Animal Testing Policy: Boo Bamboo

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 recently discovered a Canadian beauty company called Boo Bamboo that is completely cruelty-free, paraben-free and sulfate-free. They use certified organic bamboo extract in their products, which is great as bamboo is a natural and renewable resource. Their products include skin and hair care, including a baby products line.

I recently reached out to them to find out what their animal testing policy was and this is what they came back to be with.

PARTY DATE RESPONSE
Me Aug 17, 2014 Hi there,
I’d like to know if your products or ingredients are tested on animals by yourself or a third party. Also, do you sell in countries that require animal testing, such as China?
Boo Bamboo Aug 18, 2014 Hi Hotashi,
Thanks for your email. We are pleased to inform you that our products are not tested on animals, nor do we use any ingredients that are tested on animals. We also don¹t sell to any countries that require animal testing.
Me Aug 18, 2014 Thanks for the response. I’m assuming Boo Bamboo is a subsidiary of Hush Brands Inc. Does Hush Brands have their products or ingredients tested on animals or sell in countries that require animal testing?
Boo Bamboo Aug 18, 2014 Hush Brands sticks to the same level of cruelty free as their individual brands. Absolutely no animal testing across all products and brands.

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.
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