Cruelty-Free Skincare

Cruelty-Free Skincare

There was a time most cosmetic companies believed testing products on animals was the best way to ensure beauty products were safe for their intended use, for human use. Although many people today consider the practice outdated, unnecessarily cruel, and inhumane, companies continue to test on animals to support claims of product safety.

From a scientific standpoint, many experts believe human and animal physiology far too different for the data obtained through animal testing to have any significant value.1 As concern for the ethical treatment of animals continues to escalate, socially and environmentally conscious consumers are embracing cruelty-free beauty brands.

What Is Cruelty-Free Skincare?

Most beauty brands use the term “cruelty-free” to signify their products, and the ingredients used to make them, are not tested on laboratory animals. Purchasing cruelty-free products sends a clear message to companies that engage in animal testing that you do not support the unethical treatment of animals. But like many commonly used claims by the beauty industry, companies can have a loose interpretation of what “cruelty-free” means for their particular brand with no legally binding criteria required to support such claims. The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) has determined the claim too vague to be enforceable.

However, there are plenty of legitimate, certified cruelty-free brands that take their commitment to protecting animal rights (and consumer confidence) quite seriously. Although certified brands do not engage in unnecessary animal cruelty, they do have methods of testing their products and product ingredients to ensure their formulations are safe for their intended use.

Instead of animal tests, cruelty-free brands rely on data from previous studies, computer-generated models, clinical trials with volunteers, and in-vitro human tissue models. Thanks to a number of technological advances, scientists can create “artificially living” skin that allows researchers to test skincare products without risking harm to humans or animals.2

How Can I Know If a Skincare Company Is Truly Cruelty-Free?

With growing consumer advocacy for the ethical treatment of animals, there are a lot of beauty brands trying to blur the distinctions to profit from misleading marketing practices. One brand might purchase ingredients from a supplier that tests on animals, refrain from testing their final products, and still claim their brand is cruelty-free. A different company might not test products sold in the US but does submit to animal testing for products sold in countries where required by law.3

It can take a fair amount of detective work to determine which brands are legitimately cruel-free and which are picking and choosing from various scenarios to justify their claims. With that being said, you could easily purchase a legitimately cruelty-free product that does not quite align with your personal philosophies about the ethical treatment of animals. How could that happen? Cruelty-free and animal-friendly are not interchangeable terms.

Popular Brands that Are Cruelty-Free

You can often tell if a popular skincare brand is cruelty-free by locating one of several possible certification seals on their website or product labels, but not always. A brand can be listed in cruelty-free databases but choose not to display a logo for any number of reasons. The three most universally trusted logos are Cruelty-Free International (CCIS & BUAV), PETA, or Choose Cruelty-Free. To qualify for certification, skincare brands must commit to six main obligations, including a pledge to reject ingredients from suppliers that engage in animal testing, a firm commitment to not commission, conduct, or be a party to any animal testing, and having a system in place to monitor suppliers.4,5

Popular Brands that Are Not Animal-Friendly

When you see one of the three leading certification logos (bunny) proudly displayed on a brand website or product label, you can determine whether or not that brand is trulyanimal friendly by scanning the list of product ingredients for animal-sourced components. If a skincare product you’re interested in is made with beeswax (bees), squalane (shark), lanolin (sheep), or oleic acid (animal fat), defenseless animals were likely harmed for ingredients used to make the product. Keratin, elastin, and stearic acid can be plant or animal-derived. If you’re concerned about the origins of any ingredients listed on a product label, consider contacting the manufacturer.6 If a product is cruelty-free and vegan, it’s far less likely innocent animals were involved in any aspect of production.

What Are the Benefits of Using BOTA™ Cruelty-Free Skincare Products?

When you choose cruelty-free skincare products, no animals are harmed for the sake of beauty. When you choose BOTA™ cruelty-free skin care products, neither is your skin. Instead of subjecting your skin to the many questionable ingredients commonly used by the beauty industry, chemicals and compounds shown to contaminate water supplies, threaten animal life, and cause more skin issues than they solve, BOTA™ plant-powered skincare products are made with natural ingredients that are kind to your skin. Our botanical skincare products are also better for the environment.7

At BOTA™, we’re dedicated to providing gentle, yet effective skincare products made without harsh chemicals. We’ve identified the best plant oils and extracts nature has to offer and created a plant-powered skincare line enhanced with CBD (cannabidiol), a cannabinoid with many potential skin benefits.

When CBD penetrates the surface of your skin, this active plant element interacts with important chemical receptors found on nearly every type of skin cell. That’ means the CBD in your BOTA™ toner, serums, moisturizers, and body care products is interacting with the receptors regulating collagen production, skin cell turnover, hyperpigmentation, moisture retention, and more. After switching to a plant-powered skincare routine, you might even find you get superior results using fewer products.

The BOTA™ Cruelty-Free Commitment

BOTA™ Skincare is Leaping Bunny certified, a distinction that confirms our commitment to providing cruelty-free, plant-powered skincare products. Our company does not test on animals, and we do not purchase ingredients or materials from any supplier involved in any type of animal testing in any capacity. We disclose every botanical used in our CBD skincare products in compliance with CCIC reporting standards of our product ingredients and third-party suppliers, and we gladly recommit to these standards yearly.8

If you’d like to learn more about nurturing, protecting, and reviving your skin naturally with our cruelty-free CBD skincare products, Visit BOTA™ to read our Complete Guide to Natural Skin Care or browse our BOTA™ Beauty Blog. All BOTA™ CBD skincare products are vegan-friendly, third-party tested, and US Hemp Authority™ certified.



1. The Derm Review. (2021) Guide to Cruelty-Free Skin Care.

2. Cruelty Free Only. (2020 September 10) How Are Cruelty Free Products Tested? These 4 Animal Testing Alternatives Save Animal Lives.

3. WiseGeek. CK Lanz. (2021) What Is Cruelty Free Skin Care?

4. Cruelty-Free Kitty. S Rose. (2019 November 08) How to Spot a Fake Cruelty-Free Logo.

5. Treehugger. S Vartan. (2021 October 26) Are Your Beauty Products Cruelty-Free? Three Certifications Against Animal Testing.

6. Plant Based News. M Chiorando. (2020 October 01) 14 Non-Vegan Ingredients to Look Out For In Makeup and Beauty Products.

7. Prevention. (2016 April 11). 6 Most Harmful Ingredients Found in Body Lotion.

8. Leaping Bunny Program. (2021) The Corporate Standard for Compassion to Animals.


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