After trying lots of skincare products over the years, including some cruelty-free products, I tried Origins. The stuff was a little pricey, but within no time at all face was devoid of break-outs, and my skin has never looked so good. I have stuff for every level of facial care, plus skin cream for my hands, and makeup.
I love their products, they are natural, they work, you get free mini-facials in the stores, and they are environmentally-friendly.
But is it animal-friendly?
For the longest time, it was. And sometimes, it still is.
But then this happened: in March 2010, Estee Lauder, Origins parent company, began selling in China. And that includes the Dr. Andrew Weil's (the great bearded health guru himself) products.
Well, there's just one problem: China requires animal testing for some products, or at least some ingredients. The European Union banned cosmetic testing, and the US doesn't have a law either way.
If you haven't noticed though, companies, especially luxury brands, are very keen to market to China. While some companies have used the EU ban as a way to stop animal testing (like Shiseido), others are not willing to budge and miss out on a big market.
"We do not conduct animal testing on our products or ingredients, nor do we ask others to test on our behalf, unless required by law."If you go into the stores, I've never had a worker not tell me they are cruelty-free. And they may not... in America?
I asked Kim Paschen, a spokesperson for Leaping Bunny.org, about why Origins was not on the cruelty-free list. Here is another problem Origins has: Estee Lauder itself.
"Origins is actually owned by Estee Lauder and they are selling in China, which requires animal testing. Because the companies EL owns are not independent subsidiaries as in the case of L'Oreal/Urban Decay, we can't certify just Origins."In other words, while Estee Lauder and Origins say they are committed to being cruelty-free, because they sell to China, where testing is required, they can't be. And they are not fighting those laws either.
The bottom line is, until companies start standing up to China, or someone doesn't change their policies on animal testing, nothing will get done.
In the meantime, I'm in a dilemma, and I'm sure I'm not alone: what do I switch to? Can I switch? I don't really know, but I'd like to start trying to.
Do you have a special skincare product that you use?