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@nclabeauty now has vegan lip scrubs + lip balms!! πŸ’‹βœ¨ π™Žπ™π™‚π˜Όπ™ π™Žπ™π™‚π˜Όπ™ is a 100% natural, vegan lip scrub formulated with organic beet sugar and agave nectar to gently exfoliate and cleanse your lips. It also contains Vitamin C and E to help hydrate and brighten lips! 😘

π˜½π˜Όπ™‡π™ˆ π˜½π˜Όπ˜½π™€ is a 100% natural, vegan lip balm formulated with shea butter, cocoa butter, avocado butter, and coconut oil. I'm obsessed with this lip balm! It smells like watermelon candy πŸ‰ and keeps my lips hydrated and smooth without leaving a waxy residue behind! πŸ’•

NCLA has so many colorful flavors of Sugar Sugar and Balm Babe including:
πŸͺ Almond Cookie
πŸͺ Horchata
πŸͺ Red Velvet
πŸͺ Watermelon
πŸͺ Pink Champagne
πŸͺ Lavender
πŸͺ Matcha Tea
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NCLA is a cruelty-free and 100% vegan beauty brand ✌🏻🌸
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#ncla #nclabeauty #balmbabe #sugarsugar #veganlipbalm #veganlipscrub #gifted

@nclabeauty now has vegan lip...

Right?! πŸ˜’βœ¨ (via @hummusmem3s)

Right?! πŸ˜’βœ¨ (via @hummusmem3s)

Choosing cruelty-free DOES matter to the hundreds of thousands of animals that are routinely blinded, poisoned, and killed each year for cosmetic testing πŸ’‰πŸ€πŸ‡ Vote with your consumer dollars and help put an end to these inhumane, outdated, and unnecessary tests by choosing to only buy cruelty-free cosmetics and products 🐰🌿✨
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Thank you to all the amazing and incredible cruelty-free companies for committing to never test their finished products, ingredients, or formulations on animals, anywhere in the world πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’–βœ¨ Together, we CAN make a difference! ✊🏻
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(πŸ“Έ via @still___london)

Choosing cruelty-free DOES matter to...

What are some of your fave cruelty-free + vegan skincare brands? 🐰🌿✨ with literally hundreds of vegan options to choose from, making the switch to a cruelty-free skincare routine has never been easier! πŸ’– (πŸ“Έ via @livekindlyco)

What are some of your...

The best things in life are CRUELTY-FREE! πŸ’žπŸŒΏβœ¨ (via @inthesoulshine)

The best things in life...

Weekend mood πŸ’žβœ¨
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Weekend mood πŸ’žβœ¨ . ....

πŸ†• VEGANCUTS FALL MAKEUP BOX IS HERE! πŸ‚πŸ’›πŸ“¦ If you're just getting into cruelty-free + vegan makeup or you're like me, a vegan makeup addict, then you'll LOVE @vegancuts seasonal makeup boxes! πŸ’„ (Get $5 OFF with coupon code: ETHICALELEPHANT)
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Here's a peek inside this season's box:
πŸ’‹ Powder Contour Kit from @aestheticacosmetics
πŸ’‹ Cherry Matte Setting Spray from @pacificabeauty
πŸ’‹ Eyeshadow in the color Garden Rose from @rmsbeauty
πŸ’‹ Makeup blending brush from @labeautesoi
πŸ’‹ Eyeliner pencil in the shade: Bright Eyes from @100percentpure
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The scoop: 5 full-size cruelty-free + vegan makeup products with a total value of $100. You can customize the box by picking your choice of eyeshadow and eyeliner pencil colors! ✨ This season's box supports Sofi and friends at the Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone, MN. 🦁🌿
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Have you tried any of these vegan goodies before? 🧑 I’m obsessed with the cherry setting spray, it smells sooo good!! πŸ’
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#vegancuts #vegancutsmakeupbox #vegancutsbox #gifted #affiliate

πŸ†• VEGANCUTS FALL MAKEUP BOX...

πŸ”₯ BREAKING NEWS: Shiseido acquires Cruelty-Free Beauty Brand, Drunk Elephant for $845 Million! 🐘
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What’s the current situation with Drunk Elephant’s cruelty-free status?πŸ‘‡πŸ»
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Shiseido is NOT a cruelty-free corporation, they DO test on animals when required by law and the brand, as well as, some of their subsidiary brands (like NARS) are sold in mainland China and are required by law to test on animals.
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Shiseido does own two cruelty-free brands, bareMinerals and BUXOM.
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So.. will Drunk Elephant remain Cruelty-Free?
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YES! According to Drunk Elephant, they'll remain cruelty-free and Leaping Bunny certified!!! βœ¨πŸ™ŒπŸ»βœ¨Swipe πŸ‘ˆπŸ» to read their response when asked about their cruelty-free standing after the announcement.
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TL;DR - Shiseido (a non-cruelty-free corporation) acquires Drunk Elephant but they’ll remain committed to being cruelty-free. Drunk Elephant is not sold in-stores in China and has no plans to.
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#crueltyfree #crueltyfreenews #drunkelephant #shiseido

πŸ”₯ BREAKING NEWS: Shiseido acquires...

All good things are wild & CRUELTY-FREE! 🐰✌🏻🌿

All good things are wild...

