Are Products Sold in Airports in China Cruelty Free?

Are Products Sold in Airports in China Cruelty Free?

Recently a reader emailed me about some brands that they had seen while passing through the Shanghai airport in China. One of them was The Body Shop. While The Body Shop is owned by L’Oreal, they run independently and claim to still be cruelty free. Since animal testing is required by law on products sold in China, I had to wonder how The Body Shop was able to sell there and still be supported by organizations such as Cruelty Free International.

I reached out to several major organizations and did some research of my own. The investigations team at PETA was extremely helpful in assisting me. They did some additional digging and let me know the following -

I am happy to let you know that products sold in China in airport locations only are not subject to the government’s requirements for tests on animals for cosmetics, and so sales at these airport shop locations do not compromise cruelty-free status.

It appears that they are allowed to be sold in the duty-free sections of international airports. Duty-free sections are exempt from the payment of certain local or national taxes and duties. They contain products that are meant to be sold only to travelers passing through the airports that will be taking these products out of the country.

For those looking to avoid brands who test on animals, this knowledge may help you make better informed decisions about which brands you support.

Update on March 11, 2014: Unfortunately, it looks as though the items sold in airports in China may be subjected to animal testing after all. The Body Shop has temporarily pulled items from duty free airport shops in China. Read more - The Body Shop Temporarily Pulls Products from Chinese Airports Due to Conflicting Statements on Animal Testing.

Updates to the Cruelty Free & Vegan Brand List

Updates to the Cruelty Free & Vegan Brand List

One thing that many Logical Harmony readers may not realize is that the Cruelty Free & Vegan Brand List is updated about once a week. In an effort to be more transparent with readers about these updates a recap will be posted once or twice a month of the brands who have been added to various sections of the list. That way, it will make it easier for you to stay up to date on what brands have been contacted and what their responses have been.

Brands added to the cruelty free and vegan brand list are brands who have confirmed they are completely cruelty free and have vegan options, if not being 100% vegan. This means that they have confirmed they do not test the products on animals as a finished product, during production, to comply with local and regional laws or use ingredients that have been tested on animals. This list does include brands who are cruelty free but have a parent company that tests on animals, but in cases like this it will be noted next to the brand.

Brands recently added to the brands to love section -

  • Aromi
  • Becca
  • Marc Anthony
  • Pixi

The grey area section is for brands that have responded, but I have been unable to get a clear response from. Typically these are brands who say that they are cruelty free, but won’t speak to production, finished product, ingredient suppliers or testing to comply with local laws. Brands recently added to the grey area section -

  • Barry M (their published stance on animal testing has changed)
  • Color Club (unclear response about animal testing was received)
  • Deep Steep (unclear response about their ingredient suppliers)
  • LORAC (unclear response about their ingredient suppliers)

Brands added to the brands to avoid section are those who have confirmed that they test on animals themselves, to comply with local and regional laws, or use ingredient suppliers that test on animals. Brands recently added to the brands to avoid section -

  •  none!

Brands added to the pending brands section are those that I  have recently been reached out to with questions about their stance on animal testing and use of animal ingredients. Brands recently added to the pending brands section -

  • Attar Bazaar
  • Collection Cosmetics
  • K. Hall Designs
  • Mineral Fusion
  • Nicka K
  • Rahua
  • RMS Beauty

Curious about a brand and don’t see it on the full list of cruelty free and vegan brands? Please leave a comment there and let me know!

Andalou Naturals All-in-One Beauty Balm Sheer Tint Review

Andalou Naturals All-in-One Beauty Balm Sheer Tint Review

2013 was the year of the BB Cream. It seems like every cosmetic company and skincare line released one. There may be a lot of BB Creams on the market, but each one I have tried is very different and very unique from the others. I received the All-in-One BB Cream to review from Andalou Naturals. Its claims were different than other Beauty Balms that I have tried and that made me curious to try it out.

Claims: “Fruit Stem Cell Complex is the star of this multi-benefit BB, blending superfruit antioxidants, nourishing moisturizers, and broad spectrum protection with natural mineral-tint color for sheer, flawless coverage in one easy step.”

