I’m not a vegan. I don’t follow PETA on Twitter. But I DO try to avoid buying cosmetics that test on animals. I fully believe animal testing is wrong, and if I can avoid it, why wouldn’t I? The way I see it, if it doesn’t NEED to be tested on animals, it’s probably better for my skin anyway. All natural products are the way I like it, which is why I love using Alma, Lush, and The Body Shop products.
However, I recently found out something about The Body Shop that surprised and disconcerted me: The Body Shop is actually owned by L’Oreal.
Who knew? I sure didn’t. Maybe I’m behind the times here and it’s common knowledge.
“Scribbler,” you’re saying, “we knew that FOREVER ago!”
Well, I’m telling you, it came as quite the surprise to me!
Since it was passed on to me by word of mouth, I decided to research a bit on the subject.
So, Wikipedia it was (because as we all know, Wiki-anything is a reliable source of information). Wikipedia confirmed that L’Oreal does, in fact, own the Body Shop. Unhappy day! Imagine my discomfort upon realizing that all this time I’ve been supporting a known animal-tester while thinking that I was saving the dear creatures.
So I decided, why not check out The Body Shop’s website to find out the truth. Who would have guessed that they did not have a SINGLE thing (that I could find) about L’Oreal on there. So I decided to Sherlock it up and look at the L’Oreal website as well. You know what? I didn’t even have to leave the front page to find what I was looking for. L’Oreal has all it’s sub-companies on a scroll list right there.
Now I know a bunch more companies to avoid. (Biotherm, Diesel (Gasp!), Maybelline (already knew that one), Garnier… the list goes on).
My main question is, if The Body Shop promotes testing free products, but L’Oreal still tests new ingredients on animals, what does that say about the integrity of companies? I feel like I shouldn’t buy from The Body Shop anymore because they work for L’Oreal. It destroys everything I believed about them before.
Granted, The Body Shop is still a non-testing company. But if it’s owners still do test on animals there remains a level of discrepancy. Things just don’t add up, and it’s hard to come to terms with that.
I guess I’ll just have to educate myself further. PETA’s company lists are good for that, at least.
*Disclaimer* – I respect your opinions, and I do not judge them. So please respect mine.