What’s really going on with
Animal Testing in the EU
We’ve got good news and bad news this month. First, the good news: we attended Cosmoprof North America a few weeks ago, our first in person event in 20 months and we’ve recapped all the highlights for you below in photos! And now the bad news: we give you the scoop on a developing situation in Europe, which threatens the ban on animal testing on cosmetics. It’s a huge step back but there ARE things you can do (especially if you are a citizen of the EU). Read on.
Cosmprof 2021 Roundup: Our first show in a year in a half!
Cosmoprof North America was held in Las Vegas at the end of August and we were so excited to be able to attend our first in-person event since early 2020. Social distancing and mask protocols were strictly enforced, so everyone could safely interact. And interact we did! Leaping Bunny’s Program Manager, Kim Paschen, visited over 80 companies in just two days. She saw familiar faces and made new connections with currently Leaping Bunny certified companies and companies interested in becoming certified alike. Check out the highlights below!
Europe’s Animal Testing Ban Threatened
In August, a new scientific report was released detailing the impact of chemical safety legislation on animal testing for cosmetic ingredients in the European Union. It shows that ingredients used only in cosmetics are being tested on animals under REACH, a chemical safety law in the EU, despite the prohibition on animal testing in the Cosmetics Regulation, which has been in place since 2013.
Although REACH legislation only affects suppliers in the EU, supply chains are continuing to become more globalized. EU testing requirements could impact U.S. and Canadian companies utilizing European suppliers.
We are committed to only certifying companies that have made the commitment to create products free of animal testing at all stages of product development. The foundation of the Leaping Bunny Program is documentation, and we continue to remain confident that our Supplier Monitoring System provides the best assurance to consumers that companies are free of animal testing. If a Leaping Bunny company’s ingredient supplier has been a party to animal testing anywhere in the world, our program is designed to determine that in the initial application and annual recommitment process. So your best bet in avoiding animal testing is to purchase from Leaping Bunny certified companies!
We support the efforts of companies and animal protection organizations in Europe that are defending the intent of the EU’s Cosmetics Regulation: to end animal testing on cosmetics. To that end, we are urging EU citizens to sign the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) and tell the European Commission that they won’t accept the broken promise of a Europe where animals no longer suffer and die for cosmetics. An ECI needs over one million valid signatures to succeed. It shows the European Commission that citizens care and want change – it is a mechanism for people to demand new legislation. Thank you for making your voices – and the voices of animals in laboratories – heard. Sign here if you are an EU citizen.
Happy Fall! With the changing of the seasons, you may want to change up your cleaning products, skincare routine, or even add in some aromatherapy. Check out some of our most recently certified companies to look for.
Artisanal organic and biodynamic essential oils combined with gem and flower essences.
Oils that can be paired with your personal intention, such as self-love or prosperity, as well as a natural alternative to fragrance.
Vegan skincare line formulated with natural ingredients to preserve and protect your skin to maintain a youthful look.
Concentrated household products that are biodegradable, fragrance free, and plant and mineral based.
Innovative and clinically proven skincare with an incredibly inspiring story of resilience when the founder created this brand after his skin was affected by a diving accident that left him paralyzed.
Good Farm + Co
Husband-wife team based in Abbotsford, British Columbia, that sells unique lavender products, including their all-natural lavender oil.
Skincare solutions at an affordable price with high-quality ingredients.
Spa-quality skincare formulated with hemp-derived full spectrum CBD.
Luxury skincare that is accessible at any budget.
Jade08 Natural Skin and Hair Products
Small batch skincare products created by a natural skin care manufacturer and certified aromatherapist.
Estrogen-free peri/menopause essentials designed by women for women.
Makeup by Mario
Cosmetics developed by world-renowned makeup artist, Mario Dedivanovic.
Phytomedicinal skincare for melanated skin.
Crystal infused skincare that pairs organic ingredients and crystals to create a daily beauty ritual.
The Brow Trio
Products to create your most perfect brows.
Vegan and gluten-free beauty products derived from ancient Ayurvedic roots.
Company Spotlight: Happy 2nd Birthday
This month, we are excited to interview Jae Ro and Juliana Brewer, the brother-sister team and co-founders of the skincare company Happy 2nd Birthday. This brand’s story is heartfelt and inspiring. We hope you enjoy reading it!
What was the inspiration behind the creation of Happy 2nd Birthday?
Our father, who battled lymphoma for over eight years, was the inspiration behind our brand. Radiation and chemotherapy treatments were taking a toll on his skin, and we struggled to find skincare products that were not only safe for cancer patients, but also felt good to use.
What is Happy 2nd Birthday's mission?
Our mission is to provide clean, safe, and effective skincare products that offer a self-care experience to everyone, including cancer patients and pregnant/nursing moms. Celebrating second chances is at the heart of our brand. Our company pledges to donate at least 10% of profits to fund cancer research as well as initiatives that help others who may be disadvantaged or overlooked.
Are all of Happy 2nd Birthday's products pregnancy safe?
Yes, all of our products are pregnancy and breastfeeding safe.
Is there a story behind the name of your company?
When our father had a bone marrow transplant, he was gifted a “second birthday” on his transplant day. Since he was the inspiration behind our brand, we wanted to honor his experience and celebrate his second chance at life.
What efforts do you take to be a sustainable company?
We source both primary and secondary packaging that is recyclable. While we have more long-term goals in mind to become more sustainable, such as refillable options and tree free compostable cartons, as a self-funded startup, we aren't there yet.
What is your favorite Happy 2nd Birthday product and why?
It keeps changing because we love them all! Currently Jae's favorite product is the Hydrating Pre+Probiotic Facial Mist since it's so refreshing. Juliana's favorite is the Calming Creamy Cleanser because it feels incredibly nourishing, although the Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser is a close second since it's a timesaver and leaves her skin smooth and glowing.
What is Happy 2nd Birthday's most popular product?
The Oil-Free Daily Moisturizer is the most popular. It's scentless, lightweight, and doesn't leave you shiny, which makes it a great base for layering products such as sunscreen and makeup on top. It also contains prebiotics and probiotics, and offers blue light protection and anti-pollution benefits, so it's an all-around superstar.
What has been the most rewarding part of creating Happy 2nd Birthday?
Being able to help others feel better in taking care of themselves has been the most rewarding part. Whenever we receive feedback of how our products have helped improve someone's skin, we feel such joy in knowing that we've made a difference, especially since we know what it's like to feel the emotional pain that can arise with skin conditions.
Are all of Happy 2nd Birthday's products vegan?
Why is being Leaping Bunny certified important to Happy 2nd Birthday?
We love our animal friends and are against their testing in cosmetics and household products! We have the highest respect for Leaping Bunny, especially since it's recognized internationally with such high standards.
What is something unique about Happy 2nd Birthday that others may not know?
We teamed up with leading dermatologists who specialize in Dermato-Oncology (Dr. Bernice Kwong) and Cosmetic Dermatology & Surgery (Dr. S. Tyler Hollmig) who help us with formulation safety and efficacy as advisors. What others may not know is that Dr. Kwong was one of our father's many doctors, helping to treat skin issues that arose from his radiation and chemotherapy treatments. She felt strongly enough about our mission that she wanted to be a part of it.