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Juice, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) and Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oils, Sorbitan Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestsica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive 8 Berry Complex, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Hyaluronic Acid, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Oil, Algae and Cucumis Melo (Melon) Extracts, Magnesium Sulfate, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos), Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis and Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extracts, Iron Oxide, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil

Pros: Cruelty free and vegan. Free of GMO’s, gluten, paraben preservatives, petrochemicals, phthalates, sulfates, synthetic colors, dyes and fragrances. Very light formula that goes on smoothly and evenly. Contains SPF 30.

Cons: The shade is fair. While it’s a sheer tint, it may be too light in color for most skin tones.

The Verdict: Overall, I liked the Andalou Naturals All-in-One Beauty Balm Sheer Tint. I found that the formula was smooth, creamy, and sheer. I would say that it lives up to its claims. I applied evenly using a foundation brush and I felt that it did brighten my complexion. When applied with my fingers, the formula still went on well. My only issue was the very light shade of the formula. I felt that I could not wear the product alone or my skin would look washed out and pale. If you have medium or dark skin, this BB cream would be great mixed with darker formulas of other BB Creams or foundations. I love this beauty balm for winter or any time of the year when your skin is looking a little dull. I mixed it with my foundation and it acted as a general highlighter – it made my entire face appear brighter and more alive.

You can stay up to date with Andalou Naturals on Facebook and Twitter.

Editor’s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration. Please note that all reviews are 100% honest and a product would not receive a favorable review unless it provided favorable results.

Vegan Cookie Dough Protein Bites

Vegan Cookie Dough Protein Bites

Protein bites are something that I just never thought I could get behind. A cookie should be a cookie and protein powder, well, that just does not belong in a cookie! One day, after some ridiculous cookie cravings and realizing I did not have everything I needed in the pantry to make chocolate chip cookies, I gave in and decided to give protein bites a try. I had a hard time finding a recipe that sounded both appealing and simple. This recipes comes from hacking together bits and pieces of several other recipes.

PlantFusion recently sent me some packets of their protein powder to try. Their unflavored is what I normally purchase for mixing into smoothies, oatmeal, and coconut milk yogurt. It seemed like a great time to try out a new flavor! This recipe will make about one dozen.

What you will need to make Vegan Cookie Dough Protein Bites:

  • 2/3 cup dry, raw cashews
  • 1/3 cup quick cooking rolled oats
  • 1 package PlantFusion Vanilla Bean protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla syrup or agave
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon raw coconut oil
  • 1/8 cup raw cacao nibs
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips, chopped

Vegan Cookie Dough Protein Bites

How to make Vegan Cookie Dough Protein Bites:

  1. Add the raw cashews, protein powder, and oats into your high powered blender or food processor. I used my Vitamix and it worked great! Blend until it’s smooth and powdery like flour typically is. You may need to stop the blender every 10-15 seconds and stir. For this, I use quick cooking rolled oats because I like the smooth texture they have. You could use steel cut if that is your preference, but I am not sure if the “flour” would come out smooth.
  2. Add in the maple syrup or agave, vanilla extract, and coconut oil. Blend until mixed.
  3. Pour the cashew, protein powder, oat, maple syrup, vanilla, and coconut oil mixture into a medium sized bowl. It should be powdery but have enough substance that you can form it into bite size balls. If it is not, add a little more coconut oil or vanilla extract and mix in well.
  4. Stir in the cacao nibs and chopped chocolate chips.
  5. Form the mixture into bite size balls. You will want to pack them gently between your hands.

These are now one of my favorite pre-workout treats. The flavor reminds me of shortbread, which is one cookie I miss!

If you try this recipe, please let me know. I would love to see pictures on Instagram and read your thoughts.

Vegan Naked 3 Dupe from Silk Naturals

Vegan Naked 3 Dupe from Silk Naturals

The Naked 3 palette from Urban Decay is one of the most desired eye shadow palettes for 2014. While Urban Decay is a cruelty free brand, their parent company, L’Oreal, is not. Independent beauty brand Silk Naturals has created their own version of the Naked 3 palette. This cruelty free and vegan Naked 3 dupe is the perfect alternative for those who want the shadow shades, but don’t want to purchase the original.