It was bound to happen sooner or later. I had my first correspondance about nail polish with a company.
With all the different brands you see around town these days you can never be too sure about how the products are actually made.
When I bought 4 polishes from the brand Hot Makeup from the store Estetique yesterday I felt bad when I came home, because I had no clue whether or not the polishes were cruelty-free. That is, if the products, when being developed in the laboratory, were tested on animals or not.
So I quickly decided to write an e-mail to the head office of the brand and this morning when I checked my e-mails I had already received an answer. After a couple of e-mails back and forth between me and a very nice lady in their Customer Service department it seems that they are sure that their products are not tested on animals. Hurray for that!
However… when I asked more specifically into the details about their production she could not answer my questions. She did write me that they would take notes of my enquiry and report back on the further process.
I think… I hope (!) that I have started something positive here. I suggested that they put this kind of information – detailed information! – on their website and Facebook page. Not only is it the only responsible way to go about this matter, but also will it most definitely attract a larger clientele. I think she agreed.
Non-human animals (yes, people tend to forget that we are animals too!) have no chance of expressing themselves in any matter. That does not entitle us human beings to harrass them and neglect them their rights. I pity the people who can even think of using these poor creatures for beauty purposes. I’d rather not have any nail polishes at all than helping the cruel companies on their way. It is only recently that the importance of this matter has occured to me. I thank all the blogs around the internet for promoting cruelty-free products. You should too.
On PETA’s webpage you can find a complete list of products that are tested on animals – and a list of products that are not tested on animals. I try my best to stay within the latter list. I slip once in a while, but then I find a way to “punish” myself. E.g. not using the polish even though I have spent money on it or banning myself from buying polishes for limited time. I think it is of utmost importance that we all stand against cruelty to animals. They are living beings too.
I am looking forward to see Hot Makeup’s action in this regard. Will update when I know more.
That’s it for now. Back to work.