A couple of vegan and clean skincare goodies I got from my first order from @thedetoxmarketcanada! 🌿✨ My skin has changed so much in just the past year alone. I went from very oily skin to acne-prone to eczema flare-ups and now surface dryness πŸ˜” So lately, I've been looking into the ingredients of all my skincare products and consciously trying to make an effort to buy clean, non-toxic, and organic products.  This is my second bottle of @oseamalibu's Blemish Balm, it's an amazing lightweight moisturizer that has really helped clear up my skin without drying it out or trigger my eczema. 🌸 I also wanted to try their Atmosphere Protection Cream which claims to hydrate and help provide barrier protection against visible damage caused by environmental stressors such as dry climates, wind and air pollution. 🌍 I’d love to know, what are some non-toxic & vegan skincare products/brands are you currently loving or would recommend?? πŸ’•

A couple of vegan and...

Ain't nuthin but a V-GANG, baby! ✌🏻✨🌱 VGANG: a group of people taking a hardcore gangster approach to wellness and conscience living. - defined by Will.I.Am
πŸ“Έ via @jemglo_cosmedx

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My lips are instantly and intensely hydrated thanks to @nclabeauty’s [NEW] 100% Natural & Vegan Lip Balm! πŸ’‹ They have 8 flavors to choose from including Red Velvet, Almond Cookies, Marshmallow, and Watermelon!! πŸ‰ πŸ‰ πŸ‰  This watermelon Balm Babe smells and tastes like watermelon candy! Formulated with shea butter, cocoa butter, avocado butter, and coconut oil.
I love how light and moisturized this lip balm feels and I especially love how it doesn't leave that waxy feeling behind πŸ‘ŒπŸ»
Most lip balms on the market contain beeswax, lanolin, or honey, making them NOT vegan. And then there are some other brands that are NOT cruelty-free including Nivea, Chapstick, EOS*, Blistex, Aquaphor, and Vaseline.
*Note: EOS is sold in-stores in China but they claim that since they manufacture their products in China, they do not need to test on animals as required by law. However, EOS' products are still at risk of POST-market animal testing where Chinese officials will pull products off from store shelves and test them on animals, this is often done without the company's knowledge or consent. So at this time, we do not feel comfortable classifying any beauty brand selling their products in-stores in China to be "cruelty-free" to our standards.
#ncla #nclabeauty #balmbabe #nclabalmbabe #nclawatermelon #veganlipbalm #crueltyfreelipbalm #naturallipbalm #cleanlipbalm #gifted

My lips are instantly and...

Let's Get Sheet-Faced!! βœ¨πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Some of my favourite cruelty-free and vegan sheet masks include:
🌡 @elfcosmetics (All Vegan)
🌡 @pacificabeauty (All Vegan)
🌡 @acurebeauty (All Vegan)
🌡 @yesto
🌡 @andalounaturals
🌡 @100percentpure
Plans on getting sheet-faced this weekend? Share some of your favourite cruelty-free sheet masks!πŸ’•
πŸ“Έ via @popsugar

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HAPPY 🍟 DAY! "You're not cheating on your diet by eating fries, you're cheating on fries by going on a diet."
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HAPPY 🍟 DAY! "You're not...

Those JalapeΓ±o Kettle Chips are LIFE!πŸ”₯ I also love Takis, Sour Patch Kids Candy, Oreo Cookies in the Carrot Cake Flavor, Dad’s Oatmeal Cookies, and Doritos’ Spicy Sweet Chili chips! πŸ‘ŒπŸ»βœ¨ β€” all in moderation, of course πŸ™‚
What are some of your favourite accidentally vegan snacks?
πŸ“Έ via @livekindlyco

Those JalapeΓ±o Kettle Chips are...

Daydreaming of being on a beach right now with this gorgeous turquoise creme nail polish color called Son of a Beach by @heroine.nyc 🏝
All of heroine.nyc nail polish are cruelty-free, vegan, and 9-free! πŸ’š
#heroinenyc #gifted #beaheroine #beachbabes

Daydreaming of being on a...

