Yesterday I did a new video on some mink lashes I found on eBay. I posted a photo on a vintage makeup group. Today I awoke to a ton of comments on my post about animal rights and the torture of minks.
I am definitely not here to hurt anyone human or animal. If I can learn about the products I'm using I will. I decided to do my research to understand the arguments and see if there is validity to the statements being made.
I found articles, a few of the articles were by companies selling vegan mink lashes. When I saw an ad at the end of the articles it seemed one-sided. I further researched and learned mink can also refer to silk lashes, which are not made from silkworms or mink. I also found minks are farmed, their hair is used for mink lashes and they are later killed for their skins. Other companies claim the mink hair is collected and no harm comes to the animals.
Only the manufacturers creating these beauty products really know how they are created. If they choose to tell us the truth we do not know as consumers. The companies selling these beauty products may not have done their research or are going by what the manufacturers tell them. Could they be that naive?
The lashes I reviewed were listed as 3D mink for $2.84 per pair. For that price point are they really mink? Most mink lashes go for $20.00 plus dollars. The manufacturer listed the lashes as cruelty-free and not tested on animals. When I posted this info to the vintage group an individual responded, she was more concerned with the testing on animals. Cruelty-free doesn't mean they don't test on animals.
As a consumer, we are left to go by what the manufacturers list. We must research further. I believe listening, thinking, researching and then making an informed decision is the best way to educate one's self. Rants, after reading one-sided articles or documentaries and then waving a righteous fist, are silly. Most importantly, preaching to people causes people to stop listening. I saw a lot of comments stating, "someone told me". Just because someone says something doesn't mean its true.
I will continue to research, and learn about products that do not hurt animals. However, I am not ruling out certain products because someone told me to.
Glam On and Think.