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Smashbox is No Longer Cruelty Free

Smashbox is No Longer Cruelty Free

Just like fellow Estee Lauder brand MAC Cosmetics, Smashbox has also had a change of heart when it comes to their stance on animal testing. Smashbox is a brand that I have promoted here on Logical Harmony before. They didn’t used to test on animals, use ingredients that were tested, and they offered a lot of vegan options. Smashbox had quite possibly the best customer service when it came to helping people find vegan options, too. This is why sharing this news is so sad.

2016 Update

In 2015, Smashbox changed their public facing animal testing policy to the following.

“Animal Welfare

Do you test on animals?
We don’t test on animals, nor ask others to test on our behalf, except where required by law.

What countries require animal testing?
China, most notably, in addition to a few others that conduct testing by law of cosmetic products or ingredients to demonstrate safety.

Does Smashbox sell in any of these countries?
No.

What are we doing to end animal testing?
Our founders launched with a commitment to end animal testing, and that commitment remains. For instance, we only conduct or commission in vitro/human volunteer testing to show our products are safe, and we’re part of the European Partnership for Alternatives to Animal Testing, among other efforts.

Thank you for reading—and caring!”

It is great that Smashbox has pulled out of the Chinese market! This is definitely worth commending them for as it’s a huge step for a brand to make that change in the right direction. However, they still state that they do test when required by law. I have reached out to them several times to try and find out why they still state this.

Required by law animal testing can happen in any country around the world and is not exclusive to China. It is also not exclusive to finished products.

Does this mean they use ingredients that are required to be tested on animals or that some of their formulations are required to be tested on animals? Or is this just something their parent company requires they include but it has no impact on their animal testing stance?

I have been unable to get clarity from Smashbox. While I would love to state that they are cruelty-free, I am simply not comfortable doing so at this time.


Original post:

For years, I’ve relied on Smashbox to give me great products that I knew were not tested on animals. After I decided to go vegan, I thought that I could rely on them for vegan options. Their former customer service department was extremely helpful and was even willing to check on specific shades of products to find out if they were vegan or not. Knowing that, for the first time in years, I will need to replace my PhotoFinish Foundation Primer is just heartbreaking. A lot of people were upset by the news about MAC, but I’m a Smashbox girl and have been for years. To say that I am disappointed would be an understatement.

Just as with MAC, Smashbox is owned by Estee Lauder. This company has been openly testing on animals for a long time, and with all the recent changes to their once cruelty free brands, I wanted to check in on Smashbox as well. By some standards, Smashbox being owned by Estee Lauder is enough to not consider them cruelty free. With a parent company that supports animal testing, any profit Smashbox makes does then support animal cruelty. However, I’ve always found it best to support the animal friendly brands and let people make their own decisions about the parent companies.

Normally I post the entire email response from companies, but this email from Smashbox has a disclosure that prohibits me from doing so without permission. I have emailed asking for permission to copy the entire email but have received no reply. So I am only going to re-post one sentence here, and, just like with MAC, it is the only sentence that matters.

Smashbox has a longstanding policy to not test on animals, nor ask others to test on our behalf, except when required by law.

This means that Smashbox is no longer cruelty free and now tests on animals. It seems that Estee Lauder has decided opening up their brands to a bigger consumer market outweighs the benefits of Smashbox being a cruelty free company with lots of vegan options.

Because of this, Logical Harmony will no longer be supporting Smashbox cosmetics. All previous posts mentioning them will have a disclaimer added and Smashbox will be removed from any lists of cruelty free or vegan cosmetics. Also, just as with MAC, both PETA and PETA UK have quietly removed Smashbox from their lists of brands who don’t test on animals.

 

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76 Comments

  • Reply Carissa Gatewood Sunday - June 19, 2016 at 4:02 am

    I’ve read that Smashbox has changed their animal testing policy again here in 2016. Are they now cruelty free?

    • Reply Tashina Combs Monday - June 20, 2016 at 5:07 pm

      They have not changed their policy again in 2016.

    • Reply Tashina Combs Sunday - October 18, 2015 at 7:34 pm

      Hi Liliya,

      As you can see on their own site, Smashbox still states that they do test when required by law. http://www.smashbox.com/customer_service/faq#animal_testing

      • Reply Jessica Tuesday - December 8, 2015 at 10:31 pm

        Smash box wrote me and they do not sell in any county where it is required to test on animals.

