It should be illegal for just any product to print “not tested on animals” on its label but products most often wrongly state this. There are, after all, almost no laws protecting animals. NGOs go through the process of certifying products that want to be labelled as cruelty-free (and verifying their suppliers do not test), with the help of independent audits and they do it free of charge. Animal-testing. on the other hand, is a business with vested interest that goes hand-in-hand with the development of new useless and often harmful products. If you’re looking at products not listed here check the label for official bunny logos, not just any bunny; and the brand names would be listed on the sites too such as if you search by country of origin of the product here. If it is a local product, not that I’ve seen any, the suppliers can’t be local and either way certification is easily obtained if it is ‘cruelty-free’, if they need to come on site I’m sure SNTAEIM or BUAV could.
Update: I mentioned soapnuts/ reetha before, it’s also called quassia (nuts or powder) and here, shikakai and perhaps siaka is the same. It’s a plant sold as dandruff remedy. I’m going to get a tree and find a spot for it in someone else’s yard and find out eventually :D I mistakenly thought it wasn’t available, well I’ve seen branded shikakai products (Are their other ingredients tested on animals? They’re often strongly scented). The powder can easily be used in a solution for shampoo and personal care, or as is in laundry and very little is needed.
Here are some products I’ve come across, along with some tips:
La Vie Claire in Tamarin stocks a range of Melvita products, such as Jojoba oil – a liquid wax and chemically very much like skin sebum. A news article where I read the latter said it’s suitable for oily/combo skin. A very knowledgeable friend uses it on dry skin instead of a day cream. Her skin looks great at 50 something. I have combination skin, I’m yet to try use products again, jojoba oil was better than any cream I’ve tried on normal parts… and it’s fragrance-free!
It’s easy to make toner and other things I guess… Here’s a tip though (also fragrance-free): the best facial skin I’ve seen in decades are on women who said they use nothing but water. Once you started using stuff (for most of us usually too early in our lives) it’s probably impossible to sport good skin without using products, there’s always dryness after a shower in some climates (not in Mauritius) or after taking a swim I guess. I quit using sunscreen (I have a big tube of vegan sunscreen but I want vitamin D, have some in-built sunscreen, I also crave wrinkles), I forgot to browse their sunscreen options but if they don’t have something, they welcome new suggestions.
Carrot seed oil and red raspberry seed oil (less effective) can be used as sunscreen, even brand products use vitamin A in their products as sunscreen. Some people use stuff like sweet almond oil to remove make up but another idea is to try go without make up. A long time back I wasn’t sure about available kohl and animal testing, so I went without – a saving of time, money and well, you inevitably toughen up towards those who aren’t used to see females without make-up. Anyway non-tested make-up is available, I forget which brands aside from M.A.C (there was a rep/store in Mauritus on FB) but that was the only info about cruelty-free I ever found for the Vegan Society Mauritius (on facebook) which otherwise listed cruel (actually animal-tested if not listed as otherwise by any Australian or international body) soaps from Australia and big supermarkets passing them as cruelty-free.
Gram flour/Besan can be used as a cleanser, in ayurveda it is used for all over cleansing but I’m not ready to try that, maybe when can’t I use available soaps anymore.
In 3 places on the island, including Ébène,
Health Solutions Market’s Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps. This is the only brand of cleaning product I have found on the island that is not tested on animals, and it’s not cheap (*nor are the denizens of imported animal tested soap about everyone buys) but there are bulk quantities available and oh, I realised the pure castille soap gets diluted so it goes a long way. Also claims 18 uses including tooth cleaning (eew but yes, google it). There’s also bicarb and vinegar at any shop, the smallest street corner shop will stock vinegar and sugarcane (90%) alcohol too – both locally made, and I bet they have besan.
I can hook you up with Green Brands sales reps in Mauritius selling low-budget Original Source shower gel(women’s 2 types, no Tea-tree and mint for men), this be the only Vegan Society approved product I spotted among their range and they also have Marks&Spencer shower gels which are BUAV-approved, but on the list of brands-to-boycott in support of Palestine.
Someone (I mean you not me ;) ) must check if they still sell Esse in Port-Louis. I can no longer access any shops, so I’m asking you, I asked other people but they suck. Would you like to try face scrub that smells and probably tastes quite like chocolate spread? I’m allergic to sugar in my mouth so never tasted it to confirm. Or you can read the ingredients and try make your own with sugar and fairtrade cocoa. Go read the ingredients, it’s opposite Courts(?) near Jardin de la Compagnie.
An importer’s friend said they sell L’Occitane here. If you know where, please let me/us know!
Online shopping recommendation removed not only for their inefficient staff, they no longer take international orders. They were the cheapest shipping to here. Time to search in Reunion Island, any leads?
The BWCSA approved products aside from BUAV’s list in case any shop has begun to stock them.
Shame on you, PicknPay, for not stocking cruelty-free, BWCSA-approved South African products! In Mauritian PicknPays (3 stores, of the South African chain) all South African brands I was looking for, the cruelty-free ones, seem to have been replaced with animal-tested products from France and Australia, products I’ve never seen in SA. Where is the logic in that?! I wrote to one local PicknPay many months ago asking for product availability at the biggest one, the manager didn’t get back to me the 2nd time…
Update: PicknPays are closing down, they’ll be Monoprix soon
Drop me a FB message or email if we can do a letter action to La Vie Claire in France. A franchise like La Vie Claire has to rely on sellability of a product, I wonder if the owner would order special products if we organise and say we’ll buy all 12 items from a single order.
Perhaps we can draft a letter to the French store or other local stores and figure out ways to boycott cruelty, within capitalism. Do PLEASE lemme know if people sell home-made products locally. I think one would need an insect-free kitchen/ space which is also mold-free then heat and humidity would decrease shelf life.
Do you know Green Brands reps in Rodrigues? An ad said there are, and like here perhaps they advertise by word of mouth – island style. I know old’ish women who do this after retirement, they use word of mouth.
If you’re wondering about the “fragrance-free”, multiple chemical sensitivity is an illness with reactions to fragrances and other chemicals. I have some chemical allergies but personally find most fragrances unpleasant and I’m open to becoming a frag-free friend. I’d gladly kick dozens of ableist insensitive “friends” out of my space. Screw ableism, the products are here, all we need is a little access creation.
Suppose you use cruelty-free in your home, I’m sure you’d like to visit people and find they keep cruelty-free soap for you to wash your hands. If they don’t, you can tell them about it. This is a different scenario but fragrance-free people don’t have that luxury, they may not be able to even enter a house with fragrances. Heck, even outside buildings, there may be pesticides, fertilisers and incense. They can buy expensive masks if they get money to buy these online but I imagine it’s hot to be walking around in those.