Tuesday, July 3, 2012

OPI and Animal Testing

Q. Is OPI polish tested on animals? I thought it wasn't but now I'm not sure.


A. Here is the story. When OPI was an independent company, it was not tested on animals. OPI was acquired by Coty in 2010. Coty seems to be a wishy washy company when you try to get an answer on the animal testing issue. A letter I received from them in April 2010 stated that "Coty Inc. does not conduct animal testing. However, there may be rare occurrences when a government or regulatory agency may indicate to the Cosmetics Industry that an animal study is necessary....In such cases, the need for testing is carefully examined by our Industry and if the test must be performed, it is strictly controlled." Coty is not on the PETA list of companies that do not test on animals nor is it on the animal testing list which means they have not signed PETA's statement of assurance nor have they provided a statement verifying their animal testing policy. A letter I received from OPI in December 2010 states, "OPI will continue to operate as a division of Coty, nothing changes as to management, quality, pricing or integrity." OPI remains on PETA's no animal testing list.

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