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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each year for cosmetic testing πŸ’‰πŸ€πŸ‡ Vote with your consumer dollars and help put an end to these inhumane, outdated, and unnecessary tests by choosing to only buy cruelty-free cosmetics and products 🐰🌿✨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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Understanding China’s Animal Testing Laws

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Cosmetics sold or made in China have been under scrutiny by shoppers worldwide as China remains to be one of the lastΒ country to require cosmetics to be tested on animals by law. On June 2014, compassionate consumers were thrilled to hear that China finally made some changes to their animal testing requirements.

With these changes, 10,000 animals a year will be saved from being tested on! (Horray!) However the changes also created a lot of confusion about whether companiesΒ making or selling their products in China should be considered cruelty-free.

To help you better understand China’s animal testing laws, I’ve created this infographic to clarifyΒ if a product needs to be tested on animals as required by China’s laws or not.

China's Animal Testing Laws

*INFOGRAPHIC UPDATED: APRIL 8, 2018. You’re welcome to share the infographic but please do not edit, crop, translate, or modify the original image in any form.

As noted on Humane Society’s website, here is a short version of the state of cosmetic animal testing laws in China today:

1. Foreign imported ordinary cosmetics – still require animal testing
2. Domestically produced ordinary* cosmetics – animal testing no longer an absolute requirement
3. Both foreign imported and domestically produced ‘special use’** cosmetics – still require animal testing
4. Domestically produced ordinary cosmetics for foreign export only – have never required animal testing
5. Any cosmetic bought in China via a foreign e-commerce website – has never required animal testing.

*Ordinary cosmetics include make up, fragrances, skin, hair and nail care products.

**Special use cosmetics include hair dyes, perms and hair growth products, deodorants, sunscreens, skin-whitening creams, and other products that make a functional claim on the label.

If you want more information, check out HSI’s website and FAQ.

Thank you Humane Society’s Be Cruelty FreeΒ campaign and for all of the hard work they’ve done to help animals in need! Be sure to sign the global pledge and #BeCrueltyFree!

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52 Comments
  • meme
    April 23, 2016

    does anyone know where benefit cosmetics lies on this? Their animal testing policy is extremely confusing!

    • Tamsin
      May 3, 2016

      They don’t test on animals. I think the reason they don’t get the bunny logo is because they sell in china, where their products are tested on animals (not by them) :s

    • Renee
      May 19, 2016

      They test on animals. Their products are available in stores in mainland China.

  • Jemma
    April 18, 2016

    Can I ask if “China” pertains to a certain area, or is it anywhere in China?

    • Vicky Ly
      April 18, 2016

      For the most part, when referring to China’s animal testing laws.. it’s generally speaking for the entire country BUT with the exception of Hong Kong which is shown on the infographic where cosmetics imported and sold within Hong Kong are NOT required to be tested on animals.

      Hope I was able to clear that up for you!

      • Ash C
        April 10, 2017

        Thank you for the information! The infographic is great and very helpful. I wanted to make a note that it might be worthwhile to note that Hong Kong is not part of China (it’s a sovereign state, which is why the China law does not apply). While it’s valuable to include the info, because many people are unaware of the separation, it seems like it implies they’re not autonomous. Just a thought, I think its a great infographic and like the site!

  • Sarah
    April 15, 2016

    It’s great to see the updated infographic. I have another suggestion. The line on the left dealing with special use cosmetics made and sold in china should link to the post-market testing box. These products are also subject to post-market testing.

  • Tracy
    April 13, 2016

    This chart above, is it still current, as of today April 13, 2016?
    If it is made in china it requires animal testing? Your chart makes it very clear, but i have a company telling me that this is not the case…
    Thank you for your help…

    • Vicky Ly
      April 14, 2016

      Hiya Tracy!

      Yes, the infographic above still pertains to today’s current animal testing laws in China.

      “special use” cosmetics that are made AND sold in China are still required to be tested on animals. However “ordinary” cosmetics that are made and sold in China are NO longer required to be tested on animals.

      but note that cosmetics (any kind) that are MADE in China but sold ELSEWHERE in the world are NOT required to be tested on animals.

      It only becomes an issue when cosmetics are sold in China.

      The company that you are talking to, you should ask whether if they retail their products in mainland China. If the answer is no, then they do NOT need to be tested on animals as per China’s laws.

      Hope that helps clears things up for ya, Tracy! If you’re still unsure, send me an email at info@ethicalelephant.com

  • Kristina
    October 6, 2015

    SO happy that I just stumbled upon this site. AMAZING references. <3

  • Sarah
    September 19, 2015

    Thank you so much for making this! Makes it so easy to understand

  • gigi
    September 16, 2015

    This is an INCREDIBLE infographic! Thank you so much for all the information!

    • Vicky Ly
      September 18, 2015

      Oh you are SO welcome!! Glad you found it helpful! =)

  • Skeptical
    September 11, 2015

    But what about ‘ethical’ companies knowingly bulk mail ordering through websites to Chinese distributors who then sell in Mainland China stores?

    • Vicky Ly
      September 11, 2015

      Ahh! That’s a great point!! and I wish there were better regulations for these scenarios because I’m sure there are some tricksters who do this! sometimes it’s difficult to tell which companies are selling in China until someone actually sees their products in a physical store. Unfortunately there’s no other way of tracking cases like these =(

  • Lovely Witches
    September 11, 2015

    This is so useful Vicky! It makes the topic so easy to understand at a glance, particular;ly for understanding the info in a visual way πŸ™‚

    • Vicky Ly
      September 11, 2015

      Thanks so much Gemima! and also thanks for linking this page from your site! =) means the absolute world to me! =D

  • Sasha
    September 9, 2015

    Thank you for this post! I’ve heard many different views on animal testing in China – thank you for clearing it up!

    • Vicky Ly
      September 9, 2015

      Glad to help clear things up for ya! =) It gets confusing when companies themselves don’t really understand China’s animal testing requirements and still claim that their products are not tested on animals! Hopefully we’ll see more changes to China’s laws soon!

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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