        • Reply Tashina Combs Sunday - December 20, 2015 at 2:15 pm

          Hi Jessica,

          They have changed their FAQ recently to state that to do not sell in countries, such as China. However, animal testing as required by law can mean that the items are tested on to comply with local laws in regulations in many countries. This includes the EU and the US as well. Even if they are no longer selling in China, they do still sell in countries where animal testing may be required by law in some situations and they also still state that testing may occur as required by law. Because of this, I cannot consider them to be cruelty free. I did see your comment to them on Instagram suggesting that they talk to me. I have tried to reach out since then but have not received a reply.

  • Reply Sylvana Wednesday - August 5, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Great work, I knew about Estée Lauder, I used to work for Smashbox & after the acquisition a few top employees quit. I checked the peta website, if you had not investigated. I’d still be purchasing their products. Unrelated :Smashbox has aspartame , & sucrose in their make up , as far as I know sugar is PRO-oxidant , increases wrinkles. 🙁

    • Reply Tashina Combs Sunday - August 9, 2015 at 9:12 pm

      That’s so interesting that they use those ingredients. I can’t think of any reason to include them.

  • Reply Jennifer Monday - September 29, 2014 at 9:20 am

    You should read the rest of what they have to say. It’s only required by law in certain countries. AND THEY DONE SEE THEIR PRODUCT IN THOSE COUNTRIES. They have to say where required by law. But they don’t see in those countries so they are still cruelty-free. Oye.

    • Reply Tashina Combs Monday - September 29, 2014 at 11:02 am

      Hi Jennifer,

      They have changed their FAQ recently to state that to do not sell in countries, such as China. However, animal testing as required by law can mean that the items are tested on to comply with local laws in regulations in many countries. This includes the EU and the US as well. Even if they are no longer selling in China, they do still sell in countries where animal testing may be required by law. They also still state that testing may occur as required by law. Because of this, I cannot consider them to be cruelty free.

      • Reply Mary Thursday - October 30, 2014 at 9:58 am

        Hi Tashina, I know Smashbox state “unless required by law” but that is only because they are owned by Estée Lauder. Smashbox states that they do not sell their products in any country that requires animal testing by law. It would be illegal for them to say that if it weren’t true. Smashbox is cruelty free. It’s even on the bunny free app as being cruelty free.

        • Reply Tashina Combs Friday - October 31, 2014 at 9:01 am

          Hi Mary,

          Until recently, Smashbox was sold in China where animal testing is required by law. They did not have a required by law testing stance until just before they entered the Chinese market. There are no laws or regulations on the term cruelty free anywhere in the world. Brands can test on animals themselves and still claim to be cruelty free. There are also other instances, aside from selling in China, that may cause a brand to state that they test as required by law. It could be that they are using ingredients that the US or EU requires to be tested on animals.

          I think that everyone should decide what is best for themselves. I don’t base my information off 3rd parties. If you feel comfortable purchasing from Smashbox, then it’s okay for you to make that choice for yourself. I just do not feel comfortable endorsing any brand as cruelty free when they state that they may allow for testing to occur.

          • Mary Sunday - November 2, 2014 at 5:53 pm

            Thanks Tashina, I never thought about it like that, about the ingredients. Courtney from Phyrra beauty believes smashbox to be cruelty free. I just don’t know what to think so I think I’ll just stay clear of smashbox to be on the safe side. There are plenty brands that are happy to state 100% cruelty free so I’ll be supporting those brands. Thanks for making me think twice 🙂

    • Reply Valerie Monday - April 20, 2015 at 3:12 pm

      Their FAQ…also mentions Europe:

      Do you test on animals?
      We don’t test on animals, nor ask others to test on our behalf, except where required by law.
      What countries require animal testing?
      China, most notably, in addition to a few others that conduct testing by law of cosmetic products or ingredients to demonstrate safety.
      Does Smashbox sell in any of these countries?
      No.
      What are we doing to end animal testing?
      Our founders launched with a commitment to end animal testing, and that commitment remains. For instance, we only conduct or commission in vitro/human volunteer testing to show our products are safe, and we’re part of the European Partnership for Alternatives to Animal Testing, among other efforts.

  • Reply Aimee Wednesday - July 16, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    I just checked the list of brands on PETA’s website and Smashbox is still listed as being cruelty free and does not test on animals? Has this changed since you wrote this article?

