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Alli Suriani is the blogger behind Pretty Harmless, a cruelty free blog that features both beauty and household products – with no animal testing allowed. I had the chance to interview her about her cruelty free lifestyle and asked her to share her tips for those looking to transition!
When did you first find out about animal testing within the cosmetics industry?
Up until about three years ago I was super naive about animal testing. I thought it was something that didn’t happen anymore…It was 2012, why would we have to test anything on animals anymore!? Then one day I bought something from Too Faced and the girl at Sephora who was checking me out said something about how they were her favorite cruelty free brand. I was like, wait what? You mean there are brands that AREN’T cruelty free?! I went home and did some research and never looked back.
When did you first transition to a cruelty free lifestyle?
I actually decided that very day that I was going to be cruelty free. I owned a ton of non-CF products but I decided from that point on anything new I would buy would be cruelty free. It was hard for a while and I made a lot of mistakes. I didn’t really understand third party testing and parent companies quite yet and bought a few things that I thought were cruelty free but found out later were not…but at least I was moving in the right direction. Then as I was replacing makeup products I realized that cleaning and other household products could also be tested on animals. Over the next 6 months or so I slowly replaced all of my non-CF products with CF ones…makeup, cleaning supplies, bath stuff, everything. To start I used a lot of e.l.f., body shop, toms of main and method products, but I could find them all at my local target or walgreens. Once I had converted everything, I started to move onto different brands.
What is your number one piece of advice for anyone looking to make the switch to cruelty-free products?
Take it slow and don’t let yourself get overwhelmed. Don’t throw away all of your products and start from scratch. Just slowly convert your products as you go. When you run out of mascara, buy a CF replacement. When you run out of toothpaste, get a CF replacement, etc. And use the internet for support and information…there are plenty of wonderful resources out there who want to guide you and help you keep up a CF lifestyle!