Tested and tried. That's the only way to describe this event. As many of you know I am a strong advocate for the protection of the environment and the abolition of all cruelty to animals. So here's the story. I was recently approached to mass export our line Natural Beauty Skincare® to China. The company that approached me was already selling our products thru a canadian based website which legally side-steps the ridiculous Chinese Government law of 'all imported skincare' must be tested on animals. Its archaic, I know. Anyways, because they had a 100% repurchase on our products in 2016/2017 they were seriously interested in capitalizing on this success. What I'm saying is 100% of all the mainland chinese people who purchased our product, purchased it again and again. Super! Right!
So when they first approached me, I thought to myself....wow, this is gonna be big! Then they dropped the bomb. That's right... I had no idea. All skincare products that enter China mainland must be tested on animals. I could feel the blood rising into my face. I was so upset, that without even saying a word the representative quickly commented, "I told them you wouldn't go for it". She then suggested that I wouldn't have to be the one who did the testing but rather they, as a third party would do the testing.... My first thought was...Seriously? Of course I said NO.
NO Thanks, millions of dollars still will not deceive me.
Tough day at the shop!
I can't lie, since that day, I HAVE thought about how much money I lost in refusing that deal. But....when I lay my head down at night, or when I look my fur baby (Sparki) in the eyes, and when I wake up and look in the mirror, I know I did the right thing.
So, the lesson here is: when you think a company is cruelty-free, you cannot be certain, you need to check if they or a sister company sells their product in Mainland China....