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.