COMPANIES THAT TEST ON ANIMALS 2017


The following list consists of companies that DO test on animals.

Its main source is PETA, and I’ve supplemented it with my own research.
I’ve organized the brands by category but you’ll notice that most of these brands are owned by a few big corporations.

These corporations are
L’Oreal, Estee Lauder, Procter & Gamble, Clorox, Johnson & Johnson, S.C. Johnson, Colgate-Palmolive, Reckitt Benckiser, Church & Dwight, Unilever, and Dial/Henkel. These companies all have poor ethics when it comes to animal testing, and are making no efforts to change their policies.

There are however two exceptions, the first one being Colgate-Palmolive, which have agreed to gradually change their policy.
PETA currently lists Colgate-Palmolive as “working toward regulatory changes to reduce the number of animals used for testing”.
This does NOT mean the company is or will be cruelty-free in the near future!
It’s only a small step in the right direction, and the company still DOES test on animals at this point.

The second exception consists of a few select brands.
While in most cases, brands that are owned by companies that test on animals are not cruelty-free, L’Oreal is one of the few companies to own brands that have kept their ethical stances and have remained cruelty-free under the ownership.
The same goes for Burt’s Bees (now owned by Clorox but still cruelty-free) and Tom’s of Maine (Colgate-Palmolive).
All the brands mentioned on this list, however, do test on animals.

Please note that this list is not exhaustive.
This list only includes companies that claimed they test on animals at some point, or sell in China;
there are many other companies who remained silent about their animal testing policy.

MAKEUP

 

  • Almay
  • Artistry (Amway)
  • Avon
  • Benefit
  • Bobbi Brown
  • Borghese
  • Burberry
  • Calvin Klein
  • Chanel
  • Chapstick
  • Cle de Peau
  • Clinique
  • CoverGirl
  • Demeter
  • Dior
  • Dolce & Gabbana
  • Estee Lauder
  • Flirt
  • Giorgio Armani
  • Givenchy
  • Guerlain
  • Helena Rubinstein
  • L’Oreal
  • Lancôme
  • MAC
  • Make Up For Ever
  • Mary Kay
  • Max Factor
  • Maybelline
  • OPI
  • Pat McGrath
  • Prescriptives
  • Rimmel London
  • Revlon
  • Shiseido
  • Shu Uemura
  • Sinful Colors
  • Sephora (brand)
  • Tom Ford
  • Tony Moly
  • Yves Saint Laurent

SKINCARE

  • Algenist
  • Ambi
  • American Beauty
  • Aveeno
  • Avene
  • Avon
  • Bain de Soleil
  • Bioderma
  • Biotherm
  • Bliss
  • Boscia
  • Caudalie
  • Cetaphil
  • Clarins
  • Clarisonic
  • Clean & Clear
  • Clearasil
  • Coppertone
  • DDF
  • DHC
  • Dermablend
  • Dr. Brandt
  • Dr. Jart
  • EOS
  • Eucerin
  • Fresh
  • Garnier
  • Gatineau
  • Glamglow
  • Good Skin Labs
  • Grassroots
  • Jurlique
  • Kiehl’s
  • L’Occitane
  • La Mer
  • La Roche Posay
  • Lab Series for Men
  • Lubriderm
  • Mederma
  • Neutrogena
  • Nivea
  • Noxzema
  • Nu Skin International
  • Nuxe
  • Ojon
  • Olay
  • Origins
  • Oriflame
  • Osiao
  • Peter Thomas Roth
  • Piz Buin
  • Ponds
  • ROC
  • Rembrandt
  • Sephora brand
  • Simple
  • SK-II
  • Skin ID
  • St. Ives
  • Vaseline
  • Vichy
  • Walgreens
  • Yves Rocher

