California Banned Animal Testing In Cosmetics

Hey. Hi. Hello!

I’m currently sat on my couch waiting for my Chick Fil A to be delivered while thinking about how much I want to cry because Black Friday is coming up. Sure, for the normal person I’m sure Black Friday is the tits. BUT NOT FOR ME. I work in retail, which means I’ll be suffering, and most likely crying, while I get yelled at by customers. Oh boy I can’t wait.

I’m kidding. I can definitely wait. But, I’ll let you in on a little retail secret here. The deals are always better online now. PLUS, Black Friday starts online days before it starts in store. So, do us all a favor and stay at home. Or bring cookies when you go shopping to make us happy. Plz and Thnx.

Anyway, today isn’t about the worst shopping day of the year. No, instead it’s about something that actually makes me happy to talk about! If you’re invested in the Cruelty Free community then you may know about this, but back in September California voted to officially ban animal testing in cosmetics by January 2020.


This bill, affectionately known as SB-1249 was introduced by Senator Cathleen Galgiani, was passed on a vote of 21 to 9, and officially signed by Governer Jerry Brown on September 28th, 2018. It would make it illegal for cosmetics manufacturers to import or sell any products in California if the final product or any of it’s components were tested on animals. This now makes them the first state to officially take steps towards animal testing.

The bill states:

This bill would make it unlawful for a manufacturer to import for profit, sell, or offer for sale in this state, any cosmetic, as defined, if the cosmetic was developed or manufactured using an animal test that was conducted or contracted by the manufacturer, or any supplier of the manufacturer, on or after January 1, 2020.


“Cosmetic” means any article intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the human body or any part thereof for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance, including, but not limited to, personal hygiene products such as deodorant, shampoo, or conditioner.

The passing of this bill is monumentous for so many reasons. Firstly, in the United States, cosmetics companies are subjected to the laws and regulations of the FDA. However, the FDA has no strict guidelines in regards to animal testing. Rather, the FDA states that they don’t require companies to test on animals, but basically that it allows it if it ensures human safety blah blah blah. By passing this bill, California is doing what the FDA will not and is clearly defining standards.


Another reason why this is so signifcant is due to the presence of the cosmetics industry in the state of California. There are currently estimated to be about 46 cosmetics companies and manufacturers that operate throughout the state. That means that 46 companies are not subjected to stricter laws than they may have implemented before.

While this is great, it doesn’t ensure that all of these companies are going to be 100% Cruelty Free. They may choose to pull out of their locations here, or they may continue to sell in locations that do legally require testing. However, it’s a big step forward in setting a precedent that may influence companies to change their stance once they’ve invested in different methods of testing.

It’s frustrating as a US consumer to know that the issue of animal testing is really left up to the discretion of CEO’s and Board Members for cosmetics companies, but hopefully the passing of this bill will ignite change within this industry. There are already so many incredible companies leveraging their powers to help this fight, but it’s still an ongoing battle.

The original article from The Cut, along with a link to the bill itself can be found below.

Until Next Time!




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