    • Reply Tashina Combs Friday - July 25, 2014 at 6:15 pm

      Hi Aimee,

      This has not. Smashbox still states that they test on animals “as required by law”. I am not sure why PETA lists them as cruelty free.

    • Reply Valerie Monday - April 20, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      They make note that they don’t sell in countries that test and still listed under PETA for cruelty-free company. They also have a stance to end it. We should give the company support as many companies cannot even make that stance.

      • Reply Tashina Combs Tuesday - May 12, 2015 at 7:26 am

        Unfortunately, since the brand states and has told me many times that they do test as required by law, I do not feel comfortable stating that they are cruelty free or supporting them. A brand can take part in required by law animal testing without selling in China. There are laws all over the world that would require animal testing of various kinds. So them stating that they do not sell in China any longer is not enough to assure me. Until they are able to state that they do not test on animals at all, they won’t be considered cruelty free by Logical Harmony.

  • Reply Cat Friday - June 13, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    What brand foundation do you use now?

    • Reply Tashina Combs Thursday - June 26, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      I currently use Wet’n’Wild. The CoverAll foundation is vegan!

  • Reply Bonnie Tuesday - May 6, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Companies have choices as to where to sell. Paul Mitchell does not sell in China. Urban Decay was going to but changed their stance but, unfortunately, got bought out by Lancome, ( I believe L’Oreal). So, keep looking. Not buying their products is the only thing they will understand.

  • Reply sandra cardo Monday - May 5, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    I love Smashbox–but now I have dropped it like a hot potato. I check out cosmetics before buying as I am an animal lover. Thanks for the info.

  • Reply Eliana Thursday - April 3, 2014 at 10:01 am

    PETA also needs to remove Victoria’s Secret from their list. I got a similar response from VS about animal testing when required by law. You should check this out!

    • Reply Tashina Combs Saturday - April 5, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      Hi Eliana,

      What did Victoria’s Secret say to you? I just checked with them 2 weeks ago and they confirmed that they did not partake in any animal testing – finished product, during production, directly, parent company, 3rd party, affiliate company or to comply with local laws and regulations. I’m curious what you were told and to why we got different responses.

      • Reply Eliana Saturday - April 5, 2014 at 6:05 pm

        Hi Tashina,

        I’ve noticed that the products are not coming with the animal testing wording anymore. This is the response they gave me 3 months ago (4th paragraph, 2nd sentence):

        “Hello Eliana,

        Thank you, so much, for taking the time to contact us. You have asked about our products. It is my privilege to respond to you personally.

        Victoria’s Secret does not test its products on animals, nor does it request any of our third party manufacturers, or anyone else, to perform such tests on its behalf. We utilize ingredients in our formulations that are judged safe, and we do not ask the supplier of those ingredients to perform any such tests on animals.

        Victoria’s Secret does not use any animal byproducts in its formulations where the animal is either slaughtered or harmed for the sole purpose of obtaining that material. We do condone the use of animal derived products where the animal is not harmed; for example, lanolin, milk, eggs, etc.

        We are currently transitioning the wording on many of our products. Let me reassure you that our company policy prohibits the testing of our branded products, formulations and ingredients on animals except in rare cases where a regulatory agency may by law specifically require such testing. We are Science Advisory Panel members and corporate contributors of the Institute for In Vitro Sciences, a non-profit, science-based organization dedicated to the advancement of alternative testing methods. We have been applauded by animal rights groups for not testing on animals and also for not selling products made from fur, exotic skins and Australian wool. This information can also be found onwww.limitedbrands.com under “Responsibility/Product Information”.

        Eliana, you’ve chosen Victoria’s Secret. We think of that as a privilege. So, if there’s anything more we can do for you, please email or call us any time.

        Sincerely yours,

        Tami M.
        Victoria’s Secret Beauty Customer Relations
        Phone 1.855.866.5810″

        • Reply Tashina Combs Saturday - April 5, 2014 at 6:08 pm

          Thank you for sharing this! I’m really curious as to why this was included in the statement you received but not the one that I received. I’ll definitely be looking into this further! I have a hard time when brands are inconsistent in their responses.

          • blushingbiddies Sunday - June 1, 2014 at 1:28 pm

            Oh no, with the phrasing “unless where required by law”…. that scares me. I know Victoria’s Secret is phasing out their makeup line, but they still have all their body lotions and fragrances… this is a HUGE disappointment if that’s the case.

          • Tashina Combs Sunday - June 1, 2014 at 1:31 pm

            They became more transparent about their stance a couple of months ago – http://logicalharmony.net/victorias-secret-is-no-longer-cruelty-free.

