TAG ARCHIVES: cruelty-free
Hi everyone! I’m super excited to introduce you all to a new brand that I just recently got introduced to. It’s Nvey Eco; which is organic, cruelty-free and natural makeup brand which also has amazing skincare products as well.
Today, I’ll be introducing to the skincare line and a couple of their products. Keep an eye out for the makeup products I’ve gotten to play around with in a later post.
Q. I am so confused about cruelty-free. There are brands who state they don’t test on animals, yet their parent company do. How do I know which brands don’t and which one I should steer clear of?
A. This is always such a tough subject for me to answer because I know I’ll contradict myself to a degree.
The way I “gauge” which brand I use all depends on the individual company themselves, whether or not they do or do not test.
L’Oréal, Maybelline, Max Factor all test. So products what wear any of their logos I won’t use.
Products such as M.A.C, L’Occitane and Bobbi Brown are brands who state that don’t yet, they parent company do. These brands are the ones I still buy.
But I know what you’re thinking: why do I still buy products from companies who’s parent company still test? Truth is, you can take the whole cruelty-free as far as you want. If you feel like it’s wrong to buy products from a brand who’s parent company doesn’t set an example in favour of cruelty-free, than that’s your decision.
I should also make a point that I don’t judge people on whether or not they choose to buy animal tested products. It’s their decision and I don’t think they’re evil or immoral if they do.
But if you’re like me and are happy with the brand stance on cruelty-free, regardless of what the moral standards of their parent company than GREAT! Unfortunately, we don’t live in an ideal cruelty-free world but doing your part and not buying from brands that freely state they do test on animals is as good as you’re going to get, because over time it does get exhausting.
Ways I keep up to date with the latest cruelty-free brands is by visiting the Peta Cruelty-Free Database which has the biggest list of brands that do and don’t test on animals. Again, it’s up to you on how far you want to take it.
Other ways I find out is by doing a quick Google search. When I see a brand that I’m not too sure of, I open Safari on my iPhone and type in “[BRAND] test on animals” and it usually comes up with a quick blurb on whether or not they don’t.
I have found that there have been brands that are deceiving; they state they don’t but you hear on the grapevine somewhere they do (Revlon is always one that gets me). Do some extra research when you get home and you can make the decision yourself.
Also, keep an eye out for logos on packaging which does help…
The Leaping Bunny and the Cruelty-Free Bunny logos are the most popular. Brands undergo rigorous tests and regulations before they’re allowed to have these logos on their packaging, so you know that these products are cruelty-free.
I recently received a comment about Urban Decay sale to L’Oréal and how they’ll no longer be cruelty-free.
This is one issue I’ve still got mixed feelings for. From my understanding, although L’Oréal have bought Urban Decay, the brand will still wear the cruelty-free bunny logo and will still maintain cruelty-free practices with their products.
How much truth there is to that is really up the consumer. Personally, I’m not sure if I will or won’t buy Urban Decay. When I think about how many Urban Decay products I do own and use daily, it looks as though I will buy them again.
But only time will tell on how long they remain cruelty-free.
Lastly, always remember…
What is YOUR take on cruelty-free? How far do you take it?
I think this was bound to happen sooner or later, but I’m glad I’m posting this now that Urban Decay have decided NOT to sell in China last week.
After careful consideration of many issues, we have decided not to start selling Urban Decay products in China. While several factors were important in reaching this decision, ultimately we did not feel we could comply with current regulations in China and remain true to our core principles. We know there are many progressive consumers in China who would embrace an opportunity to purchase non-animal tested products – our hope remains that we have the chance to offer Urban Decay products to these consumers someday in the future.
Following our initial announcement, we realized that we needed to step back, carefully review our original plan, and talk to a number of individuals and organizations that were interested in our decision. We regret that we were unable to respond immediately to many of the questions we received, and appreciate the patience our customers have shown as we worked through this difficult issue.
Since our founding in 1996, we have been committed to ending animal testing in the cosmetics industry. As demonstrated by the renewed support we have received from organizations like PETA and the CCIC, this principle remains at our core. Urban Decay does not test its finished products on animals, nor do we allow others to test on our behalf, and we require our suppliers to certify that the raw materials used in the manufacture of our products are not tested on animals. Urban Decay is proud to be 100% cruelty-free.
That’s right, Urban Decay decided NOT to sell in China. So, there is no need for comments and emails or Tweets to say they’re selling out. It’s over and done with. They’ve come to their senses and decided against it, which is good. They’ve been reissued with the Leaping Bunny logo and hopefully, in time all the hype behind this will be a distant memory.
While we’re on the subject, I thought I’d put my two cents in and hopefully Urban Decay and other fellow cruelty-free international brands will take note.
As Australians Urban Decay products are difficult to come by. Although it’s not impossible because there are always ways around it, either by mail forwarding or purchasing through online beauty stores like Beauty Bay who stock Urban Decay products and provide international (often free) shipping.
As an Aussie Beauty Blogger (and I know I can speak on behalf of fellow Aussie Beauty Bloggers) we are highly influenced with what’s available in US and Europe; we want to have what they have, we want to get our little paws on products from all over the world and try it out for ourselves.
