PARIS — Rather than possibly compromise its cruelty-free policy, The Body Shop has temporarily removed its products from two Chinese airports.
The move comes after Choice, an Australian consumer site, published a report saying that The Body Shop has entered China, selling its products in duty-free shops in Beijing and Shanghai airports.
According to Chinese law, imported cosmetics must be tested on animals. Yet the regulation reportedly differs for duty-free stores. Attributing the information to Chinese industry sources, Choice said, “While no exemptions are specified in the legislation, cosmetics sold exclusively in duty-free stores do not have to undergo mandatory testing before being sold in China.”
Still Chinese law dictates that the government can randomly take cosmetics from retailers’ shelves and conduct post-market tests on them — possibly including animal testing — to gauge conformity with sanctioned formulas.
“We are aware of the Choice report and subsequent articles about our products being sold in the duty-free stores of two Chinese airports and questions of Chinese regulation of animal testing,” according to a spokeswoman from The Body Shop, which is owned by L’Oréal. “We, The Body Shop, have not and will not undertake or resort to any animal testing in order for our products to be sold in any country.
“However, given the questions that have arisen, we have temporarily removed the products until we can clarify the situation,” she continued. “In all cases, The Body Shop will not sell products if it would compromise one of our core beliefs, which is our opposition to animal testing.”
Chinese legislation on its mandatory animal testing requirements for certain cosmetics products is on the cusp of change.
China’s Food and Drug Administration in November said that after June 2014 it plans to remove such obligations for “non-special use cosmetics,” like shampoo or perfume, made within its own borders. For such items there will be the option to substantiate product safety using existing data for raw ingredients or European Union-validated non-animal tests instead of having to submit product samples to the Chinese government for testing on rabbits, mice and rats.
“It is not clear when the current compulsory animal test will also be removed for imported cosmetics or special use cosmetics produced in China,” said the Chemical Inspection and Regulation Service on its Web site, referring to product categories such as hair regrowth, removal, dye and permanent wave products; antiperspirant, slimmers and sunscreen.
Breaking News: @louisvuitton's men's artistic director @mrkimjones is leaving the French fashion house after nearly 7 years. Jones joined Louis Vuitton in 2011, following a three year tenure as creative director of British luxury goods brand Alfred Dunhill. Jones is to exit Louis Vuitton after showing his fall 2018 collection for the brand in Paris on Thursday. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews