Oh my dear Grimms,
It turns out…
Yep you read that correctly. It turns out meh because it depends on your definition of cruelty free. There’s alot to unload here. They are cruelty free but they did start selling in China last year. As you may or may not know China is a country that requires animal testing by law. So that would lead one to believe that they are now testing products on animals when required by law.
We can’t count them out yet though! We have to take into consideration what they claim on their website where they address the fact they have now opened up to the Chinese market but insist those products are still not being tested on animals.
Burt’s Bees is currently only selling products in China via direct-to-consumer ecommerce, a channel which is exempt from Chinese animal testing regulations. Burt’s Bees does not test its products on animals nor do we ask others to do so on our behalf. You’ll see the Leaping Bunny seal and our “cruelty free” stance on our packaging to reinforce our commitment. Please know that we are absolutely committed to our no animal testing policy, and are proceeding only in instances where we can maintain unwavering adherence to it. – Burt’s Bees Website
It looks as if they are sticking to their cruelty free policy even in the Chinese market and I couldn’t find anything to disprove it. So as of now I would say they are cruelty free. Even if things seem a little confusing!
I do have one more thing to add though. Burt’s Bees isn’t an independently owned company. So while they do not test on animals they are owned buy The Clorax Company and they’re notorious for testing on animals. So in the end a portion of your money will go to The Clorax Company. You have to really just do what feels right.
I hope this helped to answer your questions but if you have anymore please comment below and I’ll try to answer in a timely manner!
Until next time ❤
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