animal testing

I learned something interesting at work last week while reading a brochure. You know how some cosmetic companies label their product as not tested on animals? Well, what this really means is that they bought the product formula from someone who has previously tested that formula on animals. Or else they created the product from ingredients that have been previously tested on animals. So while they might not have tested their actual product on animals, the components of the product were tested on animals. The FDA requires that all cosmetic, toiletry, and fragrance products and their ingredients be tested for safety, otherwise they have to have a label on them saying that the safety of that product has not been tested.

  • I guess that’s why Bath & Body Works says “this finished product not tested on animals” – bleh.

  • i thought of what krissy was talking about. there are variations. for example, there are companies which state that they have not tested their products on animals nor have they asked others to do so. i think that is much different than what bath and body works says (the whole “finished” product thing). also, there’s a difference between simply not tested on animals and “cruelty-free.”

    i’d say that it’s still important to research because i’d rather support companies that are using old information from animal testing than those still testing the products.

    but yes, very interesting and a reminder that what we see on the label isn’t always the entire story (found that out with MSG stuff too).

  • Yeah, it’s kind of misleading.

  • I was rather upset when I found that out. Who knows what you can believe off a label.

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