Bite Beauty is now officially 100% vegan! 🌱✨ @bitebeauty recently reformulated all of their products and has removed all animal-derived ingredients and by-products (like lanolin, beeswax, and carmine) from their entire collection. 🙌🏻
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However, it should be noted that their Lip Lab is not completely vegan, yet! They’re working on making it vegan in the near future. 🌿💖
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Bite Beauty's Vegan Statement:
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"Yes, Bite Beauty products are vegan.
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Our reason to go vegan was simple-we’ve evolved. We can create high-performance formulas without ingredients that come from animals. As we’ve been innovating with superfoods, we’ve learned we can get amazing results that perform on par with-if not better than-formulas that contain animal byproducts.
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Further, we wanted to create products everyone can love-including people who crave clean, cruelty-free and vegan beauty."
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📸 via @bitebeauty

Bite Beauty is now officially...

I just finished reading ‘Slave to Fashion’ by @safia_minney 📚 and it has completely changed my perspective on the true cost of cheap clothes. ✨ Definitely a must-read to understanding modern slavery in the fashion industry and the need to support fair trade and ethical brands that are transparent about how their products are made with respect for people and the planet. 🌍🌿
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"Today, a whole generation of shoppers expect to be able to buy cheap clothing - but these low prices are only possible because of the slavery and exploitation that exist in the fashion supply chain.
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The price of clothes does not reflect the true cost to the farmers, spinners and weavers, tailors, finishers, quality-control teams and packers who are underpaid and overworked in the race to get the latest fashion items into our stores.
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Many of them are forced to live and work in shocking conditions.
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Workers in developing countries are often left helpless by a lack of workplace representation and unions that could speak up for their rights. As a result, we are witnessing a global 'race to the bottom', with developing countries competing against each other to supply the cheapest labor in a bid to attract brands to their factories."

I just finished reading ‘Slave...

So accurate 👌🏻😂✨ (via @vegan.meme)

So accurate 👌🏻😂✨ (via @vegan.meme)

So-called “Cruelty-free” products have become increasingly popular in the last couple of years, but let’s take a step back and ask, what exactly does it mean when cosmetics, personal care, and household cleaning products are labeled as “cruelty-free”?
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Products that are labeled as “Cruelty-Free” generally means they weren’t tested on animals, however, there is no standard or legal definition as to what is and isn’t allowed to be labeled as “cruelty-free”. So companies can call themselves and their products “cruelty-free” and it can mean whatever THEY want.
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Misleading? — Yes.
Illegal? — No.
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The FDA, responsible for regulating cosmetics labeling in the US, states on its website, “Consumers sometimes ask about use of claims such as “Cruelty-Free” or “Not Tested on Animals” on cosmetic labeling. Some cosmetic companies promote their products with claims of this kind in their labeling or advertising. The unrestricted use of these phrases by cosmetic companies is possible because there are no legal definitions for these terms.”
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Unrestricted Use. No Legal Definition. — “Cruelty-Free” is now being used as a buzzword by marketers wanting to cash in on the trend.
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But not ALL cruelty-free companies are liars and imposters. Some brands are genuinely committed to not testing their finished products and ingredients on animals, anywhere in the world.
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But HOW do we know which cosmetic brands are telling the truth and are truly cruelty-free in 2020?
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❶ Ask brands if their products or ingredients are tested on animals either by the company, their ingredient suppliers or commissioned to a third party and if they allow animal testing when required by law.
❷ Look for @leapingbunnyprogram brands --the most trusted cruelty-free certification program available!
❸ Check @ethicalelephant’s Cruelty-Free Brand Directory List where we have verified each and every brand's cruelty-free status before we list them (link in bio!)
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 Together, we can end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!
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Thank you for choosing cruelty-free! 🐘 💕

So-called “Cruelty-free” products have become...

Lazy Sundays 💖 Laying in bed and wondering why you haven’t gone cruelty-free in 2020 yet 🤔✨
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Lazy Sundays 💖 Laying in...

I love you all for going vegan! ✨ Happy Valentine’s Day! 💕 (via @sassyspudshop)

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What can I say..? I’m just a hopeless ramen-tic! 🍜
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THIS. 🙌🏻
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“It’s not about being perfect! And we don’t know any vegans who walk around saying that they are, or that they cause zero harm. Veganism doesn’t mean causing ZERO harm (that would be delusional)... but it definitely means causing a lot less of it!! And causing LESS harm than before (before being vegan) is definitely worth celebrating and continuing to advocate for.

Don’t let the vegan haters get you down. Usually the people pointing their fingers and trying to find a flaw in veganism are the ones who simply don’t understand it or don’t know what it takes to stand for something.” (Words by @vegan_boss, 📸 via @unmeatfuture)

THIS. 🙌🏻 . “It’s not...

Show your love & support for vegan businesses in the comments by @ tagging some of your fave brands so we can follow and discover them too! 💚 (📸 via @brightzine)

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Cruelty-free is the only way to be!🐇✨

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Should We Buy From Cosmetic Brands that Sell in China?

