To the relief of many Burt’s Bees lip balm lovers, the answer is yes, Burt’s Bees is cruelty-free. Despite recent controversial claims about Burt’s Bees selling products in areas that have mandatory animal testing, their cruelty-free status has been saved.
Burt’s Bees has been Leaping Bunny certified and added to PETA’s list of caring consumers. They don’t test their ingredients or products on animals, and they have pulled their products from being sold in mainland China after a relatively brief trial period.
For a while, things got a bit dicey with Burt’s Bees. They’ve always been known as a cruelty-free, earth-friendly, and eco-conscious brand, but when they entered into the Chinese market in 2017, their status went a bit south in the eyes of consumers.
They maintained that they continued not to test their products on animals or allow third parties to do so for them and they claimed that they’d found a loophole that allowed them exemption from China’s animal testing laws. Because they were selling “non-special use” cosmetics, they believed (or claimed to believe) that the products they were selling in China wouldn’t be subject to those outdated laws.
There’s more to the story, though. Each brand that sells cosmetics or beauty care products in mainland China has to agree to the potential for animal testing on the products they’re selling. This applies to both pre-market and post-market phases. We’ve found no loophole that allows companies to bypass China’s laws, no matter how creatively described they are.
But wait – there’s even more. just as we were about to give up on them, Burt’s Bees made a crucial change to their policy. The products that they sell in mainland China went from being produced there and sold in stores to strictly being sold online, so no animal testing is required.
After only a brief stumble, Burt’s Bees is returned to cruelty-free status, where they lived for over 32 years, and hopefully, where they’ll remain for the remainder of their existence. We respect their desire to widen their reach, sell to more people, and make a greater profit, but what we admire even more is that they changed their policies pretty quickly after they realized how hard their loyal customers were taking the change.
Yes, you read that right. Burt’s Bees listened and made a positive change. Many other companies could learn a thing or two about the way this situation was handled. They made a few questionable choices, but it seems that they’ve really redeemed themselves since then. And who doesn’t make a mistake or two now and then?
Burt’s Bees is pretty well known for their addictive lip balms, but they offer a pretty wide variety of other products, too. For beginners, they have a handy foundation shade finder and a lip shade finder on their website to help you get started.
As an added bonus, they offer free shipping on your next purchase when you sign up for their email list. They call the list “The Hive,” and subscribers “Hive Members.” How adorable is that? Not quite as adorable as the soul-soothing Leaping Bunny logo, but still pretty cute.
On top of the popular lip balms, versatile foundations, and lips shimmers, here are a few of their other best-selling products:
- Nourishing mascara
- Volumizing shampoo
- Full-coverage liquid makeup
- Moisturizing cream for sensitive skin
- Moisturizing cream for skin renewal/firming
Burt’s Bees also offers night creams, blushes, eye shadows, firming serums, tinted moisturizers, eyeliners, lip and cheek sticks, and so much more. Their carefully and thoughtfully curated gift sets are affordable and versatile, too. They make the perfect gift for the office gift swap, a family member, or a stocking stuffer/bonus birthday gift for your significant other.
If you’re looking for alternatives or products that you can’t find on the Burt’s Bees website, here are some other popular companies that are following in their cruelty-free footsteps:
- The Body Shop
- Bare Minerals
- Urban Decay
- Everyday Minerals
- Physician’s Formula
- Nude by Nature
- Becca Cosmetics
- Kat Von D
Burt’s Bees is a versatile company with a product line that you can be proud of and feel good about. The same is true for each of the alternative companies listed above, too. They range from very budget-friendly (ELF and The Body Shop) to a bit pricy (Lush and Urban Decay), so you have options at every level.
When you shop cruelty-free, you’re protecting creatures that can’t speak for themselves.
As if that’s not enough to make the decision a no-brainer, cruelty-free companies typically also pay more attention to what they’re putting into their products. That means that you can enjoy products with fewer harsh ingredients, so they’re less likely to irritate your skin.
The companies listed above are just a few out of hundreds that have already made the switch to cruelty-free products or are working on doing that as we speak. The list continues to grow every day, and we can help it grow faster by showing our support and joining the movement.
Now is the perfect time to clear the clutter out of our medicine cabinets, bathroom drawers, and dresser tops, and replace these chemical-laden products of the past with versatile, mindful, cruelty-free alternatives. As yet another added bonus, because they tend to work so well and serve a variety of purposes, you may find that you need fewer products once you make the switch, too.
Better for the animals, better for you, and better for your budget; what could be better than that? Whether you’re buying for yourself, a friend, or someone else you care about, these are products that won’t give you buyers’ remorse.
Happy cruelty-free shopping, everyone!