Lipstick & a Latte is a cruelty-free beauty blog, meaning the products I review–and use in my real life–are not tested on animals. (Cruelty-free will hereby be abbreviated CF, so as to keep from repeating it a million times.)
This term seems to be thrown around a lot, but the truth is there’s actually no one correct definition. Unlike the case with FDA organic foods, the term cruelty-free is essentially unregulated, which unfortunately allows for a lot of misleading labels and sneaky half truths. If a label reads “final product not tested on animals” it’s a pretty safe bet that at least some of the ingredients are tested on animals. Likewise, if a company “does not test on animals except where required by law” it probably sells in a country such as China which requires mandatory animal testing (i.e. Mac, Estee Lauder, Revlon, etc.)
Some consumers don’t believe in buying from CF companies that are owned by non-CF parent companies, but to me this is a bit like not buying groceries from any store that carries meat. I believe that by purchasing from cruelty-free subsidiaries of non-CF companies, we are in fact sending an important message to said parent companies.
While many of the cruelty free products I use happen to also be vegan, I am decidedly not vegan. If you are interested in learning about vegan beauty products and lifestyle, I highly recommend checking out Logical Harmony.