This approach can provide direct insights into how a product will interact with human skin or organs and can predict allergic reactions, skin irritation, or toxicity more accurately than traditional animal experiments.

Computer Simulations

Advanced software can now simulate human biology and the potential effects of cosmetic ingredients on human health. These models can predict how chemicals might interact with enzymes and proteins in the body, which is crucial for assessing product safety.


This technology involves creating tiny chips that can replicate the functions of larger organs such as the heart, lungs, or liver. These chips observe how organs might react to new products, providing critical data without animal testing.

The Rise of Cruelty-Free Demand

In recent years, there has been a significant shift in consumer preferences towards eco-friendly and cruelty-free beauty products. This demand stems from a growing awareness of animal welfare issues and a broader concern for environmental sustainability. Consumers are increasingly seeking cruelty-free brands that align with their ethical values, favoring products that promise no animal harm and minimal environmental impact.

Several factors drive the consumer push for cruelty-free products:

  • Ethical Concerns: Many consumers oppose the idea of animals suffering for the sake of cosmetic products.
  • Environmental Awareness: There's a growing recognition that the environment's health is directly linked to the practices of the industries we support.
  • Health Consciousness: Cruelty-free Products are often perceived as safer and healthier, as they are likely free from harsh chemicals that could harm animals and humans.

Pure Treesy is Setting the Pace


Among the companies making significant strides in this area is Pure Treesy. We are proud to be at the forefront of the cruelty-free and eco-friendly movement within the cosmetics industry. Our commitment to ethical practices and sustainability is not just a part of our business model—it's at the core of everything we do. We understand that today's consumers don’t just want quality products for their skincare routine, but also want to make purchases that reflect their values concerning animal welfare and environmental health.

Our Approach to Cruelty-Free and Eco-Friendly Practices

  • We believe in complete transparency. This means openly sharing our processes, sourcing, and ingredients with our customers. We want you to feel confident and informed about the products you bring into your home.
  • We hold ourselves to the highest standards and are proud to carry certifications, which reassures our customers that our products meet rigorous cruelty-free criteria.
  • We continuously invest in research and development to create safer, more effective products using non-animal testing methods that ensure safety and efficacy without compromising ethical values.
  • We engage with our community to educate and inspire about the benefits of cruelty-free and sustainable living. We believe that change starts with awareness, and by fostering a well-informed community, we can collectively make a difference.

At Pure Treesy, we’re setting the pace for the industry, proving that it is possible to be successful while adhering to ethical practices. When you choose our products, you are supporting a parent company that cares deeply about the planet and all its inhabitants. Our approach is designed to meet the current demand for cruelty-free and eco-friendly products and to encourage a shift in how companies view their role in society at large.

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