5 reasons you should join the Cruelty-Free future

I often wonder why companies are still testing on animals. Honestly it seems crazy that in 2018 this still happens. Unfortunately countries such as China make it mandatory to test on animals for any company to sell their cosmetic products to the end consumers, making it harder to financially justify a change.

So here are my 5 reasons why you should make the change to Cruelty-Free right now.. 

Number 1 – What really happens to the animals 

I have been researching what happens to animals during animal testing, thinking it cannot be as bad as people say. Well I was very wrong.  Cats, Dogs, Rabbits, Mice, Rats and Primates (yes super cute little monkeys) are locked inside barren cages in laboratories across the country. They are in pain, suffer from extreme frustration, loneliness, and long to be free.

All the animals can do is  sit and wait for the next testing procedure that will be performed on them. Their lack of space and companionship alongside the stress of their living situation, can cause animals to develop neurotic types of behavior such as incessantly spinning in circles, rocking back and forth, pulling out their own fur, and even biting themselves. After all of this, almost all of them will be killed.


Number 2 – There are great alternatives for testing

Technology is an incredible thing, especially in the world of product testing. Rather than testing how much a product burns a rabbit’s eye, scientists can form cornea-like 3D tissue structures produced from human cells to do it instead, this is known as In-Vitro testing.  There is also voluntary human testing and computer modelling testing.

Number 3 – We have so many Cruelty-Free options 

So animal testing is awful and having researched reason number one, I have sworn never to knowingly use products tested on animals again.

Believe it or not there are so many great brands that are Cruelty-Free, giving you a huge amount of choice to find the most amazing products. I have included a list of some of my favorites but if you aren’t sure, PETA have created an app called “BunnyFree” to help you know who is and isn’t Cruelty-Free, not all brands are on there but a lot of the big ones are.

My Favorites

Cover FX, Tropic, Organic Pharmacy, Elemental Herbology, The Balm, Glitter Eyes

My top tip when looking to buy Cruelty-Free is to understand what the parent companies also do. Liz Earle is Cruelty-Free but as they are owned by AVON who isn’t, I personally do not feel comfortable using or recommending their products.

If you would like to know more about how to recognise what companies are or are not cruelty free take a look at my post here.


Number 4 – Ignorance is not bliss 

If you weren’t aware of how bad animal testing was, I don’t blame you. For years the beauty industry has hidden their ugly-side very well.  But now you know, ignorance is not bliss and you can make a difference. If people stop buying, the companies will eventually have to stop testing.

Number 5 –  Cruelty-Free is a gateway to a healthier you

Understanding if the products I use are Cruelty-Free has made me stop and think about what ingredients are in them. The skin is our biggest organ, its absorbs everything we apply to it and understanding how those lotions and potions filled with parabens and harmful chemicals affect our skin is eye-opening. Another app I have found really helpful for understanding what products have these nasty ingredients in is ThinkDirty. Again this has a reasonably limited product range but has most of the bigger brands or click here to read my post on understanding those dirty ingredients.


Toners; To tone or not to tone..?

Friends and family are always asking me “why do I have to tone my skin?” and “are you sure this isn’t just another product to spend money on?” My response has always been yes of course you need to tone your skin.. but without much rational as to why.

So why should we use a Toner?

After some research into the world of Toners it is safe to say that for a full and balanced beauty regime, Toners are a great addition to seal the deal.  The role of the Toner is to re balance your skin’s pH levels after the cleansing process which brings your skin back to its most glowing appearance. An average pH level for the skin is around 5.5.


How do I use Toner?

Toners should be used after the cleansing stage before applying any serums or moisturizers. Toners are traditionally poured out of a bottle onto a cotton pad which should be swept across your face. There are also spritz style toners which can be sprayed directly onto the skin without the use of the cotton pad.  I personally prefer the latter as there are no cotton pads going into the bin and less product is being used in one go.  Spritz style Toners however will only dilute the harmful elements on the skin unlike wiping which is meant to remove them.

What should I do if I want to skip the Toning step?

As a beauty addict I would of course recommend to complete the full cleanse, tone, and moisturize steps. If however you are short on time or money, you can look at using a pH balancing cleanser instead.  Click here for more information on pH balancing cleansers and some great product recommendations.


The Verdict….

Yes I believe we should be toning our skin. There are a great selection of products available across all different price points and with the spritz toners taking a matter of seconds to apply, time should not be an issue. Our skins pH is responsible for a multitude of ailments including acne, premature aging and skin sensitivity. Get the pH right and your skin will be bright and glowing. Get the right Toner and this can help re-balance your skins pH.

My favorite Toners to try..

Herbal Toner – Organic Pharmacy – £35 per 100ml

The Organic Pharmacy as a brand have a collection of amazing products which smell like you have been walking through a delicious herb garden and of course the Herbal Toner is no exception. The texture of this Toner is light and refreshing, allowing the skin to breathe. The Herbal Toner is a spritz product so the bottle lasts a good while. I noticed my skin felt fresh and clean throughout the night with less breakouts in my problem areas (nose and chin) after only a week of use. If you can afford to splurge a little, I would say the Herbal Toner is worthwhile.

Click here to purchase The Organic Pharmacy Herbal Toner 100 ml


Glow Tonic – Pixi – £5 per 15ml / £10 per 100ml / £18 per 250ml

Firstly I love that the Glow Tonic by Pixi comes in three different sizes. This gives you the opportunity to try a sample size before you commit to the 250ml bottle. As mentioned before I prefer the spray bottles especially as the sprays use alot less product and the Glow Tonic is no exception – I had used 1/4 of the 15ml bottle after 3 applications.

The product felt smooth when I applied this and had a soft pleasant fragrance on the skin. I would suggest avoid applying to close the eye area and any broken skin as this didn’t feel pleasant however the discomfort only lasted for a few seconds.

The biggest impact this toner had, was how my skin looked for the rest of the day. My skin felt fresh, bright and literally glowing even after a long day of housework. Glow Tonic is definitely a pick me up for the skin and bought my dull complexion back to life.

Click here to purchase Pixi Glow Tonic With Aloe Vera & Ginseng 100ml by Pixi


Budget Beauty Toner – under £10 – Review to come

Hello from Charity Grace of Gracie Talks Beauty

This is the post excerpt.

I started Gracie Talks Beauty as a place to talk about products which are cruelty free. I struggled for years to understand what was and wasn’t animal friendly, let alone discover new products which do what they say on the tin. I want to say if a product is great, good or just plain awful and find cruelty free alternatives to the traditional cult favorites.

I am a self confessed beauty addict, qualified beauty therapist and makeup artist with experience working alongside a beauty buying, I am however new to blogging but enjoy sharing my thoughts on all types of products with my friends and family.


Gracie Talks Beauty will showcase new and exciting products alongside the cult beauty classics and products I don’t believe are worth the money. All reviews are on products I have purchased from my own pocket, with nothing sent to “try ” and no paid for posts.

I would love to hear from you with any product recommendations you have or products you would like me to review, just use the Contact page to get in touch.

I hope you enjoy and stay cruelty free,