HAIR PRODUCTS

  • Alberto V05
  • Aussie
  • Bumble and Bumble
  • Clairol
  • Fekkai
  • Got2b
  • Head & Shoulders
  • Herbal Essences
  • Hoyu
  • Joico
  • John Frieda
  • Just for Men
  • Kao USA
  • Kerastase
  • Matrix Essentials
  • Mizani
  • Natural Instincts
  • Nexxus
  • Nice ‘n Easy
  • Pantene
  • Physique
  • Redken
  • Rogaine
  • Schwarzkopf
  • Sebastian Professional
  • Soft & Beautiful
  • SoftSheen
  • Suave
  • Sunsilk
  • TRESemmé
  • Vidal Sasson

SOAP AND BATH

  • Dial
  • Dove
  • H2O Plus
  • Irish Spring
  • Ivory
  • Johnson’s
  • Lux
  • Purpose
  • Shower to Shower
  • Softsoap
  • Wella

FRAGRANCE

  • Acqua Di Parma
  • Aramis
  • Balenciaga
  • Bvlgari
  • Cacharel
  • Christina Aguilera Perfumes
  • Cire Trudon
  • Coach
  • Donna Karan
  • Dunhill Fragrances
  • Elizabeth Arden
  • Escada Fragrances
  • Gucci Fragrances
  • Hugo Boss
  • Jo Malone
  • Lacoste Fragrances
  • Marc Jacobs Fragrances
  • Michael Kors
  • Missoni
  • Odin
  • Ralph Lauren Fragrances
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • Viktor & Rolf
  • Kenzo

TOOTHPASTE & ORAL CARE

  • Aim
  • Aquafresh
  • Close-up
  • Colgate
  • Crest
  • Listerine
  • Mentadent
  • Pearl Drops
  • Reach
  • Scope
  • Sensodyne
  • Signal

DEODORANT

  • Arrid
  • Axe
  • Dry Idea
  • FDS
  • Lady Speed Stick
  • Mitchum Deodorant
  • Old Spice
  • Right Guard
  • Secret
  • Soft & Dri
  • Speed Stick
  • Teen Spirit
  • Ultrabrite

FEMININE HYGENE

  • Always
  • Carefree
  • Femfresh
  • o.b Tampons
  • Stayfree

RAZORS AND HAIR REMOVAL

  • Bic Corporation
  • Braun
  • Gillette Co.
  • Nair
  • Schiek
  • Veet

OTHER/PERSONAL/HOUSEHOLD

  • 3M
  • Acuvue
  • Arm & Hammer
  • Band-Aid
  • Hill’s
  • Mead
  • Off
  • Pampers
  • Puffs
  • ReNu
  • Savlon
  • Vaseline
  • Vicks

PET FOOD

  • Blue Buffalo
  • Iams
  • Hill’s Science Diet
  • Pedigree
  • Purina
  • Friskies
  • Natural Balance
  • Whiskas
  • Eukanuba
  • Sheba
  • Bakers Complete
  • K.Y.

CLEANING

  • Air Wick
  • Ajax
  • Armor All
  • Calgon
  • Clorox
  • Dermassage
  • Drano
  • Easy-Off
  • Ever Clean
  • Fabuloso
  • Fantastik
  • Febreze
  • Finish
  • Formula 409
  • Fresh Step
  • Glad
  • Glade
  • Green Works
  • Joy
  • Kaboom
  • Liquid Plumr
  • Lysol
  • Melaleuca
  • Mr. Clean
  • Murphy Oil Soap
  • Nature’s Source
  • Old English
  • Oomph!
  • Oust
  • OxiClean
  • Palmolive
  • Pine-Sol
  • Pledge
  • Raid
  • Renuzit
  • Resolve
  • Rid-X
  • S.O.S.
  • Scoop Away
  • Scrubbing Bubbles
  • Shout
  • Soft Scrub
  • Spray ’N Wash
  • Static Gaurd
  • Sunlight
  • Swiffer
  • Tilex
  • Windex

LAUNDRY

  • Comfort
  • Downy
  • Purex
  • Suavitel
  • Tide
  • Woolite

 

 

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6 Korean Beauty Secrets You Should Definitely Know


Are you spending a ton of money on store bought skin-care products that promise to leave your skin looking rejuvenated, while removing any and all blemishes?
Have you had enough of acne and wrinkle treatments that do little outside of leaving you lighter in the pocket book?

