I decided to try the strips for a while, using the argument that I didn't purchase the strips, so technically my money wasn't going to the company. I even made a video on YouTube about my unboxing, since that was one of the optional tasks you could complete for the Influenster campaign. But all along I knew I was just kidding myself: the whole point of Influenster is to try out products and promote the ones you really like. I couldn't promote Crest or these Whitestrips because I can't support a brand that isn't cruelty-free.
I'm not perfect--many will probably think that I never should have tried them in the first place. Maybe if I had known beforehand that the "oral aesthetic" product was from Crest I wouldn't have even accepted the campaign to begin with (Influenster didn't tell us what the product was ahead of time). But in the end, I realized that I personally would rather not complete the entire campaign. Originally I was motivated to give it a try because everyone who completes the optional Influenster tasks auto-qualifies for the Holiday Voxbox. I'd love to get that box, but it's not worth it to me to pretend to promote a brand I can't support.
What do you think? I'm curious to hear your thoughts about animal testing. Some people only buy from Leaping Bunny certified companies, others support cruelty-free brands that are owned by parent companies that test. Some people aren't concerned with animal testing at all. None of these views are right or wrong! I fully respect everyone's educated opinion. Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments section, but please refrain from badgering mine or anyone else's views. I don't want to turn this post into a mudslinging debate.
Thanks for reading!