  • Reply Jenn Wednesday - January 8, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    This is so conflicting! Smashbox even has the Leaping Bunny logo on their products. 🙁 Leaping Bunny has even stricter policies than PETA does. I’m in shock!

    • Reply Tashina Wednesday - January 8, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      Hi Jenn,

      Smashbox doesn’t have the Leaping Bunny logo on their packaging but some packaging does have the PETA logo. I am unsure why PETA lists them as cruelty free still since their published stance is that they do test as required by law.

      • Reply Roz Wednesday - January 8, 2014 at 4:51 pm

        fyi I just bought smashbox at Ulta and was surprised when the bunny logo was gone and went to google to see if they were now testing-packaging has been updated, I will be taking it back because after reading your comments it looks as if they have changed their stance.

  • Reply Deanna Tuesday - October 29, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    When I emailed PETA a few months ago about Smashbox, this is the answer I received:

    “Estée Lauder’s subsidiary brands can be found at http://www.elcompanies.com/Pages/Our-Brands.aspx. We are still clarifying whether each of these brands are still cruelty-free or whether they are also marketing in China, and they have been removed from our “don’t test” list until we receive clarification, with the exception of Sean John, Aveda, and recently, Smashbox — which have assured us in writing that they remain committed to no animal testing. These three subsidiaries do not sell in China, or in any other country where animal tests are required by law, and we are happy to encourage caring people like you to support them and their cruelty-free commitments. PETA’s cruelty-free company list includes cruelty-free subsidiaries of parent companies that have not eliminated animal tests because we want to support positive steps that companies make for animals. If a subsidiary operates independently from a parent company, we hope that continued support of its products will send a positive message to the parent company, which will ultimately influence its policy. We do include a notation on our list indicating which companies are owned by a noncompliant parent company so that consumers are fully informed and can make their own choices.”

    (I just copied the important part)…So, perhaps Smashbox has decided to pull out of China?

    • Reply Tashina Tuesday - October 29, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      Hi Deanna,

      I’m not sure what PETA requires from brands to be listed. I have heard from several readers that Smashbox can be found in Sephora stores in China, despite not being listed on the website. Either way, the brands publicly state that they test on animals when required by law. If a brand cannot be open and honest about their policies, I don’t feel comfortable supporting them.

  • Reply Laura Thursday - September 12, 2013 at 8:08 am

    I just searched PETA’s website, and Smashbox still lists Smashbox as a company that does NOT test on animals. I will contact them to ask why this has not been changed.

  • Reply Laura Monday - August 5, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Hi – I’m really confused, Smashbox is still on the Peta list for being cruelty free! I don’t understand?

    • Reply Tashina Monday - August 5, 2013 at 4:50 pm

      Hi Laura!

      I am unsure as to why PETA is listing Smashbox as cruelty free and cannot speak on their behalf. Because Smashbox has told me in writing and has on their site that they do test on animals when required by law, I do not consider them to be cruelty free. You may want to reach out to PETA about this as well.

  • Reply Adriana Perciballi Thursday - July 4, 2013 at 7:24 am

    Thank you for sharing & I also am so very disappointed to learn this. Being a huge Smashbox fan for so many years for their high standards with animal testing, being disappointed is one of many disheartened feelings. I will be researching other choices for similar products.

  • Reply Christine Tuesday - June 4, 2013 at 12:02 am

    On the Peta website, they are listed as a company that do not test on animals?

    • Reply Tashina Tuesday - June 4, 2013 at 9:46 am

      Hi Christine!

      Smashbox told me that they test on animals “where required by law”. I cannot speak for why it may still be listed by PETA.

  • Reply ThePhnee Friday - May 3, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Hi!
    Great post! I am so disappointed too 🙁 since it’s so hard (at least in my country) to find cruelty -free and/or vegan products.
    Just curious, peta.org still lists smashbox as cruelty-free. Does smashbox sell in China? Is peta behind or did smashbox change their philosphy again?
    Because Urban Decay was removed from the cruelty-free list and added again now because of public pressure. Is it the same with smashbox maybe?

    I just wish we would stop all animal abuse and live a happy vegan life 😀

  • Reply Yashoda Thursday - May 2, 2013 at 3:52 am

    Great post- i too am devastated by Estee Lauder, etc decision to animal test for profit and will not be supporting them by buying their products. I have also written to all these companies expressing my extreme disappointment and hope that they will stop testing on animals

  • Reply keira Monday - April 29, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    What was the disclaimer they used preventing you from printing the whole letter? Are you sure it is actually legally binding or are they just trying to scare you? I would look into it.

