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Update on China's Animal Testing Requirement

Dear Compassionate Consumer,

We cannot believe we have officially entered into Autumn. 2020 continues to be an unprecedented year and we sincerely hope that you are remaining safe and healthy.

In this issue, we introduce you to Sunday Riley. If you are not familiar with this company, prepare yourself to get up close and personal with some of our most coveted products. We also give you the latest on China from Leaping Bunny Program Manager, Kim Paschen, who gives us the scoop on what everybody in the cruelty-free community has been wondering about lately: Can companies soon sell in China without the possibility of animal testing? It is a very complicated issue, but Kim does a great job at explaining and unpacking the situation in an easily digestible way.

We also share our most recently certified brands and interview the company FEKKAI, well-known for its professional and salon quality haircare. Don’t forget to scroll through to the end for exclusive promos from Christine Valmy, Good For You Girls, Masami, and WLDKAT.

For the animals,

Caitlin McGrother
Leaping Bunny Program Administrator


Sunday Riley

What is our current skincare obsession? Two words: Sunday Riley. This Leaping Bunny certified, clean beauty brand makes small batches of potent topicals for the face, body, and scalp. We have been lucky enough to try a wide array of products and we love them all. It was so hard to narrow our list down to some favorites to share with you, but for the sake of brevity, here are the ones you’d have to pry out of our hands!

CEO 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum

There are a handful of words that immediately pique my interest when trying new skincare. “Vitamin C” and “brightening” are at the top of my list. I could not be more impressed with this serum, which is light and absorbs quickly into my skin. It’s the perfect serum to layer with moisturizer. It leaves my skin super hydrated and radiant. The Vitamin C used in this product is called THD Ascorbate, and has noticeable benefits including improvements in firmness and disappearance of fine lines, dark spots and dullness. I have noticed all of the above, especially a more even skin tone and youthful bounce. And, let’s be honest, we could all use a little extra bounce these days.


Charcoal Smoothie Jelly Body Scrub

You know those annoying bumps on the back of your upper arms? They are caused by a condition called keratosis pilaris and I’ve had it all my life. I was a bit skeptical of this product’s claim to get rid of it, since I’ve tried many things in the past to no avail. But, I have to say, it does not disappoint. I apply some of this wonderfully thick scrub twice a week and my skin is so much smoother. It is totally non-irritating and works wonders. The activated charcoal detoxes while the salicylic and lactic acids help to smooth out the rough patches. For the first time ever, my upper arms are smooth. Definitely a keeper!

Ceramic Slip Cleanser

Since I have dry skin, an immediate turn off for me is any facial cleanser that sucks all of the moisture out of my skin and leaves it feeling stripped. Luckily, this cleanser is the complete opposite. After daily use, my skin feels cleansed and moisturized at the same time! I honestly do not think I have ever used a gentler face cleanser, and it works so wonderfully to leave my skin soft, clean, and radiant.

Ice Ceramide Moisturizing Cream

This is the be all, end all moisturizing cream. I literally cannot wait to slather it on my face both morning and night. It’s incredibly rich but absorbs quickly and does not leave a residue. It’s loaded with ceramides, which are lipids that help create the barrier on your skin to retain moisture and protect against irritants and pollutants. It is the perfect remedy for aging or dry skin. My face has been noticeably more radiant since I started using this product.

Update on China

It is no secret that animal testing on cosmetics in China has been a hot topic over the last several years. While the current laws still require animal testing on any and all imported cosmetics, there is some hope this will change soon. In July, the Chinese government released a new, long-awaited CSAR, short for Cosmetics Supervision and Administration Regulation, which provides the framework for regulating all cosmetics that will go into effect January 1, 2021.

Major changes include updates to the definition and classification of cosmetics, how new cosmetic ingredients need to be registered, the handling of product claims, safety assessment procedures, and legal requirements on the part of the company. Naturally, the cosmetics and personal care industry is keeping its eyes and ears open for news about China ending the animal testing requirement for imported cosmetics, and though this change does not look to be explicitly included in the CSAR, it does appear that companies may be able to qualify for exemptions from animal testing.

It won’t be an easy road. Besides the obvious language barrier and associated cost, companies will have to submit documentation substantiating that their labs conducting non-animal tests have a Certificate of Good Manufacturing Practice from a qualifying, yet to be announced body, which may actually be difficult to obtain. In addition, no new ingredients may be used in the products, since these automatically trigger registration and therefore animal testing. Lastly, there will be very strict requirements in place for the Responsible Person (a designated person in China whose job it is to assure the safety and quality of products as well as oversee the registration/filing process).

As of this e-newsletter’s publication, there is no definitive direction for entry into China without animal testing, aside from Cross Border E-Commerce. But, Leaping Bunny is cautiously optimistic that cruelty-free brands may enter the country and avoid animal testing in the not-to-distant future. We promise to keep you posted on any news that comes out. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram for the latest updates!

