Is It EVEN Possible to Be 100% Cruelty Free? NO LONGER CF AND WHY!


A topic that has been on my mind recently was whether it's even possible to be cruelty free to the last percent. The more I think about it, the more I realize that it's not really possible.

Okay, in terms of beauty, I call myself cruelty free, if you want to label it. But what about clothes and medicine?

Is cruelty free limited to just animals? What about child labour? Isn't that cruelty on children?

There are just so many questions surrounding this topic that many people fail to think about, myself included. It's just such a complicated subject and forgive me for saying this, but sometimes I feel like people purposely ignore all the extra questions just to make life easier for them. I'm sorry if you find that offensive, but it's true.

I think what I've gotten out of this, is that no one can really call themselves cruelty free. ((Of course, you don't have to label it, it's only if you feel like you need to). I wanted to write this because in today's day and age, it's all about labeling and being the better person. As long as you try your best to make a change, it's alright.

That's why I wanted to announce this. I know I may get some hate for it, but that's alright. I am no longer going to call myself cruelty free. This is for a couple of reasons.

1. I'm just not able to part with some non cruelty free products. I have very oily skin and where I live, you hardly have any options for things that suit oily skin. Yes, I can order them online but then it's a struggle to match the shade and it's also very expensive. I have found a few things that really work for my skin like my Neutrogena moisturizer.

2. I have dark skin. It's hard even when you aren't cruelty free to find things that suit my skin tone at an affordable price. It's just so difficult. When I go to India to visit family, I can't buy from any brand here either. Revlon, Lakme, Colorbar, Maybelline, L'Oreal, Rimmel. All these brands aren't cruelty free, but they have shades to suit me.

3. As I mentioned above, it's pretty much impossible to be 100% cruelty free so I don't want to feel like I'm lying to people when I say that I'm cruelty free.

4. Pads, Tampons and essential female products like razors and shaving cream are pretty much all non cruelty free. Always is probably the most prominent feminine hygiene brand but of course, it isn't cruelty free.

5. It's hard to try out new products on the market. I want to be able to try as many products as I can and review them for you. I feel so limited by classing myself as cruelty free. I know that it isn't an excuse because other bloggers manage it but they get sent PR or have a larger budget to spend on blogging.

I will still try my best to promote cruelty free brands and only use them as far as possible but I don't want to lie to you guys. If I discover an amazing non cruelty free product, then I'll share it with you. If you do want to transition into CF, then please please please don't let this stop you from doing so. It's just a personal preference.

I do hope all of this makes sense and that you will continue to show your love and support like you ALWAYS have! I don't want anyone who is strongly cruelty free to feel like I'm taking a step backwards. That is not the case at all. Please bare with while I sort it all out!

What are your thoughts and experiences with CF?
x Nikita

20 comments:

  1. I reckon you're spot on, gorgeous xx My skintone does make things a little harder too, as a lot of brands that I purchase face products dark enough to suit me from aren't cruelty free unfortunately x I do try my best to remain cruelty free, however, from time to time I do slip up, as it's hard in this day and age. Some countries even have rules (like China) that state that their products MUST be tested on animals before human use, hence why a lot of people are now hating on NARS - they've abandoned their cruelty free promise in order to expand and provide products to people in China. x It's hard for everyone darl, so I understand xx
    Marina xx
    http://marinawriteslife.blogspot.fr/

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    1. Awww thank you so much babe! I was anticipating a lot of hate on this post, especially after the NARS drama. A lot of people felt like changing is taking a step back, but to me, the most important person to please is yourself. It's hard with skin tones as well, and I have my eye on a few products that I think would suit me perfectly.

      In the end, all I can do is try my best to stay cruelty free as far as possible but not to the point where it feels restrictive. Thanks for your lovely words babe! xx Nikita

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  2. You're still trying to find cruelty free products where you can, but of course if you can't find any or they aren't available to you, then that's totally understandable. I don't think it's your fault if there just isn't the market xx

    Velvet Blush

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    1. Thank you so much for understanding! It can be really hard even in 2017 to find things in the market that suit me and if I'm picky about it being cruelty free, then I'm going to struggle even more. I'll still try my best as far as possible xx Nikita

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  3. So true that things like pads and tampons aren't cruelty free! I think it's a difficult topic but I understand your opinion. I think I'm the same. I use everything, but I think it's great there is conversation about it and hopefully more companies try move towards being more equitable companies.

