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Lush May Day Bath Bomb and a New Cruelty-Free Index

When I decided to go cruelty-free, about a year and two months ago, I underestimated how difficult and confusing it would be. Not every brand is open about their animal testing policy, which makes it ten times harder than it needs to be and has led to a few mistakes on my part.

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Take Bourjois, for instance. Their website says 'our products are not tested on animals ' so I assumed they were safe. They're one of my favourite high street brands so I featured them on this blog quite a lot... and then I found out that they still sell their products in China. Gutted is not the word.

And then there's Nuxe. They're a relatively new discovery of mine, but I've been raving about their lip balm and their perfume, which I received for my birthday. Marks and Spencer sell Nuxe, and since they pledged to only sell products which were cruelty-free I assumed Nuxe were a safe brand too. Then I found their Chinese website.

I'm planning to be a lot more open about being cruelty-free from now on. I want to talk more about the difficulties of knowing whether a brand is cruelty-free or not. I want to give more attention to brands who are openly cruelty-free, because (as I've discovered) a lot of them aren't. I want to talk about the Leaping Bunny and the Humane Society, and other organisations which are committed to cruelty-free beauty.

I've also made a new page: a cruelty-free index. It's a list of cruelty-free brands with a link to their animal-testing policies, so you can see for yourself what they have to say. Suggestions for additions to the list are welcome, so please let me know if you think I've missed any.

It seemed like perfect timing when I walked into Lush Cardiff a couple of weeks ago to find their new May Day bath bomb: all proceeds (minus VAT) go towards the Votes For Animals campaign. The bomb itself is lovely, with a badger face and paw print, and it contains fennel oil, rosewood oil, and bergamot oil, which creates a really sweet smell (the website describes it as 'sherbety', which I would agree with). Unfortunately it started to crumble before I could take a photo of it (dragging it across the country in suitcase probably didn't help!) but it made my skin feel really soft, and I felt very calm and relaxed after my bath.

I didn't know anything about Votes For Animals prior to my trip to Lush Cardiff. Basically, you can go to their website and find links to various campaigns relating to animals. You can go to Animal Aid to find out where your local MP stands on animal issues, visit the Common Decency website (which looks at MPs as individuals instead of parties as a whole), and visit the League Against Cruel Sports website too. I still haven't decided who I'm going to vote for (and the election is tomorrow!) but all of this has definitely given me food for thought.

The Lush May Day Bath Bomb costs £2.95.

Have you ever considered going cruelty-free? What experiences have you had with brands and animal testing? Let me know in the comments!

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Beth, 23, South East England. I'm a writer with a love of books, lipstick, and the Oxford comma. I love beauty and I also love animals, so I only buy, use, and feature products from cruelty-free brands. (Seriously though, I am the person who stops to fuss over every dog she sees.) You can also expect posts about vegan/vegetarian food, and plenty of musings about life as a 20-something. Want to get in touch? Email me at

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