New Companies

With the change of the seasons, you may be looking to switch up your beauty and personal care routine. Check out some of our most recently certified companies below, which features a wide variety of products from skincare, lip care, cosmetics, hair care, deodorant, and even fragrance!

Agella Beauty
Skincare company focusing on products that are free of chemicals, parabens, sulfate, and phthalates.

SPF protection for your lips.

Ca Pier Young Skincare
Small batch, non-toxic skincare.

Confessions of a Rebel
Fragrance brand built in collaboration with over 50,000 American consumers to create scents that are free of the outdated archetypes of femininity and masculinity.

CourtLynn Cosmetics
Cosmetics brand focusing on products that are long-lasting and waterproof.

Deck of Scarlett
Makeup that is 100% vegan, high performance, and fun!

Fieldstone Herbal
Small batch personal care products utilizing the magical power of plant and artisanal herbal remedies.

Furtuna Skin
High performance natural skincare, foraged from an organic farm in Sicily.

Good Habit Skin
Skincare products formulated to help protect your skin from blue light from digital screens.

It’s Essential
Aromatherapy-based personal care and beauty care with a variety of delicious scents.

Non-toxic, effective daily skincare routine that treats acne using plant-powered, board certified dermatologist developed formulas backed by clinical trials.

KOVO Essentials
Skincare powered by CBD, probiotics, and peptides.

Leonor Greyl International
Haircare company dedicated to finding the richest natural and organic ingredients that are sustainably-sourced and organically-farmed.

Cosmetic and personal care brand dedicated to making everyday a luxury in a clean and conscious way.

Pogo Lips
Lip balm in reusable, refillable, and customizable applicators.

Aluminum-free deodorant in a variety of fun scents offered in plastic-free packaging.

Veruska925 Natural Skincare
Ultra-effective skincare formulated with potent botanicals.

Yalmeh Naturals
Skincare that is cold-processed in order to keep the ingredients active and highly potent.


This month, we are excited to interview, Said Dabbagh, Chief Marketing Officer of FEKKAI. FEKAAI is well-known for its professional haircare products, which are widely distributed across the country; we were so happy to add them to our list of cruelty-free brands earlier this year! Please read below to learn more about the founder’s journey with the brand, its most popular line, and why Leaping Bunny certification is important to the company.

What was the inspiration behind the creation of FEKKAI?
The Fekkai brand was founded by Frederic Fekkai, the famed hairstylist in 1989. After a long and storied career, including national salons and successful product lines, Frederic sold his brand. After a few years, he woke up one morning and realized that the beauty industry hadn't yet caught up to the rest of the world in terms of clean product formulations and sustainability, and he was reinvigorated to bring innovation to the beauty category. Frederic reacquired his brand in November 2018 and put into motion his vision for clean and sustainable haircare, identifying that there was a lack thereof in an industry that was otherwise becoming progressively greener and cleaner. Haircare needed to respond to consumer demands and offer products that are clean and sustainable, but most importantly, high performing.

What is FEKKAI's mission?
Take care of yourself and the planet with a cleaner beauty routine. We believe the pursuit of beauty should not come at the cost of the environment or humanity.

Are the original products still part of the current product line?
Our current product line launched earlier this year. The original products are not part of the current line. However, the current packaging colors resemble the classic and established FEKKAI brand that many customers have consistently purchased for years. We kept the bright colors FEKKAI had always been known for, but decided to go with a more pastel look to modernize the color pallet for the new FEKKAI. We took a nod from the original product line and kept some of the names (Technician Color and Brilliant Gloss are names from the original line) but the rest is all new.

What is your favorite FEKKAI product and why?
Fekkai Brilliant Gloss Multi Tasker Crème, which is a cross between a cream and a styling aid. I love this product because it works so well with thick Mediterranean hair. It easily holds a style without any stiffness, loosens up as a I run my hands through it during the day, and has no sticky feeling after.

What is FEKKAI's most popular product/product line?
The Brilliant Gloss Multi Tasker Perfecting Crème and the Brilliant Gloss Collection.

What has been the most rewarding part of working for FEKKAI?
Re-launching a brand with so much heritage—connecting the brand with consumers in today's digital world and being at the forefront of clean, sustainable beauty.

Where can consumers find FEKKAI products, aside from your website?
Aside from fekkai.com, the products can be found in-store and online at ULTA.

Are all of FEKKAI's products vegan?
Yes, all of our products are vegan.

Why is being Leaping Bunny certified important to FEKKAI?
Being Leaping Bunny Certified is important to FEKKAI because we've made a bold commitment to care for the planet as a whole, and caring for animals and not testing on them. We now live in a world where everyone is a conscious consumer. Today we are much more educated about not only the impact of ingredients in our beauty routines, but also the production method and sourcing process. We are very sensitive to the state of the planet.

What is something unique about FEKKAI that others may not know?
It's the only clean salon brand with its original founder still at the helm. We also just launched a first-to market innovation with CBD.

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