For those of you who may not know, I have spent the past 2 years trying to eliminate as many products that are tested on animals (makeup, skincare and household) from my life as possible.
If you want to know more about my reasoning behind this, you can check out my Cruelty Free FAQ’S page here.
But as my channel and my blog continue to grow, so do my thoughts and opinions. And while my stance on animal testing in the world of beauty has not changed (I still firmly believe it is unnecessary and wrong), some of my thoughts on certain brands and their status have changed… and I wanted to share my reasoning with you today!
In a recent empties I mentioned that I would no longer be supporting Smashbox as a brand because while they are currently cruelty free (they do not test on animals and are not sold in countries where animal testing is required by law), they did move to the Chinese market for a time (where animal testing is required by law in order for the product to be sold there). I had discovered this through the grape vine, and I’ll admit… I sort of went on a witch hunt as soon as I’d heard it! I looked up every cruelty free blogger I could find and when I found one who suggested that Smashbox’s decision to leave China was financial I let my top pop.
How dare they sale to China for a profit and then pull out of the Chinese market cause they weren’t making the money they wanted!? And I firmly stood their on my soapbox until a lovely subscriber left the following comment on one of my videos:
“I don’t like when companies sell in China, or if they ever did, but I think it is too difficult to evaluate a company for motives. It is difficult to just judge a person based on motives, but a company even moreso. That’s why I go with not selling in China as being ok…”
The reality is we don’t know why Smashbox isn’t selling in China. What we do know is that they aren’t. And isn’t that the goal? Don’t we want every company who sales in China to pull out of the Chinese market!? Don’t we “vote with our dollars” to tell companies “I support you when you do the right thing and I don’t support you when you don’t?” So is punishing Smashbox for the sins of their past really what we want to focus on?
Don’t get me wrong, I know not everyone is going to feel that way (just as I know we all have differing opinions on parent companies and brands who say “except where required by law” even when they are not selling anywhere that requires testing by law); it’s a lot of work supporting cruelty free brands! A lot of thought, time and consideration goes into it. And while I’m not by any means here to shame you into supporting Smashbox or Garnier (the other brand I’m about to mention), I did want you to know where I stand and at the very least get a little food for thought 🙂
Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, this one will be easier. I stopped supporting Garnier for the same reasons (even though they also are not presently being sold in China). I have no clue what prompted the decision to leave, just that they did. I can’t begrudge them for that. At the end of the day, they are cruelty free, and I choose to support them for as long as that continues.
All the Same
I said all that to say this: I’m not going to boycott brands that are complying with what I hope all brands will comply with in the future: no animal testing and no selling in countries that test.
So what are your thoughts? Do you agree with me? Or do you think I’m being too lax?
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