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There are plenty of false eyelashes on the market today. Many of them look fantastic, are very affordable, and will meet your needs. Just one important question is required: how were those eyelashes actually made?
If the eyelashes are made from animal fur, especially mink fur, then there is a chance that they were made from a process of cruelty. Mink fur eyelashes are often created by capturing the animals and then pulling the fur out of their bodies. These animals are caged, restricted, and because the mink is an aggressive animal, often subjected to years of isolation to limit internal fighting.
What if the mink fur eyelashes specifically state they are cruelty-free products? Some businesses promote the fact that they capture wild mink, brush them to get their fur, and then return them to the wild. If this is the case, then it would qualify as being a cruelty-free product. Verification of that company’s methods should be asked about to ensure the product is ethically produced.
What if the mink fur comes from a free-range mink farm? Because the mink is aggressive, a free-range farm is virtually unheard of in today’s market. Farmed mink are almost always kept in conditions that would not be considered ethical for any other farmed animal. This includes no access to water for bathing.
What can I do to verify the claims of a cruelty-free product? There are three simple questions a mink fur eyelash manufacturer should be able to answer on demand.
#1. Where was the mink fur obtained?
#2. What happens to the animal after it has been brushed?
#3. What documentation or evidence to you have to support these claims?
If you do not receive a response from the manufacturer, then do not purchase their product.
What other eyelash options are available? The problem with plastic eyelashes is that they look fake. That’s fine for a “fantasy” look, like Katy Perry’s lashes, but many prefer a more natural look. Human hair eyelashes are an affordable alternative to mink eyelashes and they wear just as comfortably. Human hair is often obtained by donation and is used in a wide variety of manufacturers to create outstanding eyelashes.
Are my mink eyelashes actually “mink” fur? “Mink” has become a marketing term that has been used by the eyelashes industry to promote their products. If you see mink eyelashes retailing for less than $150 per set, then there’s a good chance that you’re purchasing synthetic lashes. Mink fur is uneven in length and curl, which is why they look natural.
If you are still unsure about the nature of how the “mink eyelashes” were created, look for the country of origin. Most of the real mink eyelashes that are available today come out of China. Mink eyelashes from the US, South Korea, or Europe are generally synthetic.
By taking a few extra steps in the buying process, you can make sure that you are purchasing a product with real value that hasn’t be created out of cruelty.