We listen to you, bellas, and we hear you loud and clear when it comes to animal testing in the beauty industry. We want to be transparent with our members at all times, so feel it’s time we share our stance on this important issue, central to the beauty industry, and dear to many of your hearts.
Let us be perfectly clear – as a company, we are against testing products on animals and we, like the majority of the industry, are committed to the elimination of this practice. As part of this commitment, we actively promote cruelty-free and vegan brands and regularly include them in our boxes. This is something we will continue to focus on as our membership numbers grow, and as international regulations adapt.
At the same time, it is difficult to hand-on-heart promise that 100% of monthly product inclusions are free from animal testing. The majority of the brands we work with do not test on animals unless they are required by regulatory law*. It is also important to note that, while many brands and products we sample are cruelty-free, some may be subsidiaries of larger companies which are not (for example, companies that continue to export to countries that conduct animal testing on all imported cosmetics).
It is true, however, that there’s has been a lot of positive change in the beauty industry in the last few years. We absolutely support the continued effort towards the complete outlawing of animal testing and remain hopeful that more brands will soon move in a cruelty-free direction, giving us the opportunity to bring more cruelty-free products to our members.
You regularly voice your opinion on this issue, as well as the desire for natural products. We’ve listened and, as a result, we’re extremely excited to present this month’s ‘Conscious Beauty’ box, where all products are either natural, organic, vegan, or cruelty-free. We hope you’ll enjoy learning about cosmetics that are not only good for you, but also for the environment, as well as discovering brands that are committed to fostering positive change.
Please do continue to speak out and voice your concerns, bellas! If you have any favourite vegan or cruelty-free brands, let us know! We will do our best to include them in future boxes.
Here are some of the cruelty free brands we work with:
Eyeshots | Cocoswish | Palmers | Thank You | Derma E | Claytime | LUMA Cosmetics | Olive Skincare | Coco Body | Physiogel | TBX | Lavera | Laqa and Co | Model Co | Designer Brands | Monoderma | Neon and Co | Brite Organix | NYX | Burts Bees | Klorane | SkinLite WOTNOT | Nuxe | Aveda | Sukin | Kester Black | Natural Instinct | A'kin | Nude by Nature Kevin Murphy | Baimeni | Kora | Inika | Weleda | Bör | Jamberry | St Tropez | Kevin Murphy | Sebamed | Baimeni | Coastal Scents | WEN by Chaz Dean | Nude By Nature | Paulas Choice | Moo Goo | Milk & Co | Jurlique | Elizabeth Mott | Original Source | Zuii Organic | Derma-e | Udderly Smooth | Skin and Co
What is the difference between vegan and cruelty free?
Vegan = No animal ingredients or bi-products. Cruelty free = No animal testing.
What does the Rabbit Logo or Leaping Bunny Logo mean?
The symbol guarantees consumers that no new animal tests were used in the development of any product displaying it. However, you might be surprised to know that some companies can still be certified as cruelty free without displaying these logos on their packaging. This is because companies have to pay an extra fee in order to be able to display the cruelty-free symbol on their products and some companies, especially the smaller ones, can’t afford the annual fee.
While many brands do not practice animal testing in their manufacturing processes, there are regulations in some countries that require that most cosmetic products manufactured outside the country and imported for retail sale to local markets must undergo animal testing. Unfortunately, this means that if a brand wants to sell their product in one of these markets, animal testing will be undertaken by a 3rd party, outside of their control.