Tuesday, July 3, 2012

OPI and Animal Testing

OPI is tested on animals
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 was 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." 

Coty and OPI products are sold in China which requires cosmetic products to be tested on animals. Therefore, OPI is tested on animal. It is not cruelty free.

It's a shame. I always loved the creative collections of colors. I won't use it anymore.

Does this mean you have to ditch all of your OPI polish? 

Well, the old polish made when OPI was an independent company was not tested on animals. Keep them and don't buy any more. 

There are plenty of cruelty free brands with gorgeous colors.

My favorite brand is Zoya. It wears well on natural nails and the colors are spectacular!


More Companies that Test on Animals

Essie is owned by L'Oreal, an animal testing company as well as The Body Shop. This was devastating to me. Both were brands I used and loved.

The Body Shop was adamantly against animal testing. 

St. Ives is now own by Unilever, an animal testing company. 

All of my old favorites including Aveno and  Neutrogena are now owned by companies that test on animals. The large companies may say that the acquired company will run as they always have, but I question that. Over time changes are made.

Anyone who reads my blog knows that I support companies that do not test on animals. 

Why? 

Because I believe no animal should suffer and die because I want to look better. 

Furthermore, if a cosmetic ingredient needs to be tested for safety, how natural and safe is it to begin with and do I actually want to put that product on my skin? 

There is a database of cosmetic ingredients that cosmetic manufacturers can use. 

Does anyone out there feel like I do? Does anyone else even care? 

They may seem radical, but I trust PETA to give it to me straight. Go to Beauty without Bunnies to see if your cosmetic products are tested on animals. Be sure to scroll down to the PETA Frequently Asked Questions and read them.
 
I also trust Cruelty Free Kitty. She has a comprehensive list that I refer to often.

Send an email to the company if your products are tested on animals. 

If they are not listed on the test or do not test list, send them an email and ask. The company will answer you and you can express your concern.

Animal testing has always been a concern of mine and it will continue to be. If you don't know about it, look in to it. Cosmetics are here to make us look more beautiful. Animals should not be tortured and die for our vanity!

Have a Cruelty Free Beauty Day!


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