  • Reply Hannah Tuesday - October 23, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    WHAT?! NO!!! I LOVE Smashbox! This is so sad, guess I’ll have to be on the look out for new brands:(

  • Reply jennifer Saturday - August 25, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    I’m furious. I just bought a lipstick and eyeliner yesterday after seeing the cruelty free badge on the cosmetics. I haven’t heard of the brand before but after MAC turned their back on principles for profit I have been hunting for a new brand which I thought I’d found yesterday! I’m angry that they can continue to use the logo when they are not cruelty free, is this allowed??!!
    Thanks for clearing this up though!

    • Reply admin Sunday - September 9, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      Hi Jennifer!

      Unfortunately, there is no regulation for the terms “Cruelty Free”, “Not Tested on Animals” etc. The PETA and Leaping Bunny certification logos that appear on a lot of products are an indicator that they are, in fact, cruelty free. However, many brands also have a similar logo that they use on their products to confuse consumers. It could also be possible that the packaging of your products was made before PETA removed their cruelty free endorsement of Smashbox as well.

  • Reply Bri Wednesday - July 25, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    I understand your anger towards this, but not all the information you have is true. Smashbox is still cruelty free unless it is require BY LAW. E.L. Isn’t going to pull everything out of China because of Chinas law. Smashbox is not testing on animals, the Chinese govnt is testing smashbox on animals.

    • Reply admin Wednesday - July 25, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      Deciding to sell your products in a market that requires that they be tested on animals is still animal testing. The reasons for testing on animals are a non issue. If you test on animals, required by law or not, you are still testing on animals. Choosing to sell your products in a market where it is required is choosing to support the testing of products on animals.

      • Reply winna Thursday - August 15, 2013 at 1:15 pm

        Well the issue is not the companies. it is the country. and if you want to NOT support the issue you need to look at everythign you get from china- right down to your smart phone. I do not let this stop me from buying any cosmetics. I know when i a company sells in china they would prefer as well NOT to animal test. they know it hampers sales. but i also know many of these companies participate in the efforts to STOP it because they are there. so you have to look at it from a bigger picture.
        MAny people that wildly object to animal testing – eat meat still. from cruel sources. I feel it is a bit hypocritical to pick and choose which animals to “fight for”.
        have a closer look at the items you use and consume in your house. you might be surprised what you find.

        • Reply Tashina Thursday - August 15, 2013 at 6:37 pm

          Hi Winna!

          Thanks for your comment. I think it’s definitely an issue that everyone has to decide for themselves on and the varying opinions are always great to hear. 🙂

  • Reply Emily P Sunday - May 20, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    I love your blog! It’s so insightful and really helpful for consumers who want to go Cruelty Free!

    • Reply admin Wednesday - July 25, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      Thank you so much, Emily!

  • Reply Deanna Wednesday - April 11, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    So disappointed to hear about this. I personally LOVE(D) Smashbox (and MAC) but will not be purchasing from them any longer. I can’t believe how little coverage there is online about their policy changes, I only found out about this TODAY because I was giving cruelty-free makeup advice and wanted to check and make sure the brands I was recommending were still listed on PETA’s “Do not test” list. SO disappointing 🙁

    • Reply admin Wednesday - July 25, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      Hi Deanna,

      I know how you feel. I loved Smashbox, too! I was so disappointed to hear that they had decided to make this change in their policy.

  • Reply MAY Sunday - April 8, 2012 at 3:48 am

    Thank you for this great post, it pains me a lot to know that smashbox is no longer cruelty free. I just recently found out that yves rocher test on animals too now, wich pain me too because I kept buying makeup and products from them because they were supposed to be cruelty free…

    • Reply Mike Monday - April 9, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      ARGH Yves Rocher too? Ive never had to cut out so many brands in a while! :'(

  • Reply Mike Saturday - March 31, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    A friend of mine tweeted about this, and they responded “Hi ladies, just wanted to assure you that Smashbox actually doesn’t sell in China, hope that helps!”
    Helps? I wouldn’t say that… if they supposedly don’t sell in china then they shouldn’t add the whole “required by law”…

    • Reply admin Wednesday - July 25, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      My guess is that this means they plan to start selling in China. Otherwise, why revise your animal testing policy?

