Thursday, May 5, 2011

Animal Testing and Nail Polish

I just came across this post on A Polished Life and it really shocked me. I'm getting some of my information from there, so please go read it, but she looks to have done her homework. This information was updated as recently as March 2011.

Have you ever thought about whether or not your polish and the ingredients that make it are being tested on animals? I was absolutely SHOCKED to find out that popular brands that I use support animal testing, including OPI, Essie, Revlon, and CoverGirl.

Don't worry though ladies, many of our tried and true brands do not test on animals: Color Club, China Glaze, Zoya, Nfu Oh, Orly, Seche, Deborah Lippmann, and more.

Honestly, a million things that we buy are probably tested on animals and we never even think about it. The difference for me though, is when I know they do....would I still buy it? That is my second favorite brand of polish. And then, how do you really know. Sometimes brands are labeled for animal testing if any ingredient they use has been tested on animals. Does that count? Is that enough?

Do you believe animal testing for cosmetics is wrong? Will you continue to purchase from companies that you know test their products on animals?


  1. OMG.. That is so messed up. i will not be buying them any more.

  2. ok...technically OPI doesn't test on animals the company that bought OPI COTY does however. OPI has gone on record stating that even though Coty does animal testing they are going to keep their cruelty free stance. I do not know if that has changed since they were bought this last year

  3. I've heard that even though Essie is owned by Loreal that tests on animals, the brand Essie doesnt! :) And as far as I know, OPI doesnt test eather :)

  4. horrible and disgusting... poor babies :-(

  5. So after some research in the polish world, we have determined that OPI does not test on animals. It's company owner however, Coty, is suspected to test on animals. Therefore buying OPI doesn't directly profit animal testing, but perhaps indirectly.

    OPI and Revlon are both on PETA's cruelty-free list, and you'd think they'd do their research before approving a company right? So that's good enough for me.

    As for Essie, I still don't know.

  6. I am making all of my cosmetic and beauty purchases that way now. With so many brands and options out there, you are sure to have a choice and always be able to support cruelty free as well.

  7. hmmm from what i have read essie does not animal test, although i didn't know they were owned by l'oreal...which i try to because i LOVE essie. i think that essie does not animal test, but they're not vegan either, so idk. ugh!! i'd love a definite answer.

    i've read revlon nailcolor does not animal test but i don't buy it anyway, because other revlon cosmetics do animal test.

    :( if anyone reads this, does milani animal test or does anyone know they're owned by?

  8. Sally Hanson also test on animals check the PETA site for a complete list of company's that do and don't test on animals.

  9. It's a difficult decision to make. I'm having a hard time deciding if I should purchase products that don't test on animals but the company that owns them does. If we do then we are lining the pockets of a company that has decided that animals matter less than the almighty dollar. I can't in good conscious support a company that tests on animals either directly or indirectly and the only way to get that message across, is for consumers to boycott these products. Who's to say that in a couple of years Essie or OPI won’t start testing on animals because L'oreal or Coty has the ultimate say in what they do, and the consumer remains unaware. I just found out that MAC is now testing on animals in China, because it is required by law if they want to sell their products thers. MAC didn't advertise that they changed their stance on animal testing so many consumers are unaware of the changes. Ultimately there are so many other great products out there that we can decide who to support and who not to. I try to buy products with the "leaping bunny" on the back because I know it has been certified cruelty free from an independent third party. My new favourite nail polish is Butter London and it works better than OPI, and my new favourite makeup is Urban Decay. I don't need Essie, OPI or MAC. Every purchase we make is a vote for a company and they won’t listen unless we hit them where it hurts.

    1. I so agree with the latest messege we moan and still buy we have to start showing what we belive not supporting and buying from theses organisations.


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