For many years, I've done my best to be really conscientious about beauty products. I made every effort to buy and use things that were listed as being cruelty-free. And for a while, it seemed that more and more companies were jumping on the bandwagon of wanting to be cruelty free, not testing their products on animals. I was pleased because some of my favorite products and brands were on board, so I could buy and use their products in good conscience.
But that has changed in the past few years, apparently. I don't know exactly when it happened (because frankly, I was going along obliviously), but at some point China demanded that any products from other countries that were sold there be tested on animals, as that is part of their accepted protocols.
I first became aware of this when I read a letter-to-the-editor in an issue of Allure magazine. The writer was bemoaning the fact that a product she had been using and really liked - Urban Decay Naked Palette - was now something she couldn't buy because they had started doing business in China, where animal testing was required. Oh crap, I thought, and decided to do some research. It was eye-opening to see all of the companies - drugstore and high-end brands - who had been cruelty-free, but were no longer.
From what I can determine, a lot of the companies that used to be cruelty-free still are, but have been bought out by larger companies that are not cruelty-free. Which adds another whole level to the issue.
Sigh. Just when I thought I'd been careful enough to avoid using things tested on animals! It's very disappointing to say the least. Of course, China is a HUGE market for just about anything, and businesses are in business to make money.
I've been making more of an effort than usual lately when I finish a product, to look for a replacement that is acceptable. And that's OK, it's my responsibility to pay attention when I am buying things - be it safe food, non-polluted water, or face wash.
But it was sure a heck of a lot easier when more companies were doing the right thing.