L’Oréal Buys Out NYX Cosmetics

And another one bites the dust. A little while ago, L’Oréal bought out the cruelty-free company Urban Decay and now they’re acquiring another cruelty-free favourite, NYX cosmetics. But now these companies are no longer truly cruelty-free since their profits go towards L’Oréal Cosmetics, who are notorious for animal testing. NYX had been experiencing a boom in their sales last year while L’Oréal was tanking. They want to have a stronger hold on the North American market and they believe acquiring NYX can do that for them.

I loved NYX. Not only did they make really great affordable products, they didn’t test on animals. Now I can no longer buy their products. It’s such a shame that so many cruelty-free companies sell out for profit. It really shows how little dedication they have to animal welfare.

What I don’t understand is why L’Oréal doesn’t just become cruelty-free too. With such pressure these days why not give up animal testing instead of buying out companies that are doing well for not testing? So many people used NYX because they had great cruelty-free products but like me, they will stop purchasing them and move onto other cruelty-free companies.

Sources:
Business of Fashion
L’Oréal website

Animal Testing Policy: Gosh Cosmetics

RESEARCH: Regarding animal testing
ANSWERS: They do not test on animals nor commission anyone else to test on their behalf
RESULT: Classified as cruelty-free

I reached out to GOSH Cosmetics to find out about their animal testing policy quite a few months ago and only realized now I didn’t post their responses. As you can see below, they state that they do not test on animals or used ingredients that have been tested on animals. When asked if they sell in countries that require animal testing they said no animal testing is conducted at all.

Personally I would have liked if they had been more explicit and detailed, which makes me slightly weary. Also note that this information was obtained about a year ago and I’m unsure if any information has changed.

GOSH is currently still listed on Peta’s cruelty-free list though (see here) but they are not recognized by Leaping Bunny, which I find more reliable than Peta as they do independent audits of the company to ensure cruelty-free compliance.

PARTY DATE RESPONSE
Me July 30, 2013 Hello,
Can you please let me know if Gosh cosmetics are tested on animals?
GOSH July 31, 2013 Hi Hotashi
No Gosh cosmetics do not test their products on animals and do not use ingredients that have been tested on animals.

Thanks
Gosh team

Me Aug 1, 2013 Hi there,
… can you clarify if this refers to your unfinished and finished products? Also, do you sell your products in countries that require animal testing, such as China?
GOSH Nov 18, 2013 Hi Hotashi
Nothing related to the product is tested on animals we are a cruelty free cosmetic.

Top 5 Cruelty-free Skincare Essentials For Travelling

I recently posted this picture while I was on vacation last week. Packing for travels can be a chore but I managed to narrow down my products to these few that I really liked. I had a couple other skincare products but they are by brands that used to be cruelty-free but no longer are, so I didn’t want to shine any light on them.

All the products mentioned are not tested on animals and were purchased by myself. They were all either regular sized or trial sized versions.

MAKEUP REMOVAL
Yes to Blueberries Brightening Facial Towelettes

Yes To Blueberries Face Wipes

I’ve tried many facial wipes and I always end up going back to these. They’re about $10 CAD for a pack of 30 wipes, and they are great for wiping off makeup at the end of the day. I find that they don’t get everything off so I use them in conjunction with an oil or balm that breaks up the product.

These wipes are soft and are just moist enough to be gentle on the skin without wetting your face too much. They also don’t have a heavy fragrance and unlike a lot of other wipes, these are stretchy so you can stretch them out a but to cover more surface area. The blueberry wipes are catered to dry skin but the Yes To line has a number of other wipes that are for other skin types.

Read here for a full review.

TheBalm’s Balms Away Eye Makeup Remover

Balms Away Makeup Remover

While at home I use coconut oil to break up my makeup and then use a facial wipe to wipe away all the product and excess oil. It is incredibly effective but the problem with coconut oil is that the room temperature doesn’t have to be that warm for it to turn from a solid to a liquid. Therefore it’s not the best for travelling with and especially since we were on the road a lot I didn’t want to open up my bag to find an oily mess.

This balm is my second favourite option and because it uses cosmetic grade mineral oil it stays solid. It is just as effective as coconut oil but is much more emollient than coconut oil so I tended to only use it on my eyes while I would coconut oil all over my face.

Read here for a full review.

CLEANSING & EXFOLIATING
Michael Todd Skin Defender AHA Creme Facial Cleanser

Balms Away Makeup Remover

I’ll admit that I didn’t start using this until a couple of days before I went on vacation. I had this mini size for a while now and hadn’t gotten the chance to try it out so I thought I might as well use it while away.

It did a great job at cleansing my skin but leaving it feeling refreshed and hydrated. This is made for dry skin and is very rich. My husband also used it and since he has oily skin he found it to be too rich for his skin. It’s definitely best suited for dry to normal skin. I’m seriously considering purchasing the full size now, but it’s pricey ($22 USD).

Vasanti Cosmetics BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvinator

I’ve been using this for a couple of years now and it’s my go-to exfoliater. I have dry, flaking skin and this really helps buff it all away. I use it every 3 days or so or more often in areas that need it. If you don’t have dry skin then you may only need to use this once a week.

The regular tube is too large to travel with but they have smaller trial sizes that they include in promo packs. I wish that they sold it on its own though because it’s so compact and great. Plus I would give them to my friends to try out and fall in love with it. The regular size tube is $34 (not cheap) but lasts for months and is worth the money.

Read here for a full review.

MOISTURIZER
Weleda Pomegranate Firming Cream

Weleda Pomegranate Firming Cream

I first tried this out when I got a sample. I had really liked it but didn’t purchase it as I was using and enjoying my Korres day cream. But recently Korres started selling in China and therefore started testing on animals. So I purchased this once I ran out of my Korres cream and I really like it. It’s not as heavily fragranced as the Korres cream and is more emollient but it’s a night cream and definitely does a good job at moisturizing but firming.

One thing that I’m not a fan of is the price ($40!) but I got it on sale so I saved a few dollars. I also find that I use very little product so I see the tube lasting me at least 4-5 months. The size of the tube is also smaller and great for travelling with.

Read here for a full review.

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