Cruelty Free & Halal Cosmetic Companies
Recently, I have been really looking into consumerism. The idea that we are merely consumers, customers for someone to sell things to. We are also taught in basic economics that without this, we lack a stable and wealthy economy. Without purchasers for goods, we have no need for companies that produce goods, limiting jobs, and as we know, if we lack jobs, we lack money, and in turn cannot purchase goods. To be honest, this has started to affect the way I look at products and marketing.
For example: “Better Than Sex” Mascara By Too Faced Cosmetics…I am so happy to tell you that this company is not only cruelty free, but is not an Israel affiliated company, and may be halal (check ingredients, just to make sure…”Cruelty Free” does not always mean halal, but Im no chemist) Now, look at the name. “Better Than Sex” Call me crazy, but if a mascara was in fact better than sex, we’d have a lot of abstinent, wide eyed, mascara’d ladies running around. I mean really? Sex? haha Now I’m a proper Muslim lady so the more I say sex, the more uncomfortable I feel writing this blog post. The name is catchy and a bit naughty, so you’re attracted and curious. Your thinking, “Whow, this must be the most amazing mascara ever!” So, you go to your local Sephora or ULTA and grab a $23.00 bottle of black goo to wipe on your eyelashes, hoping it will make you feel beautiful, sexy, amazing. In my opinion…it’s a pretty darn good bottle of black goo, but that’s not the point. The name grabs you, make you feel like you have to buy it. So we hardworking ladies ignore the price tag, forget our credit card bill, and buy it! The beauty of advertising in a world of poverty, starvation and war.
Im sorry, but I had to throw that last bit in there because that is exactly why I’ve started to really examine the way I buy, and most importantly, the companies I buy from.
As a human of compassion I feel the need to address Palestine. Im not going to say too much, but Israel is a thriving country..or “state”…(we won’t discuss this haha…do your research) With alliances to America, the UK and now Egypt (from my knowledge) And now for some “odd” reason, they feel the need to terrorize the Palestinians for everything they have left. Why?!?!
If you take a look at your everyday beverage, snack or even deodorant, you may see that they come from Israeli owned companies, or Israel affiliated companies. I mean if you live in America, good luck boycotting because you may starve. (over exaggerating…) One other thing you may be unaware of, is that most all cosmetic companies owned by Israel also test on animals.
Now, I feel the need to point out that I am not a vegetarian, although I used to be for about two years. I love animals. I grew up with dogs and cats in my home, and feel that animals should be treated with respect. Animals in many cases are helpless against humans. We kill them for food, clothing and to make ourselves feel beautiful. The last thing is what I have a problem with. As a Muslim I must point out that we do NOT believe in the inhumane torture of animals. This includes hunting for sport, striking and or starving an animal.