Monday, 9 July 2012

Urban Decay decides NOT to sell in China

I remember seeing a tweet last month that UD were going to allow Chinese laboratories to test their makeup so they could sell in China.

There's some Law they have there that you can't sell makeup in this market (without it being firstly tested on animal's) and I saw red immediately!

I'm becoming more aware of testing on animals and cruelty free  - in this day and age (IMO) there's no need to product test makeup on animal's so I decided then and there not to buy anymore UD products.

Then I tweeted about it, posted about how unhappy I was on their Facebook and received a standard response that it wasn't them testing it etc but allowing anyone to test your makeup on animal's is tantamount to doing it yourself - in my opinion, but now after a big uproar, it seems they've changed their mind.

I saw the following posted on their website and I wanted to mention it so UD fans know about the change, you can continue buy UD products knowing it's not tested on animal's and it's cruelty free!

UD Decides Not to Sell in China

After careful consideration of many issues, we have decided not to start selling Urban Decay products in China. While several factors were important in reaching this decision, ultimately we did not feel we could comply with current regulations in China and remain true to our core principles. We know there are many progressive consumers in China who would embrace an opportunity to purchase non-animal tested products - our hope remains that we have the chance to offer Urban Decay products to these consumers someday in the future.

Following our initial announcement, we realized that we needed to step back, carefully review our original plan, and talk to a number of individuals and organizations that were interested in our decision. We regret that we were unable to respond immediately to many of the questions we received, and appreciate the patience our customers have shown as we worked through this difficult issue.

Since our founding in 1996, we have been committed to ending animal testing in the cosmetics industry. As demonstrated by the renewed support we have received from organizations like PETA and the CCIC, this principle remains at our core. Urban Decay does not test its finished products on animals, nor do we allow others to test on our behalf, and we require our suppliers to certify that the raw materials used in the manufacture of our products are not tested on animals. Urban Decay is proud to be 100% cruelty-free.

If you have additional questions, please email us at

If you want to read this statement on UD's website click here.

I don't have any plans on buying UD anytime soon I'm pretty set with the 15th Anniversary and if I ever get my NAKED 2 palette which is in the UK then I'll have enough but I'm resisting the build you own palette at the moment, that'd be the only thing I want from them but I don't need it.

I'm pretty pleased they've taken this decision but I guess that doesn't mean they won't give up on launching there indefinitely so I'll try and keep you up to date on whether China changes their law about makeup brands launching in China must be tested on animal's or whether UD decide to give up launching there for the foreseeable future. I don't begrudge them the opportunity to launch in China to a new market and stop fans from trying their makeup but I have a problem with animal testing and animal cruelty.

This call's for a Celebration so I'm skipping from here to the corner shop to buy some lollies aka sweeties. 

What a great result and it's thanks to all of you who spread the word, discussed this with each other and complained to Urban Decay through Twitter and Facebook and by emailing them, together we have achieved something big and UD couldn't ignore our opinions about it.

Here's a pat on the back to each and every one of you, please comment about it the decision, below.

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