Are you looking for clean, cruelty-free beauty products but don’t know how to identify them? These 5 apps will do all the label-reading for you, making it easy as pie to be a conscious beauty buyer. Take a few minutes to download them all and then have fun scanning the barcodes in your bathroom and in the beauty aisles!
This minimalist app was created by The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ (CCIC) Leaping Bunny Program and “provides the best assurance that no new animal testing is used in any phase of product development by the company, its laboratories, or suppliers.” While the current app doesn’t have a barcode scanner, it’s alphabetized lists make it easy to identify brands and products that are certified cruelty-free. This app is free!
The Beagle Freedom Project created this “Activism 101” app to help you identify brands that do and don’t test on animals. Their database includes brands certified by Leaping Bunny and PETA as well as cruelty-free brands that have not formally registered themselves in either of those two programs. The app has a barcode scanner that gives you a clear YES or NO cruelty-free status and it also offers the option to “Bite Back” on social media by exposing companies that test on animals. The $3.49 fee to download this app goes to support the Beagle Freedom Project which is money well spent if you ask us!
3. Bunny Free
This app was created by an independent app developer – Margaret Lillian Pearce – and uses data from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) list of cruelty-free brands. With the option to use a barcode scanner or a search bar, this app quickly lets you know if a brand has been certified cruelty-free by PETA.
Developed by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), the SkinDeep Cosmetics Database app is a one-stop shop to find out if a beauty product and it’s ingredients are safe to use. The database can be searched using a barcode scan or a search bar, and provides you with a product-specific hazard rating.
A rating of 0-2 indicates a low hazard, 3-6 indicates a moderate hazard, 7-10 indicates a high hazard. The app also breaks down the hazard into 3 categories of health concerns: cancer, developmental/reprotoxicity and allergy. To top it all off, they even rate individual ingredients within a product so that you can learn which ingredients are hazardous, and which are safe. SkinDeep is a must-have!
5. Think Dirty
Think Dirty was created in partnership with the Breast Cancer Fund and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. Despite the fact that the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has a controversial stance on animal testing, we do think this app is very helpful for determining whether a beauty product is safe to use.
It is very similar to EWG’s SkinDeep app in the way it measures the hazard of each product and each individual ingredient. This app also has a unique function that allows you to add the products you’ve scanned to your “bathroom shelf” to get an overall hazard rating on your beauty regime.
There you have it: Technology that’s making it easier to live clean and cruelty-free. We just have one more important note: Did you know that cruelty-free products are not always vegan (and vice versa)? Check out this video by Tashina from Logical Harmony to learn more about the difference between the two. And, of course, the easiest way to find beauty products that are vegan AND cruelty-free is to shop with us!
Blog post by Danielle Chabassol