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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(📸 via @niu.body)

Lazy Sundays 💖 Laying in...

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

I love you all for...

What can I say..? I’m just a hopeless ramen-tic! 🍜
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(📸 via @vegan.meme)

What can I say..? I’m...

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)

Show your love & support...

Cruelty-free is the only way to be!🐇✨

Cruelty-free is the only way...

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.  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.  I have the same concern for YSL cosmetics who are also owned by L’Oreal.  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.  

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 the 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 was 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 are not cruelty-free. 


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 of 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!

Photo by ookikioo, used under CC BY 2.0 

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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.

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