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READER INQUIRY:

I was wondering about companies like MAC who (from what I’ve gathered) do not test on animals except in China unfortunately. So the products I hypothetically buy from them here in Canada where I live would not be tested on animals, right? I guess I’m trying to figure out the ethics behind it all. I am new to finding animal testing free products.

MY RESPONSE:

This is totally a legitimate and logical question that I get asked.

Animal testing can happen at various stages, it’s not just a matter of asking whether the finished product or the ingredients were tested on animals and then calling it a day!

Animal testing can happen at any point and the testing can be done by anyone.

Some companies claim that they don’t have control over this.

But that’s a lie. If you’re a company.. you have a say and direct control over how your business operates and therefore as a company, you’re responsible for those decisions and actions.

Cosmetics Sold in China

Using the hypothetical example of MAC, the reader is correct about how MAC is sold in China and therefore by law, their products must be tested on animals.

MAC is well aware that they are required to pay Chinese authorities to test their products on animals in order to sell in their country. However MAC is not obligated to sell in China. They choose to do so.

When considering if a product is cruelty-free, we usually look at the entire brand/company and their animal testing policy. Generally, you don’t want to buy from a brand that conducts, condones, or supports animal testing, anywhere in the world.

It’s like proclaiming “I’m a vegetarian… but I consume meat when I travel to other countries.” by definition, I shouldn’t be calling myself a vegetarian and the results of my actions are not excluded just because I’m outside my home country.

Cosmetics Sold in China

Why this is a problem

This reader’s question is totally legitimate because companies will say just about anything to make themselves look good in order to sell you their products. If they’re testing on animals, they’ll try and downplay it. In similar cases like MAC, they’ll phrase their policy to make it sound like only a very small portion of their products are tested on animals.

But whether a company pays to test only 1% or 100% of their products on animals, it’s still called animal testing where innocent animals are routinely blinded, poisoned, and killed.

When examining the ethics behind your purchase decisions, it’s important to look beyond the finished product that you bring home with you. Instead, look at the overall company that you are choosing to give your money to. Do they condone or support animal testing?

I’m so happy to hear people ask these types of questions because it proves that more and more consumers are demanding for companies to do the right thing!

How do you feel about cosmetic brands that are sold in China?


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9 Comments
  • Diane Gabriel
    February 15, 2019

    I like this post, it is succint about the loopholes in animal testing. I find it increasingly difficult in the realm of K-Beauty to find information on which brands sell in Mainland China (with the exception of Hong Kong bc no animal testing required there by law). Korean law dictates that no animal testing is to occur on their products, so many of them are donned as “cruelty-free”, however when i research more extensively, that list wittles down profusely. Since their parent company allows animal testing for Chinese market benefits. A few brands I have reached out about but never heard back are Neogen, Missha and Etude House. Although, it may be a language barrier that prevents proper transfer of information, idk, will keep trying to find that awesome list of acceptable k-beauty.

  • Maria
    July 16, 2017

    THERE ARE GOOD BRANDS WITH GREAT MAKEUP THAT ARE NOT GREEDY AND SOLD IN CHINA — companies can claim what they want but I know your parents company or you are sold in China — I WILL NOT BUY YOUR BRAND.
    I cannot live in peace knowing what I’m applying has either burn or blinded a caged innocent animal …MY MONEY WILL NOT PAY FOR ANIMALS TO BE TORTURED

  • Nat
    March 7, 2017

    Thanks so much for your post! This has been on my mind a lot. I’ve used MAC for so long and it’s been my go-to for every make up item I use but the fact of them selling/testing in China has made me feel uneasy. This post has convinced me it’s not OK for me to continue buying from them, period, even if the products I buy at home were not tested on animals.

  • Ado
    May 22, 2016

    “I was wondering about companies like MAC” – Erm, MAC is not a company, but a brand owned by Estée Lauder, a company that does conduct animal testing =)

    • Vicky Ly
      May 23, 2016

      Yes, that’s true!! People do have mix feelings about supporting brands owned by a parent company, which I chose to remain neutral on that topic in this post to avoid any confusion. Man, there’s just too many layers to these animal testing issues! =(

  • Margaret
    May 22, 2016

    I don’t buy cosmetics that sell in China, but we still have some personal care products in our house that are sold in China. It’s definitely the next thing I’ll be tackling on my list. And you make a very good point – they aren’t being forced to sell in China!

  • Phyrra
    May 20, 2016

    I won’t buy from companies that sell in China (with of course the exception for Hong Kong, since Hong Kong is not required to test).

  • Jordana
    May 20, 2016

    I will never give my money to companies that sell in Mainland China. They choose greed over ethics and I’m not about supporting brands that are happy to fund animals being tortured and killed for the sake of sales. It irritates me that these companies try to make out that they have no choice in the matter yet they are the ones paying for the tests. It’s disgusting!

    • Vicky Ly
      May 20, 2016

      I’m with ya on that, Jordana! It’s infuriating how companies try to brush it off like it’s not a big deal .. but it IS a big deal for the millions of animals that are being tested on!! Ughs. I’m just glad there’s a growing consumer awareness for detecting when a company is trying to mislead us!

“Make 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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