Slices of life by Jill Pertler – Down the cruelty-free rabbit gap


Final weekend I dove head-first down a deep rabbit gap. And, as these of us with rabbit gap expertise can attest, when you hop in there isn’t a going again.

It began innocently sufficient, as most rabbit gap ventures do. I not too long ago obtained a haircut and have determined to embrace my naturally wavy/curly, albeit wonderful, hair. I’ve loads of hair, however its baby-fine texture generally makes quantity a problem. Curls require quantity, so I hit the Google with “Finest shampoo for curly wonderful hair,” which resulted in quite a few web sites with lists of the perfect merchandise for my specific wants. 

I clicked on one checklist and the journey started. I used to be confronted with numerous model names, some I acknowledged, some I didn’t. The lists listed quite a few information for every shampoo together with scent, ingredient checklist, value, the place to buy and whether or not the shampoo was cruelty-free.

Say what? Name me naive (as a result of I’m) however I assumed the entire animal testing factor was outlawed someday through the days of eight-track tapes.

Seems I used to be flawed. 

Among the model names I acknowledged very nicely weren’t thought of cruelty-free. Yep. They check their merchandise on animals “when required to take action” and might’t promise that these assessments aren’t merciless.

You see how this rabbit gap sucked me in? I’m loads of issues, however I hope to assume that merciless shouldn’t be one among them. I’d a lot moderately be seen as type. I believe most of us can relate.

I knew I needed to discover out extra so I revisited my go-to search engine.

Seems, one specific nation (trace: it begins with “Ch”) nonetheless requires animal testing on sure merchandise to ensure that these merchandise to be bought on their soil. Some corporations select to not promote their merchandise on this nation; others overlook this little element within the title of revenue, and never solely permit animal testing however even pay for it as nicely. 

My mouth was broad open at this level.

I need my high-needs hair to look good, however not on the expense of an harmless bunny rabbit or any of its offspring. I’m additionally not questioning an organization’s have to make a revenue. I get it. However at what price? That’s a private query for all of us; I’ll have my reply, you’ll have yours – and that’s OK. 

As  my search continued. I realized that one other key phrase when in search of cruelty-free is “vegan.” I like meat as a lot as anybody, however not in my shampoo or magnificence merchandise. 

I believe my massive take-away is that not all merchandise are cruelty-free. Name me harmless, however I assumed we have been approach past that. Sigh.

I spent the day studying critiques and ended up ordering a few shampoos and conditioners (in addition to a curl-activating product) which might be all vegan, cruelty-free and (even higher) they didn’t break the financial institution. 

My life is once more stuffed with hope, not just for the bunnies of the globe, however my hair as nicely.

Right here’s hoping that any rabbit holes in my future solely serve to assist bunnies, not harm them — and that my new merchandise are as type to my hair as they’re to the planet. 

Jill Pertler is an award-winning columnist, revealed playwright and creator.


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