No matter what your stance is on using cruelty free and vegan products, there’s no doubt that you’ve heard of Paul Mitchell. Started over 30 years ago, Paul Mitchell has been one of the biggest names in hair care since. From salons that offer services from hair cuts to dye jobs to waxing even down to bottles of product that you can get at Target, Paul Mitchell is everywhere. It’s also a company that is cruelty free and has a lot of vegan options.
Update on July 25, 2012 – I have spoken to a representative of Paul Mitchell who has assured me that their stance on animal testing is not going to change! Paul Mitchell is not going to sell their products in China until there are alternatives to animal testing readily available. This is what they had to say about Paul Mitchell, animal testing and the possibility of selling in China –
“Since our company’s founding over 30 years ago, we have been committed to being a cruelty-free company. We do not conduct or condone animal testing on our products. We will not attempt to market products in China until alternative methods to animal testing have been accepted by the government. We are honored and encouraged to be working with China to bring about positive change. We always have been and always will be cruelty-free!”
As with all companies that Logical Harmony supports, I asked that Paul Mitchell provide me with a little information about what cruelty free means to them. In order for me to consider a company cruelty free, they must fall under a few standards. Since there is no regulation for the term, many companies can claim to be cruelty free when only the finished product is not tested on animals. I asked Paul Mitchell if their products are tested on animals at any point during production by themselves, an affiliate or a third party. I also asked if the ingredients used in their products are tested on animals at any point by themselves, an affiliate or a third party. This is the response that I received –
“Absolutely not. In accordance with our cruelty-free policy, none of our products or ingredients used in the products are tested on animals, either by Paul Mitchell or its suppliers.”
Logical Harmony is proud to support Paul Mitchell as a cruelty free brand!!!!
When Aveda changed their stance on animal testing (along with all other Estee Lauder Brands) it left Paul Mitchell as the only mainstream hair care line that was still cruelty free and had vegan options. As their own website states –
We were the first professional beauty company to stand up against animal testing, and we’ve long been a leader in the global effort to protect consumers from tampered products.
It’s my sad duty to report that recently Paul Mitchell has been reconsidering their stance on animal testing in order to sell their products in China. As many of you know, it’s required by law that all beauty products sold in China be tested on animals. Like other beauty industry giants, Paul Mitchell is seeing the possibility of financial gain by selling in China as being more important than staying true to their stance on animal testing.
What can you do?
Contact Paul Mitchell and tell them how important it is to you that they keep their cruelty free status! It’s not too late to get them to think twice about expanding to China! Afterall, this worked with Urban Decay. Their contact us page has an email address listed as well as a phone number.
Email Paul Mitchell – email@example.com
Call Paul Mitchell – 1-800-793-8790
You can easily copy and paste the following into an email and send it to Paul Mitchell. It’s important to use your voice and let them know that you won’t support them testing on animals in order to sell in China. They haven’t made the decision yet, so timing is really important.
Please let me know if you submit a letter to Paul Mitchell or call them! Please note that they have not yet made this change. Paul Mitchell is currently still a cruelty free brand. Let them know what you think while they are still just considering selling in China. Don’t wait until it’s too late!
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