      • Reply Emily Wednesday - September 5, 2012 at 11:14 pm

        I am guessing they had to revise their animal testing policy because they are now owned by EL, which apparently does sell in China.

  • Reply Jessica Saturday - March 31, 2012 at 7:28 am

    Thank you for being so thorough in your knowledge and investigation of companies. I saw that they are still listed as cruelty free with PETA. Do you think this is because it still meets their standards in that it isn’t the actual company doing the testing?

    • Reply admin Wednesday - July 25, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      Hi Jessica!

      Smashbox is no longer listed on PETA’s list of companies who do not test on animals. 🙁

  • Reply Kath Friday - March 30, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I’m also a Smashbox fan so I’m disappointed with this appalling move from them.

  • Reply Amalia Friday - March 30, 2012 at 4:57 am

    This is very disappointing. Try Tarte Cosmetics.

    • Reply Tashina Friday - March 30, 2012 at 10:29 am

      That’s for the suggestion, Amalia. I’ve heard a lot of wonderful things about Tarte. However, I haven’t purchased anything from them or featured them on Logical Harmony because they have been completely unresponsive to several requests about their stance on animal testing and ingredients. :-/

      • Reply Melanie Thursday - June 21, 2012 at 9:59 pm

        Tarte does not test on animals. They have the cruelty free logo on their products! I know this because I just bought some of their products at Sephora today.

  • Reply TJ Jordan Thursday - March 29, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    I, too, am a Smashbox fan and am saddened to read this. Thanks for the bad news; however, I now have a great excuse to try new primers, blushers and glosses.

    • Reply Tashina Friday - March 30, 2012 at 10:29 am

      That’s how I’m thinking of it too, TJ Jordan – an excuse to try a ton of new products. Hopefully we both find some good replacements!

  • Reply Moxie Thursday - March 29, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Tashina, as you know, I posted this to my Facebook Page to let others know what you found out about Smashbox. Although I don’t use anything from them, I am sick thinking about yet another company who is no longer cruelty free—thank you again for finding out about MAC. There is no reason to be torturing poor animals for testing.

    Thank you for letting us all know about about Smashbox, Tashina. 🙁

    x

    • Reply Tashina Friday - March 30, 2012 at 10:28 am

      Thanks for sharing this with your readers, Moxie! I really appreciate you helping to spread the word!

  • Reply MarciaF (beauty info zone) Thursday - March 29, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    I can’t believe how many companies are going backwards. You’d think they’d be more aware of how people feel about the earth nowadays.

    • Reply Tashina Friday - March 30, 2012 at 10:27 am

      I completely agree, MarciaF! It would be so easy to not test on animals or use any animal ingredients. It’s clear that these companies care far more about making money than anything else.

  • Reply Mariana Lemos Thursday - March 29, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Thank you for letting the world know of your company’s new substandard morals and ethics, you have just saved me quite a bit of money. I will never support or recommend your products.

    • Reply Tashina Friday - March 30, 2012 at 10:27 am

      Hi Mariana,

      While I do not represent Smashbox, I am glad to hear that you are no longer going to support a brand who tests on animals when it’s so unnecessary.

      • Reply Lynn Friday - January 3, 2014 at 8:01 am

        Hi Tashina, I went to sephora yesterday looking for cruelty-free lipstick. I was led to smashbox. When I returned home I checked the internet and found your blog. I followed the link you posted to PETA and while M.A.C. is still on the list, Smashbox is, in fact cruelty-free, according to them.

        Who to believe?

        • Reply Tashina Friday - January 3, 2014 at 8:04 am

          Hi Lynn,

          You are welcome to believe any party that you like. 🙂 If you ask Smashbox their stance on animal testing, they say that they test on animals as required by law. This is also the statement listed in their FAQ (http://www.smashbox.com/customer_service/faq#animal_testing). I am not sure what PETA’s standards are in order to be listed as a cruelty free brand. But, by my guidelines, Smashbox is not cruelty free.

          I hope this helps!

        • Reply Mars Monday - February 3, 2014 at 10:46 am

          I would trust Logical Harmony. Google Smashbox and China. Ask them on their FB page. Stila confirmed via Twitter that they started testing again and yet they remain on PETA’s list when you have proof right out of the mouth of Stila that they are no longer cruelty free. People have e-mailed them and the errors are not removed and are not explained. Who to believe seems quite easy in this instance.

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