Great news, from 11th March 2013, all ingredients in cosmetic products, as well as the finished products themselves, cannot be tested on animals in Europe. In addition, products tested on animals cannot be sold in Europe.
“The Cosmetics Directive provides the regulatory framework for the phasing out of animal testing for cosmetics purposes. It establishes a prohibition to test finished cosmetic products and cosmetic ingredients on animals (testing ban), and a prohibition to market in the European Union finished cosmetic products and ingredients included in cosmetic products which were tested on animals for cosmetics purposes (marketing ban). The same provisions are contained in the Cosmetics Regulation, which replaces the Cosmetics Directive as of 11 July 2013.
The testing ban on finished cosmetic products applies since 11 September 2004; the testing ban on ingredients or combination of ingredients applies since 11 March 2009.
The marketing ban applies since 11 March 2009 for all human health effects with the exception of repeated-dose toxicity, reproductive toxicity and toxicokinetics. For these specific health effects the marketing ban applies since 11 March 2013, irrespective of the availability of alternative non-animal tests.”
Now, when is the rest of the world going to catch up?
Today I went along to Ireland’s Pregnancy and Baby Fair at the RDS.
I love this show and I think that Claire and Jen have done an amazing job to bring this standard of event to Ireland. It was lovely to see all the babies and bumps there, enjoying the day and even finding some bargains. What was also lovely to see was the wide range of Eco Baby products at the event. I saw Earth Mother and Eco Baby both with stands there.
I saw stands selling: Burts Bees Baby Range, Weleda Baby Range, Trilogy for Mama, Ecover and all other manner of Eco Products at the event. I was also delighted to spot Irish made Bia Beauty there too. This Cork based company makes creates handmade beauty products from scratch and is 100% Irish. I was tempted by almost everything on show – from the beautiful exfoliators to body creams but I couldnt resist a cute little tin of lip balm – chai latte flavoured! Yum!
Congrats to the girls who organise the fair, who launched the Huggy Bloom brand at the fair too – with a fabulous range of childrens furniture (cot and daybed). 100% Irish and Solid wood too. Looking forward to next year already.
There are so many beauty brands out there, many of them claiming to be organic and natural. But which ones really work and are available in Ireland?
This is a quest I’ve been on for a while now and will be documenting my findings here. Would love to hear your thoughts though!