Are EOS Products Tested on Animals?

QUESTION ANSWER SOURCE
Do they test their products on animals? No EOS’ Facebook page – Customer question
Do they use third party testing? No EOS’ Facebook page – Customer question
Do they use ingredients tested on animals? No EOS’ Facebook page – Customer question
Are they owned by a parent company who tests on animals? They are a private company EOS’ LinkedIn pageCompany Bio
Are their products vegan (they contain no animal ingredients)? No, they use beeswax. Smooth Lip Sphere Balm page Ingredients List
Do they sell in countries that require animal testing? Yes, they sell in China. See screenshots below
Are they on Peta’s cruelty-free list? No They’re not on Peta’s Companies Don’t Test list
Are they certified by Leaping Bunny? No Not on Leaping Bunny’s Color Cosmetics list

A reader of mine was kind enough to share her screenshots of the emails she had with EOS. They clearly stated that they sell in China, which means their products are subjected to animal testing. I am therefore classifying them as not cruelty-free and will no longer be purchasing their products.

EOS Sells In China

Quick Facts on Animal Testing in Canada

The Humane Society International – Canada produced a Q&A quick sheet to shed light on animal testing in Canada. Many of the resources I find online are about the American market so it was great to come across this.

Quick Facts:
1. Animal testing is NOT required by Health Canada but it is not banned either
2. There are more than 20,000 safe raw ingredients in existence
3. Animal testing has its limitations and are often not reliable
4. More than 40 non-animal tests are available
You can read the entire list here: Q&A: Cosmetic Testing in Canada.

For more information about animal testing check out the following resources:
Humane Society International – Canada
Leaping Bunny

Are Benefit Cosmetics Products Tested On Animals?

QUESTION ANSWER SOURCE
Do they test their products on animals? No Benefit’s website – FAQ page
Do they use third party testing? No Benefit’s website – FAQ page
Do they use ingredients tested on animals? Unknown No source to confirm or deny this.
Are they owned by a parent company who tests on animals? Yes. They’re owned by LVMH who owns a number of companies including multiple perfumes which they claim to not conduct testing on, however they sell in China. They also own many leather companies and are therefore not vegan. LVMH Wikipedia page
Are their products vegan (they contain no animal ingredients)? Unknown No source to confirm or deny this.
Do they sell in countries that require animal testing? Yes 1. Benefit’s website – FAQ page
2. Benefit’s China website
Are they on Peta’s cruelty-free list? No Peta’s Companies That Test list
Are they certified by Leaping Bunny? No Not on Leaping Bunny’s Color Cosmetics list

Benefit Cosmetics updated their animal testing policy since the last time I checked (January 2013), so I thought I’d post their updated version. It isn’t much different than what they had previously, but before they didn’t own up to selling in countries that require animal testing, so at least they’re being more honest now. It still doesn’t change my mind about not purchasing their products, but I appreciate honesty. So here goes.

Current animal testing policy as of October 2014

“We do not test our products on animals nor do we permit others to do so except where it is required by law.

We are deeply committed to the elimination of animal testing and we are playing a leading role in developing alternative methods through our support of the “Fund for Alternatives to Animal Testing” in the United States and the Opal Program in France. Additionally, we are one of only a few companies to have invested in creating our own internal department to test raw materials and ingredients to further ensure the quality of our products and the satisfaction of our customers, which is our foremost priority.

We are hopeful that alternative testing methods will be adopted worldwide and we will see an end to animal testing.”

Source: Benefit’s website – FAQ page

Previous animal testing policy as of January 2013

“Benefit does not test our cosmetic products on animals. When selecting the ingredients to be used in our cosmetic products, Benefit requires raw material suppliers to provide safety information based on scientifically accepted alternative testing methods that meet international safety standards and regulations. Benefit products must meet both consumers’ needs and consumer safety, while respecting animal life. Benefit continues to strongly support & favor alternative testing and is committed to following all animal testing laws and regulations in order to ensure our products’ safety for the end consumer.”

Source: Benefit’s website – FAQ page

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...