Sunday, February 20, 2011

Regarding OPI, Coty, & Animal Testing

In January, Coty purchased OPI.  OPI has always been a cruelty-free company, but Coty does practice cruel and inhumane animal testing.  I contacted Laura McCaul at Peta to ask about OPI's new policy.   McCaul stated that although Coty DOES test on animals, Peta feels confident that OPI will NOT be changing their cruelty-free policy (OPI issued a statement stating such to Peta).  Peta supports OPI but does not support Coty (at the time I contacted McCaul, Peta was running a giveaway featuring the new Justin Bieber collection from Nicole by OPI).

Here is McCaul's email to me:
"PETA contacted OPI as soon as we found out about the acquisition and they provided us with an updated statement that they will NOT be changing their cruelty-free policy, so they are still included on PETA’s “don’t test” list."

McCaul also suggested that concerned consumers should contact Coty and urge them to discontinue animal testing:
"Please contact Coty and encourage it to sign our statement of assurance:

Coty, Inc.
2 Park Ave.
New York, NY 10016
212-479-4300 (Click on “Contact Us” to access the e-mail contact form)

To see PETA’s list of cruelty-free companies, get tips on cruelty-free living, or make a donation to support PETA’s Caring Consumer campaign, please visit"

I love OPI products and I am glad that they are maintaining their cruelty-free policy.  They are owned by a company that is not cruelty-free though now, so it is a tough call.  I don't purchase products made by Coty (just like I don't purchase Sally Hansen or L'Oreal - companies that test on animals).  As a blogger, I would still like to share swatches of new OPI polishes with my readers.  If OPI had made the decision to begin testing on animals, I would not do that, but since they are continuing to be cruelty-free, and because Peta feels comfortable standing behind OPI, I stand by my decision (although honestly, I am very conflicted about purchasing from OPI now).  If you have the time, please take a moment to contact Coty and urge them to STOP animal testing.  It is outdated, cruel, and unnecessary.  Thank you for taking the time to read this.


Polish'd Cindy said...

Thank you Brooke! I have been so conflicted about this. I love OPI but I cannot support a company who tests on animals. For now I am hoping it is still safe.

- said...

It's a mixed up issue to me. OPI might not practise animal testings and won't do so, doesn't being owned by Coty make that part of their benefit go to their owner?

Hmm said...

Thank you for this information! I was so worried that OPI was going to become another animal tested company.

I do have a question, however, regarding Sally Hansen's policy. Whenever I google the question I've been told that they do animal testing so I've always tried to stay away from them.

But in their FAQ on their website, they say they do not?

Am I missing something? :x Thank you

Anonymous said...

I echo Nathalie's concerns. I feel torn after reading this cause they're essentially the same now....

I did not know Sally Hansen did animal testing! I might have to find out if they still do. It's something I didn't think much about cause now that I do....what kind of testing do they do? They paint their nails? Test for allergic reactions? Animals and humans are still different in terms of skin reactions. Intersting thoughts you make me think Brooke!

PolishGalore said...

Thanks for posting this. The Vegetarian Site and I had gone round and round with this issue because I believe OPI when they say "We don't test on animals" regardless of what Coty states... I've been a smaller company apart of a larger company and the larger company's practices weren't ours... so yeah. Thanks!!!

Jenny$1983 said...

Thank you for posting this.

Sarah said...

My thoughts on this are still very strong. Even if OPI is not testing on animals, they are owned by Coty. A percentage of everything you spend on OPI is going to Coty, which means that if you spend $8 on OPI, at least a dollar or two, if not more, is going to support animal testing. You can not separate the two, OPI is now Coty. As a blogger, you have the ability to influence thousands of readers into purchasing/not purchasing OPI. Every time you swatch a new color, someone out there, lots of someones, go 'wow, cool color, gotta go buy that.' So, in turn, you are promoting animal testing, even if you are not spending any of your own money on the product. The result is at least the same, probably much worse.

That said, I have not stopped reading your blog. I was disappointed to see that you were still swatching them (even older colors, the effect is the same.), but ultimately, it is your blog, you can do what you want. But personally, I will make my own decisions, and not leave them up to PETA to make for me.

LJ said...

What about Essie? They were bought out recently too, by Loreal, I think. Do you know if PETA still likes Essie? They didn't used to (still dont? I'm not sure) test on animals, but their new parent company does do animal testing. What's your opinion on them?

Unknown said...

Thanks for the comments, everyone.

Nathalie, I agree with you - I am still very conflicted because this is an issue that is (and has been) very important to me.

Kitty, I quit buying Sally Hansen when I found out. I agree - it is shocking they test nail products on animals. I'm glad it made you think though! You can always contact SH and urge them to stop testing.

Sarah, I agree with you. A percentage of the sale goes to the parent company. Trust me - we are not arguing at opposite ends of an issue - I am on the same side as you. I own well over 200 OPI polishes, so to quit using them would honestly be very difficult. I have shared my opinions about animal testing with my readers and I can't force anyone to make certain decisions, but I do hope to educate people about the issue (which is why I have written posts about this instead of ignoring the issue as many have). I trust Peta - and I really do want to believe that companies are honest with them. This has been a weighty issue for me and one I have gone back and forth on for a while now. When Essie was purchased, I quit using Essie polishes, and I never swatch and share L'Oreal, Maybelline, or Sally Hansen polishes anymore because, like you said, by posting them, I am inevitably promoting them. I do hope to inform my readers though - and I hope they can make the decisions that are right for them.

LJ, I used to be a huge fan of Essie but once they were bought by L'Oreal I quit purchasing Essie polishes. I am VERY against L'Oreal and PG (those are the big two bad guys in my book) so I don't buy anything from either of them at all. I don't know Peta's stance on Essie, though, and Essie no longer states that they are cruelty-free. I also found this link to another blog who contacted Peta about OPI and Essie:

Apparently Essie failed to respond to Peta's inquiry - which is never a good sign. I don't support Essie in any way anymore. Here is the letter (in quotes) from Death by Polish's blog:

“We are very pleased to report that PETA has received written confirmation from OPI assuring us that its animal-testing policy will not change and that its products will remain cruelty-free. We feel that it’s imperative for consumers to continue buying OPI products in order to support the company’s anti-testing stance and to show parent companies that the market for cruelty-free products is huge. Unfortunately, Essie has not responded yet to our inquiries about whether it will remain cruelty-free. We would remove Essie from our cruelty-free list if we do not receive an updated statement from them.

We are still asking caring consumers like you to ask L’Oréal to adopt compassionate, cruelty-free standards. You may use its Web form at, by calling 212-818-1500, or by writing to:

L’Oréal USA, Inc.

575 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10017
212-984-4999 (fax)”

Skulda said...

Glad you posted this, Brooke. I am one of the folks who decided to no longer purchase any OPI products. I will still use my current OPI polishes that I purchased before the move, but nothing else.

Unknown said...

Skulda, thanks so much for reading it - and it is really nice hearing from you. I hope you've been doing well!

maisenzasmalto said...

Thank you for posting, I've been thinking about it too (and today I posted an old OPI swatch mentioning this matter and linking your post).

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