I've been wanting to try "Lurk", Mary! I saw the brand listed on "Beautyhabit". Tell me more about their blends, if you've tried them. They read as, predominantly, kind of peppery and floral.
Another great brand is "Maroma" which makes a nice "Sweet Santal" oil. I love their "Desert Spring", which smells like fresh, grassy greens poking out of sunbaked earth. The brand is enviro-ethical, runs like a co-op in India, is fair trade and on their US website, they make it clear that they never test on animals, their fragrances don't contain phthalates or parabens and while they try to use only natural notes, not synthetic, they always go for synthetic interpretations of animalic notes, where needed -- no animal products are in their blends.
Here's a link to new EU standards for anyone selling cosmetic products in the EU. In 2007, a ban on animal testing of products made in The EU, was supposed to be in effect but that didn't stop foreign brands from selling products there that had been tested on animals, elsewhere. Now, this March, companies that use animal testing outside of The EU, will no longer be able to sell their products in The EU:
PETA spent $33,000 on a grant in November 2012, to train students in China to test products for safety using alternatives to animal testing, so, hopefully, the days of testing cosmetics on animals, will soon be over. China still requires domestic and foreign brands to test their cosmetics products on animals, first, before allowing those brands access to The Chinese Market. But now that Chinese brands will be unable to sell their wares in The EU, that might quickly change.
EU Set to Ban Animal Testing for Cosmetics Forever
EU set to ban animal testing for cosmetics
LONDON, January 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Campaign pioneers The Body Shop and Cruelty Free International celebrate after 20 years of activism
After over 20 years of campaigning, ethical beauty retailer The Body Shop and non-profit organisation Cruelty Free International are finally celebrating the end to animal testing for cosmetics in Europe with the anticipated announcement that the import and sale of animal tested cosmetic products and ingredients is to be banned in the EU on 11th March 2013.
This ground breaking victory means that from 11th March onwards, anyone who wishes to sell new cosmetic products and ingredients in the EU must not test them on animals anywhere in the world. The ban affects all cosmetics including toiletries and beauty products from soap to toothpaste. The Body Shop is one of the few beauty brands who will not be affected by the ban, having always been Against Animal Testing.
The Body Shop and Cruelty Free International are launching a range of special commemorative activities in the countdown to 11th March, sparked by personal confirmation from Commissioner Tonio Borg that the ban is due to go ahead as proposed. Mr Borg wrote in a recent letter to the animal testing campaigners, "I believe that the ban should enter into force in March 2013 as Parliament and Council have already decided. I am therefore not planning to propose a postponement or derogation to the ban."
The proposed ban sends a strong message worldwide in support of cruelty free beauty and in particular to countries such as China, who still demand animal testing for cosmetics, to also respond and ban testing on animals.
Cruelty Free International Chief Executive, Michelle Thew said: "This is truly an historic event and the culmination of over 20 years of campaigning. Now we will apply our determination and vision on a global stage to ensure that the rest of the world follows this lead."
Paul McGreevy , International Values Director at The Body Shop paid tribute to customers who have supported the company's campaign against animal testing in cosmetics for many years and said: "This great achievement in Europe is only the closure of one chapter. The future of beauty must be cruelty free."
In 1991, the BUAV (founder of Cruelty Free International) established a European coalition of leading animal protection organisations across Europe (ECEAE) with the objective to end the use of animal testing for cosmetics. This set in motion a high-profile public and political campaign across Europe spanning over 20 years. In 1993, The Body Shop, the first beauty company to take action on animal testing for cosmetics, supported the campaign by enlisting the support of its consumers across Europe. Three years later in 1996, Dame Anita Roddick , founder of The Body Shop, joined members of the ECEAE and MEPs in presenting a petition containing 4 million signatures to the European Commission.
In 2012, the BUAV established Cruelty Free International, the first global organisation dedicated to ending cosmetics animal testing worldwide. The Body Shop together with Cruelty Free International launched a new international campaign which has so far resulted in customers from 55 countries signing a global pledge supporting an end to animal testing for cosmetics forever.
The EU ban on the import and sale of animal tested products has been planned since 2009, however many beauty companies were expecting the ban to be delayed or derogated , allowing them to continue testing cosmetic products and ingredients on animals until they could find alternative methods. However, the new European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, Tonio Borg , confirmed in a recent letter that the ban is to remain in place.
"I believe that the ban should enter into force in March 2013 as Parliament and Council have already decided. I am therefore not planning to propose a postponement or derogation to the ban. This decision also means that we need to step up our efforts in the development, validation and acceptance of alternative methods as well as in the international recognition of these methods. I know that ECEAE has been a valuable and knowledgeable partner in these areas and I count on your future support."
Cruelty Free International Chief Executive Michelle Thew is meeting with Commissioner Tonio Borg on Wednesday 30th January on behalf of the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE) to discuss the implementation of the ban.
Also, realize, that this will prevent cosmetics brands, like those owned by LVMH, from selling any new products that have been tested on animals after March 2013, in The EU, so these brands will really be forced to choose their path.
I was never able to wear store-bought perfume most of my life, because I'd always get sick. I can't even get near someone with a strong perfume without getting a headache. But, a few years ago I tried using essential oils and it's the first time I've never gotten sick wearing a scent. In Chicago they have a small store in Lincoln Park, where you can have personal scents made to order. They mix different essentials based on what you like, and then they store that information for further purchases. They've also made their own versions of popular perfumes on the market, using essential oils. I'm sure there have to be more of these types of stores across the country.
Supposedly, "Stella McCartney" is still cruelty-free and since they sell in Hong Hong, rather than mainland China, the animal testing rules are different. I don't know. I love the brand and Stella's personal choices, regarding animals -- as well as her family's -- has long been strongly ethical, so I would hope her brand would continue honoring those principles that she follows, no matter who owns it. She was one of the first designers to actively refuse to use fur or leather in her designs and has long been a vegetarian activist. While I'm still a little leery on the parent company practices with other brands, "Stella McCartney" fragrances are a tentative "go". They're certainly more humane than most other mainstream perfume brands/houses. If anything emerges that clarifies this better or changes this statement, I'll be sure to pass it along.
Ava Anderson has 3 essential-oil based scents that are non-toxic, chemical-free, gluten-free, organic and not animal tested...they are named "love", "hope" and "joy". They come in an easy roller ball glass, and smell amazing. As a disclaimer, I do sell Ava Anderson myself, as I use and believe in their products! You can learn more at www.AvaAndersonMA.com