Some cosmetics firms have recently made a rather controversial decision; in order to develop their market share in China, they have decided to compromise on their stance on animal testing. Chinese regulations state that cosmetics destined for human use must be tested on animals before they are made available to the public.
While some companies have decided to maintain their anti-animal testing stance, thus renouncing any opportunities to crack the Chinese cosmetics market, others have taken the decision to sacrifice their cruelty-free status. For many, this is seen as a regressive step that undoes much of the anti-cruelty progress made in recent years.
The only way to check whether your beauty products and cosmetics are cruelty-free is to see whether the ‘leaping bunny’ logo features on the packaging. You can also check on the BUAV’s Cruelty Free International website, which certifies those brands that qualify as humane cosmetics and household products.
Dermalogica’s products are featured on the website, meaning that you can rest assured that while your favourite products help your complexion to look its best, they are not doing so at the expense of laboratory animals.
It remains to be seen whether the decision to revoke their anti-testing stance will have a detrimental effect on the popularity of these other brands hoping to gain a foothold in China.