Cosmetics used to advertise “no animal testing.” This gives two possibilities:
- There is nothing new in the product. Every ingredient was tested for safety in some other context. The product may contain a different combination of ingredients that are processed differently, but everything in it is available elsewhere. If the combination of ingredients is unique, that combination has not been tested for safety on animals. (Some combinations are dangerous when the individual ingredients are not dangerous. Seldane was recalled for that reason.)
- They are testing on people. Either the testing is done by alpha and beta testers in a controlled environment or they are testing on the consumer.
In the case of number 1, I would prefer to buy what is cheaper. Products that advertise “no animal testing” tend to be more expensive.
In the case of number 2, I may be insensitive, but I would prefer animal testing.