Thank you for reaching out to us. We appreciate and share your passion on the important issue of animal testing. Burt’s Bees is unwavering in its cruelty-free commitment, and does not test its products on animals, nor do we ask others to do so on our behalf. In early 2015, we sold four products in China as part of a limited program necessitated to ensure our business was protected in that market, where counterfeit products were falsely being sold under our name. This limited test was not driven by and did not result in profit, but involved extensive resource investment and consultation with experts in multiple fields to ensure we proceeded without any compromise to our unyielding commitment to our no animal testing policy. The formulas for these products, which were classified as “non-special use cosmetics,” used only ingredients listed on the Inventory of Existing Cosmetic Ingredients in China (IECIC), underwent a paper risk assessment of raw materials, and therefore were exempt from pre-market animal testing. Our in-market regulatory experts advise us that China has not been actively engaged in post-market animal testing since 2008, and are instead focused on specific restricted substances, which did not apply to these Burt’s Bees products. As you can see on China’s current CFDA site detailing their testing, Burt’s Bees products are not listed among those subjected to post-market testing during this limited test.
With this test complete, Burt’s Bees is currently only selling products in China via direct-to-consumer ecommerce, a channel which is exempt from Chinese animal testing regulations (pre or post-market). Please know that we are absolutely committed to our no animal testing policy, and we are proceeding only in the instances where we can maintain strict adherence to it.