Aren’t we all πŸ˜”πŸŒ±πŸŒ
// #regram πŸ“Έ via @thegoodtrade

Aren’t we all πŸ˜”πŸŒ±πŸŒ ....

Never too small to make a big difference βœŠπŸ»πŸ’•βœ¨
πŸ“Έ via @theveganbox

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🎨 via @veronicadearly

HAPPY FRIDAY! πŸ–€βœ¨ . ....

Did China Really End Animal Testing in 2019?

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In the past few months, we’ve been hearing some news and changes about China’s animal testing requirements for cosmetics.

But what exactly has changed? Does China no longer require cosmetics to be tested on animals in 2019? Let me break it down for you.

Animal Testing in China

China has a long history and a bad rap in the cruelty-free space of being one of the countries that require all imported cosmetics to be tested on animals. This means any cosmetic brand wanting to import and sell in China must consent and pay to have their products tested on animals by the Chinese government.

This has been the case since 2012 when PETA was the first to bring this issue to light. In 2014, China made some changes to its laws, but the adjustments only affected non-special use cosmetics that were made in China.

Nothing had changed for imported cosmetics, special-use cosmetics, and cross-border e-commerce channels (aka online sales).

China Ends Post-Market Animal Testing in 2019?

Fast forward to March 2019, China announced that post-market testing for finished imported and domestically produced cosmetics in China will not include animal tests.

HSI states the news was “encouraging” but does not guarantee that no animal testing will ever happen again, explaining post-market and pre-market animal testing for imported cosmetics remains as before.

Michelle Thew, Cruelty Free International Chief Executive, added, “At this stage, this does not automatically mean that brands can import to China overnight and be cruelty free.”

China Approves Non-Animal Cosmetics Tests in 2019?

In April 2019, China approve two new non-animal test methods for the regulation of cosmetic ingredients. This brings the total to nine animal-free tests in which China has approved, so far.

In a statement by the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS) announced China’s acceptance of certain non-animal (alternative) test methods for the regulation of cosmetics that will go into effect January 1, 2020, and will be the preferred toxicological tests for the registration and pre-market approval of cosmetic ingredients.

This recent announcement has many people assuming China no longer requires animal tests for all cosmetics, but that’s unfortunately not the case.

It is great news that China is working towards alternative tests that doesn’t involve animals and hopefully the day that China will no longer require animal tests for all cosmetics will be possible, sooner rather than later, but China isn’t there yet!

Cosmetic Ingredients vs. Final Formulations

The issue with the recent announcement of China’s approval of these nine non-animal test methods is that they’re not a complete replacement to all animal test methods in China.

The newly approved and preferred non-animal toxicological tests only apply for the regulation and pre-market approval of cosmetic ingredients but they were not validated for final formulations.

This means the alternative test methods are the preferred option for cosmetic ingredients, but not for final formulations and therefore China still requires foreign cosmetic companies to consent to have their products tested on animals before they can be sold in stores in China.

So.. Does China Still Require Animal Testing for Cosmetics in 2019?

Currently, China does require all imported cosmetics and special-use cosmetics that are sold in store shelves in China to be tested on animals.

There are also no confirmed reports stating China no longer requires animal testing for all imported or special-use cosmetics.

What are China’s Current Animal Testing Laws? (April 2019)

As of right now, China’s animal testing laws remain unchanged. China still requires all imported cosmetics and special-use cosmetics to be tested on animals.

We advise cruelty-free shoppers to continue to avoid brands that are currently sold in mainland China.

China’s acceptance of these nine animal-alternative test methods is a step in the right direction but is not safe to assume all animal-test methods have been replaced with these nine non-animal test methods.

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1 Comment
  • Michele Ross
    July 17, 2019

    Great update on this information. I am going to incorporate some of this in my blog (with credit and link to you of course) on KnowYourRabbit.com where I hope to review and compare some cruelty-free products. It is so important to educate everyone on this China caveat. Many of us have been duped by cruelty free brands due to not knowing about the language “except as required by law” to those companies selling in China
    Thanks for this post.

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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