Blushing Biddies

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Fresh is sold in China, so not cruelty free!

The title is kinda “in your face”, isn’t it? Well, I was falling in love with some Fresh lip tint & treatments I got samples of from… oh wow… probably 2 years ago. They’re so moisturizing, and I loved the tint of color the Rose was giving me. I just found out that Fresh did skin care and perfumes as well, so I planned a trip to a store here in Hong Kong. I tested samples, smelled different scents, and made small chat with the associate helping me. Just off the top of my head I asked if they had any stores in China, and she said yes- my reaction was pretty much:

Wait, what? WHAT? NOOOOOOO! *sobs*

-Why- did I think Fresh cosmetics were cruelty free? I tried checking one of my sources, and found that one of the cruelty free lists I follow had them as a no-animal testing company. This person isn’t to be blamed, they haven’t updated their site since May of last year. Plus, it just goes to show how blindly I was following what people were telling me. Sometimes you just have to do your own digging to make sure you’re doing the right thing. So first off, I went to Fresh’s website and checked out their FAQ section:

just a copy/paste from their website

Even with the noting of being cruelty free, the KEY phrase to look out for is “except where required by law”. This is just a nice add-on that let’s the company go back on everything they supposedly stand for, because it’s not their fault, it’s the country’s laws, and they must abide. *HUFF* L’Occitaine is doing this too, where they claim to be cruelty free, and working with the government, but they are still selling their products in China. I know China is a powerhouse, but really? Is it THAT BIG OF A DEAL to be selling there? Lush can get products into China because they sell them from Hong Kong- where animal testing is not required by law. Selling online and shipping from Hong Kong really should be the option for these companies that want to keep the claim that they are cruelty free. I did a little more digging around their website for their shop locations, and found this:

On Fresh’s shop locations list, they do show a shop in China. I find this kind of odd though- the shops above and below it have a phone number and email, along with store hours, but the store in China doesn’t. Is this really a new development? Has the shop been opened yet? If you know, please leave a comment so I can update this. Another oddity- there are Fresh shops here in Hong Kong (I was literally -just- in a shop not 5 hours ago from writing this), but they aren’t listed. What’s happening Fresh?

Anyways, with this being said, I think my next big project is to literally write out a list of companies that I have researched and found to be cruelty free, along with those I’ve found along the way that are not. Keep an eye on my main page menu- I’ll add a tab that has this info, and you can search there if you need to check up on a company.


3 comments on “Fresh is sold in China, so not cruelty free!

  1. Josie
    February 8, 2014

    I find the whole cruelty free but trading in China thing really hard to get my head around. Is it the company themselves who test, or the government? Either way, it’s unacceptable x

    • blushingbiddies
      February 8, 2014

      Hi Josie! With China, it’s a law, so it’s the country itself doing the testing. Companies who want to sell in China have to acknowledge this (it isn’t done behind their backs, or in secret). I think it’s just kinda BS that a company may still try to hold on to any cruelty free stance if they are willing to set foot in China.

  2. Kaitie
    February 25, 2014

    This breaks my heart! I hate when companies say “except when required by law”! To me, I would have more respect for them if they would just say yes or no, without trying to get around it! So frustrating, but that is why we support our cruelty free brands so much! Terrible that they sell in China, and even worse that they are trying to trick us!
    Thank you SO much for sharing and look forward to your list!

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