Maybe you should get rid of all those expensive products and start using natural remedies, to provide you with clearer, healthier skin.
Take a look at six little known skin treatments from Korea:

1. Seaweed Mask
Algae from the sea is great for the skin.
Seaweed can be used as a mask for the face by simply placing the sheets in warm water and applying to your skin.
It’s best to let them sit for 15 minutes to get the full effect.
This will allow you to absorb all of the vitamins, minerals, and bacteria fighting properties.

2. Hot Towel Massage
When heat is applied to the skin it promotes better circulation.
It also open the pores and allow our skin to breathe.
To give your face a hot towel massage, all you need to do is soak a clean towel in hot water and immediately apply it to your face.
With the warm towel, slowly massage your face for about 15 minutes.
When you’re done, don’t forget to put on oil to nourish the recently treated area.

3. Moisturize Immediately If you really want to take advantage of the moisturizing process and allow any lotion or cream to fully penetrate your pores, make sure that you moisturize as soon as you dry off from bathing.
Since your pores are opened up in the bath or shower, it’s best to apply any natural moisturizer no more than 10-seconds after you’ve dried off.

4. Citrus Treatment
Citric acid works wonders for ridding your pores of excess dirt and oil and removing dead skin cells.
To take advantage of the healing powers of citric acid, just squeeze half a lemon into a bowl and use a cotton ball as an applicator.
Your skin will thank you as the lemon will leave it bright and clear and feeling fresh.

5. Soy Milk
Even professional cosmeticians in Korea use soy milk in their treatments, not to mention others who use who it at home as a home remedy.
Here’s one of the most widely used and trusted recipes:
Soak some gauze in soy milk and apply it generously to the skin.
Let it sit for at least 15 minutes so it can nourish and rejuvenate your skin.
It’s recommended to use this recipe up to twice a week.

6. Sea Salt Treatment
Sea salt can disinfect your skin while getting rid of unsightly blackheads.
It restores damaged skin and calms areas that have becomes red and inflamed over time. Mix 1 tablespoon of sea salt with a glass of warm water.
Stir the mixture well to dissolve the salt.
Then dip a cotton ball into the salt water and wipe your face.
Make sure you stay away from any cuts or abrasions.

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The Ordinary Guide to Vitamin C


Topical Vitamin C offers a wide array of benefits to the skin.
However, many forms of Vitamin C and many more formulations of Vitamin C are available commercially with a potential to confuse the audience.

The guide offers guidance on the formulations of Vitamin C offered under The Ordinary range.
It also offers education on Vitamin C itself and on the differences between formulations of Vitamin C at large.

* Note: Our brands NIOD and Hylamide offer ELAN and C25 respectively, which are solutions of Ethylated Ascorbic Acid (EAA).
EAA offers as high a potency as direct L-Ascorbic Acid with minimal stinging and extremely high stability even in a solution format.
The cost of EAA, however, is nearly 30 times the cost of pure L-Ascorbic Acid.

Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% (Water-free suspension, tube format) This format is a suspension of very fine L-Ascorbic Acid powder and, as such, provides the most direct exposure of extremely high concentrations of Vitamin C topically.
With such format, there are 2 important things to consider: 1) A very strong tingling but non-irritating sensation is expected during the first 1-2 weeks of use until the skin’s tolerance to such high exposure is elevated; 2) The powder exposure to the skin disallows the formula to feel like a serum, lotion or cream and each application requires a few seconds to feel absorbed by the skin.
If desired, this formula can be diluted in a cream base per application to allow the skin to build tolerance over time.
This formula feels gritty on the skin for a few seconds.
If this feeling is not desirable, we would suggest Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone.

Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone
Much like our Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% formula, this product also offers a suspension but in light silicones for a smooth, non-gritty skin finish.
Despite the very light forms of silicones used, silicones do impair dermal exposure to Vitamin C slightly but the additional (30%) concentration of Vitamin C helps compensate for this slight inefficiency.
A very strong tingling but non-irritating sensation is expected during the first 1-2 weeks of use until the skin’s tolerance to such high exposure is elevated.
If desired, this formula can be diluted in a cream base per application to allow the skin to build tolerance over time.

Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% (Water-based serum, dropper format) Ascorbyl Glucoside is a water-soluble derivative of Vitamin C.
It is much more stable in water but it is less potent than direct L-Ascorbic Acid. Being more compatible with water allows for a very pleasant serum texture.
It is considered a gold standard of Vitamin C derivatives due to its high stability and comfortable use, but it’s impossible to achieve extremely high L-Ascorbic Acid potency with this solution.
Aside from the general benefits of pure Vitamin C, Ascorbyl Glucoside has been shown to offer specific skin brightening benefits.

Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10% (Water-based cream, tube format) Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP) is a water-soluble derivative of Vitamin C.
It is more stable in water but it is less potent than direct L-Ascorbic Acid.
It is compatible with water but higher concentrations cannot be offered in a low-viscosity serum format and often require emulsification to form a lotion or a cream.
This formula is a light cream that offers 10% pure MAP (very high solubilized concentration).
Aside from the general benefits of pure Vitamin C, MAP has been shown to offer specific skin brightening benefits, more so than other derivatives of Vitamin C.
(Note: some brands offer “powder” formulations that offer up to 15% MAP.
Such powders would offer less direct availability of MAP as compared to an emulsion such as this formula which has solubilized the complete 10% concentration of MAP.
It is extremely difficult to solubilize higher concentrations of MAP in non-powder formulations.)

Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F (Water-free, silicone-free serum, dropper format) Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate is an oil-soluble derivative of Vitamin C that can be used in higher concentrations without drawbacks.
It is one of the most stable derivatives of Vitamin C but, being a derivative, its potency will not be directly comparable to pure L-Ascorbic Acid. It is provided in this oil-format formula in combination with Vitamin F, also known as essential fatty acids.
Aside from the general benefits of pure Vitamin C, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmiate has been shown to offer specific skin brightening benefits.

General Vitamin C Guidance

The best property of any powerful antioxidant is also its worst property—it oxidizes. Basically, antioxidants bind to free “radicals” of oxygen so that your cell’s don’t.
The problem is that they may bind to oxygen in the bottle before you even buy any product claiming to contain antioxidants.
And since Vitamin C has a very strong ability to bind to free radicals of oxygen, as soon as it’s dissolved in water, it starts to oxidize and change the colour of the solution (from clear to slight orange and later to dark orange).
When this change happens, two things occur: 1) the activity of Vitamin C becomes disabled and 2) far worse, the “antioxidant” formulation actually turns into a “pro-oxidant” formulation.
Many clinical skincare brands have filed patents that claims to stabilize Vitamin C in water and many have fought amongst themselves on whether or not they have breached each other’s patents.
These patents and fights are simply meaningless because these respective formulations continue to show oxidation and change colour, while consumers believe that since there is a patent, this colour change might be OK.
A patent grant does not verify that the function described actually works—a patent is not a validation of a discovery; it is simply an exclusivity to a position claim.
Very simply, if a Vitamin C formula turns colour, the Vitamin C is oxidized and the formula becomes potentially damaging to the skin.

Some brands and publications claim that Vitamin C has dermal benefits in an oxidized state in response to questioning of unstable formulations.
We have prepared A Discussion of L-Ascorbic Acid and Dehydroascorbic Acid in Skincare to address this topic specifically which can be viewed here.

