Hello my lovelies,
It’s been a while since we’ve had a coffee chat so grab a coffee and let’s talk about something new!
Firstly, I’d like to thank you all for reading this blog, as I said many times and will say some more, this blog would be nothing without you. Thank you.
Thank you also to all of you who go into the trouble of sending me emails. I love reading your messages and this post is about one of your suggestions!
I’ll keep anonymity here in case the person who suggested it does not wish to be named but you know who you are and thank you for the suggestion to add an Ethics section in the posts. I absolutely love it and it is within what this blog is about.
This new Ethics section will aim to cover company/product/ingredient or other issues that might have some ethical dilemmas involved. These might be things like animal testing, employee treatment, environmental issues, concepts with little or no proof etc.
For example, some topics that are close to my heart as a chemist, the organic and natural products. These labels raise some ethical dilemas for me as there is no scientific proof that natural products are better. Molecules do not have a history and do not know where they came from, whether to be good because they are natural or bad because they are synthetic. Molecules have a function depending on their structure and not their source. The natural label does not signify purity or functionality, it signifys only the source, not to mention that many natural products go through the lab for purification anyways. There are many that associate natural with good but forget all the ways that nature can kill us with. There are no good or bad ingredients, there are ingredients for certain usages and certain concentrations. Even the term chemical is being misused as something bad and there are many reasons behind this, some of which I captured in this post: The Chemical Misconception – Should we avoid chemicals?
Similarly, there is no solid scientific proof that organic food or cosmetics are better. The ethical dilemmas with this one go beyond the lack of proof and the lack of standardisation, there are other dilemmas such as organic farming not being able to feed the world, unskilled farmers loosing their jobs and more. For more information check out: Organic food and farming – Scientific evidence, problems and ethical dilemmas
Employee treatment is also very important to all of us. No one wants to buy from a company that treats its employees badly and there have been quite a few scandals recently, albeit more in the fashion industry. Recent scandals also included questionable quality of beauty products.
Environmental issues is another big one, especially due to the severity of current problems with climate change and pollution. Although it is still very bleak times for our environment, there are some good news, as some beauty brands have actually already started to address these problems by limiting their packaging and making some packaging recyclable or reusable. Plus, some countries already banned plastic beads in scrubs!
Last but not least, animal testing. As a complete and outer animal lover myself I can understand why this is very important to many of you, which is also why I also mention if an ingredient could be toxic to your pets in the ingredient analysis section of my posts. Beauty companies that just smear cosmetics on animals are out of line. However, there are some credible scientific reasons for animal testing and it wouldn’t be ethical to expose humans to new ingredients before having them tested. I fully support the research initiatives that are currently trying to find alternatives to animal testing but until then, we have to accept that some animal testing is sometimes required. Not for smearing lipsticks on monkeys though, that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about legit scientific testing for exposure to new ingredients.
It’s worth bearing in mind that because we do not have many alternatives to animal testing at the moment, companies who are against it, can only use known ingredients and these ingredients have already been animal tested by someone else. So, not exactly as clean as it sounds. Not being able to animal test also means that these companies are less likely to create innovative products as they won’t be able to use new compounds.
Let me know in the comment section below or by email which ethical subjects are closer to your heart.
This section will start small and slowly build up, but I think it will be a valuable addition to the blog. I know that many of you care, including myself, not only about the product and the ingredients but also about the ethics behind it.
However, it wouldn’t be ethical if we didn’t talk about the credibility of this section. It will be very hard to impossible most of the times to confirm the information or credibility of the source, so please take this section with a pinch of salt unless stated otherwise. Some information like for example, on the organic and natural labels is based on scientific knowledge research. However, especially because some brand specific information is hard to verify, bear in mind that this section is not meant to be definitive and it will most likely be more about brand reputation around those subjects than credible information. Not to mention that what is ethical or not can be debatable.
Please keep sending me your suggestions, I love reading your comments and you feedback is more valuable than you realise. I hope you enjoy this blog and you like the new section. If you have information to contribute, then please let me know.
Lots of love,
Bonds of Beauty