Friday, May 10, 2013

Where to buy cruelty-free: CVS and Walgreens

 We've checked out Target and Walmart for products that don't test on animals. This week, we are checking out pharmacies.

And the pharmacies by me are CVS and Walgreens.

Now, you would think a place that specializes in certain types of products would have more cruelty-free products. But they were tougher to find.

I found Burt's Bees easily at CVS, but much everything else was tougher to find. I will say though, the variety was different from the other stores.

Freeman Botanicals
Dickinson's Witch Hazel

Tom's of Maine Deodorant -- with a larger selection, and more expensive!

Paul Mitchell products.

Nuance by Salma Hayek -- Hair care and skincare products. These appear to be sold exclusively at CVS, and claim to be cruelty-free, though I can't find them on either the Leaping Bunny and PETA lists.

In the baby section, there was Burt's Bees and Seventh Generation products. There was also Little Twig products, which are on the PETA list. 
This is a brand new Walgreens. It's huge, open and airy. But it didn't have many products.

They had the Burt's Bees, the Paul Mitchell, the Tom's of Maine Deodorant and toothpaste, Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, the Freeman Botanicals and they had Queen Helene products. I think they also had Rusk shampoo, but I was trying not to draw too much attention. Lots of people working at that store.

In the baby area they had two products: Babyganics, and live clean baby. The products claim to be cruelty-free, the live clean baby even has a bunny on the back. But they don't show up on either list.
 So some pharmacies have cruelty-free products, but they are extremely limited. And many are not even on the PETA or Leaping Bunny lists. I'm still trying to figure out what that means. 

NEXT WEEK: We will check out the supermarkets. That will be slightly harder, and should be interesting.


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  2. What about the CVS Brand - BFP's Cruelty Cutter App shows CVS shampoos, deodorant, toothpaste and mouthwash as cruelty free -

    1. We noticed this recently. Understand this was written before Cruelty Cutter was created. Leaping Bunny and PETA both use different criteria to determine if a product is cruelty free than Cruelty Cutter does. So consider that when choosing your products.


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