Other products have gotten around the stability issue of Vitamin C by using stabilized forms of the substance.
These forms take on names such as Ascorbyl Glucoside (usually used at 2%), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP, usually used at under 10%), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (similar to MAP) and Ascorbyl Palmitate (very controversial and usually used at less than 0.2%).
There are two issues to consider with this approach: 1) These forms still need to be converted to L-Ascorbic Acid—the pure form of Vitamin C useful to the skin and so a direct potency comparison to pure L-Ascorbic Acid should not be made—and 2) the maximum amounts of these materials that can be solubilized in a formula is between 0.5% and 10% depending on the material.
The Ordinary offers the most studied forms of Vitamin C derivatives (Ascorbyl Glucoside, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate and Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate) in independent formulations.
It’s notable that, leaving aside the general benefits of topical Vitamin C (where pure L-Ascorbic Acid wins), the derivatives of Vitamin C have been shown to offer better brightening results than pure L-Ascorbic Acid.

A few brands offer suspensions of Vitamin C in water-free formulations.
These formulations do keep the Vitamin C stable but they are almost always offered in heavier silicone bases that interfere with efficient exposure of the entire Vitamin C content to the skin.
The Ordinary offers both silicone-free suspensions of pure L-Ascorbic Acid and a smooth-finish suspension in very light silicones to minimize any impairment to dermal exposure.

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Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%


A Brightening Serum with Stabilized Vitamin C Derivative

Vitamin C is an effective antioxidant, brightens the skin tone and reduces signs of ageing. In its pure form, Vitamin C is unstable in water.
Ascorbyl Glucoside is a water-soluble derivative of Vitamin C.
It is much more stable in water but it is less potent than direct L-Ascorbic Acid.
Being more compatible with water allows for a very pleasant serum texture.
It is considered a gold standard of Vitamin C derivatives due to its high stability and comfortable use, but it’s impossible to achieve extremely high L-Ascorbic Acid potency with this solution.
Aside from the general benefits of pure Vitamin C, Ascorbyl Glucoside has been shown to offer specific skin brightening benefits.

Topical Vitamin C offers a wide array of benefits to the skin.
However, many forms of Vitamin C and many more formulations of Vitamin C are available commercially with a potential to confuse the audience.
We have developed a guide that offers guidance on the formulations of Vitamin C offered under The Ordinary range.
It also offers education on Vitamin C itself and on the differences between formulations of Vitamin C at large.

Note:
Supplied in UV-protective packaging.

Directions
Apply a few drops to face AM and PM.

Ingredients
Aqua (Water), Ascorbyl Glucoside, Propanediol, Aminomethyl Propanol, Triethanolamine, Isoceteth-20, Xanthan gum, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Ethoxydiglycol, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol.

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Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone


A Water-Free, Stable Suspension of 30% Pure L-Ascorbic Acid in Light Silicones

Vitamin C is an effective antioxidant and its pure form of L-Ascorbic Acid has been shown to help reverse multiple signs of skin ageing while brightening the skin when applied topically.
This water-free formula provides 30% pure L-Ascorbic Acid which remains completely stable due to the absence of water.
Due to the presence of very light silicones, this formulation feels smooth on the skin despite the suspension format of the formulation, avoiding the short-lived gritty feeling of our original Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% formula.
This treatment is ideally applied at bedtime.

Topical Vitamin C offers a wide array of benefits to the skin.
However, many forms of Vitamin C and many more formulations of Vitamin C are available commercially with a potential to confuse the audience.
We have developed a guide that offers guidance on the formulations of Vitamin C offered under The Ordinary range.
It also offers education on Vitamin C itself and on the differences between formulations of Vitamin C at large.

Note:
The format of this formula is a suspension of very fine L-Ascorbic Acid powder and, as such, provides the most direct exposure of extremely high concentrations of Vitamin C topically.
With such format, a very strong tingling but non-irritating sensation is expected during the first 1-2 weeks of use until the skin’s tolerance to such high exposure is elevated.
If the sensation is too strong to tolerate, the formula can be mixed on each application with other creams or serums of your preference.

