Burt’s Bees Has Begun Selling in Mainland China, May No Longer Be Cruelty Free

Rumors about Burt’s Bees selling in Mainland China have been confirmed by the company.  You can read a much more detailed report from Suzi at Cruelty Free Kitty here, but I will provide a short overview below.

Burt’s Bees has been selling specific products in Mainland China, which we know has laws for testing on animals on products from foreign countries. They state that they are only selling products that they can get away with using loopholes in the laws to avoid animal testing, specifically pre-marketing testing. However, China also employs post-market testing, and it is unclear whether Burt’s Bees could still be considered cruelty free for this reason.

Burt’s Bees isn’t a brand I really buy from, and I won’t be until further information is released. As always, I stand by my policy that this is a personal decision for individuals to make.

Hopefully we hear more from the company soon.


ColourPop’s Non-vegan Product List

Most of ColourPop’s line is vegan, and they are currently working on making their entire line vegan friendly. I wanted to make a quick reference post for what products are not vegan.

All of their Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencils are vegan, as well as all of their Ultra Satin Lipsticks. All of the Ultra Matte Lipsticks except for Tulle are vegan.  I am currently unaware of whether the new Ultra Gloss lipsticks are going to be vegan, I have yet to inquire with them.

Here is the non-vegan product list straight from their FAQ

You will be happy to know that all of our Lippie Liners and Lippie Stix are Vegan. Almost all of our Super Shock Shadows, Creme Gel Colours & Super Shock Cheeks are vegan. With the following exceptions:

Tea Party – Super Shock Shadow

Bae – Super Shock Shadow

Mittens – Super Shock Shadow

Lace – Super Shock Shadow

Bubbly – Super Shock Shadow

Party Time – Super Shock Shadow

Mixed Tape – Super Shock Shadow

Central Perk – Super Shock Shadow

Straight Trippin – Super Shock Shadow

Stereo – Super Shock Shadow

Crimper – Super Shock Shadow (Forever Freshman)

Baby T – Super Shock Shadow (Forever Freshman)

Party Girl – Super Shock Shadow (Blitzed)

Fan Girl – Super Shock Shadow (Blitzed)

Porter – Super Shock Shadow

Birthday Suit – Super Shock Cheek

Fox – Super Shock Cheek

HighlyWaisted – Super Shock Cheek Pearlized

Hippo – Super Shock Cheek Pearlized

Most Necessary – Super Shock Cheek Pearlized

Sticky Sweet – Super Shock Cheek Pearlized

Tasty – Super Shock Cheek Pearlized

Teasecake – Super Shock Cheek Pearlized

Wisp – Super Shock Cheek Pearlized

Electric Slide – Super Shock Cheek Pearlized

Tulle – Ultra Matte Lip

Call me- Crème Gel Colour & Liner

Best O – Crème Gel Colour & Liner

No Shame – Crème Gel Colour & Liner

DTLA – Crème Gel Colour & Liner

Beverly – Super Shock Shadow (KaePop)

Zebra – Ultra Metallic Lip

3-Way– Ultra Metallic Lip

Man Eater – Ultra Metallic Lip


External Link – L’Oreal, Bloggers at Center of Latest FTC Violation Mess


Bloggers of any kind, please disclose whether your posts are sponsored! Not only is it deceiving to your followers not to, it is illegal!

Just so you all know, if I were for some reason ever paid to do a post I would most certainly disclose it!

Personally, I don’t think I could ever do something along those lines because I would not give you guys anything but my own opinion.

China’s Animal Testing Laws

Suzi at Cruelty Free Kitty has a very informative article about the laws and regulations surrounding cosmetics sold in China. You can view the article here.

I’m providing a brief overview because it’s something that isn’t well explained or understood. I didn’t know a lot of this info, which is why I’m doing a post on it now.

The People’s Republic of China requires that all foreign cosmetic and other such products (such as nail polish and hair products) undergo animal testing if they are to be sold in the country. This does not include Hong Kong, a factor to consider. This only applies to products physically sold in China. It does not apply to online shopping.

Cosmetics manufactured in China are also not subject to this law.

Makeup brands selling in China include –

Please note that this does not mean all of these companies’ brands sell in China as well. For example, L’Oreal sells in China but Urban Decay does not. As always, it is up to you as to which companies you support.

Estee Lauder
Calvin Klein
Rimmel London
Mary Kay
La Roche Posay
Michael Kors
Dolce & Gabbana
Tom Ford

EOS is selling in China

Ok, again I’m behind the times and JUST found out about EOS selling in China. So ignore me if you already knew.

I’m sure there’s others like me who are not aware of this. Of course, it is up to you whether you still support EOS and other brands that are selling in China.

Also, if you’re not aware – animal testing is required by law in The People’s Republic of China for foreign beauty products to be sold there. This does not include Hong Kong (in which companies such as LUSH sell in), and also now does not include cosmetics that are manufactured in China.

You can see a lot of info from Suzi at Cruelty Free Kitty here

Silk Naturals HD Cream Foundation Swatches

Full size $11.99 (sample size $0.99) at silknaturals.com

I purchased samples to determine which shade would be best and to test out before I committed to buying. They come in little clamshells that hold quite a good amount of product actually.

These samples are obviously swatched on my hand, so it’s not a clear picture of what shade I match with. The 20s are too dark, and personally I believe that C10 is the best match for me, although N10 also works on my skin tone.  I have pretty pale skin but I am in no way towards the warm side, but honestly neutral works for me as well.


I am still experimenting with this foundation, but so far the results don’t seem very good. It seems to be just too heavy of a foundation for my skin. I’m having much better luck with BB Creams and tinted moisturizers for my skin than actual foundation.


Cruelty Free Hair Brands Part 1 – Drugstore

Originally I was going to do an all-in-one post of some cruelty free hair, deodorant, oral hygiene, and other personal products that we all know can be very difficult to find.

I’ve decided to do individual posts now so I can go more in depth and waste less of anyone’s time if they’re only interested in one or two product types. Plus, I figured it would be easier to organize, even if I’m mentioning brands more than once.

I like to feature brands that are commonly found in drugstores as well as other, high end brands. This particular post is gonna cover some drugstore hair products, with another post coming soon.

So, hair care. It’s definitely not the hardest of products to find cruelty free alternatives for, but it can be tricky. A LOT of hair companies boast about “natural” or “organic” ingredients, but that isn’t always true and it certainly doesn’t mean it’s cruelty free!

Bottom line, do your research! PETA and others have lists of cruelty free products and there are links to them and other websites in my “Cruelty Free List and Resources” page.

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