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Bourjois is NOT cruelty free


Another one bites the dust for being able to stay in my collection- it has come to my attention that Bourjois is not cruelty free. The offending act- they sell their products in China. I thought it was just Hong Kong (which has separate laws that mainland China), but it turns out that is not the case. Here are the facts:

CCF (Choose Cruelty Free) did an article mentioning finding Bourjois in China ** there is a picture of a rabbit which you can tell has been used for testing that some might find disturbing- it is small and on the top right of the website when you first arrive, but if you scroll down quickly you should be able to bypass it- just wanted to let you know!

A HK company makes note of Bourjois celebrating their 150th year anniversary throughout China. This link was provided by another cruelty free blogger, MakeupETC. The page I linked is her CF page, and if you check the comments you can see where she linked the article from HK.

– Well, I found an employee profile on LinkedIn! I cut out his last name for privacy, but this was a publicly open profile page I stumbled across:

bourjoischinaI’d like to emphasize the part I have highlighted…

bourjoiszoomThis isn’t just Hong Kong, it states “China mainland“, which has been a point of confusion for all of us for quite some time.

– Lastly, I found out they have shops in China! Thank you Google Maps: You can see here is a shop in Shanghai.


So there you have it. I hope this is enough information to convince anyone who had second thoughts (I was there for quite some time!) that Bourjois is not cruelty free. Currently CF Bloggers Chat has a petition in hopes of having Bourjois clearly state they sell in mainland China, which you can find here. With that clear fact out in the open, I believe more and more cruelty free beauty lovers can easily understand that Bourjois isn’t an option. I’ve taken all my brand-focus posts from them off my blog, and am ready to move on!

A question for you, which I seem to be asking everyone lately- what do you do with items you have when you JUST FIND OUT they are not cruelty free? I’d love to hear answers both from beauty bloggers and consumers alike. ❤


6 comments on “Bourjois is NOT cruelty free

  1. briannafee
    August 28, 2014

    Great research! This still hurts me… can’t believe how hidden they kept this kind of info, and straight up lied to people who asked them on their CF status.

    • blushingbiddies
      August 28, 2014

      agreed- just completely unacceptable, I will find a way to move on *fist shake* >0< getting rid of my products ASAP except the foundation bc I'll get through that quickly. *sigh*

  2. carolinecocker
    August 28, 2014

    I used to use them on my face but not in my blog until someone complimented me on my makeup and asked what I was wearing. Now I pass them onto friends because it seems so wasteful to throw them out.
    It’s annoying that companies are actually making the move away from being cruelty free. You should be allowed to return products for a full refund if their cruelty-free status changed recently. Ooo you should contact Bourjois and ask for your money back x

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  4. Agnieszka
    July 31, 2015

    If I find out that a product I’ve been using is not cruelty-free (this happened once or twice) I decide to use it and then never buy a new one.

  5. Sabeena Yasmin
    February 9, 2016

    Even though it seems wasteful, I will discard the product immediately (if I do not have friends who want it) if it is not cruelty free.

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