Tuesday, June 12, 2012

News on Animal Testing

Happy Independence Day to all Filipinos! ^_^

I just wanted to share this with you all. You know that I'm an animal lover and I can't take it whenever an animal is hurt so I when I became aware about animal testing I tried my best to look out for brands I should avoid. I follow PETA's list always because they update it every month and they are the strictest who does these investigation if that brand is really cruelty-free.

BUT if I wanted to know if an Asian brand is cruelty-free, it is harder. We don't really have a database for that unlike the ones made in US, UK, Australia and Canada. So I just hoped and pray that what I'm using are cruelty-free.  

Sadly, one of my readers commented on my blog that Amore Pacific does conduct animal testing and a lot of brands sold in China are required to perform this harsh practice. I got baffled, to tell you guys honestly. I love Amore Pacific brands like Laneige and Etude House and they are staples in my skincare. I have bought a lot of their products coz they are great and works for me. But I want to thank my reader for pointing it out so I am gonna stop supporting all the brands under the Amore Pacific Corporation until they stopped the practice of animal testing. I don't think their explanation in their website is enough for me to still purchase their products knowing a lot of animals suffered for that. (If you want to see their explanation, click here.)

Now, I'm wondering if Tony Moly, Skinfood, The Face Shop and other Korean brands that I love also does animal testing.They are not in the list from KARA that is 100% cruelty-free..

*If you want to know if your favorite Korean brand tests on animals or not, click here.

HIGHLIGHTS on brands available locally:

1. Procter & Gamble - this company is always on the top of the list for testing on animals
     e.g. Olay, Pantene, Downy, Head&Shoulders, Ivory, Max Factor, Secret, SKII, etc
     * click here for the complete list of locally available brands from P&G
     * click here for the international brands under P&G

2. Johnson & Johnson
     e.g. Aveeno, Johnson's baby care, Acuvue, Neutrogena

3. Unilever
     e.g.  Sunsilk, Suave, Axe, Dove, Ponds, etc

4. Loreal
    e.g  Loreal Cosmetics, Kiehl's, Maybelline, Lancome, Kerastase,  Shu Uemura, Garnier

5. Direct Selling: Mary Kay, Avon, Nu Skin


1. Revlon *edit: was removed from the list in July 2012*
2. E.L.F. Cosmetics, Wet & Wild, NYX, LA Color
3. Youngblood Cosmetics, Duwop Cosmetics, Burts Bees, Murad, Prestige Cosmetics
4. Lush
5. The Body Shop - They were able to retain their cruelty-free status even though Loreal bought them.
6. Crabtree and Evelyn

I can't enumerate all so please feel free to click the links below to see the whole listing for the month of June 2012 ^_^

* For the list of companies/brands that DO TEST on animals, click here.
* For the list of companies/brands that DON'T TEST on animals, click here.

Oh, can anyone tell me why Urban Decay, MAC Cosmetics and Makeup Forever were removed from the list of cruelty-free brands? They've been on that list for many years but starting this year 2012, they're not there anymore. Well, until that issue is resolved, I'm not gonna buy from them anytime soon.

EDIT: I found an article explaining why PETA removed Avon, Mary Kay, Urban Decay and Estee Lauder brands (eg. MAC, Smashbox, Clinique, Bobbi Brown etc) from the cruelty free list. It seems that these companies allowed/paid Chinese laboratories secretly (under the table) to poison test their products on animals so that they can sell in China. They betrayed the trust of consumers that believed they are still cruelty free brands :(

You can check the full article here and here.

Thanks for dropping by ^_^


Askmewhats said...

ang sad naman the animal testing! thanks for sharing :( I hope since we're quite good on technology, sana, companies can come up with ways not to test on animals anymore!

jamie said...

Im not gonna say ill stop using prods on the do test category kasi mahirap talaga but siguro i'll favor more na lang yung sa dont test..:)

Crystal Gale said...

Nikki - yeah, I really hope so coz other companies can do it and give great products without testing which means you don't really need to do it.

Jamie - I think that's still better than doing nothing at all. Thanks :)

Hollie said...

this is really informative. too bad estee lauder brands test on animals.

Crystal Gale said...

Hi Hollie! Yup, they've been so good for more than a decade and then they decided to choose profit (to sell in China) over their long time advocacy :(

Voodoo Blonde said...

I think Revlon isn't on the cruelty free list anymore, but check that again. cheers

Crystal Gale said...

Hi! Yeah, I just saw the updated list...Revlon was removed already :(