A bill has just been passed in California banning the sale of all cosmetic products that have been tested on animals.
Makeup is one of those things that we use every single day of our lives but, for the most part, we don't think about where it comes from. There are a couple of reasons for that. One of the main ones is (like we said) that we use it so often that it is just part of our daily routine. One of the many things we don't give a second thought to because it's always there and it's always in use.
The other, perhaps more subconscious, reason is a little more troubling. It's no secret that a vast amount of makeup and cosmetic products are tested on animals before they reach our bedrooms and bathrooms. What's astounding is that there is currently no regulation in that area, at least in the U.S. Thankfully, that's about to change.
California has become the first U.S. state to ban animal testing on cosmetic products. That doesn't just include make-up, but also things like skincare and haircare products and basically, anything beauty related that contains ingredients that have been tested on animals. The bill was officially and unanimously passed in the State Assembly on August 31st, 2018.
That might mean that a lot of your favorite beauty products are about to disappear from the shelves, but don't panic just yet. Although the bill has been passed, it does not come into effect until January 1st, 2020. That means cosmetic companies have time to rethink their practices before having to switch things up too much. Come that date though, if it has been tested on animals, it will be illegal to produce and sell in California.
The hope is that the initiative taken by California will have a knock-on effect on the rest of the country and that soon, other states will start to follow suit. In fairness, many beauty and cosmetics companies, such as Bliss and Lush, have already banned the use of animal testing on their products. But, for those who haven't and practice in California, time is now ticking.