We all keep up-to-date with the latest product reviews either on other blogs or via YouTube videos and we can only sit and hope that these products hit our shores within due time. We know all about it well and truly before it hits the shelves and believe me, when they do… all hell breaks loose! Ever wonder why every Revlon Lip Butter was out of stock when you went to your local Priceline? Yep, Beauty Bloggers were there first.
What is disappointing is a lot of US-based brands don’t offer international shipping which then resorts us to seek their products on eBay and risk the chance of receiving a counterfeit product and/or revenue not going directly to the company themselves.
My first Urban Decay NAKED palette was fake. I had paid full price for it to a seller on eBay who guaranteed it was the original. But only after I received it and compared it to a friend’s NAKED palette she had purchased while holidaying in the US I realised mine was fake. I had compared the packaging and swatches the colours side by side. Totally fake. Every single last inch of that palette. I was devastated.
We don’t want to spend our hard earned money on counterfeit products. There is no guarantee they’re the same colour and/or pigmentation and had I believed that my NAKED palette was real, I wouldn’t have known any better and would have given Urban Decay a review based on a product that wasn’t manufactured by them.
I’ve said this a million times on Twitter; if ALL makeup brands provided international shipping within a reasonable cost, consumers wouldn’t have to resort to purchasing via different avenues and run the chance of receiving fake products.
Providing a service like this keeps consumers happy and more often than not, within a decent price range, buyers will be more than willing to pay for shipping.
I once went to purchase some glitter from a well-known US-based cosmetic brand which specialised in theatrical makeup – small tubs of glitter that probably didn’t even weight 5g each – and when I proceeded to checkout I realised their base rate for shipping was $57 for international buyers. I understand that the postal services can get a little expensive but if smaller companies can provide a $12 international shipping fee, than so can everyone.
If any cosmetic brand wants to make a dent in the beauty market globally, international shipping needs to be a basic requirement for ALL online stores wherever they are based in the world. It’s just that simple.
And if not, do your research and look up places where your products are in high demand and if you hold strongly to so-called “core principles” on animal testing look up countries where animal testing is not required in order to be sold to consumers.
DO YOUR RESEARCH! Don’t just pick the highest population of human beings living per square mile and say, “Yep! We’re going to get a lot of revenue from there.” That’s not being true to your core principles. That’s just easy money.
Hey Urban Decay, you want some more revenue? Ship your products to Australia. We’ll gladly buy them here. There is not one single Aussie Beauty Blogger or makeup enthusiast who doesn’t already own an Urban Decay product and you know what? WE WANT MORE!
Lastly the topic of cruelty-free. I, myself don’t support, endorse or purchase any products that have been tested on animals. It narrows my chances of trying out new products by a lot (L’Oréal Color Tattoo…? Never tried it!) but at least with this practice I can do what I enjoy doing with a clear conscience.
There is no excuse for animal testing whatsoever! I’m sure I speak for a lot of people – whether you’re a vegetarian or not – the mistreatment of innocent animals is absolutely sickening. I’ve watched animal testing videos because I want to make sure it’s a memory burned into my sub-conscience when I pick up a beauty product from a brand that is known for animal testing. So when I pick up a animal-tested product I feel so sick to my stomach, I know not to buy it. Sounds absolutely horrific to put yourself through that but for me, it’s the exact wake up call I need to have a passion for a cruelty-free life and writing this blog solely on products that have not been tested on animals.
That’s my core principle and I’ll never sell out on it. Ever.
Personally, I’m not going to be so forgiving to Urban Decay just yet. As much as I’m glad they’ve changed their tone on selling in China this sort of thing isn’t easily excusable.
But props to Urban Decay for waking up and deciding to not sell out. It’s a positive start to rebuilding your reputation.
If you have any questions to ask Urban Decay, I encourage you to voice your opinions and concerns to them directly:
In Australia its officially Summer, so I apologise well in advance if you’re living in the northern hemisphere and Winter on your side of the world; this won’t be applicable to where you are living.
But an Australian Summer is… well, intense! Depending where in Australia you live, the intensity of the Summer differs. Yep, believe it!
In the “tropical” places like the East Coast – Brisbane (Queensland in general, I think) and Sydney – Summer is extremely humid, so on most days you feel like you’re swimming through the air.
In places like Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart and Perth, the heat is dry and the heat is a little more intense. I’ve lived in a dry heat climate and grew up in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney where its extremely humid in Summer, but I must say I prefer a dry heat over the humidity any day.
In this post I’m going to show you to cater for any sort of Summer weather – dry or humid heat and also be friendly to the environment and save millions of animals lives. There’s 1000 karma points right there! READ MORE
Before anyone starts reading this, please note: I have an opinion and this is my website that I paid for and I write entirely on my own, so therefore I am allowed to voice whatever opinion I want
Furthermore, just because I have an opinion on a particular subject does not mean I think consumers are evil for buying their products. So don’t email me or comment saying I’m arrogant or calling me weird and wonderful names. I have my family and friends who use the mentioned brands and I don’t think they’re evil.
When I first started getting into beauty blogging I didn’t really think twice about what to blog about. I wanted to blog about everything and anything that made you feel and look good, made you feel beautiful on the inside and out, and of course was good for you.
One thing I knew was that I didn’t want to write about products that harmed animals or did any sort of animal testing.