Against Animal Testing

March 20, 2009 by  
Filed under Quality Matters

Quinessence are strongly opposed to animal testing, therefore we are members of the BUAV (British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection) and the entire Quinessence Aromatherapy Collection manufactured without causing any cruelty to animals.

We have been ‘British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection’ (BUAV) approved manufacturers for many years now, which means the entire Quinessence Aromatherapy Collection is manufactured without causing any cruelty to animals. In addition, our products do not contain any animal ingredients are therefore suitable for Vegans.

Together with 7 other national animal protection groups, the BUAV banded together in 1999 to form the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC). The CCIC promotes a single comprehensive standard and an internationally recognized “leaping bunny” logo. They work together with manufacturers like ourselves to help make shopping for animal-friendly products easier and more trustworthy.

We have always believed it to be abhorrent to continue using animals to test the safety of cosmetic products, especially since there are other methods of evaluating safety. It has been understood for a long time now that the results of product tests on animal skin do not necessarily give an accurate indication of a possible outcome on human skin.

Quinessence Policy Statement

“No product, or ingredient of any product, has ever been tested on animals by Quinessence since its foundation – nor will there ever be a case to do so. Furthermore, we do not use the services of any other research establishment to conduct animal testing on our behalf, either on a product or any product ingredient.

We have operated a strict policy never to purchase products or ingredients from suppliers or intermediary agents who have conducted, commissioned or been party to animal testing for cosmetics on them, since our company began. We require annual written assurances from each of our suppliers to ensure that the ingredients that they sell to us comply with the International Standard on ‘Not tested on Animals’.

Our commitment to the standard is such that if any of the ingredients we use were found not to be compliant with the standard, we would seek an alternative supplier for the relevant ingredients, or if necessary remove them from our product range.”

Sue Charles

Company Director

Natural botanical

Quinessence products contain natural ingredients that have been derived from botanical origins. Every one of these vegetable-derived extracts provides beneficial healing effects that have been employed safely and effectively for centuries on humans. Therefore, in our opinion these ingredients do not require any further safety testing on animals.

For the past 20 years our philosophy towards this emotive issue has not changed, and as a responsible and compassionate company we promise that we will never, ever, change it. We are more committed than ever to see the end of this barbaric practice.
Leaping Bunny logo proven valid in marketplace

The Leaping Bunny Logo (trademark of the CCIC) has become the only independently certified “cruelty free” mark ever. Individual audits have been commissioned by the CCIC for all of the companies currently licensed to use the internationally trademarked Logo. Audits were performed by SGS International Certidfication Services, a recognized leader in Social Accountability Registration and the ISO-9000 certification program.

The fight continues

Every year thousands of laboratory animals in Europe and millions across the world, are subjected to pain and suffering in crude and unreliable experiments to test cosmetics products and their ingredients. The BUAV estimates that over 35,000 animals are used in cosmetic tests every year throughout the European Union alone.

Perfumes, shampoos, tooth-pastes, hair dyes, skin creams, make-up, deodorants: all of these and more are tested on animals. Quinessence continues to argue that cosmetics testing on animals is abhorrent, unethical, unnecessary and should be banned – permanently.

In order to help stamp out unnecessary suffering to animals, please ensure that the company you buy your skin and hair care products from does not test them, or have a third party test them on their behalf. Ideally, they should be a member of an organisation such as the BUAV who conduct annual audits to ensure that the strict terms of membership are adhered to.

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