Earlier in the year we discussed on The Beauty Brains the recent buy out of The Body Shop by cosmetic giant L’Oreal. Well, six months later the founder is still defending herself against claims of being a sell-out. Company found Anita Roddick continues to hold the belief that she did the right thing and that L’Oreal is an honorable company.
The main issue, L’Oreal continues to test their cosmetic products on animals. The Body Shop had a strong anti-animal testing reputation, so it would seem that the two companies couldn’t mix. But this is business. Money is ultimately the most important for all companies. Anita says she ultimately sold the company because she didn’t want to die rich. She preferred to do something constructive with the money. Well, we’ll keep an eye on Anita and see what constructive thing she does with the hundreds of millions of dollars she received from the sale.
This paradox is what happens when a company tries to claim it is “morally superior” to the rest of the industry. The truth is The Body Shop claimed they didn’t test on animals. The only reason they could say this is because they used ingredients that other people had tested on animals. As we’ve said before, companies that say they don’t test on animals are not telling you the truth. Animal testing is still being done in this industry and will be until there are suitable alternatives. Cosmetic companies can not legally sell products that are not safe. The only way they can prove they are safe is to have data from animal testing to show they are.
Right now, no matter what anyone has told you, there are no acceptable alternatives to some animal testing. If you are really ethically bothered by animal testing you better stop using cosmetics or start making your own.