The packaging on everything from blushers to bubblebath often has so many symbols on the back that it's hard to know what any of it means.
But our experts agree: look for the 'leaping bunny'.
"The Leaping Bunny symbol means that the product is certified ?cruelty free under the internationally recognised Humane Cosmetics Standard," says Gemma Chase from www.biggreensmile.com
"This stipulates that no animal testing is conducted or commissioned for finished cosmetic products or ingredients by the company, its laboratories or its suppliers after a fixed cut-off date. The Leaping Bunny certification is unrivalled, as it requires each company to be independently checked to ensure that it adheres to its animal testing policy and the Standard's strict criteria."
Ingrid Hume, from ethical and natural store www.pravera.co.uk, says: "To know if a product is truly ethical and has not been tested on animals, it's also good to check the packaging for a certification from either BDIH, Ecocert, Natrue or Soil Association, as these certifiers incorporate and guarantee no animal testing within their guidelines.
"You can also check the brand's website for any statements on this matter - if they don't test on animals, it will be stated somewhere on the website as it's a selling point a brand will want to communicate to its customers."
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