I love seeing larger brands taking initiative and making decisions that are kinder to the environment. Garnier is now approved by Cruelty Free International under the Leaping Bunny programme! This means they do not physically sell any products in mainland China or have them tested by other companies. I can imagine they will take a hit financially however this is a commendable and ethical decision they have taken. I’m hoping other large brands such as MAC, Bobbi Brown and NARS join them too. These are three makeup brands that I stopped using back in 2017 as they tested on animals.
Back to Garnier, even though they are a cruelty-free company now, they are owned by Loreal which still tests on animals. I am all for supporting companies who are owned by parents companies who test on animals as I feel they are moving in the right direction. So is this really the time to boycott them? Also they will have access to larger and more sophisticated labs that may find even more alternatives to animal testing, making products safer for us and also products that are kind to the environment. These are purely my own thoughts and you should make your own mind up about how you feel about parent companies who test on animals. Another thing about Garnier – prior to going cruelty free they advertised that they have vegan products – I saw it as a marketing tact as many people may assume they are also cruelty free. A product is vegan when its made using plant-based ingredients, however if it has to be tested on animals I don’t think it can be called a vegan product. Thankfully that has now changed.
Even though Garnier is cruelty-free, they aren’t a 100% vegan company as yet, but I hope they’ll be moving in that direction. It makes sense really as so many companies are doing it.
With regards to their packaging – they seem quite open about letting consumers know what an be recycled and what can’t. The website tells you exactly which items can be recycled and which need to be binned (or you could recycle them via the Boots recycling scheme).
I haven’t used sheet masks for a few years – firstly because they aren’t usually biodegradable. They are changing now however I’m unsure whether the packaging can be recycled or not. They may need to be put in the bin or recycled via Boots recycling I think? I’ll read up on this and get back to you. A lot of the tubes can’t be recycled however I’m hoping Garnier is already looking into this and will be tackling this soon. On their website they state ‘By 2025 all packaging will also be either reusable, recyclable or compostable,’ which is great news!
I would love to see a curly hair selection of products rather than just frizzy. So many of us have embraced the frizz and found curls were hiding under the frizz during the first lockdown!
So I haven’t used Garnier since 2017 and to be honest I don’t actually remember what I used to buy from there so I was having a quick at their website and have summarised some of their products that are said to be good for dry skin. I haven’t tried them as yet so I’m literally just going by what I think sounds good and will be adding them to my list to try out.
Organic Rosy Glow 3in1 Youth Cream
I’d love to know if you have any favourites that you would recommend. Let me know in the comments.
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