Here at Logical Harmony, there are a lot of questions that get asked time and time again. For the ease of readers, these have been compiled into an FAQ section. If you still can’t find what you are looking for, please do not hesitate to contact us!
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Cruelty-Free & Vegan Brand List
Why are some brands listed on the Logical Harmony Brands to Avoid list, but other sites say that they are cruelty-free?
We personally reach out to every company listed as a brand you can trust, grey area brand or brand to avoid with specific questions, requirements, and information needed from them. In order to list them as a trusted brand, I make sure that the company or a representative of the company can completely answer all of my specific and unique questions in a clear manner. If I am unable to get a clear response, the brand is listed as a grey area brand. I cannot speak for the process of any other blog, website, or organization.
How does Logical Harmony define “cruelty-free”?
There is currently no legal definition of the term “cruelty-free”, so it can mean different things to different people. We use “cruelty-free” to say that a brand is not testing on animals, does not use any ingredients that have been tested on animals, and is not testing on animals when required by law. A brand can be cruelty-free and still use animal ingredients. All brands mentioned on Logical Harmony are cruelty-free.
How does Logical Harmony define “vegan”?
Vegan means that there are no animal ingredients or animal bi-products in the products. All products featured on Logical Harmony are vegan.
If a brand is listed by PETA, Leaping Bunny, or Cruelty-Free International as cruelty-free are they automatically added to the cruelty-free brand list on Logical Harmony?
No. We ask that all brands listed submit specific information before they are added to the list on Logical Harmony. In my view, brands should be consistently clear and transparent about their cruelty-free status and animal testing practices. If they cannot be, it’s a cause for concern and something the brand needs to work on.
A brand I love isn’t included! How can I suggest them?
What specific questions do you ask brands?
In order to recognize a brand as cruelty-free, there is a very specific process and specific questions that must be answered by higher-ups at the brand. The details of these questions and the process are very lengthy and are unique to Logical Harmony.
A brand has “not tested on animals” printed on their packaging or states “we are cruelty-free” on their FAQ. Why are they on the Grey Area or Brands to Avoid list?
These specific terms are not only unregulated but also do not give any consumer insight into the larger picture of a brands animal testing stance. Brands who state that they are cruelty-free or have “not tested on animals” on their packaging but are on the Grey Area or Brands to Avoid list either could not give clear answers or gave answers to indicate that animal testing is occurring on their products in some way.
I represent a brand! How can we get added to the cruelty-free brand list?
Please submit the contact form and get in touch! We will then follow up with our unique set of questions for your brand to answer.
Animal Testing in the EU, China, and United States
Do you have any blog posts that explain more about animal testing as required by law in China?
I do! It’s important to me that everyone be as educated as possible about these issues. Animal testing is required by law for beauty companies to sell their products in China. However, there are some specific details that are good to know and I would suggest reading the following posts –
- Animal Testing and China – What You Need to Know (published on June 17, 2012)
- Are Items Imported Into China Tested on Animals? (published on August 6, 2013)
- China Plans to Phase Out Mandatory Cosmetics Animal Testing (published November 9, 2013)
- Updates on China’s Potential Change in Animal Testing Laws (published November 9, 2013)
- China’s Cosmetic Definitions – How Could They Effect Animal Testing Laws? (published January 16, 2014)
- Are Cosmetics Made in China Cruelty Free? (published May 7, 2014)
- China Takes First Step Towards Ending Animal Testing (published June 30, 2014)
Do you have any blog posts that explain more about the EU ban on animal testing?
I do! The EU ban on animal testing is a huge step in the right direction when it comes to banning animal tests worldwide. However, there are a lot of misconceptions out there about what the ban does and does not cover. A common belief is that brands who sell in the EU are no longer doing any animal testing of any kind. This is untrue. It’s important to remember that the EU ban applies only to the EU. Here are some articles that would be good to read to help understand the EU animal testing ban –
- EU Confirms Ban on Animal Testing (published February 7, 2013)
- How the EU Ban on Animal Testing is Effecting Brands – Shiseido (published March 4, 2013)
- What Does the EU Ban on Animal Testing Mean for Brands Selling Where Testing is Required by Law? (published March 25, 2013)
- Industry Bid Could Overturn EU Cosmetics Animal Testing Ban (published November 25, 2014)
- Campaigners Condemn Industry’s Legal Bid to Weaken EU Cosmetics Animal Testing Ban (published December 12, 2014)
Do you have any blog posts that explain more about animal testing in the United States?
Definitely! Animal testing is a re-emerging topic in the United States because there are currently two proposed Acts that have been presented to the US Government. One would ban animal testing and the other would require an increase in animal testing.
- Animal Testing Could Soon be Required by Law in the United States (published February 5, 2014)
- Proposed Humane Cosmetics Act Would End Animal Testing in the US (published March 6, 2014)
- An Update on the Humane Cosmetics Act & the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act (published April 16, 2014)
- What Does the Safe Cosmetics Act Mean for Animal Testing? (published December 22, 2014)
Questions about Logical Harmony
How often does the Cruelty-Free Brand List get updated?
This list is updated often. There’s a last updated date that lets you know when the last update was.
Can I use your content on my own blog, website or publication?
It is okay to share one photo from a blog post with a link back to the original blog post. You can also pin images from Logical Harmony to Pinterest. Please do not post the entire content or more than 3 sentences of any blog post, article, page, recipe, or step-by-step image without written permission. No part of the Cruelty-Free & Vegan Brands List may be used without written permission. Please email me and let me know what content you are interested in sharing. All content on Logical Harmony is protected by copyright laws. Content associated with other sources is credited where possible.
I want to start my own cruelty-free blog, can you give me a list of questions you ask brands?
Unfortunately, I cannot. The questions that I ask brands are very specific and very unique. They can only be used by Logical Harmony.
I posted a comment but do not see it on the post. Did I do something wrong?
Not at all! Logical Harmony receives lots of comments each day. Most of these comments require a personal response. Because of this comment moderation is turned on. I read and reply to every comment as soon as I have the answer that you are looking for!
Questions about Tashina
How long have you been vegan?
I have been vegan since 2011. The change was gradual for me – I started cutting out animal products from my diet 16 years ago. When I decided that I wanted to go vegan, I wanted to have a vegan diet and lifestyle. Thus, Logical Harmony transitioned from a regular beauty blog into a vegan beauty blog.
How long have you been blogging?
I first started blogging over 15 years ago. My first blogs were all personal blogs. Over time, this transitioned into a fashion blog, then a beauty blog. Logical Harmony has been running as a beauty blog since 2005 and as a cruelty-free and vegan beauty blog since 2011.
Do you blog full-time?
Yes! As of late 2017, Logical Harmony is my full-time job!