How often do u do your nails?πŸ’…πŸ» I like to do mine 2-3 times a week. ✨ I find it so therapeutic and I just love changing nail polish colours depending on my mood and the season! πŸƒ

These are some of my cruelty-free and vegan manicure essentials:
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🌿 Soy nail polish remover (acetone-free) by @786cosmetics - love how gentle, yet effective this nail polish remover is!
🌿 Nail cuticle oil - β€˜So Rich,  Love Potion’ by @nclabeauty - love the smell of ALL their cuticle oils!! They have travel-size ones too now!
🌿 Non-Toxic Base Coat by @siennabyronbay, the best sticky base coat I’ve ever used!
🌿 Clear Top Coat by @lovemissfrankie, love this because it’s got a nice, wide-tapered brush which makes application quick and easy!
🌿 Hydrating vegan hand cream by @cakebeauty which smells like French vanilla cupcakes!!
🌿 And the color (swipe πŸ‘ˆπŸ») I have on today is from @siennabyronbayβ€˜s latest collection, the color is called Serenity ✨
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#crueltyfree #crueltyfreenails #vegan #veganbeauty #vegannails #vegannailpolish #missfrankie #ncla #nclabeauty #siennabyronbay #786cosmetics #cakebeauty #gifted

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Are Giorgio Armani and YSL Beauty Products Tested On Animals?

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Are YSL beauty products tested on animals?

READER INQUIRY:

Hi Vicky,

In particular, I would really like to know about Giorgio Armani and Yves Saint Laurent cosmetics. Β Giorgio Armani made a statement that they will no longer use animal fur on the runway, which is a great start, however, I’m still not 100% sure if their cosmetic line is cruelty free… they say they do not test on animals, and their comment about L’Oreal is vague as to whether or not L’Oreal sells Giorgio Armani to China, where animal testing may or may not still be required. Β I have the same concern for YSL cosmetics who are also owned by L’Oreal. Β How do I find out if these 2 cosmetic lines are sold in China, and if these big brand names would require animal testing in China. Β 

I look forward to hearing back from you, and any information or links will be greatly appreciated.

MY RESPONSE:

Giorgio Armani took a huge step in the right direction earlier this month when they announced they were going to cease the use of animal fur in their collection, starting from their fall winter 2016 season.

However I have proof that Giorgio Armani beauty products are sold throughout China where animal testing is required for all imported cosmetics, and unfortunately the same can be said about YSL cosmetics; therefore I would not consider both Giorgio Armani and YSL cosmetics to be cruelty-free.

Giorgio Armani’s Animal Testing Statements

I love how this reader’s question is phrased because she is absolutely right about how confusing and vague the statement made on Giorgio Armani’s website is.

Giorgio Armani's Animal Testing Statement

Giorgio Armani doesn’t come out and say whether or not they sell in China. But theΒ statement, “others, completely independent of L’Oreal and outside the direction or control of L’Oreal, might do animal testing pursuant to their local requirements” implies that their products are sold in countries that require animal testing (ie. China).

They also pass it off as if it’s not up to them that animal testing is done on their products but keep in mind that it wasΒ ultimately up to L’Oreal and Giorgio Armani to decide to sell in these specific countries that require animal testing. They authorized and paid for these animal tests to be conducted.

Back to the question of how do we know if Giorgio Armani cosmetics are sold in China?

After some snooping, I managed to find a list of Giorgio Armani beauty counters located throughout China.

Proof that Giorgio Armani cosmetics are sold in China

This confirms that Giorgio Armani beauty products are sold in China where animal testing is required and therefore they areΒ not cruelty-free.Β 


Yves Saint Laurent’s Animal Testing Statements

YSL beauty’s animal testing policy is just as confusing as Giorgio Armani because they go onto stating L’Oreal’s statement and not YSL.

Yves Saint Laurent's Animal Testing Statement

I’ve highlighted the main point of L’Oreal’s (and therefore YSL’s) animal testing statement and that is their products or ingredients are tested on animals “if regulatory authorities demanded it for safety or regulatory purposes.”

I managed to find several YSL beauty counters located throughout China on their Chinese website. For example, when I typed in Shanghai, 3 different beauty counters were listed.

Proof that YSL beauty products are sold in China

This shows that YSL beauty products are available for sale in China and therefore must be tested on animals as required by China’s current animal testing laws; therefore YSL beauty products are not cruelty-free.

Change is Possible

In my opinion, Giorgio Armani Beauty and YSL Beauty already have a significant presence in the Chinese market and I don’t see them pulling out ofΒ selling in China in the near future. But as we’ve witnessed recently with Giorgio Armani’s recent announcement on going fur-free, I firmly believe that if we get enough caring consumers to demand these brands to go cruelty-free that they might consider it!

PhotoΒ byΒ ookikioo, used under CC BY 2.0Β 

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5 Comments
  • Ado
    May 13, 2016

    Guilty! =D

  • ModVegan
    April 18, 2016

    Armani was my favourite cosmetics brand for a long time…but their products are definitely not vegan, and I’m sorry to learn that they also aren’t cruelty free. Since going vegan I’ve been erring on the side of caution, but I love having your blog as a resource!

    • Vicky Ly
      April 18, 2016

      Same here! By default, once I knew they weren’t vegan.. I didn’t bother to look into their animal testing policy. Glad a reader had asked me because I’m sure a lot of other cruelty-free shoppers were wondering the same thing =)

  • Phyrra
    April 18, 2016

    I was glad to see that Giorgio Armani went fur free. I hope they’ll pull out of China and other places that test on animals.

    • Vicky Ly
      April 18, 2016

      Me too! Especially after they made their announcement to go fur-free, they’ve been getting so much positive feedback and praise! It’s almost a no-brainer for them to go cruelty-free with their beauty line too! =) Hopefully in due time.

β€œMake ethical choices in what we buy, do, and watch. In a consumer-driven society our individual choices, used collectively for the good of animals and nature, can change the world faster than laws.”― Marc Bekoff

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