The Yes To Carrots brand has been one of the favoured cruelty free cosmetics brands in the market for a while. But suddenly, they were no longer registered with PETA, no longer using their logo and customers were left confused. Several conflicting responses were received from various Yes To representatives and marketing statements on their websites and social media. What happened?
Victory! The EU has just announced that from 11th March 2013 all cosmetics sold in the EU cannot be tested on animals or contain ingredients that have been tested on animals. Anywhere in the world. In other words, from 11th March 2013, any company wishing to sell cosmetic products- including self care products such as toothpaste, soap and deodorant- cannot have their products tested anywhere in the world. No scientific ingredient tested on poor rabbits in China, manufactured and then shipped over to the companies headquarters in France for packaging.
Dermalogica has been a favourite brand of mine for a long time. Their skin care seems to work magic on me and I will generally only get facials by beauty therapists using their products because I know I will get value for my money and amazingly clear skin.
Dermalogica has been a long standing supporter of using alternative methods for testing that doesn’t involve hurting animals. They are proof that animal testing does not lead to a superior product.
With the Chinese government’s recent passing of a law requiring all cosmetics that are sold in China to be tested on animals, Dermalogica lost their cruelty-free status.
The hardest part about choosing to live cruelty free, and vegan, is navigating around the legalities related to animal testing. In Australia, there are no laws regarding labelling your product in relation to animal testing, it basically comes down to how clever your marketing strategy is.