"I don't mean to be rude but I thought you were against animal testing? Then why are you buying and promoting beauty products from asia when china requires animal testing on all of their beauty products?"
Someone asked me on facebook this morning. As I'm sure she's not the only person wondering what's up with that, I decided to write a blog post about it.
First, I'd like to start this blog post by saying that most of my asian beauty products comes from Japan and South Korea, where animal testing are optional. This means that there are no law requiring animal testing, and at the same time, no law forbidding it. At least not yet. South Korea have pledged to ban all animal testing by 2018.
Of all the asian countries, China is the only country where the law requires mandatory animal testing on all cosmetic products that are manufactured outside of China. This includes:
- Nail Products
- Hair Proucts
- Hair Dye
- Whitening Products
On June 30th 2014, China lifted the animal testing requirement for cosmetics manufactured within the country. What this basically means is that if you own a factory in China, and you make your products there, you can sell them on the chinese market without having them tested on animals first.
Many of the chinese brands, such as Laikou (I will be blogging about their foundations later) are cruelty free.
If you're a big fan of L'oreal, here are some great news for you: L'oreal banned all their animal testing in 1989, and they also own a factory in China. That way L'oreal can still keep their cruelty free policy even though they are selling their cosmetics in China.