No animals were harmed in the making of these products: Besides being safer and nourishing for your skin, plant-based skincare has an important added benefit: you can feel good about your beauty products, inside and out! At Thesis, true cruelty-free & vegan standards apply throughout our entire line of products - no exceptions, no asterisks!
Some people may be wondering if animal testing is required by law and necessary. It's not! The Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act (FD&C) does not specifically require the use of animals in testing cosmetics for safety. Our formulas use ingredients that have never relied on animal testing-- proof of their safety is evident from the long history of cosmetic and medicinal use going back thousands of years. Companies formulating with synthetic ingredients perform animal testing to identify the level of toxicity of a particular compound. Animal testing isn’t practical, either: research shows that oftentimes what is poison for animals is not necessarily a poison for people, and vice versa.
We also avoid animal-derived ingredients, which can be quite occlusive or irritating; some sensitive individuals can develop dermatitis or skin irritations from animal products. Don’t be tricked: often, the name of the ingredient doesn't suggest animal origin.
Here is the condensed list of the most widely used animal-derived ingredients:
-carmine (crushed bugs in red and deep pink lipsticks, eye shadows and other color cosmetics)
-hyaluronic acid (from beef in anti-aging serums)
-silk products (from bugs in creams and hair conditioners)
-tallow (animal fat in soaps)
-lanolin (from sheep wool)
-musk (from deer glands in perfumery)
-ambergris (from whales in perfumery)
-egg lecithin, whites, powder
-milk products (usually from factory farmed animals treated with hormones and kept continuously pregnant to produce milk)
-bee products (honey, pollen, beeswax, etc.)
-collagen (from beef and pork)
Some of the above ingredients may also be synthesized: please inquire with the manufacturer of the origin of the ingredients before you vote for them with your dollar.
Thesis is PETA and Leaping Bunny certified and listed among PETA business friends (http://www.peta.org/). We wholeheartedly support all the effort this organization puts into promoting animal rights. On their website, you can also find a wealth of useful information about vegan/vegetarian lifestyle, animal rights and the great impact of our everyday decisions on the well-being of the planet.
Thank you for being a discerning beauty purist!