Alternative products on the market offer suspensions of Vitamin C in water-free formulations in heavier silicone bases.
These formulations do keep the Vitamin C stable but they are almost always offered in heavier silicone bases that interfere with efficient exposure of the entire Vitamin C content to the skin (the silicone entraps the Vitamin C).
Our formula avoids the use of heavy silicones to offer better exposure to the Vitamin C content. However, please note that this formulation would still offer slightly less efficient exposure to Vitamin C than our silicon-free Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% formula.
The additional Vitamin C content (30%) in this silicone base helps offset the slight impairment to dermal exposure.

Directions
Apply a small amount to face in the AM or the PM (PM preferred).
A tingling sensation can be expected after application.
If this sensation is too strong, this formula can be diluted on each application with your favourite serum or cream.

Ingredients
Dimethicone, Ascorbic Acid, Polysilicone-11, PEG-10 Dimethicone.

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Retinol 1%


A Stable Emulsion of Retinol

As of September 2017, we have introduced a portfolio of retinoid formulations that improve our offering based on very valuable customer feedback.
Our portfolio of retinoid formulations now includes the following from which the formula closest in activity to our Retinol 1% formula is Retinol 1% in Squalane, which offers the same retinoid activity strength in a water-free, silicone-free solution:

A limited stock of the older Retinol 1% formula will be available in their stores until it is sold out.

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Retinol 1% in Squalane


Highly-Stable, Water-Free Solution of 1% Pure Retinol

This water-free solution contains 1% pure Retinol, an ingredient that can reduce the appearances of fine lines, of photo damage and of general skin ageing.
While Retinol has been studied extensively, it is irritating to the skin and newer technologies exist that mimic the visible effects of Retinol without causing skin irritation. For this reason, we generally recommend using Granactive Retinoid 2% or Granactive Retinoid 5% instead of this formula.

Caution:
Retinol can cause significant irritation, redness and peeling, especially around the eyes and mouth, in the early stages of treatment while skin builds tolerance.
If you have not used high-strength retinol formulas in the past, we strongly recommend that you start your retinol regimen with our Retinol 0.2% in Squalane and adjust to higher strengths of Retinol 0.5% in Squalane and Retinol 1% in Squalane as your skin builds tolerance.
You will achieve the same end results without the unpleasant redness and peeling along the way.

Note:
Water can affect the stability of retinol.
Additionally, plant oils in retinol formulations can trigger lipid peroxidation and can impair retinol integrity.
This formula does not contain water, silicones, plant oils or alcohol.

EU Shipping Note:
We are able to ship this product within the European Union.
However, please note that the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety has published an opinion on April 20, 2016 suggesting that Retinol content of cosmetics should be limited to 0.3% as summarized on page 67 of the publication listed below.
While this opinion has not yet affected regulatory restrictions, it may in the near future and such restriction would apply to all products sold within the EU containing Retinol. We recommend considering Granactive Retinoid 2% or 5% from The Ordinary if you are concerned about use of Retinol products.

Caution:
Retinoids can make the skin more sensitive to UV radiation.
Sun protection is particularly important when using retinoids.
This product must not be used in conjunction with other retinoids including retinol or retinoic acid.
This product is not a treatment for acne.
Acne-prone skin may experience a temporary increase in acne during the first few weeks of using any form of retinoid including those used in this formulation.

Note:
When pregnant or breastfeeding, it is recommended to avoid any skin care products containing retinoids such as formulations with Granactive Retinoid or Retinol.

Directions
Apply a small amount to face in the PM as part of your skincare regimen, after water serums but before heavier treatments.
Do not use with other retinoid treatments.
Avoid unprotected solar exposure.
Store in a cool, dry place.

Ingredients
Squalane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Retinol, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, BHT.

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