Pristine Beauty

Thursday, August 1, 2013

What A Sucker!

Yeah, I was the kid that grew up with my dad getting our food from the co-op. I was also the kid that had the natural peanut butter sandwich on granola bread with the brown banana. When we went shopping I longed to buy the box of cereal that  looked really cool. They were always colorful and inviting. I could care less about what sugary goodness was inside. It was really the outside of that cereal that was calling my name.

 I am a sucker for packaging. I love anything that looks exciting and fabulous and although this blog could be about all the money I have wasted on useless products over the years, sadly it is not. It is about something much more important and depressing.

I have a confession to make. I am sitting here at my desk with an aching in my stomach that I wish would go away. Most of you know that I am a vegan. I rescue the pets that I make part of our family. I am a member of PETA and ASPCA and I was proud to say that my products are cruelty free....until today.

You see, I received a phone call from a loyal customer who was telling me how much she LOVED Take A Whiff! and recently purchased 3 to share with her friends. She told me that although she loved the product so much, she was not going to purchase it any longer. "Why?" I wondered...She told me that it was because I was packaging my deodorant in fur and how could I do this. I said " No! You are mistaken. We do not use fur in any of our packaging. The fur on our little pouches is faux." She was very confident that this was not true having been in the business of researching this specific issue. I immediately pulled up the manufacturer that we purchase this item and it states that fur was in fact synthetic. Not willing to take any chances all of our bags were disposed of immediately.

I read that many countries like China that manufacture in mass amounts for the US say the fur is "faux" for fear of not making a sale. In all actuality that fur comes from raccoon dogs or other animals.

A feeling of despair and sickness has taken over my body. I have done some research since our conversation today and have found that fraudulent mislabeling occurs more frequently than many of us would ever think. All this time I have thought I have been treating my customers to a tiny bit of glamour and fun. I mean who doesn't want to open a box full of pretty things? Instead, I have unknowingly contributed to cruelty toward animals that is deplorable and should be stopped.

I hope and pray that the few bags we have used over the past few months come from synthetic fibers. I know in my heart that my intentions were good. My eyes are opened now and I am no longer naive to the packaging industry. I should have known better. I mean I have always been unsupportive of the fact the cosmetics industry can put whatever they want on a label....true or not. I now know this, even if it says "FAUX" it is no friend of mine. Animals are my friends. I do not eat them or wear them because I love and respect them.

Today, Pristine Beauty products are once again cruelty-free.

Thank you Karma (Your mother named you well)