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

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    1. Agreed! If more and more people spark conversation, we can only hope that companies notice and make the change to cruelty-free. xx Nikita

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  4. I can relate to what you're saying here Nikita, although I'm on the opposite end of the skintone spectrum to you (I'm pale AF & cool-toned to boot). Despite saying at the beginning of the year that I was going to go CF, I've come to realise that I'm already doing it for the most part & that there are some products that I can't quite bear to part with and/or stop using. I'm starting to feel as though I've dug a hole for myself with this & I'm hating the idea of being so militant, so much so I'm currently drafting a similar post over at my own blog on the subject.

    I think it's best to strive towards being mostly CF, but not tie yourself up in knots if it's impossible for whatever reason. As long as you're comfortable with the decisions you make, then there shouldn't be any guilt for having to justify them to others (easier said than done, I know). I do think that the whole CF movement is really ramping up these days & it's great that there's more conversation about it. Hopefully big name companies might soon realise that the demand is there & they might start changing their practices.

    Shell // The Novice Life

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    1. YESS!! It's so hard and you don't truly know how difficult it actually is until you've dealt with all the problems being CF comes with. I felt so many times where I wanted to share a product I loved, or try out a new non-CF product that everyone was raving about, but I couldn't because of this label I put on myself.

      I still fee guilt-free when purchasing non-CF because I do try my best to purchase and promote CF makeup as much as possible.

      I'll definitely be reading your post because I loved your thoughts on this topic! xx Nikita

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  5. Although I disagree with you in some points, this post was really eye opening. It's extremely hard to find products (clothes, medicine and domestics) that are 100% cruelty-free.. but I don't think that should discourage you or anyone from trying. I've completely stopped buying cosmetics that are not cruelty-free and I'm now slowly working and researching towards better clothing alternatives. You don't have to do all at once. It's hard, but I think it's something we should at least strive for.

    www.letmecrossover.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! Of course, I'm not expecting everyone to agree with me. And I'm not saying that these points should deter anyone from going CF but I do feel like some people don't do enough research before making the change.

      Hopefully companies will make a change. xx Nikita

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  6. I have never really paid much attention to CF products. I guess it's something I just never looked into but this is how I feel about the label organic.. It's a crazy little label with over priced items. This was an eye opening post. THANK YOU!

    Simply Me

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    1. THANK YOU! I know that some people feel very passionately about CF, vegan and organic products. All we can do is to try our best! xx Nikita

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  7. Really great, honest post. Even some products that claim to be cruelty free aren't, as at some point the ingredients within would have been tested. xx

    Tiffany Tales | Lifestyle & Beauty 

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    1. Thank you Tiffany! There are a lot of inner workings in the CF industry and of course, we don't know all about them. We just have to trust that they're being honest xx Nikita

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  8. I really don't think things need to be so cut and dry. I hate when people say they couldn't be vegetarian because they'd miss bacon sandwiches or something, because at the end of the day they could be veggie but still have the odd bacon sandwich, it'd still be massively cutting down!

    I think your attitude to cruelty-free is refreshing and you should still promote cruelty-free but don't have to be 100%

    The Makeup Directory

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    1. Ahaha I love your analogy! I totally agree. I think nowadays everyone wants to be this or that, not something in the middle, and a big reason for this is labels. People wanting to label everything, which is completely unnecessary!

      Thank you so much! Will definitely try my best to stay on that path xx Nikita

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  9. N, I really admire how mindful you. Many people call themselves 'cruelty free' but that's a label limited to only one aspect of their life- like make up. It's admirable that you extended this question into other spheres of your life.

    I'm sure now, you'll feel more free on your blog!
    Great and well thought-through post, N!

    Steph
    www.socialspying.com

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    1. Thank you so much S! I feel like you shouldn't limit yourself to one area, and if you're going to commit, then it should be done properly. Don't half-arse it!

      Much love xx Nikita

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  10. I absolutely loved this post. It's why I was careful to make my recent post just about makeup, because there are so many other areas of life where I am not cruelty free. I am not vegan/vegetarian, my clothes aren't ethically sourced, there's just so many ways to improve and it's so hard to keep up with!

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    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I agree, it can be hard to create a distinct idea that you're only cruelty free in one aspect of life. It's very tough! But I'm trying my best to keep up with staying cruelty free as much as possible but it can be very hard. I totally get where you're coming from! xx Nikita

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