When I made the commitment to a vegan lifestyle I had to change a lot of things. My diet, the fabrics that I purchased, my make-up, my cleaning products, and my hair care products. That last one is tricky.
My hair is fine and fragile, it’s also colored, which means that I’m really picky. Aveda or Paul Mitchell products where really the only solutions. Aveda’s parent company is Estee Lauder. In their mission statement they state, “We do not conduct animal testing, nor ask others to do it on our behalf, except when it is required by law. Aveda is committed to helping end animal testing in the cosmetics industry, and we have been since our founding in 1978. In 1989, we were the first privately held company to sign the Ceres Principles for corporate responsibility, which call for the safeguarding of the Earth and “its inhabitants.”
While I appreciate the sentiment, the reality is that Lauder still conducts business in China, where animal testing is required by law. That left me with no choice, I had to choose Paul Mitchell products.
Paul Mitchell has never tested their products on animals, and they pulled out of the Chinese market because of the animal testing requirement. Not all of their products are vegan, some are made with honey. But, the majority of the products are, and that’s good enough for me.
Another product that I love, and I’m investigating, is Moroccan Oil. I’ve heard that they are cruelty-free and vegan, but their website doesn’t have any information regarding this. I’ve sent them an email. As soon as I find out what’s up with their policies, I’ll let you know.
In the meantime, I’m using Paul Mitchell products.