Welcome To Melissa’s Animal Friendly and Cruelty Free Product Reviews!


What Is This Site About?

This site features my reviews of products that have been certified to be “cruelty free” or which do not involve animal testing or injury in any step of the process. We don’t endorse any product which is made by companies which still do animal testing and urge you to find alternative models.

About Me:

I’m a massage therapist, rescue dog owner, and former schoolteacher. Buying products that are not tested on animals and those that do not harm animals in any way when they are produced is very important to me. Over the years I’ve tried many different products which are animal friendly, organic, cruelty free, etc. Though being animal- friendly is non-negotiable for me, so is the effectiveness of those products.  It doesn’t make sense to waste money on a product that does not work, just because it is cruelty-free. I hope that I can help those who are seeking to buy cruelty- free products to find those that are both effective and economical.

What I Believe

Nearly ever waking second of the day, somewhere in the world, in some corporate funded laboratory, animals are needlessly tortured, in the name of economy, convenience, and human vanity. It’s been for many years now that scientists have had all of the methods to test personal and household products for safety and effectiveness without hurting animals, and yet still horrible animal experimentation goes on. To me, if one can simply change the way they shop o help bring an end to painful animal experimentation, then it is worth doing.

How To Find Cruelty Free Products

In order to be truly cruelty-free in our consumer choices, it’s necessary to both read and understand labels. “No animal testing” / “not animal tested”  does not mean that ingredients were not tested on animals, which does not mean the product is cruelty free. It simply means that the “finished product” has not been tested on animals. That, to me, is simply not good enough. One of the best ways to identify cruelty free products is to look for the Leaping Bunny label.  As a skeptical consumer, my own first impulse is to question any certification associations as to their motives and validity.  The Leaping Bunny label is legit and widely recognized by many organizations as a valuable tool to use in choosing animal friendly and cruelty free products. This label is placed on products that comply with the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics standards. The CCIC is internationally recognized and was founded as a combined effort of eight mainstream animal protection groups listed here:

  • American Humane Association
  • Animal Alliance of Canada
  • American Anti-Vivisection Society
  • Beauty Without Cruelty, USA: (212) 989-8073
  • Doris Day Animal League
  • The Humane Society of Canada
  • The Humane Society of the United States
  • MSPCA Center for Laboratory Animal Welfare
  • New England Anti-Vivisection Society

My cruelty free product review site is in no way affiliated with CCIC;  however, I highly recommend using the Leaping Bunny label as a means of identifying animal friendly products as you shop.  You can learn more about them by clicking on the logo below.

Thank you for visiting my website. Feel free to comment on your experiences with any of the products that I have reviewed here by messaging me on my Facebook Page.

Monarch Massage Therapy, Salida, Colorado