Taiwan Bans Cosmetics Testing

Last week, Taiwan announced that they would be banning cosmetics testing on animals for both ingredients and finished products. The bill goes into effect in 2019 after a 3 year transitional period. It is the first country in SE Asia to propose a ban against animal testing.

People in Taiwan can still buy imported cosmetics that have been tested, but the #BeCrueltyFree Taiwan campaign is going to be working on ending this as well.

Read more about  it here and here

Estée Lauder Buys BECCA Cosmetics

Last week, Estée Lauder bought BECCA Cosmetics for a speculated $200 million (as compared to L’Oreal, who bought IT Cosmetics for $1.2 billion.)

You can read more about it here

As we know, Estée Lauder is not cruelty free but BECCA states that they will remain cruelty free on their FAQ. We will have to wait and see how they continue forward.

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Open Letter to Trendmood – External Link

http://www.popsugar.com/beauty/Open-Letter-Trendmood-42476109

An interesting read. I myself was a follower of Trendmood until I read this. I had no idea that they were breaking contract (their own or others) by posting sneak peeks to early. I don’t know how she’s not in any legal trouble. I also learned that she has been taking others’ photos and not only providing no credit, but blocking people who did ask for credit to be given to them. That is a HUGE no-no for me and should be for others as well, it’s a blatant copyright violation.

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.

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

http://www.thefashionlaw.com/home/loreal-bloggers-at-center-of-latest-ftc-violations-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.

Chanel
Dior
Givenchy
Guerlain
Estee Lauder
MAC
Clinique
Benefit
Lancome
Shiseido
Calvin Klein
Covergirl
Maybelline
Revlon
Rimmel London
Avon
Mary Kay
Vichy
La Roche Posay
Avene
Caudalie
L’Occitane
Burberry
Garnier
Michael Kors
Dolce & Gabbana
Olay
Origins
L’Oreal
Stila
Tom Ford
OPI
Nivea
Neutrogena
EOS
Aerin

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